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Major Love

(Balls in Play #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,213 ratings  ·  401 reviews
"I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember."

"It was a night I could never forget."

"When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered."

"I reminded him it wasn't."

"She was everything I was afraid of."

"He was everything I'd ever wanted."

"She was fire—an irre
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published November 14th 2016
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Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


I loved this book! Loved it hard from beginning until the end. This second book in 'Balls in Play' series was definitely my favorite book by this author and I truly believe she outdid herself with this one. 'Major Love' was gripping, truly gripping with two most endearing main characters I’ve read in a while. Kate did a fantastic job blending the sweetness and sexiness together and delivered a delightful read that really entertained me for a couple of hours.

“I wanted to climb i

Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
5 stars!

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When I read Anything But Minor earlier this year, I was blown away. It was a fantastically hilarious sports romance. I was dying for the next one to release. You see, AbM was amazing, and my girl Alice stole the show, but there was this other character. He was Rafe’s best friend and his name is Andy. Because as much as I liked Rafe, I kind of liked Andy more, and I couldn’t wait for his story. Kate didn’t let me down. Andy and April’s story was just as good as Alice and Rafe’s. Anot
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{BETA & ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”I looked into that man’s eyes and I saw him, and he was beautiful, so beautiful I fell in love on the spot. I just knew that he was something special, that he was…”

“That night, he made me promise to give my heart to a man who deserved it. He told me to make him earn it, and before I promised him that, I swore I wouldn’t waste any more time with a man who didn’t love me the same.”

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This is the sixth Kate Stewart book I’ve re
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
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I'm not going to review this, cuz on vacation and super behind on my reviews.
You can find Arianna's 5 star review HERE
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

I had Major mushy gushy feelings.

Kate Stewart tells real stories. Yes, some of the characters may be outside of the norm (baseball minor and major league players) but the emotions involved are very real. Why is it that we put athletes and actors in the unrealistic category when they are just as capable as the average Joe to have feelings? I think it has a little bit to do with believing they can have whoever they want. I agree, they can have whoever they want, but that doesn’t mean the perfect m
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Trust in Me' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via The Hype PR in exchange for an honest review.
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Kate Stewart, you amazing woman, you did it! AGAIN! Holy hell guys, this was definitely worth the wait! I fell in love with this woman's writing when I read Anything but Minor back in July (which is, for sure, one of my favorite books this year) and I was extremely excited to read Andy's story. It. Was. Beautiful.

Major Love is the second installment of the Balls in Play series and, as I said, it
4.5 Stars

“I don’t have shit to offer you right now. Both my head and heart are toast. But I can give you friendship and the longest, hardest fuck of your life. So if that’s an invitation I think I see in your eyes, I will gladly fucking accept.”

Hold out for more, girlfriend!

I went into this book knowing the odds were on my side. I've loved everything I've read from Kate Stewart, including numero uno in this series, Rafe and Alice's story. As much as I enjoyed that one, Major Love was even bette
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
:::5 Major Stars!:::


"I wanted to climb into his chest and live there,
because I was sure for the first time in my life,
I'd met a one-of-a-kind man."

Ok, first off I just want to say I never usually lay claim to book heroes but Andy Pracht is MINE! Gosh I LOVED THIS BOOK! This may be my fave Kate Stewart to date. I devoured this book and to be honest I didn't want it to end. I had so many feels. I laughed my ass off, literally had the hiccups around 33% and I fell in love with these character
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Just when I think Kate Stewart can’t do any better, she manages to prove me wrong. I was a massive fan of her previous book, Anything but Minor, so this one had fairly large shoes to fill. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit if I didn’t enjoy Major Love just as much, if not more.

Andy is a former minor league baseball player turned pro ball coach/bar owner/craft beer brewer. April is a spunky 911 operator. Both of them are nursing broken hearts when they meet one night. Although Andy is at
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved both main characters in this book, which is very rare for me. April was a kick ass chick with an attitude and Andy was such a sweet guy. Their banter and silly jokes made me smile, and it was obvious from the beginning that not only did they belong together, they needed each other to mend their broken and damaged hearts.

