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Covering All the Bases

(For the Love of the Game #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Talk about a wild day... As if being summoned to the deathbed of a grandfather she didn’t know existed wasn’t enough––Isla Bennett meets the man of her dreams. Spends an amazing day playing tourist around Nashville with him. And then finds out she’s inherited the Nashville Slammers major league baseball team. Oh, and her new dream man? He’s the Slammers’ star power hitter. ...more
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Published June 10th 2019 by Entangled: Bliss
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May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read a few books by this author and this one is a bit of a crazy rollercoaster. Isla grandfather is in his deathbed and she needs to go visit him. Her family dynamics leave her in need of somewhere to stay.

Her relationship with Liam takes off right from the start. He’s her dream guy but her inheritance is about to make everything a little more complicated. 3.5 stars out of 5. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. It wasn’t what I expected but an enjoyable read.
Susan's Reviews
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The romance between Isla Bennett and Liam Cruz was heartwarming. Isla's relationship with her father and brother leave a lot to be desired - they don't respect her business abilities, and this is very apparent when her estranged grandfather leaves her a baseball team in his will.
Suddenly, Liam is the only person in her corner as she fights to prove to everyone that she can successfully m
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
Sports romance is one of my very favorite romance genres, and I am also a big Jody Holford fan. It took just one peek at the synopsis on this book, and I knew I was going to need to read it!

I completely adored this premise and Ms. Holford nailed the meet-cute. I was sucked in immediately and charmed by the chemistry between Isla and Liam. Their connection was a bit fast and furious, but it was also incredibly sweet and there were moments between them that took my "awww" to the next level. That i
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked it!

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Part of a series: For the Love of the Game

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.
Claire Scott
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Jody Holford at her best....Covering all the bases is brilliant, I’ve loved all her books but this one was just exceptional. I think I fell in love with Liam by the first paragraph and I loved the heroine Isla, she was so strong yet so vulnerable at the same time, there was so many good characters and I’m praying we get to read more about them, especially talia!

Not knowing anything bout baseball, I was worried I might get a bit lost, but I think I might have known more than Isla lol, bu
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Talk about a wild day... As if being summoned to the deathbed of a grandfather she didn’t know existed wasn’t enough––Isla Bennett meets the man of her dreams. Spends an amazing day playing tourist around Nashville with him. And then finds out she’s inherited the Nashville Slammers major league baseball team. Oh, and her new dream man? He’s the Slammers’ star power hitter. Isla just went from amazing first date to holy heck I’m your boss in the span of a day.

Liam Cruz can’t believe how
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing.

I adored this story. Unfortunately I started it late in the day and stayed up late to finish it. I could not put it down. I was so thoroughly enchanted with Isla inheriting a professional baseball team from her paternal grandfather that she didn't know was still alive (due to her manipulative and controlling father). Isla is too late to meet her grandfather before he passes away. I
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not put this one down! Jody Holford steps into the world of baseball and hits a home run with this insanely good read. I totally fell for Liam from the first page and the romance with Isla was crazy good! The characters are incredibly well written and the plot is absolutely perfect. Even the secondary characters came to life right off the pages. Could to have been better.

Isla inherits a baseball team from a grandfather she never knew. Family friction and subplot with her nasty, nasty fathe
This is a really heartwarming emotional roller coaster ride with a great couple and their two very contrasting families involved.

Isla Bennett has received a call to tell her that the grandfather she didn't know existed is on his death bed but would like to see her. She flies off to Nashville to see him but is too late. Unsure what to do, she decides to stay for his funeral and stops in a bar for a drink before trying to find somewhere to stay. That's where she meets Liam Cruz, who is the bartend
Tara Peters
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liam and Isla had an insta-connection and a sweet romance. Liam is a baseball player who also helps out at his family's bar. When Isla walks into the bar, looking forlorn, something draws him to her and he tries ot get her to smile. Isla is in a new town to bury her grandpa, whom she didn't even know existed. She finds him extremely attractive and finds herself getting a little jealous (she has no idea why because she just met him) when another woman tries to get his attention.
He immediately wa
Elizabeth Neal
There's nothing like learning you have a grandfather only to discover that fact while he's on his deathbed, and not make it in time before he draws his last breath. But, that's the situation Isla finds herself in. One silver lining to the trip is meeting a man, Liam, that seems to have been summoned out of her dreams. After playing tourist with him, she later learns that not only has she inherited a major league baseball team, but she's also shocked to discover she already knows one of the playe ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isla Bennett has never had a choice about how to live her life, her manipulative father had it all planned out for her and it was his way or nothing. For years he has ruled her life with an iron fist, and kept her in the dark when it came to her family.

