Early Review: Perfect Catch by Sierra Dean (Boys of Summer #2)
March 11 2014
Received from author
Yummy Man – Alex Ross
Kick Ass Chick – Alice Darling
From Goodreads –
Minor league umpire Alice Darling loves everything about baseball. That means hunky ball players are strictly off limits—dating one would be professional suicide. With a young daughter and a brother to care for, she can’t afford to slip up.
Truth is, as a young, stupid, nineteen-year-old townie, she did once date a player. That’s how she wound up with her precious, nine-year-old daughter…and a determination to never make that mistake again. Alex Ross’s arrival in Florida for spring training, though, shakes her resolve in a big way.
Alex, a catcher for the Major League’s San Francisco Felons, has never let much get in the way of his game. One look at Alice changes everything, and he finds himself pursuing her with a single-minded purpose that plays hell with his concentration.
Booted back to the minors, he returns to Florida with his tail between his legs to work on his swing…and heat things up with Alice. But when rumors of their affair hit the sports blogosphere, Alice’s career is put in jeopardy, and their love starts to look more like a strikeout than a home run.
Warning: When a catcher struggling with his swing meets a stubborn single-mom umpire, his bat won’t be the only thing that heats up. Contains car sex, bed sex, sex sex, and a little angst for good measure.
Perfect Catch is the second book in Sierra Dean’s lovely Boys of Summer series. This is a contemporary romance series and so far, I’ve been quite impressed with each installment. This time around we follow Alice and Alex as they discover that they really are a perfect match.
Alex is the catcher with the Felons, the major league baseball team Sierra created for this series. Spring training is in Florida and that is where Alice lives. She is an umpire with the minor leagues and calls during Spring Training. These two meet in the first book and immediately you can tell that there are some heavy sparks between them. With just that short encounter, you want these two to be each other’s HEA. Yet even though there are definite sparks, Alice is weary to hook up with a baseball player. She’s been hurt badly before by one and has trouble accepting that they are not all bad guys. This is sometimes a plot line that drives me bonkers but is wasn’t annoying in this book. That is probably because Sierra is a talented author who can spin any plot and make it interesting.
Alice was a strong character with a lot on her plate. She has a nine year old daughter and a brother who is dealing with depression living with her. Life is not easy but she manages to deal. I liked how she wasn’t all ‘ho-hum my life is hard’ and that she kept a good attitude. Her daughter is adorable and her brother… I can see how, when it comes to him, Alice is between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, she wants to help him but on the other it’s like walking on egg shells! There was one scene where her brother did something quite horrible and I wondered for a moment why Alice didn’t get more upset. But then I realized that there really isn’t much she could have done and that is just the reality of her life. Getting too upset would actually make things worse for her and her brother. *sigh* I just hope that off the page, inside her head, she gave him a good cussing out 😉 I would not want to be in her shoes.
Alex is going through a tough time professionally so he has his own stuff to work through. Not to mention that he has to convince a woman who is stuck on the idea that he is no good to give him a shot. It’s not easy but when they do get together, it’s lovely. I love Alex and Alice together. When she lets her guard down and enjoys herself, and Alex is the reason, it’s great.
If you are looking at this review and are thinking “I don’t think I’ll read this because I am not a fan of baseball”, get that idea out of your head right now. This series really is a character-based series and Sierra excels at writing strong characters. Yes, there is baseball, but Sierra’s passion for the game comes through in her writing so you can’t help but get sucked in. So if you are a fan of contemporary romance books, don’t let the baseball part of this book or series deter you from reading this sweet and sharp books.
All in all, book one, Pitch Perfect, was exceptional and Perfect Catch was a strong continuation to the series. I am really looking forward to book three.
Giggle worthy quote –
“Her hand rested on his forearm again. The muscles there were taut, like corded wire. If years of batting had done that for his arms, what must years of crouching behind the plate have done for this thighs? Or for his butt?
Right then, she wanted very badly to find out.
‘I’m not going to have sex with you,’ she blurted.
‘Excuse me?’ He stopped with his glass halfway to his mouth and eyed her with an expression somewhere between concern and bemusement. ‘I wasn’t aware I’d made an offer.’
‘An off… What? No, that’s not what I’m… Look, listen.’
Alex set his drink down and stared at her. Why did he seem to much less drunk that her? That wasn’t fair.
‘Are we talking just tonight, or is that s flat no sex? Like ever?’
‘Ever.’ What was she talking about? Why? He was cute. Got she was being stupid. ‘I think?’
‘No. I reject your offer. Try again.'”
Books in the Boys of Summer series –