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Up to Bat

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
I’ve planned well, studied hard, and dreamed of my future. It keeps me alive, ignoring the things from my painful past. The thing about life is that it can throw a curveball into your path that you can’t anticipate, and plan accordingly.

But life’s cruel. It offers both good and bad, and no time for the right reaction.

My junior year of college should be one of the best but
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Published July 25th 2017 by Maggie Jane Schuler
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This is a great start to a new series! I was glued to my Kindle until I finished it and was yelling NOOOOOO when it ended in a cliffhanger. This book is full of mystery, suspense, secrets, thrilling plot lines, friendship and family, and a forbidden romance between Samantha and Blake.

The story takes you on a roller coaster ride and keeps you guessing as it rolls along. I loved the slow build and burn of Sam and Blake's romance. It is so tough to not tell you more, but I don’t want to give anythi
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on a journey of a 21 year ol college girl who learns she's not as grown up as she thinks. She's smart, driven and flawed. Her organized life gets turned upside down by love and the ugly side of the world. It is fantastic to watch Sam grow, Blake show compassion, and love blossoms.

I am looking forward to part 2 to see where Sam lands in this confusing adult world.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
This is a story of mistaken identities. One person's secrets and lies of omission put Samantha Sawyer in danger. Now she's in hiding, with a team fighting to find the man determined to get to Samantha and her look-a-like Adrianna.

Samantha was a very hard working college student. Doing her best to earn a double degree, she also takes to helping a new student who's very shy. Around the same time she meets Blake. The attraction betweem the two is instant. Little does she know this is all the beginn
Lisa Mccrey
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review: I like sports. I love romance novels. I really like when something I love and like come together to give me a great story. Now other than being Samantha's major, I really could've done without the sports angle in this book even though I like sports. I mean I get her tie to baseball and it is very meaningful to her but it doesn't help the story at all so far but I'll get to that in a minute. Up to Bat is pretty awesome. It started a little slow for me but when it took off IT. TOOK. OFF. I ...more
Elizabeth Horbaczek
4 stars

I really like telling everyone before I go into a review that will end in a cliff hanger. I was very surprised and not looking to see another book, but what leads up to the end will have to be taken care of in the next book. With that being said this is not going to be a normal review for me. I can't give you a lot of details because I think that would mess the book up for the reader, but I have to tell you, this is a must read. This is not a a typical romance and that takes a backseat wi
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4.5 stars)

So, lets start with, I thought this would be a book about baseball, you know the ones; ball player meets girl, girl is too into school and doesn't have time for a player of any kind, but he somehow convinces her to give him a chance so she does..... Yeah, this is NOTHING like that, in fact, baseball is mentioned, but not even close to what this story is about at all!

Sam is a college student that is busy trying to live with the guilt that her brother died years ago.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam, a college junior, comes from a family of baseball lovers. She lives her life haunted by the death of her oldest brother 15 years ago on 9/11 when she was 6 years old, and she’s dreading her upcoming 21st birthday. He was her hero, and she blames herself for his death. When she reluctantly befriends a shy, strange freshman, Adriana, and then meets an extremely handsome Graduate Assistant with the Athletic Department, Blake Angel, Sam’s life changes forever. Her orderly life gets off course, ...more
Stacey Broadbent
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maggie has done it again! This time with a suspenseful, slow-building romance. Oh. My. God! This book was fantastic!

I went in with no real idea what it was about, and was drawn in straight away. The characters are intriguing, especially the one playfully given the name, Thor. Now there’s a man I could happily spend my days watching.

I like that we are kept guessing throughout this book. Why is Adriana so peculiar? Who is Thor? And what the hell is going on? So many twists and turns, and lives int
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Up to Bat was so much different than what I was expecting, so I'm not going to even try to describe it. Instead, this is one of those reviews where I'm just going to set my dramatic emotions free. See, for whatever reason, I thought it was going to be more about baseball, and boy was I wrong. Instead, I read a heart pounding, exciting suspenseful story filled with mystery, and I still have a ton of questions. This is the first time that I've read Maggie Jane Schuler, and I'm completely hooked to ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more than a sport romance

This is a suspense romance with elements of sports sprinkled in. The story focuses on Sam a sport trainer student and her campus life. I enjoyed this read, Maggie Jane knows how to seed the story to keep you reading to find out what happens next. Me being an impatient reader I wanted slices of bread instead of the well placed bread crumbs, but that's just me wanting the mystery in full bloom! I really enjoyed Blake and his flirting but I was frustrated with Sam and
Mardell Bonasso
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Up To Bat is the second book of Maggie Jane Schuler’s I have read. I have thoroughly enjoyed them
both. This book just blew me away. She is now one of my favorite female authors. It was full of mystery,
intrigue, and suspense with some romance, humor, and friendship thrown in along the way. The
attraction between Sam and Blake is magnetic but will his secrets and her issues keep them from finding
love? The friendship that develops between Sam and Adriana is so genuine, or is it? And what’s the d
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alright, so this book just totally screwed me over with the end!! Gah, I need this next book immediately. So if you don't like cliffhangers, wait until the next book is ready! Please, you will be saving yourself from so much anguish...Onto the book itself. I thought the characters were interesting and complex and I also really enjoyed the plot line and the sports aspect of the sports romance. That's not always the case with sports romances, but Schuler was able to get me to connect with the spor ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Received an ARC for Enticing Book Promotions. You will start reading this book thinking it is another sports love story, well my friends you would be wrong. Up to Bat was so much different than what I was expecting, so I'm not going to even try to describe it. Instead, this is one of those reviews where I'm just going to set my dramatic emotions free. See, for whatever reason, I thought it was going to be more about baseball, and boy was I wrong. We have suspense, lies, and you are wondering who ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another hit by Maggie Jane!
Absolutely loved the book. Sam and Blake are a good blend of maturity and innocence, snark and seduction. Sam, with her quick wit and spontaneous actions, drives Blake, and his methodical planned routine, nuts. The two together are one big learning curve-ball. Throw in a little mystery theater intrigue, and it's out of the park!
Great story, great characters, a sneaky plot line, and a cliff hanger to boot!
Can't wait for Up to Bat part Deux!
Gwen Shafer
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I was not happy at all with the ending. This ending was a huge cliffhanger. It left me with such a book hangover. Maggie did an amazing job leaving you wanting more from this book. I absolutely loved Sam . She was a broken girl dealing with so much but stayed as strong as she could through everything. A case of mistaken identity throws her life into turmoil. That is where this book gets interesting . I absolutely loved the suspense of where this book was going. I ca ...more
Lisa Marie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good! Kept me guessing all the way through and moves at a fast clip. Sam is ready to finish college thinking she has everything all figured out but she quickly finds out everything is not as it seems when she meets a new student with more than her share of secrets. Enter a mysterious and equally sexy Blake Angel that keeps popping up at places he should have no reason and yet seems to have believable explanations. I'm so ready for part 2 to see how this all plays out!
Becky Wise
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book without giving too much away.....Ugh Maggie you're killing me. I need book 2 right now. Yes it's that good. If you love suspense romance this book is amazing. fanning myself over Blake and Sam's chemistry. The whole fighting it build up is so worth it. I really can't wait to see where this series goes. I have a feeling it's going to be a hell of a ride. This one is already pulling at the heartstrings.
Wendy Livingstone
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow where to start with this one!! This storyline is filled with suspense, mystery, intrigue, secrets, twists, humour, and romance. I loved the chemistry between Sam and Blake. No spoilers this is a must read for all. I cannot wait for the 2nd book in this series. Maggie has hit the ball out of the ball park with this one! What a fantastic story this is.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book!
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Samantha Sawyer, a junior in college who was asked to help mentor a quiet mysterious freshman Adriana. There are also interesting georgous men surrounding her. Blake is one of these men and she finds him extremely hot. He seems to be interested in her too.

Adriana and her secrets lead Sam into a danger. Blake steps up to be knight in shinning armor. Can he save her or will he be too late?

I thought this book Up to Bat was going to be your typical sports romance especially with such a vague blurb.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Up to Bat by Maggie Jane Schuler is book. 1 in The Diamond series.

I'd say it's mostly a NA suspense novel with a touch of romance. It centres around Samantha and we see her try to balance dealing with her grief for her late brother, befriending the new girl in her dorm, her studies, her marathon preparation, her job as a sports trainer and the affections of the new guy, Blake.
Then she gets swept up in drama that threatens her life and those closest to her and struggles to find ground.

I found t
Victoria pearce
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a good story.

Sam seems a little self centered, especially about losing her brother. The inner dialogue is a bit repetitive too.

Blake is cool.

Good story line but like I said long winded in places.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Holy Cliffhanger. Very suspenseful read. Loved the story line and can't wait to see what happens to Sam, Adrianna and Blake.
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Maggie Jane Schuler is a wife, mother of three almost grown children, and teacher by day. While she has always loved to read, the thought of writing her own prose did not strike until she was in the middle of writing her Master’s Thesis. From that point on she was hooked.

She Resides in Southern California. Besides the family and books, she loves baseball. Since the Dodgers, Angels, and Padres are
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