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4.61  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Baseball broke Evie Cordova's heart.

Living in Santa Isabella, home of the five-time College World Series champs, The Quakes, Evie has grown up loving baseball. Her dad has been the head coach for as long as she can remember and her happiest memories were on the baseball diamond. But baseball broke her heart, in more ways than one, and she'll do anything to avoid it.

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Published September 22nd 2020 by Sara Elizabeth Santana
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Erin Kelly
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved Benched! The story was so much fun with the Santa Isabella background filled with baseball. The characters are well developed and I found myself flying through the chapters to see where the story was going to go. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy to see where Evie, Austin, Drew, Sydney , Lucy and the Quakes go. If you enjoy a fun story with baseball, love and fun pick this book!
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual Rating: 3.5

The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the passion both Evie and Austin had for baseball. I think in some sports romances that the romance is front and center and the sport is just an afterthought. I feel like Benched had the perfect balance of romance and baseball. Speaking of romance, I adored Austin and Evie together! I could feel their chemistry from the first meeting and I liked how their relationship progressed. The only minor issue I had with this aspect of the
Megan Sugg
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Joel Lawrence
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun, fresh, fast-paced romance to compliment my favorite time of the year. Benched is highly recommended to fans of YA.

Benched has a huge crossover appeal and kind of blurs that vague line between YA and NA, and the romance certainly falls on the side of the later.

I’m a baseball fan, but you don’t need to know anything about the sport to enjoy the story. The MC character, Evie, describes the action on the field in an accessible way as she navigates through freshman year at a smaller Cal State
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Benched

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆

Yasss! Evie and Austins story was absolutely the best. Evie is stuck and Austin just wants her. Its a push and pull til the very end.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Laura Fox
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For full transparency: I received a free eARC of this book from the author via Booksprout.


If you're looking for that perfect summer romance, Benched is it. There are a number of deeper issues given great consideration and reflection in this book - self-confidence, the burden of family obligations, all the expectations and pressures accompanying any college freshman finding their new place in the the testing ground of academia (and, in Evie's case, also on the ballfield) - but they don't becom
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I enjoyed this book so much! It was such a quick and fun read.

I loved the main character or Evie, she was relatable, even without loving baseball lol.

And the other characters i thought were fleshed our really well. Austin could get on my nerves at time with the whole “princess” but that was definitely the point, and he became a swoon worthy guy.

If you liked Cora Carmacks football new adult books, you would love this!

Even if you haven’t read those, if you’re looking for a fun, sexy,
Emma Cook
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down! From the very beginning I was hooked with the author’s writing style! There is so much detail about the individual characters and their experiences/situations! I could literally picture this book taking place in my mind as I was reading it! The main character Evie is a strong, independent young adult who is trying to prove herself in a male dominated world! She is trying to overcome her past even though she is met with reminders everyday. And ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable and engaging story that had some memorable moments in it. It hit home to me personally so I was engaged from the beginning. Great characters, great dialogue, great emotions and truly wonderful story.
Eileen Santana
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I've always enjoyed hot romance novels and this one is certainly 🔥! Watch out for Chapter 11 - you may want to turn your A/C up! The characters are engaging and I enjoyed the baseball storyline, it being my favorite sport! I find myself looking forward to the next installment, I want to get to know Sydney, she definitely sparks my curiosity. Good, tight storyline. I've read this author's earlier novels and there is a delightful improvement in descriptive scenes. Great book! ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first read from this author and I really enjoyed it. It was cute but it did have its share of drama.
Daniel Boulanger
I absolutely adored this book! Evie is such an interesting person and is surrounded by amazing and supportive people. Austin is so ridiculously perfect, as soon as he appears he is so easy to love. I don't often read contemporary romance but I definitely think I can get into Sports Romance if they are anywhere near as good as this is!

