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The Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  743 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Life Just Threw Her A Curveball.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has
Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Claire Robinson
2.5 - "You can't please everybody." Stars.

It always saddens me when I read a book that starts out as potentially a 5 star read, and then gradually dies a slow death because of a trope/character that has every last drop wrung from it, to an extent that it detracts from the story.

”It takes more than a little tequila and a Neanderthal to make me feel under the weather.”

I was really enjoying The Devil in Denim, great start, excellent chemistry, and a good spin on a sports romance. I could understand
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
*I received a free ARC of The Devil in Denim from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

Fun, hot, and with lots of great characters.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
3.5 stars

This is a contemporary romance debut from Melanie Scott, who is otherwise known in a different genre (urban fantasy) as M.J. Scott. For a debut, I thought this book was pretty well-written, especially when it came to describing the business behind running a sports team. On the romance front, however, I admit I was a bit of on the fence about it.

All right, let me try to explain my like/dislike thoughts on this. Let’s start with what I really enjoyed from the book.

Alex Winters. Oh, yes, I
Rachel Blom
Dec 20, 2014 Rachel Blom rated it it was ok
Shelves: romances
I don't often read mainstream contemporary romance, but this whole year I've been trying to read outside my normal genres. So when I saw this book at the library, I wanted to give it a try. It's the story of Maggie who has been destined to take over her dad's baseball team from birth - until he decides to sell it to someone else. That someone else is Alex (together with his two best friends, also bachelors and no doubt coming back in sequels to this book). Obviously, Maggie and Alex end up toget ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 29, 2014 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I'll be honest, this is one of those books that I probably never would have noticed without that incredible cover. Several months ago, I spotted it on Amazon and when I saw that it was a sports-themed book, I pre-ordered a print copy on the spot. I've never read this author, but the combination of that gorgeous cover and baseball convinced me. Fast-forward about a month...and the author had ARC's of this book at RWA. Even though I'd pre-ordered it already, I snatched it up...hoping tha
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Review copy provided for a honest review

I picked this book to read and review based on the cover alone, when I requested it there was no synopsis available but I am so glad I asked for it because The Devil in Denim is a baseball related story looking at a very different side of the game. This was a romance at its finest; an intriguing plot that had me wondering the outcome the whole time, some conflict but not so much it drags the bo
Aug 05, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Maggie Jameson always thought she’d take over the family’s baseball franchise until The Devil in Denim smashed her dreams.

You know the saying there is a fine line between love and hate, well Maggie’s and Alex’s relationship shouldn’t actually categorized as hate but highly confrontational most definitely. The chemistry is explosive between Alex and Maggie, they just need to learn to work together for the team to be a success.

Both are extremely attracted to each other, but Maggie tries to maintai
Aug 30, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The Devil in Denim was an enjoyable read.

Maggie and Alex were likable characters and the storyline held my attention.
They had great chemistry, just wished we got a little more in the end, felt a little rushed.

I enjoyed Melanie Scott's writing, looking forward to reading more in the future.
Can't wait to read Lucas and Mal's stories.

Thank you Netgalley and to St. Martin's Press for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Review copy via Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review


This book is packed to the rim with baseball and romance. With her dad selling the team, and in the process breaking her hearts and dreams to shreds, Maggie has a degree and nothing to manage. Enter the new owner, Alex. A man with secrets and two equally as hot best friends who is now running the team that Maggie has always dreamed of managing. The team is more than money to her. The team is family. She feels threa
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Maggie Jameson grew up knowing that she would run the New York Saints one day. She's been preparing for that since childhood and has just finished up a degree tailored towards that goal. The she gets thrown for a loop when she learns that her dad has sold the Saints. She's furious and has no problem telling Alex Winters, the new owner, that in person. How could this happen? The Saints are her life, baseball is her life, and she'
Shelly Ash
Even though Alex and his fellow teammates couldn't play baseball anymore, they'd made it through the fire and helped everyone they could. Now they're not only the best of friends, but business partners too. They've always loved baseball and now that the opportunity is right, they've purchased The Saints. Now all they have to do is get the previous owner's daughter to help them smooth things over with the current players on the team…but Maggie feels betrayed by her father for selling the team and ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 02, 2014 Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it

The Devil in Denim is Melanie Scott’s Debut novel to the Contemporary Genre. I didn’t know when I picked up this book, but Scott is also known as the paranormal romance writer, M.J. Scott. I’ve never read any of those books, but I can tell you this, writing contemporary was a great decision. The Devil in Denim is an awesome start to the New York Saints series.

