Rounding Third: A Baseball Anthology
This was a fantastic anthology which a great mix of stories. For an Aussie I sure learnt a lot about Baseball – especially that it is a much sexier sport then I’d ever given it credit for 😉
I’ve read all the stories by the authors I love as well as those I was keen to read an I hope to get to the rest ASAP!
For now, here are the individual reviews for the novellas I have read!
Safe by Jess Bryant
I’ve been desperate to read this story ever since I fell in love with Trent Thorne in Jess’ story Stay a Little Longer and discovered he had a baseball playing twin brother Trevor who was also gay and hadn’t come out. And I’m so glad this is the story I started with because it has everything I could want in a romance: two sexy, hot, athletic heroes, friends to lovers, steamy sex scenes that will make you blush in the best way and a believable romance with a touch of conflict. Jess is a must read author of mine and this only cements that.
“Finally, finally, Trevor understood what his brother had been saying. Anything that kept him from being with Cruz wasn’t worth it.”
In My League by Kelsey Kingsley
This was the first story of Kelsey’s I have read (despite having her other two books sitting on my Kindle 😬) and I absolutely loved it. Taking the view of “sports players are dumb jocks” and personifying it in Mackenzie, while having Minor League Baseball Player Brett break through the stereotype was a fabulous take in this posers romance genre. I loved that there was real, genuine chemistry between the two leads, as well as some realistic and interesting conversations had between the two. And the steamy sex scenes – well they just added to what was already a wonderful story. I hope we get to see more Brett and Mackenzie because I have a feeling that this was only their beginning.
The Change Up by Maren Lee
I enjoyed this story so very much. Clay was one super hot yet so super kind and considerate baseball player. And Samantha was full of sass and spark and had that motherly love down pat. The story flowed well, the sex was hot and Maren continues to impress me with her talent. I can’t wait to read more by her (…. reckon we can get more Cash and Samantha because there’s one hell of a story between the last chapter and that FABULOUS epilogue!!)
Wild Pitch by Kathryn Nolan
Every time I read something by the phenomenally talented Kathryn Nolan I always feel as if my review will never do it justice. And Wild Pitch is no different. To take MMF and make it relatable and realistic and make me so incredibly jealous of Darcy because I want Cash and Sawyer too … I can’t begin to describe how awesome this story is. This is slow burn in the best possible way and by the time sparks fly and fireworks explode between the three of them, you can feel that this is more than just sex. In saying that, the sex is 😮🔥😍 (emojis say it better than I could!). I swear Kathryn Nolan could write my grocery list and make it sound sexy and fabulous!! If you only read one story in this anthology – READ THIS ONE!!
Sliding Home by Lynsey M. Stewart
It’s been a while since I read something by Lynsey and I was looking forward to her contribution to this anthology – and knowing it’s about a British baseball player, I was keen to see this Brit tackle an all-American sport.
I was not expecting a meet cute that made me smile, a fabulous fake engagement story, chemistry in spades and a twist at the end I didn’t see coming. Brad and Jess had great back stories and for a novella, I felt that I connected with these two really well and that’s a credit to Lynsey’s ability to write realistic, relatable characters who you can’t help but fall in love with.
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