Date published: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Self published
Synopsis: Besides her family, Lacey Robinson’s only other love is baseball. She’s on top of the world when Arizona State University approaches her to discuss a scholarship. To be the first girl ever to grace a college boys’ team is beyond what she has ever dreamed.
Her fastball is impeccable, her curveball equally as good, and her slider annihilates anyone who dares to step in the batter’s box. But fate has its own way of throwing curveballs. When she loses her mother and sister to a home invasion, baseball and her dreams die with them. Tragedy has a way of seeping deep into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, her psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the things that she loved to do, and for Lacey that is baseball.
After a move clear across the country, only two things matter to Lacey—overcome her PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with obstacles—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team.
Her life is further complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a magical touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares. But getting involved with him may be dangerous when Kade’s archenemy returns to town to settle a vendetta.
To complicate matters, her PTSD has taken a turn for the worse. She has to find a way to heal otherwise she may not have a chance at anything in life, especially love.
This is a New Adult Novel and contains strong language and sexual content. Intended for audiences age 17+
What I Thought:
Wow. From the blurb I was expecting this book to be interesting at the least, and had hoped it would be good and enjoyable at the most. To say I got what I wanted would be right. This book took a new look at something that some might say was getting rote.
It's not immediately apparent what's caused Lacey's PTSD. Her first meeting with Kade is definitely unique and immediately put me on alert. Finding out what had caused her so much trauma was heart breaking, especially since there hadn't been a resolution to the crime. I really loved how dedicated Lacey was to baseball and making the team. I liked how the author kept Lacey's romantic partner sort of up in the air. She really had quite a number of guys to choose from and it seemed like everyone was interested in her and I could see her with almost all of them. I liked Kade. He was a bit mysterious, but he seemed to genuinely want the best for Lacey and care for her. While they were great together, I didn't really like how their attraction for each other seemed obsessive and over the top. It was sort of like insta-love/lust.
The story flowed at a fast pace and it made my blood boil to see how Lacey was treated by Aaron Seever and other males and females who were jealous of her and her talents. I love how Kade and the Maxwell brothers helped her out there. I can hardly wait for the remaining Maxwell brothers to get their stories, especially since they played such vital roles in this book and many of the questions raised by this book haven't been solved. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series and how the story progresses from this point on.
About the Author:
For those of you who know me, you know the ‘S’ stands for Susan in S. B. Alexander. I chose to use my initials since there were a few Susan Alexander authors out there.