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(Philadelphia Patriots #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,488 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots. Now that she’s landed the assignment she intends to make it big, with feature articles on the front page of every sports section in the country. But to do that, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in basebal ...more
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Smashwords
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1 Poor Star

I get quite excited when i am getting ready to read a book with sport mans but this one totally didn't worked out for me.

As much as i tried i couldn't get into it or connect with the characters what's so ever. This story just didn't seem real to me and i am sorry to say that but not good at all. When i read a book and i said this many times before i like to find in it a connection and chemistry between the MC's and in here i could not find any sparkles betw
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3.5 Stars

So, I’m on a baseball romance kick right now, it’s spring training time and I’m ready for the season to start despite the fact my team traded away my favorite player. I purchased this three book box set by V.K. Sykes for 99 cents, yes 99 cents and as of today it’s still available. I figured what the heck and I’m glad I did. While I liked some books better than the others, they are good stories and the characters were pretty enjoyable

Oh the melodrama!!! I tried. I really did. I wanted to give this book up around 30%, but some of the reviews said that the 2nd half was better, so I kept at it. But by 80% I was done. It was just SO cheesy. And over the top. And melodramatic. Maybe it's just me, I'm not a huge fan of the media to begin with so all her threats and her "solution" to the problem irritated the crap out of me. Plus I had a hard time believing the romance between the h/h. I just didn't feel the passion between them.
InD'tale Magazine

This is a fairly quick read and though there is nothing really new here, it is well-written.

Read full review in the 2012 May/June issue of InD’tale Magazine.

Mandi Schreiner
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Maddie is five months into her job as a sportswriter for a newspaper in Philadelphia. It is currently baseball season, which means she is traveling with the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots. She has earned most of the guys respect on the team as well as her colleagues. Her boss is always pushing her to come up with a bigger feature, and now Maddie has an idea. Recently, superstar Jake Miller was called up from the minors now that his injury is healed. Maddie and Jake have chemistry o ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got this book as a freebie, and that was the best thing about the book..Once I started reading it, I had to finish it but to be honest I skipped a few pages (and by a few pages I mean a couple of chapters) was just really slow and then when something did happen it was cheesy..the writing felt it wasn't within the last couple of yrs.the only thing that let me know it was current was that the lead guy drove a Tahoe..I kept asking my self "who talks like that" and the "mobster" guy ...more
Denise Swanson
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-romance
Loved it. Everything I look for in a good sports romance. Wonderful hero and strong heroine.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of the Philadelphia Patriots series. I, unfortunately, read the second one first because it was a freebie for Kindle. So I already knew how this book would end and knew some of the characters already. I thought this was a great romance, suspense, steamy and intriguing book. I really liked the strength and convictions of the two main characters, Maddie and Jake. Both have really strong work ethics and have worked hard to get where they are in their careers. They also come f ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
It started off really well (Despite the 8/9 mistakes I spotted in amazon's look inside preview alone) and I really enjoyed it up to a point.
However once the hero and heroine get together, other than sex, you don't really get to see them interact, talk and fall in love you just know that they are. It's all summarised into small paragraphs.
Add in the uninteresting conflict (aka Robbie) and then the way O T T ending where the hero doesn't even call the police (Wth?) and yeah it was just far too d
Manda Collins
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson
Shelves: contemporary
Really enjoyed this baseball romance between star hitter Jake Miller and sports reporter Maddie Leclaire. Jake's is one of my favorite hero types--blond and charming. The chemistry between these two was great and the reasons they weren't supposed to get together were valid. The twist of romantic suspense at the end made for an exciting finish. If you like sports romances--especially Jill Shalvis' baseball books--I think you'll love Fastball. Also it's 2.99 at Amazon. What have you got to lose?
Danielle Calabrese
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great sports romance! I really liked Maddie and could feel the attraction they had for one another right off the bat. I am not sure why it took me so long to read this one being a sports romance fan, but I really liked it!
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The first half of this book moved really slowly for me and lacked dialogue and character interaction. The second half was much better but it was a little too late to salvage the book for me!
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another good book by this author! This book has baseball with a bit of suspense... Great read!
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maddie and Jake were perfect together!!!!! I loved them along with Martha and Nate!!! It was a pleasure reading this book, looking forward to Hardball.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
Just an ok read for me. I had read another book, out of order, from this series, and felt similarly, but felt like reading a sports-themed romance. These books are all capable romances. They're easy reads and provide an interesting take on what happens behind the scenes of a professional baseball team. But they lack any real depth. In this installment, the hero, Jake, is a private, but stellar baseball player coming back from a serious injury. The heroine, Maddie, is a "play by the rules" report ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This one started out really great and I was really enjoying it. I liked Maddie and Jake and I liked the dilemma Maddie faced of not being able to get involved with Jake and still be respected in her career field. I did think Jake didn't respect that quite enough and just assumed he could make everything okay if they got caught sneaking around. It is actually pretty believable that he'd think that though since he is a super star used to being able to get what he wants and bend the rules because t ...more
Debra Barstad
Not my cup of tea really it was a fast read but not what I normally would read. The story seemed to fairy tale like and really did not seem like it would happen in todays time. If a person is into romance than they probably would like this book but I am more of a thriller/horror type person.
Steve Bender
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good baseball romance. The baseball part seems very realistic(my son played independent ball), and the ethical twists kept it from just being a romance. Couple of explicit scenes. Recommended.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
1,5. Started out okay, but then went downhill and got really bad by the end.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not really my cuppa tea. It was an ok read.
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 2.10 // Action: 1.0 / Emotion: 0.0 / Romance: 3.0 / Sensuous: 4.0 / Suspense: 0.0 // Laughter: 0 / Tears: 0

