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Swinging Strike

(Cessna U Wildcats #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Meet Braxton Smith in this New Enemies to Lovers romance.

Dating the Hot Athlete? Yeah, Been There, Done That

Braxton Smith.
Cessna Universitys baseball captain.
Naturally talented.
Sinfully gorgeous.
And exudes enough arrogance to fill a stadium.

That same cocky attitude is what landed him in my anonymous gossip column.
Believe me, I, Cara Gonzalez, dont want anything to do
ebook, 386 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Rae-Allen Publishing
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Messy Bun Book Blog
Wow! I am not usually a huge fan of college-age stories, but WOW! Kimberly Readnour did an amazing job with this one! I am a sucker for sports romances, so I decided to take a chance with Swinging Strike and I am so glad I did! Braxton and Cara's story was everything for me! Watching them fall in love and overcome all the obstacles was everything I didn't know I wanted it to be! FIVE STARS!!
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Author Kimberly Readnour knows how to write a fantastic baseball romance! This romance between Cara Gonzalez and Braxton Smith is a wonderful story! It starts out with a bitter vengeful act, and rolls into a heartfelt relationship. I loved the flow and the context of this story. The characters are great! I loved this authors previous baseball series, and this Cessna U Wildcats series incorporates those characters into this one, which I love! This one has all the feels! If you want a great ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Baseball season is finally here again and that makes my heart happy! That being said, I am always excited to read a new baseball romance. I loved Swinging Strikes and the relationship between Braxton and Cara.

Cara is the baby sister of AJ Gonzalez from Kimberlys Readnours last baseball series. She has transferred to a new college to get away from her ex, who was a major league baseball player. When she meets Braxton, she thinks he is just like her ex and vows to stay away from him. Braxton ends
Nikki Swope
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book one in a new and from what I read with Swinging Strike, promising series from Kimberly Readnour. Cara, who we know from Bad Boys Redemption book 3, Bottom of the Ninth, is Ajs sister. She is looking to start over at Cessna University where no one knows who she is. Unfortunately she catches the eye of hotshot 2nd baseman of the Cessna U Wildcats, Braxton Smith. Cara does everything she can to shake off the determined baseball player but she cant help but like him. The two have an incredible ...more
I loved this!
I'm a sucker for college sports romances, so I was totally on board for this book. Cara is an awesome girl, she's tough and not afraid to speak her mind. She's been burned by a guy before, but she still gives Braxton a chance and always tries to do what's right. Braxton is a sexy, amazing baseball player and I liked that he went at Cara's pace and tried to be there for her. He sticks up for his friends and they made a great match.
This was well paced and I was totally sucked in.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*Thank you to the author and NABC for sending me an ARC of this book for me to read and leave an honest review. *

"I don't date or chase. Or, I never did until now. But this girl, I'd chase to the ends of the earth."

The past few books that I have read have (unintentionally) turned out to be sports romances, and it turns out (despite not being a sports fan myself), I quite like reading them! And this one was really well done. One thing I really liked in this particular story was that the female
Paula White
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

This was an great start to a new series. Cara and Braxton had a connection from the get go. Both had been hurt previously and trust was an issue. They bounced off each other and were well suited. The secondary characters were great and loved Miller the dog. I look forward to the next one in the series.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love sports romance and even better an enemies to lovers romance, my favorites. Book 1 in the Cessna U Wildcats series and my first by this author and it wont be my last. Cara and Braxton started out on the wrong foot but that didnt stop him from falling for her at first sight. Loved them together. They had great chemistry. Wonderful story and great characters. Cant wait to read more from this author.

I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
Leisa Ann
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually skip books with college aged kids but Ive read a lot of Kimberly Readnour other books and loved them so I decided to give this book a chance. I loved it! It brought back a lot of memories of college and young love and the insecurities that come with that age. I loved Cara and Braxton and I loved watching them grow up over the course of the book. ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Starting over at a new college, Cara has sworn off all athletes but especially baseball players. With one exaggerated news story and one handsome lab partner, Cara's thoughts change. But when Braxton finds out the truth behind the story the end result leaves Cara rethinking her plan. Can you fall in love with the wrong person and still make the relationship work? I fell in love with Braxton from the minute he comes into the story while at the same time laughing out loud at some of the baseball ...more
Brittany from Can’t Quit Books
Cara is wanting a fresh start. A place to prove that she isnt full of drama, and that everyone has her wrong.