The only major problem I had with this book was the underlying story of the book which could have been resolved with a little communication. (view spoiler)
Dee Montoya
5 ++++ ~My Carolina Girl~ Stars*****

( ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)
(BR with Mel & Patty)

I had a blast reading this book! Major Love was nothing but romance and fun, and I can see myself re-reading this book a million times more. Simply AMAZING!!!

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Andy is Rafe's best friend, we met him is the first book of this series. He is a retired baseball player, who loves to brew amazing beer, runs a very successful bar in Charleston and is in love with his best fri
3,5 stars! Expectation, expectation... After the first excellent book, I expected a lot after Major Love. It doesn't hit all my buttons but in some ways I fell in love with Andy and April at the end.

About the plot: April Turner is a 911 call operator. Recently she broke of her fifteen years relationship and is trying to deal also with another loss. Andy Pracht is a retired baseball player and bar owner. Despite the fact that he got a chance to be a bullpen coach in the professional league, he al
4,5 "You're my dream" stars

What an enjoyable reading!

...I wanted to climb into his chest and live there because I was sure for the first time in my life, I'd met one-of-a-kind man.

Loved the cover...

Loved the blurb...

Loved Andy and April!!!

I wanted to read Andy's story since I finished "Anything but Minor" which I LOVED too damn much!

This book was great, funny, sexy, with an adorable couple, who were trying to find themselves and love after picking up the pieces of their hearts that were all
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an enjoyable read for me. I really enjoyed that we get a good bit of time with them together and developing feelings for each other! The scenes with them sick and at Disney World were super fun, and had me laughing out loud a few times. I was expecting a little more angst though. The conflict felt a little lackluster tbh. While it was believable, I think we could've done with some more umph (I hope I make sense 😜) before building up to the HEA. I did appreciat
S.M. West
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sexy-athlete
5 shero STARS

This was all that I'd hoped it would be and more. We met Andy in Anything but Minor as Rafe's best friend and fellow ball player. Going into this, Andy's heart is broken. He's recovering from falling for the wrong woman and not ready for any woman, especially a sassy southern beauty like April Turner.

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Andy and April have a raw, deep and memorable encounter at Rafe and Alice's wedding that makes a lasting impression on her. So much so, she can't forget him. April and Andy develop
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
♦ Warning: this book will make u want to have SWAG!! ;)

4.5 ★'s

I really feel like a broken record saying this all the time but...I really wasn't excited to read about Andy. April, Yes!...she seemed feisty and I was curious as to what she had to say. But let me just tell you...they both blew me away.

Andy, if you remember from the first book, was on the same minor league baseball team as Rafe until he decided to retire. And April is Alice's neighbor and they become fast friends.

Andy and April f
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

4.5 "Majorly-loved" Stars!

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My love for baseball is boundless so when I heard the queen of angst, aka Kate Stewart, was writing a series devoted to hot baseball players, I knew it'd be a homerun (I couldn't resist). Balls in Play is a series where each book is devoted to a different ball player and can be read as a standalone. My heart got so wrapped up in Rafe and Alice's love story in Anything but Minor, I didn't know if she could trump their book. So if you haven't read that story, sally f
Apr 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
Going in with high expectations is the worst.

I needed a good book after a slumpish mood the past few days and although this sucked me in, it disappointed too.

I felt this dragged the same thing for too long. We knew they had to build their faith in love again but I hate when a heroine needs to fight for what she wants.

Don’t come at me, I know love isn’t easy in real life, but that’s why I read romance. I want an H who is sure, who doesn’t hesitate. Because he knows she is the love of his life,
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee & Patty)

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April Turner is a beautiful woman from Charlston, SC who is a 911 operator. She broke things off several months ago with her boyfriend after 15 years together. Now single, she wants it all next time she puts her heart on the line. She wants passion & to be #1 to the man she gives her heart to.

April attends an engagement party for her friends Rafe & Alice. She meets the best man Andrew Pracht. Andy is gorgeous & she enjoys flirting with hi
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
Kate Stewart has a touchdown, er... I mean, homerun on her hands! Major Love is the standalone sequel romantic comedy that follows on the heels of Anything But Minor. **Note: Although these can be read as standalones, I highly recommend reading ABM because it’s amazeballs.

