Series: More Than A Game #3
Author: Kristina Mathews
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 290
Published: Lyrical Press, July 7, 2015
With a divorce in the works, Annabelle Jones heads out to Southern California, the land of sun and starting over. She wants to prove to herself and her young daughters that she still has what it takes to turn heads as a swimsuit model—that she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. Until an accident forces her to rely on the hunky, yet mysterious man next door…Nathan Cooper is trying to revive his own career. Once a top left-handed relief pitcher, he tried to get over a hidden injury with the aid of banned substances. Not only was he caught and suspended, he was traded and missed out on winning the championship. Now he’s a free agent without a contract, and that means life is ready to play ball…
As is the case with pretty much everyone I’m sure, I was delighted to be right in my hope and prediction for the third book of More Than A Game series. This book, I loved. There was a lovely romance that pushed all my right buttons, a good emotional balance between the hero and the heroine, and an added bonus of children-god, I love stories that involve children and the whole being a family thing.
The story starts with a bang and we delve right into circumstances. Though things may seem rushed, the story actually had a very good pace. Everything happened at the right time, leaving me very well satisfied with how things progressed and how feelings evolved.
I loved Annabelle’s struggle to be the strong woman she truly is, her determination to make a good life for both her girls and herself. Nathan, with his own storyline, his own relentless efforts to prove to himself and everyone that a man is not his mistakes as long as he learns from them, he was the kind of sweet hero you can’t help but fall for.
As for the sports aspect of the book, there wasn’t much going on baseball wise but that had an acceptable reason. Besides, for a player like Nathan who’s been out of commission for some time, there was still enough baseball to spark my interest and put my worries aside.
Finally the book I’ve been waiting for from this series, it warmed my heart. It was both sweet and absorbing and I enjoyed reading about Annabelle and Nathan’s chemistry, about the family life they easily fell into, and the kids. I can’t say it enough, but when done nicely, they make adorable little plotlines. Can’t help it, I’m a sucker for stories involving children, and this one was right on the money.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story of new beginnings and second chances into my hodgepodge. Now, I have some idea as to who might be next. This time, it’ll be a bit harder to wait, sure, but this time, it’ll also be a pleasure to do so.
More Than A Game series by Kristina Mathews:
- Better Thank Perfect
- Worth The Trade
- Making A Comeback
- Earning A Ring