She never knew that she had a grandfather that loved her, or that he owned a baseball team...until now. When she learns that he has has passed away and left the ownership of his team in her hands, she knows she needs to head to Nashville. Of cour
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Covering All the Bases is the first book in the For the Love of the Game series by Jody Holford. The main characters are Liam the power hitter for Nashville Slammers and owner of the bar Isla goes to when she first arrives in the city. Isla has just lost the grandfather she didn't know she had because he and her father had a feud. When they first met they weren't aware of the connection, so they are just Isla and Liam. The chemistry was there from the very first moment and I just wanted them to ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Covering All the Bases by Jody Holford is the beginning of what I hope is a long run series. It is without a doubt, my favorite romance written by Ms. Holford. That is really saying something since I am not a great sports romance fan. Baseball is important to the story but it is not as important as the family battle that takes place within the pages of the book.

I totally enjoy every member of the Cruz family even the cousins who made an appearance the family dinner. I found the genuine goodness
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 6/11/19.

Such an adorable read!

I really enjoyed Liam and Isla's story. I'm not a huge fan of baseball--neither is Isla, before she inherits a baseball team!--but of course you don't have to be to enjoy a baseball romance :) Isla and Liam have incredible chemistry together, and even when they know and you know that they really shouldn't be together it's hard to argue with exactly how good they are together. Even when you know it's all going to blow up at som
Kari Hansen
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although she has never been close to her father or brother Isla didn’t expect that they would be capable of lying about the grandfather that she never knew. Now that he has passed away, she finds herself trusted with his beloved baseball team and she is determined to prove to him that she is deserving.

Liam is a professional baseball player who has recently been traded to his hometown. While helping his sister out at the bar they own, Isla walked in and was reeling from all the surprises of the
Diane McConnell
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Mix of romance and baseball!

Isla Bennett doesn’t know what to think, her grandfather that she didn’t know existed is dying and asking for her and she meets a guy in a bar that is the first guy she has been interested in for a long time. Liam Cruz is very interested in Isla Bennett because she was the first person that didn’t know who he was or that he played for the Nashville Slammers baseball team. Isla and Liam spent the night in the apartment above the bar just talking but when morning came a
Rhonda Brant
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve had the opportunity to read one other book of this author’s, and enjoyed it very much, so when the chance came up to read another, I jumped at the chance. Covering all the Bases is a story about a Major League Baseball player, Liam, who is bartending in his and his twin sisters bar when Isla, a woman from Colorado who just lost the grandfather she never knew, walks into the bar needing to get out of the rain. Chemistry is definitely an immediate reaction between these two, along with a lot ...more
Sara Oxton
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Covering All Bases by Jody Holford a five-star read that will smash you out of the park. This was m first read by this author, but it won’t be the last, I enjoyed the writing and the story. Sweet and romantic with a good plot and enough drama to make it grip. Isla Bennett was a great character, she showed us just how strong a true woman can be. There was just something about her that I immediately warmed to. Liam Cruz was a man of many hidden talents, a friend, a baller, a family man and a man w ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Covering All the Bases by Jody Holford was a sport romance with a twist! Isla Bennet goes to see a grandfather she never knew she had on his deathbed. Suddenly she finds herself the owner of a baseball team. But before that, she spends a day with a man that rocks her world. Liam Cruz can’t believe the day he spent with an amazing woman. A woman who liked him for him and not his batting average.

Now Isla is Liam’s boss and off-limits. I loved how they meet and their chemistry. But when she become
Melena Torretta
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-arcs
Isla has inherited ownership of Nashville's Major League baseball team from her grandfather. On her first night in town before she knows about the team she meets - and starts falling for - Liam. Things quickly get complicated for them, though, when they figure out he plays for the team she now owns.