Maggie Jameson was primed and ready to take over her dad’s position to lead her favorite baseball team, the Saints. Unfortunately, her da

Sep 30, 2014 Smitten rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Smitten by Books Blog

Maggie Jameson is dealing with the biggest shock of her life. Her father just sold the New York Saints to Alex Winters. Her lifelong dream of running the team with her father is instantly crushed as the news washes over her. The betrayal and bitter sting is a hard pill to swallow but Alex’s next step is even worst.

Alex and his partners think buying the Saints is a good move. They are corporate sharks and if anyone can save the money losing team, it is th
Sep 27, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
Maggie Jameson is dealing with the biggest shock of her life. Her father just sold the New York Saints to Alex Winters. Her lifelong dream of running the team with her father is instantly crushed as the news washes over her. The betrayal and bitter sting is a hard pill to swallow but Alex’s next step is even worst.

Alex and his partners think buying the Saints is a good move. They are corporate sharks and if anyone can save the money losing team, it is them. However, getting the team to go in the
Beverley Kendall
Sep 23, 2014 Beverley Kendall rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Smitten by Books

Maggie Jameson is dealing with the biggest shock of her life. Her father just sold the New York Saints to Alex Winters. Her lifelong dream of running the team with her father is instantly crushed as the news washes over her. The betrayal and bitter sting is a hard pill to swallow but Alex’s next step is even worst.

Alex and his partners think buying the Saints is a good move. They are corporate sharks and if anyone can save the money losing team, it is them.
Reader's Lust
Aug 19, 2014 Reader's Lust rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Maggie Jameson or Saint Maggie as she is known around the baseball league always thought she would grow up to be the CEO of the team her dad has owned for decades the Saints. Little does she know her dad has done a deal with three men to buy the team just as she finishes she study and wants to set her plan in motion? Blindsided by the selling of the team she goes and gets herself drunk until one of the owners Alex Winters finds her to explain the reasoning but Maggie is beyond wanting to hear an ...more
Elle Markov
Aug 14, 2014 Elle Markov rated it really liked it
This is one of those sports meets romance novels. Alex and his two best friends, Lucas and Mal love baseball, until tragedy struck back in college and they had to give up on playing the sport. So when their beloved New York Saints [not sure if that's a real team, not very attuned with sports here] are up for sale, they team up to buy them.

Maggie is the only daughter of the Saints owner, she grew up with the team, her dream is to one day be CEO of the team just like her dad. She has spent year ge
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
3.75 - 4.0 stars

Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

This is the first Melanie Scott book that I have read, but I will be reading more.

The Devil In Denim had me in from the first chapter, and had my heart breaking for the main character Maggie right from the get go. After her father sells her legacy off, she feels that all she has worked for since she was a child has been sold down the river, she is left feeling a little sad and sorry for herself, and it doesn't help t
Mayra Statham
Jul 11, 2014 Mayra Statham rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Melanie Scott book, and I must say that I will most definitely keep an eye open for her books in the future.
Maggie Jameson is an intelligent, educated, independent woman who had a plan for her life. A plan that had a curveball thrown at her. Alex Winters is part of the curveball that was thrown at her, even though in her mind he's the devil himself, she finds herself extremely attracted to him.

I have to say that I genuinely li
Sharon Rosenthal
Jun 25, 2014 Sharon Rosenthal rated it it was amazing
I received and early copy of this book to review. I had never read this author before thought I believe she has written some science fiction but she wrote an absolutely fun and fantastic book.

The story centers on Maggie, a woman who just graduated college and is a 1st daughter of baseball for a losing team the "Saints". However, while losing they are a huge fan favorite and so three men try to buy the team from Maggie's dad.