Braxton has a lot of pressure on him. He hasnt made a decision about his future, and the articles being written about him arent helping.

These two together have chemistry in spades, but there are several obstacles that stand in their way. Seeing them navigate these obstacles will have you wanting to hug them, strangle them, and will allow you to understand their insecurities more.

Tania's Book Blog
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Talk about he feels with these two. Cara has dated a baseball player in the past that left with her a bad taste towards jocks. Braxton is the star baseball player at her college and is clearly instantly smitten with her when he first runs into her. But Caras attitude was been there done that no thank you. This was a slow build but at the same time nothing was rushed and you get to see how their relationship builds from him being persistent, to their banters/insults, then of them no longer trying ...more
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Swinging Strike by Kimberly Readnour was a sports romance with a touch of an enemies to lovers story. Cara moved to a new college for a fresh start and was determined to stay away from athletes. So, when she meets Braxton, she thinks she has him all figured out. Her past clouds who she is today, but the more time she spends with Braxton, the clearer she sees him. Braxton is working through his own things and the new gossip writer is the last thing he needs. Though they went through many ups and ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Swinging Strike is book one in the Cessna U Wildcats Series by Kimberly Readnour. The genre is an enemies to lovers book which looks at the characters Cara Gonzalez and Braxton Smith. Cara has been hurt before and is looking for a fresh start at a new college, working as the anonymous gossip columnist of her college she has Braxton in her cross-hairs, thinking she knows who he is. As their relationship develops, Cara bumps into Braxton everywhere and feelings start to change, but secrets have a ...more
My Little Booktopia
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you to both the author and NABC for proving me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I dont date or chase. Or, I never did until now. But this girl Id chase to the ends of the earth - Braxton Smith

Rating 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)

Swinging strike is a stand-alone, sports enemies to lovers romance story that is both romantic and funny. It is also the first book in a new and from what Ive read promising series.

Cara Gonzalez is a young women who has decided to transfer to Cessna
Book Fanatic
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kimberly Readnour has hit a home run with this read. Damn it was a rollercoaster to devour but do worth it!

Braxton is a hot, well known, baseball player at college. He's heading for big things, despite his inner war at pushing to play ball professionally or finishing his degree. No one sees this other side to him except his best friend's/teammates, who I loved meeting!

Cara, having newly transferred and still holding anger towards her ex, she finds herself easily resorting to conclusions. These
Amanda Helmus
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I need more Cessna U Wildcats

Kimberly Readnour is a new to me author, but after this read Im hooked on her and all things Cessna U.

For me personally, Swinging Strike took a bit to get into, but as I read I was gradually being drawn into the story and the characters to end on an I-just-cant-put-it-down high. I wanted it all and I wanted more and the ending came way too quickly.