Fastball: 2.10:
A Contemporary Romance (with Erotica leanings) that failed to engender that emotional connection between the characters and the reader that makes for a great read. The everyday "ordinary-ness" of the characters didn't elicit much interest in their story.

Hero: 4.50:
Loved Jake Miller. First, he was a baseball player. (Always had a thing for sports guys.) Second,
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I might have liked this story line better than Hardball. I did notice similarities though- the relationship was too good to be true, the girl was in some kind of crisis and her stud muffin of a man comes to rescue her.

Hot, firey journalist Maddie LeClair falls for her Patriots baseball hero Jake Miller (from his description I think I would have had a crush on him One problem stands in their way of ever having any kind of relationship though. Maddie is the Patriots main journalist an
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, athletes, romance
This book took me longer to finish than it really should have. But parts of it simply put me to sleep. I would literally fall asleep, only to wake up a couple hours later.

This story has too much monologue and dialogue; a lot of tell instead of show. Which makes for a very slow pace.

The characters could have been very likable, but with not a whole lot of showing of emotions, they ended up being pretty bland. I never 'got' that they were attracted to each other, I was just told they were.

A few too
Fastball was a really interesting read. I thought it was okay. It wasn't something that I would want to read more than once, but it did have a nice story line.
It has lots of baseball, romance, and drama to keep you occupied. And most of the character's were very interesting, and I enjoyed them greatly.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was Maddie. I liked her at certain points but other wise I thought she was a complete idiot. I mean really through the whole first half of the book, s
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heading for a grand-slam

Overall, this is a good book. It is built around a sport I know little about, but the book is only minimally about baseball. It is primarily a "relationship" book.
The main characters are drawn to each other, but resisting the pull. This is a very standard plot for a romance. The glory of the genre is that the character development, and plot twists, can take center stage instead.
This author develops very strong female characters. The primary female character is successful
Nancy Goldberg
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, and bought it as part of a boxed set. I don't see the boxed set listed here, so I'll review each of the books separately. I love books that have a baseball setting--there aren't very many out there, at least not in traditional publishing.

I liked this story, and liked Maddie and Jake. I also loved Martha as secondary.

However, I found three problems with the book that keeps me from rating it higher:

1) The love scene in the cab, where the driver wasn't paying attention
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
***Detailed Review***
FASTBALL was a pretty good book.

Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair is reluctant to get involved with baseball superstar Jake Miller despite the instant connection they both fell.

While a relationship really wouldn’t affect Jake, it could be fatal to Maddie’s. It’s a choice she struggles with, but eventually they both decide to keep things a secret and see where things may lead before they face the world.

Everything is great until Maddie overhears Jake with fellow teammate Rob
Eddy Allen
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it

Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots. Now that she’s landed the assignment she intends to make it big, with feature articles on the front page of every sports section in the country. But to do that, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating injury that knocked him out of play for a season, Jak
Christina Montminy
Okay I missed this one when I read Hardball not realizing it was in a series. Wow I love the story line of hidden romance & the dangers of gambling. Maddie's a sports writer for a major newspaper working for a major baseball team & Jake's this down to earth super jock that get called back up to the team after a major injury. One look from both of them & you know that the heat will be there. Bad timing seems to be a real problem for these two as well a team mate with a major gambling problem. Nee ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
This book was okay. The main characters were Maddie and Jake. Maddie is a sports writer and Jake is a baseball star. Jake gets called up to play in the big leagues again and meets Maddie his first day back. There is the insta-attraction and she agrees to meet with him even though it goes against the rules.

One of the reason the book was only okay for me is that I really didn't care for Maddie. She was a little too self-righteous and somewhat annoying. I did like Jake though. He knew what he want
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