Title: Quit Your Pitchin’
Series: There’s No Crying in Baseball
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Sports Romance
Cover Model: Chase ketron
Release Date: July 20, 2018
What’s wrong with my butt?
She means those words to be directed toward the woman beside her, not him. But he can’t stop himself from answering.
Not when her ass is the most magnificent thing he’s seen in his life.
Apparently, answering her with ‘not a damn thing’ wasn’t what she was expecting.
She likely wasn’t expecting the baseball she took to the face at his next at bat, either.
All it takes is one ill-fated foul ball, and George Hoffman, Lumberjacks center fielder, falls head over
heels in love with Wrigley Field—and yes, that is her real name.
From that point forward, George and Wrigley fall into a fast whirlwind love that ends with them eloping to Vegas.
And he has his potty mouth, titty bar owning, pain in the ass grandmother to thank for it.
Not that he’s complaining or anything.
Who wouldn’t want to be married to a woman that made his heart race like he was in the final game of the World Series?
The only problem is trying to convince her of that.
George Hoffman and Wrigley Field, the hero and heroine of Lani Lynn Vale’s newest release, Quit Your Pitchin’, seem like a match made in baseball heaven, except for the fact that the heroine doesn’t know the first thing about the game of baseball, which is a bit of an issue since George is a professional baseball player for the Lumberjacks, but while Wrigley can use a ‘Baseball for Dummies’ book to acquire some much needed insight into America’s past time, neither she nor George has the power to control the media or his fans when it comes to their relationship and their issues being plastered all over the Internet, which is definitely a point of contention, especially due to how quickly things happened between them and how much chaos Wrigley’s siblings bring into their lives.
Things between George and Wrigley heat up extremely fast, which means they quickly move forward with every aspect of their relationship and for this reason, it was difficult to get my bearings on one situation and then have to keep moving forward to another one when I hadn’t fully understood the repercussions of the previous one, and because A LOT happens between them and as a result of other people’s actions, I needed more information, deeper insight, and more indication of why everything affected them the way they did.
The media/fans’ aspect of the story was absolutely necessary, and it was realistic, even as disgusting as it is for people to do the things the paparazzi do and the things fans say about people they don’t truly know. With social media as rampant as it is nowadays and the freedom it seems to allow people’s nasty inner critic to come out and freely share things that should remain unspoken, it’s not easy for professional athletes and the people they care about to not be raked over the coals for even the smallest on incidences.
The secondary characters are quite the contrasting group. George’s grandma is a hoot and I like how she tells it like it is. It’s easy to see how much she adores her grandson and how proud she is of him, and her relationship with Wrigley is something that Wrigley desperately needs and despite the less than stellar events that occur, that bond remains in tact. George and Wrigley’s siblings are complete asshats who seem to use the pair more than help them, and while George and Wrigley’s constant support of them illustrates the fact that they are good and compassionate people, I wanted George and Wrigley to wash their hands of the users, especially those responsible for making things between the couple so much harder than they would have been if these blood relatives would have had their own act together.
Furious George definitely lives up to his nickname, especially when things go to shit between him and Wrigley, and while he does make some mistakes along the way, Wrigley seems to be the more stubborn one of the duo, which makes their lives extremely difficult and it also makes for one frustrating and unpredictable journey to what readers hope is a happily ever after.
4 Poison Apples