I enjoyed this different take on sports romance. So often the heroine is introduced to the game by the player but doesn't have any connection to the team or sport. It was fun to see everything from Is
Angie Elle
DNF @ 23%, so no rating.

I think this book is meant to be sweet with the immediate connection between the hero and heroine, but I find it to be so cringe-worthy. The author is taking so much time to build up this connection between strangers, and I just don't buy it. It's like she's trying too hard.

I'll also say, this was a huge turn-off for me:

“Maybe I’m not a one-night-stand kind of guy.”

Isla laughed. “I don’t think that guy exists.”

Oh good! A heroine who likes to lump all men together. Becaus
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Covering All The Bases gave this reader the best of both worlds, baseball and romance! When Isla stumbles into a bar, cold, sad and lonely, she meets Liam, sweet and sexy bartender...who’s also a MLB player. I myself feel into insta-love with Liam; he was as kind as he was hot. Isla was more of a challenge for me to connect to, as she really needed a backbone, and it took a while for her to find one. But I did enjoy their chemistry.
This is my first Jody Holford book, but I have already added a f
Nicole Smith
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports-romance
4.5 Stars
I loved this book so much! I was hooked right from the beginning and I couldn't put this one down. Isla and Liam are so adorable together. Liam is just book boyfriend material, period. I was drawn to this book because Liam is a baseball player and I'm a fan of Jody Holford's writing. She created such great characters even the antagonists. Boy did I wanted to pop a few characters in the head. I loved the whole idea of Isla being the owner of a baseball team. Being a huge baseball fan mys
J_Mc 251
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this sports romance. Most books in this genre have a hero who is a stud sports dude who humbles himself to be with the woman who takes him down a peg or two. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But this story was different because Liam Cruz was a sweetheart from the very beginning. It was so nice to see a guy who was comfortable being a nice guy in spite of his sports stature. I liked the chemistry between Liam and Isla, and I really liked Talia – I hope there is a story for her ...more
Stella Thompson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Covering All The Bases!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was drawn in from the beginning to the end. I loved the plot line of this story, and I enjoyed the fact that Isla navigated being a new owner of the Nashville Dodgers baseball team while feeling the chemistry with Liam, to whom she shouldn’t be drawn. A female owner of baseball is a rarity in the business. Another thing Isla has to deal with.

This is a light sports read. The heroine is strong in her own way, but it did bother me that she
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To say I loved this book would be putting it mildly. I loved Liam and Isla from the beginning of this story to the end. They were magical and instantly connected. Laughter and complete cuteness abounded with not only Liam and Isla but also his family and her best friend. The supporting characters seemed to rally around Isla and gave her what she truly needed. So if you are looking for an ultra sweet, feel good, true love kind of story that leaves you with a smile on your face, then this is a gre ...more
Karla Andrews
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isla was hurting. She just lost her grandfather that she never knew. Walked into a small town bar in Salvation. Sure why not. Looking for some warmth from the weather outside and to clear her head. She was not looking for two very nice strangers take her in. Be super nice, just for the sake of being nice. Did she feel sparks with the one that they call Liam. Hell yes. What she and Liam do not know is isla is about to be his boss. She is willed the baseball team his plays for. That her father wan ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Covering All the Bases (For the Love of the Game, #1) by Jody Holford  
Time just flew by. I am utterly in love Isla and Liam. Holford draws from the adage that good things can happen to good people. Isla is proof of that. In one day, her whole life changes. Then she falls in love and her happiness starts to unravel. Liam is the man, She's waited her whole life to find. Too bad, she's his boss. Covering All The Bases hit a homerun for me. My heart says a repeat performance is in order.
Becky Wise
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Covering All the Bases is such an amazing read. I love how Jody Holford created such a strong female lead in what is usually a mans world. Isla is smart, strong and just trying to figure out how to navagate in the big leagues against a sea of men. Even though she may not know much about baseball she sure holds her own. I love how she stands up to everyone getting in her way including family. Liam is amazing and supportive of Isla through everything. It's so cute how they meet and you can feel th ...more
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