Alex is the hero in this story and is CEO, he is the one who would prima
Lara Hulzen
Sep 14, 2014 Lara Hulzen rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The characters are so well developed. The author wrote Alex in such a way that, although I wanted to hate him for his hard core business tactics, I understood why he had to be that way. And he was human and truly a good guy. And at times I was irked at Maggie for being immature, but I hurt along with her for things not happening the way she wanted. And in the end she always stepped up, not acting like a whiny child but sucking things up like an adult.

But I felt everything alo
Jul 11, 2014 Jenelle rated it it was amazing
*************Thank You NetGalley for an Advanced copy of this title**********
Maggie is absolutely TICKED that her father sold the Saints right out from under her. She was born and raised at the field, and worked her whole life towards one day taking the team over. But out of the blue, her dad sells the team. To Alex. What the heck does Alex know about baseball? He is a corporate ball buster. Yet Alex wants to hire Maggie to smooth their way with the investors and the players and other employees.
Heather andrews
Jun 24, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
I was hooked right from page one I loved Maggie, "her jaw dropped, her fingers clamping around the shot glass. "Did you seriously just ask me that? Well, gosh, Mr. Winters, no I'm not at all upset that my father sold my legacy down the river. Didn't bother me in the slightest." Alex has a hard time controlling himself when he's around Maggie, "it means I'm being a gentleman. As much as my instincts are telling me to finish taking off your clothes and have my way with you, that would only freak y ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and St Martins Press for an honest review**

This was my first book by this author and it wont be my last. Well written, witty and funny the story drew me in and i could hardly put the book down.

Maggie has been thrown a curve ball. She has just found out that her father has sold he beloved Saints Baseball team. The team that she thought she would one day run.

Out of the three new owners , Alex approaches her first and she believes him to be the Devil. Charming, hot, coc
Patricia Andrew
Aug 11, 2014 Patricia Andrew rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel with admirable characters, Maggie and Alex. From the tumultuous start of their relationship, to the continual passion that burned between them, Melanie Scott kept me reading, hoping for the best outcome. I couldn't put this down during the ongoing negotiations for the sale of Maggie's number one love, the Saints baseball team. It tore her apart, making her question everything about her life.

Alex was one hot alpha and I loved his business style. He was true to himself,
Aug 31, 2014 Jill rated it liked it

3.5 stars
Deborah Harrell-jones
I borrowed this book from my library and let's just say again i didn't like the main female character. The story is about a Alex and he two best friends buying a baseball team in dire need. Maggie's father sold it to them and she lost out on her inheritance and a job she thought she deserved. To describe Maggie I would say she is spoiled and entitled. She may be a hard worker but she doesn't like to listen very well only heard what she wanted. I think she stayed mad the whole book. I loved Alex, ...more
Monet Targaryen
Jul 20, 2015 Monet Targaryen rated it liked it
The review for the entire series can be found on my blog.

**I did a series review since my review for all three books would have been way too similar.**

I found these books after I had read one of the author’s fantasy books. I normally don’t do series reviews and I would just do a review for each of them but I pretty much have the same feelings for each of the books and planned on giving them all the same rating. For me this series is pretty midline for romance, it’s not the best, but it definit
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Admittedly, I don’t try new authors as much as I probably should. I DON’T LIKE CHANGE! But I’m really glad I gave it a chance. I liked it. No, I loved it. So much that I actually bought it after I finished reading it from my library. That’s dedication.

Maggie Jameson is “heir” to a baseball team. Her father, owner of the New York Saints, is not getting any younger and Maggie knows the team, inside and out. She grew up around players with the baseball diam
The Devil in Denim

All her life all Maggie Jameson has wanted to do was run The Saints when her father retired. She’s worked every day since she was a child to help the team. The last thing she ever expected was her father to sell the team out from under her. Alex Winters has always loved The Saints so when the chance came, he and his three friends jumped to buy the team. It’s a dream that they have always shared. Maggie allows Alex to convince her to stay and help The Saints but she can’t stop f
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