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Home Run

(The Boys of Summer #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  202 reviews
The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin's Boys of Summer baseball series.

Cooper Bailey finally has a shot at being a major league ballplayer, but it will take all his focus and energy during spring training to make it happen. Complicating things is his instantaneous connection with Ainsley Burke. He can't get enough of her, and before he know
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Published January 17th 2017 by Forever
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vikki you need to read first book and than second and definetly third and hoping there will be fourth

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I have a huge love for Baseball romances, and it's not just because I get to imagine those baseball pants. This book is every reason why I love this genre so much and these characters are exactly what I always look for when I pick up a book.

Cooper wasn't your typical Hero that we get in Sports romances. You know the one, the player that has women throwing themselves at him at ever turn. Instead he was a really down to earth guy and I loved seeing
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Link to full review below! Character driven sports romance. Family drama provides the conflict. I liked the hero, but the heroine seemed a bit immature at times. See full review on The Book Disciple ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Are you ready to run to one sweet and heartfelt sports romance? If so, batter up and get ready to fall for Heidi McLaughlin’s Home Run.

Cooper Bailey is on track to living his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. With spring training coming up, Cooper is well aware that this is his one shot and nothing will stop him from fulfilling his dreams and passion. Well, what happens when he meets Ainsley Burke?

When Cooper meets Ai
4 stars

I really enjoyed reading Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin.
From the first few pages I knew this was going to be my kind of read.

The writing is well done, the storyline held my interest throughout the book and I found myself connecting with both lead characters.
I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Cooper and Ainsley, they had great chemistry and both were likable/entertaining characters.


I'm a big fan of sports romances and Home Run turned out to be a great read.
Looking forward t
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Drama off and on the field…

This is my first venture on the baseball field with The Boys of Summer and Cooper and Ainsley knew how to turn on the emotional heat. Both were at turning points in their life and found each other at the best/worst time they could. There days were chock-a-block full of so much, but the attraction they felt for each other was something neither could resist…

I love this author’s easy writing style and ability to connect me with her characters. When I first picked up this
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Kitty's review:

4.5 stars

Home Run was just a “triple” for me until things started really picking up and the truth finally came out. I adored Ainsley in the beginning; in the middle I was getting a little perturbed with her; in the end, it all came together and I loved her again. As for Cooper, it may have taken him a bit but he finally figured out what being a team player and having someone to love meant.

Ainsley had her issues. Issues with men. Issues with her home life. Her one constant is her j
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
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I am really disappointed by this book.

I get it, a sports hero needs to be arrogant, they need confidence or they will never get anywhere. But, there is also a fine line for me where the arrogance turns into being a jerk...and when you tell off a 3rd grader for saying he doesn't think you will be in the startingline a charity event, well, that line is crossed for me. In a big way. This wasn't the first thing Cooper ssaid that rubbed me the

I'm not a baseball fan, it's not something that's big in my country but it didn't matter, the characters and the plot was what gripped me.

Ainsley and Cooper first meet when he is doing a fan tour at the zoo with children, something Ainsley has organised being a worker at the Zoo.

Cooper is new to the team, a rookie, his whole life has lead up to playing in the big leagues and with an overbearing father the last thing he needs is a relationship but it's instant attract
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 3 Flames

This is WAAAAAAAAY too cute for words. After reading the first in this series, I was a little worried about continuing it. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the first one, but I found it predictable which didn't pull me in as much as I hoped for. But this one? It was just right. Was there still some predictability in it? Of course, but it wasn't blatant like the first and I found myself fully engulfed in this one. I mean, I finished it in a day!

Cooper is the new rookie for the Ren
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first came across The Boys of Summer series when I read an excerpt for the third book, GRAND SLAM, which won't be out until May, but once that caught my interest, I knew I had to go and read the other two books! I came across the opportunity to join the blog tour for HOME RUN and I jumped at the chance! I'm so glad that I did!

I really, really loved Cooper, and I thought that his relationship with Ainsley was adorable! I did think that it could've been flushed out a little better. For example,
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A rookie baseball player and a beautiful zoo keeper start dating during spring training. The young couple hit a few fouls during their relationship. The newbie center fielder makes a rookie move and forgets to put on a "batting glove" and causes a life-changing play. Whoops. Will these two end up making a perfect team or will outside influences cause them to strike out? I'll never tell. Check out Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin. Home Run is a standalone is the Boys of Summer sports series.

This revi
Jessica Alcazar
It's pretty much a given that if you write a sports romance, I'm gonna jump at the opportunity to read it. I love them. They are absolutely my jam. Home Run hit all the marks for me. It was funny AND fun to read. It was sexy and heartwarming. And best of all it had all kinds of #feels :) I am highly impressed with my first experience with Heidi McLaughlin and can't wait to go back and read the first in this series, Third Base!

Copy provided by the publisher for blog tour review
The Book Lover
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really deep and amazing story.. my heart broke at times reading this amazing book.. I was rooting for the characters since page 1, but the book definitely has twists and turns that you will not see them coming! I can't wait for the next book of the series! ...more
Cocktails and Books
I'm not a huge baseball fan, so when I read a baseball romance I need it to grab me right away. Unfortunately, Aisley and Cooper didn't connect with me. ...more
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Home Run (The Boys of Summer #2) by Heidi McLaughlin~ 4 Stars

Home Run is the second book of the baseball series. Cooper is a rookie for the Renegades. After putting off baseball to pursue a college degree, he finally got his chance to play in the major leagues. His goal is to focus on the summer training and prove himself to the team. While with the team volunteering at the local zoo he met Ainsley and there is something about her that caught his attention immediately. Ainsley’s love is with the
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cooper Bailey has finally been called up to the major league and he's ready for Spring Training. He didn't plan on meeting Ainsley Burke. She immediately gets his attention while the Renegades are at a media day with the Naples Zoo. So when he approaches her and asks if she would like to go out on a date and she says no... Wait she said NO?

