Series: More Than A Game #4
Author: Kristina Mathews
Genre: Sports Romance
Page Count: 290
Published: Lyrical Shine, January 19, 2016
For Rachel Parker, covering the San Francisco Goliaths is the perfect opportunity to launch her career as a serious reporter. But she didn’t bargain on Bryce Baxter, the team’s star shortstop, tempting her more non-professional aspirations. After tearing up the base paths with him, she finds herself with a little problem, and Bryce might be the only man who can save the game.
Bryce Baxter should be living the dream. His team just won the World Series and he just signed the multi-year contract of his career. But his field of dreams has been overtaken by a fiery redheaded reporter, who’s bearing a news flash that will change both of their lives forever…
This book was a huge, big disappointment for me. Sure, the first book I’ve read of this series didn’t impress me much, but the next book was better, and the next one even more so. So EARNING A RING should’ve been the jackpot moment for me, considering the couple was the only one I actually was dying to read because of their instant chemistry. Was it like hitting the jackpot? Not so much.
First of all, I didn’t buy the emotional connection between Bryce and Rachel all. They had more connection in other couples’ books than they had in their own. How disappointing. I felt as if the author took the unexpected pregnancy plot and simply ran with it. A success story for me this was not though.
Everything happened in an instant. In the span of a few pages, we found out Rachel was pregnant, Bryce wanted to do right by her and asked her to marry him live on tv, Rachel had to say yes. Later they get a quickie wedding in Reno, and Rachel moves in with him leaving everything of hers behind. And I mean everything. I don’t mean to be one of those people who just sums a book up for you but I have to say this. Rachel gives up all. She leaves her apartment to go live with Bryce, he practically tells her to sell her own car, hiding behind the facade of thinking of her own safety and, well, the baby’s coming so they need a family car anyway. She’s forced to strip off everything that represents her as a successful woman, all that she’s earned herself, to become Bryce Baxter’s wife. Don’t get me wrong, if this was a real marriage, sure, compromises can be made, on both parts, but theirs was not a real thing and I don’t even know why they felt the need for this marriage. I think this was unfair to these characters as well, having seen them in previous books as two rational human beings, I didn’t quite grasp this rash decision making process they seemed to have going on. There was no hint of who they both used to be, just two people jumping into things without giving it real thought. I expect this kind of thing in a relationship between two young people but not adults. This was definitely not the way I want characters to behave in the romances I choose to read.
I know this review may sound so harsh, but that’s only because I expected so much more from Kristina Matthews. I was used to reading uplifting, inspiring stories from her that this just failed spectacularly. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t bring myself to feel anything for the two protagonists. They rushed so much into things so fast that in the end they just kept constantly going back and forth with their feelings and actions.
This story, unfortunately, was too forced, too rushed and simply not at all intriguing for me. Perhaps I like this author’s work so much that I felt this level of disappointment. Without a doubt I would’ve expected better from Kristina Matthews.
I’m adding one spoonful.
More Than A Game series by Kristina Mathews: