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Curveball

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Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.

My life proved his theory as fact.


At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.

Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend
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Published May 18th 2017 by Mariah Dietz
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Christy
May 13, 2017 Christy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

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Curveball is one of those stories that consumed my thoughts and kept me up reading way past my bedtime. In fact, I started this book one evening and ended up staying up and finishing it. It was truly an unputdownable read for me. It's been a while since a book has held my attention like that and I love when it happens! 

In all honesty, when I read the blurb for this one, I was nervous to read it. I'm so glad I took a chance and picked it up. Curveball is about Ella, a single mother wh
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4 STARS

Will you keep looking at me like I'm yours if I tell you there's nothing to worry about?"
"You just haven't been paying attention. I've been looking at you like you're mine since I first saw you."


Holy. Wow. How is this the first book I'm reading by this author? I'll fully admit that I was hooked by the blurb with a promise of an angst fest. Being the angst addict that I am, I was ready to have my heart ripped out...
But that's not at all what I got.

This book was nothing what expected an
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Jen
4.5 Moving On Stars

Do you remember being seventeen and in love? That feeling you get when you spot him across a crowded room and he seems to like what he sees just as much as you do? The first time you’re alone together or how special he makes you feel? So what do you do when you find out you’re pregnant and that the man you love is married?

”Sometimes I wonder if your heart can ever love someone again,” I admit. “I mean, can you ever really stop loving someone when your heart essentially molds
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Ella is a single mom who is constantly set up on blind-dates by her mom and her best friend Rachel. But none of those dates are even close to being successful.
But then a new guy moves into the house across the street from Rachel.
Coen.
A sexy, sweet and talented firefighter!
And after saving 9-year old Hayden one night, the three of them start spending time together. Just hanging out, having breakfast, throw some baseballs around Coen's backyard.
But Ella knows that her bestie is interested in Coen.
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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
May 05, 2017 ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥ rated it really liked it
My first Mariah Dietz book, and definitely won't be my last!


Buddy read with my hooker, Lana!

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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle
4.5 Stars!
Another awesome book by a new to me author! I'll have to be checking out more books by her!


FMABookReviews
4.5 Stars!

❝Will you keep looking at me like I'm yours if I tell you there's nothing to worry about?❞
❝You just haven't been paying attention. I've been looking at you like you're mine since I first saw you.❞

First off, this cover is gorgeous! I love the colors and the hidden picture, which gives us a glimpse of the story within its pages. The one about lies, secrets, betrayal, burning passion and love.
❝I love him because he saved me. Because he makes me acknowledge my feelings rather than f
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Alex
May 20, 2017 Alex rated it liked it
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Firefighters? Heck yeah, time to set my house on fire

Curve Ball was not really what I was expecting. Though I am not sure really what I was expecting.

Curve Ball is a cute and sweet romance. And pretty tame and pure (probably says a lot more about what I read than the book that I point this out!)

Ella and Coen's story is very sweet. The single mum, ostracised by the town she lives in, and the firefighter who can't help but be drawn to her. They are about the only
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Paige
May 03, 2017 Paige rated it really liked it
4 "Lies" Stars

Curveball was was an emotional story about finding love when you least expect it. It's about doing the best you can for the ones you love and overcoming the restrictions others label you with. Elle's story is one of finding a place in life that fits and that goes beyond just merely surviving but flourishing.

Elle made a mistake when she was young. She let her dreams and idealistic future get in the way of reality. Now she's living a future she didn't expect but does it for her son.
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This book right here, Mariah Dietz's "Curve Ball," this brilliant, heart felt story reminded me why I love romance novels so much. I started Ella and Coen's book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters before bed but discovered very early on that this was going to be a gem of a love story that I would struggle to put down until I got a HEA. I was so invested in this beautiful (and at times
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Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
God, you know what I really love? I love a story about real characters in real situations, just going through the motions of dealing with real life issues that real people face everyday. I'm a reader that prefers realism, even in my romantic fiction, and that's exactly what Mariah Dietz has created here with Curveball, a brutally honest story of finding love in the most unexpected place. I loved a lot of things about this book but what I appreciated the most was that it never felt over the top o ...more
Lorina Lynne
May 11, 2017 Lorina Lynne rated it liked it
I was asked by the author for an honest review.