Not only did Kimberly make me feel invested in the main characters, she made me addicted to the side/supporting
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE the fact that the amazingly talented Kimberly Readnour has released Swinging Strike (which is the start of a new baseball series) right at the time of baseball season starting. It got me a tad more excited about this new season when I originally was like meh. I've read her previous work about her bad boy baseball players, so I was delighted when they played some secondary roles here too. Cara, our heroine, is the baby sister of former bad boy player, AJ Gonzalez (Bottom of the ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Braxton and Cara definently get off to a rocky start in this book. Cara is AJ's sister from Bottom of the ninth this is her story about starting over after leaving Philly and her cheating ex Drake behind. When Cara sees Braxton the first time she believes he is just like her ex and decides to include him in her gossip column. Braxton is known on campus as the next Babe Ruth and is expected to be called to the draft this year. At first Cara refuses Braxtons advances too afraid to be sucked into ...more
Daisy Sauceda
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love sports romance books and this one is right up my alley. This book has it all from lies, mean ex's, protectiveness, family and most of all love. So Cara has made a decision to start over due to some personal issues. While she is minding her own business she runs into Braxton. However, their relationship in the beginning is based on secrets. Braxton is trying to find out who is writing a gossip column which is focused on him. Well finally Cara gets two strikes against her. So what will ...more
Elizabeth Clinton
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swinging Strike is the first book in Kimberly Readnours new College Series and it gives you everything you want and more.
We meet Cara Gonzalez a young woman looking for a fresh start at a new school trying to get back on track in getting her life together and moving on from her what has happened in the past.
Braxton Smith is the star Baseball Player at Cessna University, Captain of the team and looking forward to the draft but sometimes what you want and what others want are two different
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swinging Strike
Cessna U Wildcats #1
Kimberly Readnour
Set at the bustling Cessna University college students Cara and Braxton meet when she runs into a pole. Little does he know she has already formed an opinion of him, star athletes are a strong no after the crushing her heart took with the last one.
Cara is well versed in the athletic lifestyle as her brother in a major league ball player, she knows better than to date one. She is trying to stay drama free and focused on becoming a vet. An
Larissa Rye
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Im always in the mood for a good sports romance & this one knocks it out of the park. cute little pun there haha. I really wasnt sure about Braxton for the first bit of the book but he grew on me. Cara, I liked her right away. The back & forth between the two really made the book for me.

Even though I could see disaster coming a mile away, the last half of the book did surprise me a little. I enjoyed the story itself, even though the communication between the two left a lot to be
Tammy's Timeout
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - baseball and a college setting is one of my favourites, Swinging Strike was a 5 star read for me! Cara is new to Cessna U, she is looking for a fresh start away from sports players, and to concentrate on her studies. Braxton is a top athlete, and is working towards a spot in the major leagues. He is suddenly the topic of conversation in a rumour column in the school online news and hes not happy about it!
Full of banter, chemistry and the everyday dramas of college life,
Katia Hatter
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first book from this author, and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed Braxton and Caras story. Cara is a very strong heroine, someone who is learning from past mistakes while trying not to repeat them. Braxton appears to have the world at his feet, yet is struggling to discover what he wants for his future. Together, they are able to find the answers.

If you like baseball players, sassy and smart women and
Nicole Smith
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It's hard for me to pass up a book with a baseball player. I really liked Braxton and Cara. Their banter was one of my favorite parts of the book. I am right there with Cara about how important the playoffs are because I don't want to miss them either by making plans. This book also shows the tough sports we find ourselves in and how react to them can cost us or impact our futures. I cringed a little wit some of the situations Cara gets herself in. This is a book that I was ...more
Brooke between_the_pages_of_romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
I love sports romance and baseball ones are my favorite so I was pumped to read this book. I really enjoyed Braxton and Caras story! Their story felt real and at times completely gutted me. The insecurities that plagued them nearly destroyed a beautiful relationship. I was so glad to see them overcome everything and get back to each other. Plus I love a good groveling and I think Braxton did a pretty good job with it. 😉 Im so excited for more of this series and this group of
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Author Kimberly Readnour knows how to write a fantastic baseball romance! This romance between Cara Gonzalez and Braxton Smith is a wonderful story! It starts out with a bitter vengeful act, and rolls into a heartfelt relationship. I loved the flow and the context of this story. The characters are great! I loved this authors previous baseball series, and this Cessna U Wildcats series incorporates those characters into this one, which I love! This one has all the feels! If you want a great ...more
Jazzmine Nichole
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great new series opener

I loved AJ and Mia's story it was fantastic but that story made me curious about his sister Carmela or Cara. I felt like she was misunderstood and felt like she had her own story to tell.
So color me surprised when I saw this author felt this way too.

Cara and Braxton story was fantastic and a great opener to this all new college baseball series.
If you love sports romances set in college you will love this new series
I can't wait for Shannon and Noah's story next
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cara and Braxton are book goals. Im so in love with these two. Braxton is cocky but oh so swoony and Cara is the kind of tough girl I can get behind with just enough vulnerability.
I loved everything about this story and will read anything this author puts out now. We get to see old characters - which is always the best - and fall in love with new ones who I can already tell will make this an amazing series. I cant wait for more.
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