Review ~ Earning A Ring by Kristina Mathews

EarningARingBook: Earning A Ring

Series: More Than A Game #4

Author: Kristina Mathews

Genre:  Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 290

Published: Lyrical Shine, January 19, 2016

Source: Publisher

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…

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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.

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Review ~ Making A Comeback by Kristina Mathews

MakingAComebackBook: Making a Comeback

Series: More Than A Game #3

Author: Kristina Mathews

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 290

Published: Lyrical Press, July 7, 2015

Source: Publisher

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…

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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.

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Review ~ Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews

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Book: Better Than Perfect

Series: More Than A Game #1

Author: Kristina Mathews

Format: e-book

Page Count: 224

Published: Lyrical Press, April 7, 2014

Source: Publisher

 

The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field…

Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”

Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.

With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love…

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I was really torn up about how to rate this book. One of the main reasons why I picked it up is because it’s about sports. With the many sports oriented contemporary romances I’ve read recently, I realized just how much I enjoy this sub genre, so naturally I want to rate every single book with a high score but if I have to be honest with myself, this book, as interesting and emotional as it was plotwise, lacked a few things in general.

Apart from being a sports romance, the idea of two people who were college sweethearts coming together after fourteen years was intriguing. Usually in such romances the couple meets, falls in love, gets over some obstacles, be it circumstances or people, and then finally get together and have their happy ending. But in this book, the couple starts off as one time lovers, and then they have to get over the fact that they might have a child, tackle the dead ex husband who happened to be their friend, and carefully avoid the maze of a thirteen year old boy’s psyche. In that regard, I love stories that involve children, if I haven’t already said so. They’re usually younger but to see a boy of thirteen who’s starting to shape his own personality was a nice change. And we read his point of view also, which was refreshing. I thought I might’ve been a bit annoyed with his way of thinking, though I admit I’m not familiar of the psyche of a thirteen year old boy, but it turned out I was wrong. Although they weren’t the parts of the book that I looked forward to, I think the author managed him quite well. Kids his age can be difficult after all.

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