Liked the hero, but the rest of the characters were hard to like. The heroine's situation/past remained a mystery too long for my taste. Figured out wh...moreLiked the hero, but the rest of the characters were hard to like. The heroine's situation/past remained a mystery too long for my taste. Figured out who did it pretty quick, but it was a decent read anyway. (less)
I really could not get into this book. I did not feel any connection to the hero and heroine, and did not feel any chemistry in their relationship. Th...moreI really could not get into this book. I did not feel any connection to the hero and heroine, and did not feel any chemistry in their relationship. Their relationship felt superficial and rushed to me.(less)
First third of this book is full of hot, steamy sex scenes. Gavin, the hero, comes across as very...um...masterful.
I really liked Gavin. Despite his history with women, he becomes attached to Elizabeth pretty quickly - wanting her to stay with him, come to his games, etc. When she has to go out of town, his batting average drops; and again, when she leaves, his batting average drops again.
The heroine, Elizabeth, was actually likable, despite how she acted in the previous book. It was interesting to learn that she had had feelings for Gavin pretty much from the start. While I understand her reluctance to get involved with Gavin due to the professional relationship and her own vulnerability - her whole age thing kind of threw me off. She was 4 years older than him and she thought this was a big deal. Really? 4 years?
Overall, I liked this book, although Gavin really screwed up at the end. I mean, I'll give him a break on letting Mick talk trash about Elizabeth and her motives, but asking her how many of her clients she told that she loved them and how many she slept with? That was a low blow and completely uncalled for, especially given what he knew about her. I like how his family (even Mick)ended up standing up for her and giving Gavin a hard time.
So, overall I enjoyed the book (aside from the part I mentioned above). I'm really looking forward to Jenna and Ty's story. Just wish I didn't have to wait so long for it.(less)
As far as the 3 short stories go [Extra Innings] . . . Liked the first and third ones, but the second one seemed to take forever to get through - even...moreAs far as the 3 short stories go [Extra Innings] . . . Liked the first and third ones, but the second one seemed to take forever to get through - even though it was a short story. All three stories had to do with 3 minor league baseball players waiting/hoping to get called up to the majors. I don't always care for anthologies due to the shortness of the stories and the stories sometimes feeling 'rushed.'
The other story [In His Wildest Dreams] was actually an addition to this book of a story that was released 10 years ago. It was included in this book as a part of the 10th anniversary celebration of Harlequin Blaze. It centered on the heroine needing an additional participant in her dream study in order to finish her Master's Degree in psychology. The heroine's best friend offers up her brother, the hero, as the final participant. The hero has a long history of dating, but not committing to anyone. He reluctantly agrees to participate in the study in order to be able to use a vacation cabin during a year that was supposed to be his sister's turn. The sister warns the heroine that the hero is not someone she should get involved with, that he was charming but would never commit to anyone, etc. She then warns the hero that he better not even think of getting involved with the heroine, as the heroine has too much she needs to take care of in order to finish her degree and is not the type to get involved with someone like him. Of course, you can figure out what happens from there.(less)
I really liked this book, but it was an emotional read. Almost from the start of the book, I was getting choked up and teary. It was a very emotional st...moreI really liked this book, but it was an emotional read. Almost from the start of the book, I was getting choked up and teary. It was a very emotional story about a woman who gave up her baby for adoption when she was 17. The child, who was now 17 and pregnant, entered the heroine's life - along with the father - after the girl's adoptive parents died and a couple of years after the heroine was widowed. It was great to see how the hero and heroine dealt with the past and their determination to help their daughter. The author did an excellent job in describing the feelings of the heroine as she was giving her daughter up for adoption; the feelings of the daughter dealing with getting to know her biological parents after being mislead about the circumstances of her being put up for adoption; the feelings of the hero as he starts to see that all families are not like his was while he was growing up (which lead him to never wanting to get married or be involved in a long-term relationship with a woman); the heroine's in-laws adjusting to her being in a relationship after the death of their son; and everyone adjusting to each other and pulling together to help one another heal. I started reading this and didn't put it down until I was finished. Again, great story but a very emotional one. (less)
**spoiler alert** I’m not 100% sure that I like the ending. I like my happily ever afters however, this one just come too easily.
The heroine’s sort-of...more**spoiler alert** I’m not 100% sure that I like the ending. I like my happily ever afters however, this one just come too easily.
The heroine’s sort-of-step-sister, Devon, was engaged to hero. It was more of a business deal – she would get money, in return for marrying the hero for 1 year, so the hero could get a winery that his grandfather is threatening to sell. The engagement is canceled when Devon’s high school boyfriend sweeps her away. Instead of letting the hero know what is going on (in person or by phone), she gives the heroine a letter for the hero explaining the break-up. The heroine, in turn, offers herself up to the hero as the substitute.
Loved Cat, the heroine. She’s independent and sassy. She made me laugh out loud multiple times throughout the book. Despite her young age, she was comfortable with herself and how she lived her life. She recognizes her feelings for the hero from the beginning (although it was a pretty shallow start as she did not really know him).
The hero, Luke, well - - he started to redeem himself, then he blew it at the end. His way to deal with his feeling about Cat and her unplanned pregnancy, is to let himself be ‘seduced’ by the step-sister. While he didn’t go all the way, it was only because Cat walked in on him.
I think Cat forgave him a little too quickly. He made a grand gesture at the end to ‘show his feelings’ to her, but it involved him spending a large amount of money. I would have liked a little more groveling. I don’t think he suffered enough to convince me it’s going to be a lasting happily-ever-after.
I did enjoy the secondary story of Keith and Jack. Of course, I loved Jack from the beginning. He was a great friend to Cat.
Better groveling would have raised my rating. (less)