Ella is a single mom searching for love while clinging to her past. Wanting to provide the best life possible for her son, she sacrifices her reputation, her happiness, and even her heart. Coen is a firefighter who moves to Ella's neighborhood and soon discovers that he wants to be a permanent part of Ella's life despite objections from local friends.

The story is creative and sweet. The idea is fresh with unexpected twists and turns. It starts a bit
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Shannon
I loved this book!!! It's emotional and sweet and frustrating and it had me totally wrapped up in it! Curveball is a lovely slow burn of a book, keeping me invested and on my toes from the beginning up until the very end.

Ella's been dealt a tough hand but she's managing it all with such grace, and much more dignity than I ever could have. Being treated as a pariah in the small town where she's raising her son so that he can be close to his father has not been easy on either of them, but she's de
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Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
May 10, 2017 Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Quando li a sinopse eu logo me interessei! Jurava que a melhor amiga era a mãe da protagonista, mas assim que corri para ler, nas primeiras páginas notei que eu estava errada.
Mesmo assim segui com a historia e curti bastante.

Em um dos dias que Ella está na casa de sua melhor amiga, elas conhecem Coen, o novo vizinho. Assim que bate os olhos no bombeiro, a melhor amiga se interessa pelo cara mas Ella não fica nada impressionada. Acontece que o Coen tem suas regras de não se envolver com quem mo
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Jenna
May 03, 2017 Jenna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It was written beautifully, the flow was spot on, and the story line was different and refreshing. Not only did the synopsis pull me in from the start, but it also hit me on a personal level.

The story start with you meeting Ella. Ella is a single mom that hasn't had it easy. She fell in love with a man she shouldn't have. She is basically raising her son alone and still making good face for her son't father even when she should trash him. She has been coerced into the
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MJ
May 04, 2017 MJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2017-books
Curveball is my first from this Mariah Dietz and I now know it will not be my last! I wasn't sure how this story would unfold and at times I thought it might just fizzle out. But by the 50% mark I was hooked and so deeply involved with Ella's story that I couldn't put it down.

With her small town treating her like a piece of gum stuck at the bottom of their shoe, it's a wonder that she is such a great single mother to her son Hayden and such a kick arse employee at her marketing firm. Ella exhibi
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Carol Seymour
May 06, 2017 Carol Seymour rated it it was amazing
I am no stranger to the works of Mariah Dietz but this book has now become one of my favorites, not only from her but from all my books. A friends to lovers with a whole lot of heart. Ella, single parent living in a town that has branded her with a scarlet A meets Coen her best friends new next door neighbor. Coen has a rule that he never dates neighbors but what happens when his feelings for Ella are more than neighborly? Mariah has it all in this story - emotion, life threatening situations, h ...more
Bianca
May 21, 2017 Bianca rated it it was amazing
There are authors that write romance. And there are writers that write words that are simply the epitome of romance. This book. This author. She does that. Lyrical with her words. Poetic in prose. Compelling and beautifully written. I never wanted to put this one down.

Single mom, Ella is not new to heartbreak. But her mom and best friend Rachel insist on setting her up with men (usually blind dates) at every change they get. As a successful career woman and mom, all she’d rather do is concentra
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Sophie
May 18, 2017 Sophie rated it it was amazing
If there is one thing I loooooove in my books, It's the deep, raw all consuming feeling you get when you you're wrapped in so much ANGST! I literally CRAVE it. The more gut wrenching the better and Mariah Dietz NAILED IT! For me CURVEBALL was OUT OF THIS WORLD! My heart pounded and ached, my breathing stopped then came really freaking quick. I swooned. I laughed. I shed tears. I became 100% invested in Coen and Ella. They have my heart.

What is it about Curveball that is so amazing?

It's was the
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Karen
May 05, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
What is it about men called DeLuca? First there was Brad (he's big and bad) and now Coen. Sigh. I love DeLucastyle.

You know those sexy men with big firm shoulders like they are chiselled out of rock? That is Coen, firefighter, lifesaver, pancake eating gorgeousness.

