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(Philadelphia Patriots #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,243 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Book One in the USA Today Bestselling Philadelphia Patriots Series

Will she be willing to play his game?

Dr. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream: working as a cardiac surgeon at a prestigious children's hospital. She's totally dedicated to her patients, and she won't let anything or anyone get in her way. And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published June 14th 2011
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick easy read. The story is about the meeting and forming of a relationship between baseball player Nate Carter and Dr. Holly Bell. It was basically a good story but somtimes Holly's description of Nate was bit redundate. She was overwhelmed with how handsome he was and how great his body was to look at-it just was repetitive when the author used the same descriptive words. The author did a good job of giving the h/h a real life relationship struggle. There is even a little suspense ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports-romance
2.5 stars.

I'm a bit disappointed. Hardball is definitely not as good as Hot Number. FULL REVIEW TO COME...
Jamie Kline
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-review
Review: I confess, I don't usually read just straight romance books; I prefer paranormal romance or romantic suspense. This book sounded like such a fun read I couldn't turn it down. Plus, it actually does end up having some suspense elements to it that I wasn't expecting! Also, did you SEE that book cover?! The only word that comes to mind is H-O-T!

1) Character Development: I was able to relate and connect with both of the main characters, Holly and Nate, but perhaps not as much as I would hav
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Holly Bell has worked hard all her life and is a very experienced Pediatric Cardiatic Surgeon in Philly. Unfortunately she is not as experienced in relationships of the heart and intimicy.So when she meets Nate Carter, yummy, georgeous, masculine, star picture of the Philadephia Patriots, she is thrown for a loop. Holly is one who likes organization, and has a map planned out for her career. Nate has a chance of playing in the big league and likes ALL the fun that comes with being a supersta ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was up until 4:45 am reading this amazing book between Doctor Holly Bell and Pat's Pitcher Nate Carter. You get a taste of him in Fastball and you can see how loyal he is. Nate is sweet and caring and can be stubborn. Holly Bell is a fantastic doctor and loves what she does, and she can be just as stubborn as Nate. I think the sex between Nate and Holly was just a little hotter than Jake and Maddie's. Jake and Maddie do make a few appearances in this book unfortunately it is not reviled in thi ...more
Danni Potter
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fantastic book.
A great story line, very mature nature and relatable.
Gets the heart racing at certain points, and you really feel for the characters.
I was uncertain in the beginning but I do not regret buy this book.
Certainly recommend.
Margo - my business is in ashes but now I have time to read
The heroine was such a whiny, needy bitch I couldn't read another page. The hero was supposed to be the cliche sports star who can't keep his dick in his pants, but he was actually fairly likeable. I just couldn't figure out what he was doing with the psycho doctor.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great story. Heroine's patience pays off.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, romance, sports
Contemporary romance with a baseball theme when the star pitcher falls for a selfless local children's doctor.
Dr. Holly Bell is a wonderful children's cardiac surgeon, but new to Philadelphia when she bumps into Nate Carter the famous pitcher who volunteers cheering up the sick children and he falls for the sexy Holly. So they start a relationship, but it is difficult because Nate has a terrible reputation with the ladies, but he does has nice friends so the relationship is developing but then t
Presly Jones
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-it-at-all
I dislike clingy heroines especially coming from a beautiful and sucessful surgeon. You have everything going for you and you practically beg for marriage from a sports star who I must add is a womanizer. On top of it all she keeps whining and setting rules and conditions to him him. Babe, you are supposed to be intelligent, classy and different from his other ladies but you ended up just like them. The write up was okay but the heroines attitude just killed my vibes.
Luz Trevino
It was an ok romance. Nate was an ok hero who didn't really cave until Holly was in danger. Holly fell in love with him way before he reciprocated those feelings. Therefore at times it was frustrating seeing Nate debating if he was ready to commit and no longer be a man whore.
Marissa Chavez
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holly and Nate's story was simply amazing!
Sharon M.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nate Carter met Dr. Holly Bell when he was visiting sick children at the hospital. Nate is the pitcher of the Patriots. He gets what he wants, and he wants Holly. Holly is a surgeon. She is no groupie willing to play games. Nate is going to have to reconsider his game plan if he wants Holly.

Now Holly is being pursued by a killer. Nate is determined to protect her. Nate also needs to figure out if he can be in a monogamous relationship with Holly.

Can Nate save Holly? Can Nate give Holly what she
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Good continuation. Didn't quite have the same chemistry as book 1, but overall good.

***Detailed Review***

HARDBALL is a quick and fast read that continues on the Philadelphia Patriots series. Featuring star pitcher, Nate Carter and pediatric surgeon, Dr. Holly Bell.

Holly is similar to Maddie from book one in the fact that she loves her career and doesn’t want to risk losing it if love isn’t the end result. As a pediatric surgeon, she’s passionate about staying focus on saving the lives of sick c
Yeah, where do I start??

Let me summarize real quick:
Plot: awesome (exciting, keeps you going, with twists - predictable ones, though)
Characters: meh (I just didn't like Holly...)
Writing style: good (there r a lot of descriptions of the surroundings... that was a bit boring at times)

So, let me start with the writing style.
Maybe I'm getting tired of this genre 'cause the first 17+ scene was just really boring to read for me. I don't know...

And don't get me started on Holly Bells.
I mean, gosh, she
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. I really liked the use of suspense mixed in with sports. I also felt the depiction of Holly and Nate's relationship was pretty realistic. I hate instalove and I hate when the guy is possessive and overbearing, and there was none of that here. Nate was just a guy who really liked a girl and wanted to see where it went. He got understandably freaked when she became more invested than he was ready for and I felt that part of their struggle was portrayed in a very real wa ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Holly Bell is a children’s surgeon and just started her new job in the hospital. She knows she shouldn’t get too involved in the private lives of her little patients, but when this little boy becomes her patient she cannot ignore the warming signs. Holly is also not ready of all the attention this gorgeous pitcher is giving her from the moment they meet.