Ainsley had looked up Cooper Bailey before seeing him at the zoo that morning. So when she sees him in person across the sea of kids, she's taken by him right
Romance Readers Retreat
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn't wait to read Home Run as I had previously read the first book in The Boys Of Summer series.
Cooper Bailey is the new rookie baseball player for the Boston Renagades, he lives and breathes baseball this is all he's ever ever wanted to do, he set his dreams and goals high to prove to others especially his father that he can be successful and nothing will get in his way that is until he meets Ainsley Burke at the zoo during a volunteering day where she works.
Ainsley Burke has been warned
Becky Burciaga
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sports romance that is packed with baseball action that keeps you on the edge of your seat at times. The author's ability to bring the action on the page to life through vivid imagery is a testament to her storytelling genius. There was also instances of hilarity than were pitch (no pun intended) perfect...demonstrating just how well Ms McLaughlin layers the drama with the light hearted elements.

The chemistry between Cooper and Ainsley is blistering, drawing you in from the onset...Cooper the
Heather andrews
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked Cooper he wasn't shy, "looking down at my crotch, I smirk. “I think the evidence speaks for itself.” I loved Cooper and Ainsley, especially when they were all playful, “besides, Twenty-Five, I happen to enjoy watching you in your uniform.” I’ve had many nicknames throughout my years, but twenty-five is by far my favorite. She doesn’t call me it often, but when she does, it’s an instant hard-on for me." I loved this book. ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-2017
Home Run (The Boys of Summer #2) by Heidi McLaughlin
4 stars!!!

“Baseball is America’s game. It doesn’t know social class, race, or any other classification. It’s a game every one can play and afford to participate in.”

Home Run is the second book in the Boys of Summer series and can be read as a standalone. This is a sports romance and our hero is a rookie for the Boston Renegades. While Cooper Bailey is a rookie, he didn’t draft straight from college, but got his degree first so that
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Home Run (The Boys of Summer #2) by Heidi McLaughlin~ 4 Stars

Home Run is the second book of the baseball series. Cooper is a rookie for the Renegades. After putting off baseball to pursue a college degree, he finally got his chance to play in the major leagues. His goal is to focus on the summer training and prove himself to the team. While with the team volunteering at the local zoo he met Ainsley and there is something about her that caught his attention immediately. Ainsley’s love is with the
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

4 Homerun CROWNS

Heidi McLaughlin has pitched a sweet and endearing sports romance that is guaranteed to make readers fall in love with not only Cooper and Ainsley but also the whole Renegade team.

Cooper and Ainsley are a delightful couple to watch fall in lust and eventually love. They are both facing some serious issues in their lives, which seriously affect their ability to have a true relationship at this point in their lives, but these trials only make the
***ARC generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
(100% spoiler free review)

Home Run is an emotional, sexy, funny and beautiful story that hit me in unexpected ways. One minute I was laughing and the next, reaching for tissues because I was bawling my eyes out. Cooper is a rookie baseball player who was just called up to the major leagues. While he is confident in his abilities, he's a pretty humble guy and isn't like most cocky athletes who use their fame to sleep aroun
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heidi McLaughlin writes the type of books that keep me coming back for more. HOME RUN, the newest book of the Boys of Summer series, is a real page-turner. You don't have to be a baseball fan to be a fan of this story. I loved it.

It was fun to read Cooper's efforts to woo Ainsley. It all happened at a friendly pace that she didn't even know it was happening and it made it easy to fall for his character too. He is attentive and considerate - just the kind of good guy that I like to read. But, of
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Copy provided through NetGalley.

We pick back up with the Renegades in Spring Training. Rookie Cooper Bailey is all business. That is until he's taken by the loveliness of zoo front office manager Ainsley Burke.

The build up and cat and mouse chase of the athlete and the object of his desire was really fast paced and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was sweet and loving. They made a great couple and were spending time to get to know each other.

Ainsley's world get
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a good sports romance and what really impressed me with this one was how much of the knowledge of the game was on display, it was very entertaining to me! Heidi sure knows baseball and it was very insightful and well explained. And of course she knows how to write another book boyfriend I am in love with! Oh Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, the sweet way you tried to get a date with Ainsley was smooth! But with Cooper needing to concentrate on his rookie year and the demands of it all and from his ...more
Veronica LaRoche
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heidi knock it out of the park again. This series just gets better and better. I love COOPER BAILEY. Cooper and Ainsley are so perfect for each other. Their connection is instant but Ainsley won't date another athlete since she was hurt before, but Cooper won't give up on her. Once Ainsley finally gives in they can't stay away from each other. But when a tragedy tears them apart, they both regret ending it like they did. They both think about each other and what could have been. With secrets com ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Heidi McLaughlin.

Loved Cooper. even when I wanted to knock some sense in to him. Ainsley is a lovely character and together they are really sweet.

There was a few moments in this one that I wanted more, a few scenes that we are told happen, but we don't actually get to read. Thing I think would have made great additions to the book.

I've still given this 5 stars though, and that's because Heidi is a master at getting me to feel EVERYTHING while reading her books. I liked
Jill M
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-athletes
I’m really in love with this series by Heidi McLaughlin. Cooper and Ainsley’s story was just as good as Ethan and Daisy’s if not better. This was an emotionally packed story that will grab a hold of your heart. It had emotion, angst and heart. Heidi’s knowledge of the game only made this story that much exciting and better. The way she weaved the baseball action into an emotional journey was perfection at it’s best. I loved the dynamic of these characters. While Cooper and Ainsley had blistering ...more
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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, inclu

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