In Major Love, Andy is recovering from a broken heart after the woman he loved leaves to start over, after she admits that she does love him, just not in THAT way. With Rafe off to the big leagues, Andy thought a quiet life br
Bindi Boo
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

LOVED it! The couple in this book have been burnt by previous relationships and although wary and emotionally exhausted, Andy and April had the BEST connection. I adored them...individually and as a couple. Only wished there was more communication between them, especially about the promise she made to 'someone', which kept confusing Andy and was only revealed very late in the book. Having said that, there wouldn't be much of a story eh? i must get to book 1, just to read about Rafe and
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog

This book should've come into a warning, something like,
Because right friggin' now???I AM SO IN LOVE BIG TIME!I'm keeping this man and I don't wanna share come hell or high water!

And not just that, this book OWNED me. I know how amazingly Kate Stewart delivers a story but I was so in awe on how this book turned out to be. Major Love is more than just a sports romance story. It's a perfect blend
Kelli C
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
5 Raised Glasses for Southern Women Stars!

"She was everything I was afraid of."
"He was everything I'd ever wanted."
"She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn't stay away from.
"He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way."

I truly thought Kate Stewart hit a total home run with Anything but Minor but here, with Major Love, as cliché as it is about to sound, she cracked a grand slam in my ballpark. With the new rom-com adventures she is taking on, she is not only s

Title: Major Love
Series: Balls in Play #2
Author: Kate Stewart
Release date: November 15, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

It was heaven. It was hell. It was Andrew Pracht, and I was addicted.

After reading and loving my first Kate Stewart book, Anything but Minor, I was thrilled that there would be a book for Rafe's friend Andy. Poor Andy had a sad case of unrequited love and I really wanted to see him end up with someone who would love and appreciate him. He's an all-aroun
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's pretty obvious that I'm a huge Kate Stewart fan. So far she hasn't steered me wrong or disappointed me with her stories or characters. She excels in creating relatable, compassionate and human characters that I instantly gravitate towards.
Andy and April also appear in Anything But Minor. Major Love can be read as standalone but why on earth would you rob yourself of Alice and Rafe's story who also appear in Major Love. Their friendship with Andy and April is very important to both couples
Sophie's Reading Corner
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: athletes
4.5 F*ckin A' stars

One night Andy got drunk and he bared his soul in April. That night she gave him a promise and she intended to keep it, even when Andy forgot everything about that night, April wasn't going to forget or give up. And so their story starts and makes it a more than great sports romance.

I really love this new trend with sport romance, but what I love the most is Kate's talent. My first book by her was Loving the White Liar, that has nothing to do with sp
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 Seam Scar Stars

Kate Stewart knows how to write. She can do funny. She can do angst. She can do sexy. She can do story telling. In Major Love she combines all four. And you know what all 4 gets you in baseball......a homerun!

When a batter gets hit by a pitched ball, they aren't supposed to rub the spot. It's a matter of pride. A "it wasn't that bad" to the pitcher. So this is your warning.....when you get hit in the feels by Major Love, don't rub it. Just let that seam scar sit there....soak i
This series is fast becoming on of my favorites! It's so funny and steamy.

Andy just lost the woman he thought he loved. She ripped out his heart by moving away. What else can you do but get drunk off your ass and make a fool out of yourself at your best friend's engagement party? He was hilarious!!

April is trying to find herself. She's helping take care of her 100 nieces and nephews and doesn't have time for a man. She was in a long term relationship with her ex and is just fine being solo for
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Give that big heart to a man who deserves it, okay? Make him earn it, make him earn you."

5 "Fuckin' A" stars

I'm in "Major Love"!
This one had me feeling all kinds of ways. It was sweet, funny and emotional at times.
Andy & April were great together. There interactions were hilarious!!!

They are brought together for their friend's wedding (Rafe & Alice from Anything but Minor).
The connection is there but they both are fighting past heartbreaks.
They took their time to get to know one anothe
4 1/2 "It has to come naturally" Stars!

I really, really loved this one! I guess it was just what I wanted to read these past couple days. I absolutely loved BOTH main characters. I may have even loved April most. That is certainly rare when I maybe love the female MC even more than the male. She was sassy, and compassionate and passionate. She was also so sweet and smart with a great sense of humor. I totally got her. Everything she did seemed genuine and real to me. I think we could be good fri
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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in
North Carolina with her husband, Nick. Nestled within the Blueridge
Mountains, Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as
well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title, Drive, was
named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and
Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodr

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