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A League of Her Own

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He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enou
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Harlequin
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Karen Rock Hi, Carol! So sorry it took me so long to answer but I just discovered that there are questions with individual books (rather than on my dashboard) an…moreHi, Carol! So sorry it took me so long to answer but I just discovered that there are questions with individual books (rather than on my dashboard) and found yours :) I'm thrilled you're enjoying the books as much as I love writing them. My greatest joy is when (and this comes after writing the first draft and then revising) the book emerges the way I'd envisioned it- with the characters and plot working together to deliver the story and message I wanted to tell. In A League of Her Own, for example, I wanted this book to be about letting go and giving others and ourselves second chances and using multiple ways of looking at addiction to do this (the daughter of a OTC pill abuser, a recently recovering alcoholic facing even more pressure in his life, and a mother who's overcome her addiction and hopes it's not to late to make right her past wrongs). When I reread the book in the editing phase, I did a happy dance! That brings me lots of joy as do connecting with readers like you :)(less)

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

A League of Her Own by Karen Rock, is a Heartwarming Harlequin Romance. I won this book in a give-a-way package.

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Heather Gadway is twenty seven years old. In college she was an award winning pitcher and now she is a college coach in California. Heather’s dad is the sole owner of a minor league baseball team, The Falcons, in their home town of Holly Springs, North Carolina. Heather has grown up around baseball. It’s all she has ever known. Her mother is an addict and Heather hasn’t
Geri Reads
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

My first Karen Rock and definitely won't be my last.

I love the idea of two flawed but determined individuals fighting to find their place in the world at the same time being in love with each other. Heather is trying to prove to her father and to everyone that she can handle what is traditionally known as a man's job, which is being a baseball manager. And Garrett is trying to stay sober and outrun his past. Both of them are determined to succeed.

Individually, I loved the characters.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Heather must manage her father's floundering baseball team after he suffers a heart attack. Dealing with doubt from the teammates, as well as her father, makes this a challenge. Can she measure up? Being attracted to Garrett, the wayward pitcher with a chip on his shoulder disturbs her especially since he's a recovering alcoholic. Her mother's addiction nearly killed Heather years ago, so Heather is immediately distrustful.

Great writing made me invested Heather and Garrett and root for
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

I loved this sweet story! I have read a lot of sports romance and have found that the focus is almost always on the romance with just a glimpse of the sport. That is not the case with this novel. This is a true sports story with the sport being just as important as the romance. I love baseball so this story really appealed
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is my 3rd Karen Rock book and it has definitely secured her a place on the short list of authors I can't wait to read. I will definitely bump her upcoming books to the top of my to read list.
As is the case with most romances this had a fairly predictable plot line. Thankfully woven into that predictability was a unique story-line and great characters.

Heather is very strong female lead who happens to be an awesome pitcher. It takes a while but eventually she shows the all male members of the
My Review:
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I have read every book by Karen Rock so far, so when she asked me if I wanted to read and review her upcoming release A League of Her Own I didn't hesitate a moment. A League of Her Own has many elements I've come to expect from karen Rock her books, a slow building heart warming romance, great side characters and some hard or emotional issues woven in between. This book also felt different then her earlier books, but I really enjoyed i
Katie W
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not an athlete, yet I enjoy a story that revolves around sports. Heather has spent her whole life around baseball and has a deep love for the sport. Not only is she a college champion softball pitcher, but she's a great coach and has a good eye for things not obvious to others. She's had an emotional tough upbringing, due to her mother's addictions, and baseball seems to be a stabilizing force in her life.

Garrett has also had a tough upbringing and just wants to feel successful and accepted
This book was a hit out of the ball park with me. I love rooting for the underdogs and this was a romance of two struggling, but very determined people who just needed a chance to show that the faith placed in them had not been misplaced. Their story is set against the backdrop of a minor league ball club trying to come out of several slumping seasons.

This baseball romance written by a new to me author had a refreshing and intriguing twist to it that caught my eye and made me eager to pick up th
Michelle Pickett
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I was scheduled as a stop on Karen’s blog tour. Not only is she a gifted storyteller, she’s a sweet friend. I was originally supposed to post my review on the 9th, but family problems got in the way. Karen was so gracious and understanding. She told me family, of course, came before book reviews. And, although she is correct, I still want to share some of my thoughts on her newest novel in the “Heartwarming” series by Harlequin, “A League of Her Own.”

“A League of Her Own” i
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every woman loves a attractive and talented guy, add in a mix of him being off limits and voila, it's an explosive situation bound to be one heck of a fun ride.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top uni coach, but she's ranked as amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team.

And when it comes to managing her over the top and very aggravating attraction to Garret Wold, their brand new star pitcher, shouting " time to play ba
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, harlequin
They definitely got the Heartwarming right, this is the sweetest heartwarming story that will warm your heart and soul. In all of the books I have read of Karen’s she hits on tough issues, she has the talent to pull you in and touch your heart in so many ways. In this it is addiction of pain medication and alcohol, Karen shows you how it rips families apart, how hard it is to fight the battle of not taking the next hit. This is a story of not only one person but two people who have to get their ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
When her father suffers a heart attack, he allows Heather Gadway to manage his minor league team, the Falcons. It’s an up hill climb for Heather as she can never do enough to please her father. Nothing is ever good enough for him, but Heather is determined to prove him wrong. It’s not easy for her to prove herself in a primarily male sport.

Garrett Wolf is filled with demons. He is given the chance to pull himself out of his problems and be successful in his beloved sport of baseball. His dream i
Dale Rogers
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Award-winning author Karen Rock's latest romance, A League of Her Own, gives us a peek into the realm of professional baseball via Heather Gadway, a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach. With her whole existence spinning off the sport, she wonders why her father doesn't give her an opportunity to work with the Falcons--a Minor League team which has been in their family for three generations.

