Title: Pitch Please
Series: There’s No Crying in Baseball #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Sports Romance
Release: September 8, 2017
Baseball is life, the rest is just details.
Everyone who’s played the game has heard those words a time or two. But Hancock has heard them his entire life from his parents. His family has lived and breathed baseball even before he started little league.
Hancock “Parts” Peters has a name that inspires grins across many faces, but the moment those faces get their first look at him, those grins slide away.
Hancock is gruff, filterless, and doesn’t give a crap who he offends. He is the only man in baseball who doesn’t care if he gets an endorsement or not. He’s there to play the game. He’s there to win. He’s there because baseball is his life.
People think he’s a jerk.
And maybe he is. But if that’s how he has to come off to get people to leave him the hell alone so he can play in peace, so be it. The less people he has to worry about offending, the better.
Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.
Sway Coffman didn’t mean to rock the boat. She was just there to do her job.
Sure, she was a woman in a man’s world. Yes, she beat out several of those men to get the job as head athletic trainer for the professional baseball team, The Texas Lumberjacks. And yeah, she now got hate mail from those men.
But she’s good at her job, and she earned the position.
What she is not good at, however, is talking to men.
Men seem to see her curvy hips, large breasts and thick thighs and automatically think she is incompetent. Because surely a fat girl couldn’t get the job treating some of the most fit and athletic men in the world, right?
This fat girl got the job, and she is proud of it.
What else did she get?
The attention of the sexiest bearded man she’d ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on.
It was enough to bring to her down to her knees…in front of that man, the hot and grumpy baseball player, Hancock Peters.
I adore sports romance stories, and I’m a huge Lani Lynn Vale fan, so those two things combined is definitely a must read for me. And Vale’s first book in her There’s No Crying in Baseball series, Pitch Please, is exactly the kind of story I’ve come to expect from this author; the story has an amazing hero and heroine who fit each other perfectly, secondary characters who are just as intriguing as the main ones, and the perfect combination of sweet and steamy scenes with several bonus scenes of America’s greatest pastime, focusing on the dynamic play of one heck of a catcher and the baseball superstitions that always seem to guide each and every player looking to bring a little bit of luck on their side.
Sway Coffman is definitely one of my favorite Vale heroines. Despite society’s view of her body type, she’s confident in who she is, embracing her flaws and owning the woman she’s become, not allowing other people’s words to bring her down and feeling comfortable enough with Hancock to give him all of her. This speaks volumes about both Sway and Hancock because it proves the type of people they are and why they’re perfect for each other.
Hancock ‘Parts’ Peters is a veteran in the league and has made a name for himself not only due to his skills but also due to his hotheadedness and brutal honesty. No one makes him do or say anything that he doesn’t want to and people stay out of his way because he’s both respected and feared for his domination on the field and his tell it like it is personality. I ADORED how Hancock’s body reacts to Sway and his internal musings about just how much he likes her curves, her humor, and her sweetness. There was never a point in the story where I didn’t see Hancock in a positive light and that doesn’t happen that often in romance stories because their flaws usually cause issues at some point and that’s just not the case with him.
The fact that Sway has a Fat Head of Hancock on her bedroom wall along with his career stats only makes their connection that much better because it illustrates just how much she adored him as a player, which only amplifies her feelings once Sway gets to know him for the amazing man he is.
Lani Lynn Vale has started her new series with a great read, making me excited for what’s to come with her Texas Lumberjacks and the women who give them an even better life off the field rather than on it.
4.5 Poison Apples