Beautiful, sweet Ella has the mental strength of an ox. She cares and loves her son Hayden fiercely. Sticks and stones may break her bones but she doesn't allow petty nasty gossip and name calling to hurt her. When the going gets to
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Maria
May 05, 2017 Maria rated it really liked it
This story is so good and so twisted, I had to really do a double take whenever all these bombs were being dropped. While I could relate to Ella on so many levels, her skeletons made me holler "WAIT WHAT?!" More than a few times. I could understand why she was the way she was trying to protect the most important thing in her life......her son, but there were times I was just like move on! Coen, Coen, Coen.....SWOON. There is nothing sexier than a man that is willing to step up to the plate when ...more
Elaine Vargas
May 06, 2017 Elaine Vargas rated it liked it
After reading:
It was good. h needed a little backbone. Hated her best friend. Great H.

Before reading:
I wonder if I'm going to regret this.
Kristina Snyder
May 18, 2017 Kristina Snyder rated it really liked it
Wow! This book was not what I was expecting at all!! Curveball is the first book that I have read by Mariah Dietz, and it won't be the last! This story took me on an emotional journey through several twists and turns that left me completely shell-shocked! This story was very unique to me. I haven't read anything like it.

Ella is a single mother who loves her son, Hayden, something fierce. Being a single mother, Ella faces constant fears. She hardly ever sleeps for fear of someone breaking in or s
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Title: Curveball
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★

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Fabulous! I’ve been in a reading slump as of late and this was just the book to pull me out of it!

Curveball is the kind of story that reminds me why I love reading romance to begin with.

Add in the realistic characters, and what I truly believe can be a fair assessment of the ways of small town life go. Such as the rumor mill, the talking behind peoples back, knowing everyone’s busine
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Yanilsa Griffin~BFD Bookblog
May 17, 2017 Yanilsa Griffin~BFD Bookblog rated it it was amazing
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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

when you give your heart away there's no way to fully get it back. Pieces will be left behind, lies will drill holes, deceit will cause cracks, and the feeling of being unwanted will create a doubt your heart was ever whole.

Honestly, I was def torn between a 4 and 5 star about this one. However, the more I thought about it, the more I settled on the the 5 star. Why the change? Honestly, I couldn't stop thinking about it. At all! Like at all! Thi
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Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog)
Curveball is an emotional story about lies, deceit and new beginnings. Its a slow paced beginning, picking up half way through.

Nine years ago Ella Chapman moved with her son so he could be closer to his father. After she moved she discovered that he was already married. Now she lives in a town that has turned against her. A town where rumors about Ella continue to be spread. It's been nine years and it's time for Ella to date again. Ella's mother and best friend have been setting her up on blind
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Lisa
May 13, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it
"When you give your heart away there's no way to fully get it back. Pieces will be left behind, lies will drill holes, deceit will cause cracks, and the feeling of being unwanted will create a doubt your heart was ever whole."

Ella is a single mom, who barely makes time for herself. She only goes on blind dates during her lunch breaks at work, so she has an excuse to leave if they don't work out. All her dates are set up by her Mom and her best friend, Rachel, via a dating website. Her world revo
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Angie Crabtree-Liezel's Book Blog
I'm a huge fan of Mariah's so when she asked me if I wanted to review this book I said yes immediately. I didn't expect to end up getting pneumonia shortly after and not being able to read but that didn't stop me.

Lying in bed one morning I decided to pick my kindle up and see if I could actually get into a book. Something that would hold my interest through the coughing and fever. I shouldn't have been surprised that Curveball done exactly that. It may have taken almost 2 days to read it and th
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Sonal Mohindra
May 20, 2017 Sonal Mohindra rated it liked it
It was good but not good enough. The story was very slow the first half of the book. I was waiting for the whole point of the story. I hated Ella. I know she was young but she was not some helpless little girl. She had a good job, a house, but one thing she didn't have was a backbone. Why stay in a place where you are verbally abused at every corner? Why have your son go through this all? How can a town full of people think of a 30 plus man as a local hero who had a kid with a 17 yrs old and the ...more
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Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a
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