Heather gets her chance, though not in the way she'd hoped, when her father suffers a he
Liza Wiemer
How does the past influence your present? In A League of Her Own Karen Rock brings Heather and Garrett together — two deeply wounded people scarred from their past.

Heather's father owns a minor league team. When he needs Heather (a former superstar pitcher of her own right and a pitching coach at a college), she drops everything to take over for her dad, managing the boys.
Garrett is a potential star pitcher, but his sketchy past haunts him in the present. For Heather, it's a reminder of her wors
(4.5 stars) I love sports so I jumped at the chance to read a romance novel centered around baseball. Heather and Garrett come from two different worlds and each of them originally assume things about the other that they are surprised to learn later aren't true. Heather appears to be rich and privileged and to have led a stress-free life, but her family has secrets that have led her not to trust people. Garrett was raised in foster care so isn't familiar with family life and things he's done in ...more
Downward dog
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it

I was given a copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley.

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN is a heartwarming baseball romance. Heather Gadway loves the game of baseball and it’s always been the main focus in her life. She was a pitcher in college and now works as a women’s college baseball coach. Her dad owns the Falcons, a Triple-A baseball team and Heather’s goal has always been to manage the team. Sadly, it’s not until her dad has a heart attack, when he relu
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
First off, I love baseball! And to combine that love with my love of a clean romance is like perfection! Like peanut butter and chocolate. Like dark chocolate and raspberry. :)

So sorry but my love spewing will continue now with my love of Harlequin Heartwarming Line and Karen Rock writing for Harlequin Heartwarming. This is also one of my favorite combinations!

This book had two characters that I fell in love with. Heather and Garrett. Both have faced tremendous difficulty in their lives but bot
Hsiau Wei
Heather is a baseball coach and is now back in town to help her father to managed his floundering baseball team. It is a hard work for her as she need to prove to everyone that she is equally qualified to be a coach for a traditionally controlled by the male group. Her time to prove is limited now as the father intend to sell off his team. Garrett, a pitcher is recovering alcoholic. Initially he thought he could rebuilt his career with the team, but upon hearing that Heather will be the coach fo ...more
If you don't know a darn thing about baseball there's probably a good story here. I'm a huge baseball fan and was too distracted by the utter lack of research to keep trying to read this. I've enjoyed other books by this author (immensely!) but this one was a non-starter for me after the first couple of chapters. ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Classified as a romance, I found this book was more of a sports story... the first female manager of a minor league baseball team, trying to turn things around for them, and a pitcher who's a recovering alcoholic, looking for a second chance. I really liked this book. It had a good storyline that addressed issues dealing with addition, trust and forgiveness. ...more
Keren Hughes
I can't believe I have to wait until the blog tour in December to tell you what I thought of this story.
Spoiler Alert: I freakin loved it! lol
Jun 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Good story line, seemed to drag tho. Too much unnecessary information.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

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A League of Her Own is the second book I have read by Karen Rock and both times I’ve loved how she’s built the connection between the love interests, making the development in their relationships natural and paced well. A League of Her Own surrounds the romance of Garrett, the Falcons’ baseball pitcher, and Heather, the Falcons’ new interim manager. The author draws on several sensitive themes throughout this book, such as addiction and
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Karen Rock’s new novel, A League of Her Own, is her latest release from Harlequin Heartwarming, a line of wholesome, tender romances. The blog tour for A League of Her of Own wraps up this weekend. Be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win paperback copies of FOUR of Karen’s novels in the Heartwarming line (including A League of Her
Rhiannon St. Clair
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
**I received an e-book ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

This book was a lighthearted read, despite the different pieces of angst that were woven in. Karen does a nice job of writing in a way that's easy to follow and that puts the reader right there in the story with the characters. I typically don't read this particular genre of book, because as much of a romantic as I can be I tend to seek it out in New Adult stories versus straight up Romance novels. The story followed a
Camille Flores
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars!

Why did I want to read this book?

I enjoy reading sports romance. I’ve read romances with football and hockey but I don’t think I’ve read one with baseball yet. This was one of the things that got me interested in the book. I also love that particular bit in the blurb about an off-limits kind of romance.

What worked for me?

I was really pleased with the overall feel of this book. This is the first time I’m reading this author and yet I felt a sense of familiarity to her writing. Her
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've come to known what to expect from Karen’s books and I really keep enjoying them so much because whatever she writes you can tell she puts her heart into it, and you can’t help but feel for her characters and hope that despite whatever struggles they find they can overcome them in the end.

Despite the achievements she has gained, once Heather has to return to her hometown and help her dad with his minor league baseball team, it seems that for him she still just a little girl; she’s always wan
Pauline Ang
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-paperback
Originally posted at Fathomless Reveries

The first time I read a work of Karen Rock's was unbelievable. I had a lot of hesitations and doubts that I would love the book because the characters were older than the ones I usually read. Reading 'Wish Me Tomorrow' made me less hesitant in trying books that aren't in my comfort zone. Still, I wasn't in that phase that I would read any book with older characters. So, I didn't. This time around, I figured I would try again, just because A League of Her O
Harlie Williams
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As most know, baseball is my all time favorite sport. As a baseball mom, I eat, sleep and breathe it. I have no life from February through June. My husband is our son’s coach, I’m the official scorekeeper and our dog is the mascot. Its been that way for the past 3 years and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. Do I miss having a life? Not really. I’ve meet some awesome people through baseball and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Okay, now that I’ve sorta set up the story…

What really got me go
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
An e-copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and
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