Nate Carter is a star pitcher and has a highly reputation with the ladies. When he meets the new beautiful new children’s surgeon during his mon
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5. A delightful novel that is great for romance fans, sports fans, and for those who really like a spicy story with some very real edge to it. The doctor has her professional demands, not the least are the concerns of the parents of her pediatric patients. It is not pleasant when a parent just can't seem to cooperate, but when a parent becomes threatening and uses intimidation to prevent treatment for his child, then things heat up and the story is not only a romance with its ups and ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, fiction, chick-lit
Ooo, this book is hot! Nate Carter starts out as seemingly sort of full of himself and that's exactly what Dr. Holly Bell thinks when she first meets him. Quickly she and we readers realize that's not the case. Holly and Nate quickly fall into a relationship even though they come from two very different worlds. This book sucked me right in!

The book is a romance and there is some hotness throughout the book but this book has great characters that really serve to carry the story along. Nate is a p
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An all-star Philly baseball player, Nate Carter, bumps into a sweet doctor with a big heart, Holly Bell when he's making rounds cheering up children at the local hospital. The chemistry is instant and Nate knows he'll need to find a plan to get to know the good doctor better.

Holly was caught off guard when the charming, athletic, breathtaking Nate stumbles into her in one of her patient's rooms. Cautious with her heart and dedicated to her work, dating a celebrity athlete was not part of her pla
There's a whole lotta story in this story, and for that alone I'd say you'll get your money's worth out of this book.

Here's my 2 cents worth:

The author is actually a husband/wife team and they write an excellent sports erotic romance.

Dr. Holly Bell is a no-nonsense pediatric cardiac surgeon. Love interest Nate Carter is one hot, charming and disarmingly sexy baseball player. Even as her brain is saying "no, bad idea", her mouth is saying "yes, Yes, Ok, yes". It's actually funny at times, becau
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-r-c-g
I got Hardball by V.K. Sykes for free on Amazon.

Hardball is a pleasant contemproary romance with a lot of heat!
Just have a look-see at the cover.

To me the story doesn't really have any surprises in it, but it's very well written and easy to read. There is some suspense in the book and I knew there was going to be a showdown close to the end.

Holly is a strong, successful,some what shy female heroine and I enjoyed her standing up to Nate for what she needed and wanted.
Nate was a really down to e
Christa Simpson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dr. Holly Bell is a pediatric surgeon who just started her new position at a hospital in Philadelphia. She meets the infamous Nate Carter, a pro ball player (though she's never heard of him), while he's visiting sick children. Immediate sparks and let the romance begin.

There's also some stuff about a crazy ass father of an ill patient, but I'm not gonna go there.

I guess the doc's been less than active sexually, and yet that doesn't stop her from doing Nate on the first date. Apparently she ju
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a good read, good characters and storyline. Dr. Holly Bell comes across as a confident "don't take no shit" kind of gal but when she meets Nate Carter, a pro baseball player she falls head over heels. I though Nate was a bit stuck up his own butt at the beginning and even throughout yet not as much. He always gets the girls and he's the best pitcher ever etc etc. however I did like him.
When he and Holly are going through a 'hard time' I really felt for Holly, some would see she wa
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Nate Carter is a buff (duh) baseball player who visits the children’s wing of the local hospital and meets the new doctor in town. Holly Bell is a workaholic who cares overly much for her patients and doesn’t have time to date. He is from a working class family; she is from a wealthy one. He plays the field, she seldom dates. But the electricity flies and the two become involved. In the ointment are an offer to play for another team across the country, threats coming from a young patient’s fathe ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Holly is a slightly neurotic surgeon with less-than-stellar social skills. I actually commiserate with her because when it came to dating, I wasn't one to play around either. Before I started dating my husband, we had a long talk about where we saw the relationship going. We didn't want to waste our time. So I get Holly's thing for not wanting to put energy into what amounts to a fling. I think she could have handled it better,, say, letting Nate know that before they started datin ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Nate's character in this series...he is the quintessential jock douchebag when you look at him on the outside, but when you step into his mind you see he's not what everyone leads you to believe he is. He's known as a playboy with a long string of girls from different cities....then he meets Dr. Holly Bell and his whole life gets flipped upside down, and he doesn't know how to handle the emotions she brings out in him. When Holly brings up the fact that she is NOT into sharing Nate tries ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Hardball is a pleasant romance with a lot of heat! You can probably guess the amount of heat by the cover. It's too bad I read the ebook and didn't get to look at it in between chapters!

The story doesn't really have any surprises in it, but it's very well written and easy to read. Holly is a strong female protagonist and enjoyed her standing up to Nate for what she needed. The characters are very likeable, and oh so very human. Their strengths are shown as well as their flaws, so the reader can
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a good book...I would say even a 3.5. It kept me reading, but have to admit there were some areas where I could definitely see where others reviews came from as Holly was quite a bit insecure...not that I cannot understand her fear of dating a professional athlete with a reputation as a women's man....however, she is successful, attractive, and smart so not sure why she was as insecure as she was. His issues with commitment didn't sit well either. He didn't have much of a basis for it oth ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
With the unique perspective of BOTH the male and the female in a new relationship and navigating falling in love the husband and wife writing duo make this a highly credible romance. Dr. Holly Bell is swept off her feet by Nate Carter who is a superstar pitcher for a baseball team and she wonders how she compares with the other women Nate has been with and is she really special to him. As they spend more time together Nate has to decide if Holly is worth exclusivity and the conversations and the ...more
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V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest, in the romance category. Vanessa also writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her o ...more

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