Buy this book, read it! It's seriously so good! I blew through the last half of it in an afternoon.
M Schroeder
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5 stars. I'm not a big baseball fan, but I really enjoyed this story and actually learned a few things about the sport. Austin and Evie had great chemistry together, both on and off the field. I also really wanted to bash Jesse...what a manipulative jerk! Evie's history with Jesse affected her love for baseball and that was something she had to work through in the book. I look forward to the second book in this trilogy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntaril
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I super enjoyed it and read it within like two days. I couldn’t put it down.

I am a big romance reader and love reading romance stories. Though I have never read a sports romance before. I was always afraid that I would need to know how the sports work, which I only know the basic info about them. That’s one of the things I loved about this book. As I read it I was told enough about the sport in the book to understand it without getting lost.

I loved the characters in this book.
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Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual star rating: 4 1/2 stars

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Ummm... What can I say?!?! Benched .... Hmmm. 🤔 In two words, loved it! I enjoyed the setting and the characters. The story flowed smoothly, but, of course, these characters had their ups and downs... What do one expect from these college students in a college town with baseball as the "center of their universe." Haha! Anyways, I enjoyed how much of "family" was brought into the story. I can imagine various readers would be
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did not want to put this book down! A fun read, and one that really connects you to the characters. Looking forward to the next book!
Sara Santana
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
THIS BOOK ROCKS! And I'm not saying that just because its my own book ;)

I hope you all enjoy Benched when it comes out this September!
Shannon Re
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*DISCLAIMER I received a free copy of an ARC via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review*

A grand slam of a book! Fantastic mix of romance, drama, baseball, and friendships! It had me screaming, crying, fanning myself, and cheering as the words of Evie Cordova swept me in to the world of Santa Isabella and Quakes baseball. The way the story and drama unraveled left me wanting more and turning the page for more. I finished the book and wanted more, more about the Quakes, the players, and Ev
Amanda Ivie-Reichardt
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
Really enjoyed this book it had some ups and downs, I wanted to strangle Evie occasionally but this book is what I needed to take my mind off of real life for a few hours because once I got started I couldn't stop.
Sep 22, 2020 added it
Loved this book!!

Baseball+smut= a good day of reading for me

I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in the story! Cannot wait to see what book 2 will bring!
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Way to go, Sara! The story of Evie and Austin is captivating from the moment they are introduced and it was nearly impossible to put down. Benched dives into the complicated relationship that Evie has with baseball and its players. Her struggle with continuing to love something that has been a source of so much pain in the past is quite relatable, and Evie, Austin, and Jesse are all so very real in their own ways. I loved Benched and cannot wait to see what's in store for everybody! ...more
Sara Ames
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend picking up this book! I absolutely loved it, such a fun read. Romance, hot baseball players, what more do you need?
Renae McBrian
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Benched is finally here, and you are not going to want to miss this addictive baseball romance. This steamy book pulled me in, and I couldn't put it down until the very last page!
The only thing Evie Cordova wants to do more than ignore baseball completely is to be out there on the field playing the game with her college team, the Quakes—who are essentially royalty in her small college town. But she's sworn off playing, and involving herself with the likes of baseball players who are sure to bre
Rob Santana
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Sara wrote a really good book. It's a easy and smooth reading. That's what I like about her writing. It flows smoothly and makes it easy to read. The story slowly builds and then it gets to a point that you can't put the book down. I usually don't read adult romance but Benched was really good. Great story, great characters. The way she describes everything makes you like you're there in Santa Isabella. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BENCHED ...more
Vedika Sheth
Oct 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
You know that book that you really want to like but just can’t? Or maybe the one that has so much suspense that even if you don’t like it, you want to read it? That was this book for me. It just didn’t intrigue me. I wanted to like it because of all the things that were happening but it just felt too dramatic. One more thing, I’m a teen and I know for a fact that this book went a little overload. There were a couple of mature scenes and language. Not saying that I haven’t seen it before but it s ...more
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Sara is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, photographer, nanny, pizza delivery driver, and barista but writing is what she loves most. She has an obsession with reading, baseball, cupcakes, tattoos, running and peach green iced teas. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. She liv ...more

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