Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.
Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.
Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
What an intense emotion packed story this is!
Jilly made it to the top ten of my favorite heroes from the get go. He's a bit sullen, introverted, and insecure person, but so sweet, adorable, loving, caring, kind, loyal... What a character, absolutely a hero! Hailey is introverted as well, but very passionate, her love for Bruce is true and sweet. She is willing to go far to make him know that. But she has a secret that has lots of power in Jilly's world, and can come in between them. But when they are together, it is so powerful, passionate, and potent. They are so perfect together, devoted to each other. The way they accept each other, how loving they are, how protective Jilly is of her, melts your heart.
They have so many obstacles on their way, but they work their way through it all, finally, both of them embracing the person they grew up to be.
The emotions are high, the first person point of view, intensifying them even more. The world of baseball was brought to a different light, the players made into a human beings, with fails, sweat, and tears behind their fame, and life, values, and goals outside the field as well.
This was a story I couldn't put down, it is energetic, touching, and captivating tale of love, baseball, and life
~ Five spoons!
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heavSplitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
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