Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rule of reporting 101-- don't bang your subject.
Sophie Hall has just gotten the opportunity of a lifetime--to profile Nathan Ryder, the hottest baseball player since A-Rod, for her first solo assignment as a reporter. Rumor has it Nathan is going to be drafted to the Major league, and yet he still fits an intense training regime around volunteering at a animal shelter. He's a prodigy with a heart of gold, as American as apple pie and has an ass that deserves a trophy all its own. He may be the country's heartthrob, but Sophie isn't going to fall for that. She just has to remain objective and cover the story.
But she didn't bet on Nathan's gorgeous green eyes or the way his arms flex with muscle when he's holding a bat. And she certainly didn't think he'd be witty and smart and caring. Nathan is completely untouchable, but she can't help it if those lingering gazes turn into something more. How could she not fall at the thought of the hottest guy she's ever met devoting his limited free time to saving puppies?
When Sophie's scoop turns into Nathan's scandal, Nathan needs her more than ever. With both of their careers on the line will they strike out - or hit a home run?
Sophie Hall is a 23 year old fledgling reporter with a dream assignment to interview the rather press elusive Nathan Ryder. 22 year old Nathan is a college senior about to be drafted to the major leagues. Now you don’t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this one. Trust me, I’m clueless when it comes to sports. The fun comes from the cute building of romance in this well written, light-hearted story that had me giggle-snorting out loud quite a few times.
“‘But, course, that’s all off the record…’”
Nathan is a refreshing hero, a smooth but reserved guy with a passion and talent for baseball. But that’s the only kind of player that Nathan is, and it’s part of what makes him a real catch. Sophie is a determined young journalist but she has a lot of integrity too. She’s also a likable heroine—strong, confident but with realistic insecurities. And despite all the challenges and headaches that are thrown at her, Sophie is never weak and maintains her spunky attitude.
“‘You might be the hottest thing since microwaves, but I am now officially immune to your charms. I’m done letting your smile and your tight shirts and your great butt distract me!’”
Thought they are smitten with each other off the bat, their first meeting is a bit of a strike out. Still, it’s clear the pair have some real chemistry, and there are plenty of playful scenes which help build that too. I got a kick out of Nathan’s attempts at railroading the interview and the irony that he was potentially digging himself in deeper.
“I could only imagine what I would do if I had his undivided attention. I would interview him all night long. Probably halfway into the morning as well. He looked like someone who was good with a long, hard line of questioning.”
Between Sophie’s often colorful descriptions as the first person narrator of the story and Nathan’s ulterior motives that fueled the plot and the romance, the story is a real delight. I also enjoyed the addition of Chris and Mandy. They were another cute romantic aspect of the story. And while it takes a while, there are some sexy times too!
“‘Fuck me,’ he groaned.‘
'I plan to,’ I said and kissed him again.”
This book is what upbeat, exclusive romance is all about, and if the author produces more like this one—more sweet stories that keep you smiling the whole time—well, I’ll surely be reading.
Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.