Friday, September 8, 2017

Release Blitz with Review: Pitch Please (There's No Crying in Baseball series) by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Pitch Please
Series: There's No Crying in Baseball  
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2017

Baseball is life, the rest is just details.
Everyone who’s played the game has heard those words a time or two. But Hancock has heard them his entire life from his parents. His family has lived and breathed baseball even before he started little league.
Hancock “Parts” Peters has a name that inspires grins across many faces, but the moment those faces get their first look at him, those grins slide away.
Hancock is gruff, filterless, and doesn’t give a crap who he offends. He is the only man in baseball who doesn’t care if he gets an endorsement or not. He’s there to play the game. He’s there to win. He’s there because baseball is his life.
People think he’s a jerk.
And maybe he is. But if that’s how he has to come off to get people to leave him the hell alone so he can play in peace, so be it. The less people he has to worry about offending, the better.

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. 
Sway Coffman didn’t mean to rock the boat. She was just there to do her job.
Sure, she was a woman in a man’s world. Yes, she beat out several of those men to get the job as head athletic trainer for the professional baseball team, The Texas Lumberjacks. And yeah, she now got hate mail from those men.
But she’s good at her job, and she earned the position.
What she is not good at, however, is talking to men.
Men seem to see her curvy hips, large breasts and thick thighs and automatically think she is incompetent. Because surely a fat girl couldn’t get the job treating some of the most fit and athletic men in the world, right?
This fat girl got the job, and she is proud of it.
What else did she get?
The attention of the sexiest bearded man she’d ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on.
It was enough to bring to her down to her knees…in front of that man, the hot and grumpy baseball player, Hancock Peters.


My Review:
My rating:  5 stars

Okay, I really loved this story!  As a big baseball fan, it was fun to read about all the superstitions the players had, as well as the fans.  I know I often develop my own superstitions about my team, like having to wear a certain shirt every time they play, etc.  I loved Hancock!  He knew what he liked and what he wanted, but he was completely sure of himself and really didn't seem to have much issue with his self-confidence.  When he liked something or someone, he went after them.  And then there was Sway.  She's a bigger girl, so I definitely identified with her.  What I liked is that she has all the same self-deprecating thoughts that I know I often have, and even though Hancock might tell her she's wrong, he didn't get on her for this.  I know, I know, that's probably not very healthy, right?  But to me it is realistic in that just because I may say something like that about myself, I am not fishing for compliments, it's just how I feel, and Hancock understood how she would say those things and wasn't looking for anyone to argue with her about it.  Even though he didn't see her that way, and he wouldn't let anyone else treat her like that.

But it wasn't all about the curvy girl landing the hot guy, it was a lot of family stuff, and ex-boyfriend stuff, and work stuff.    And so many parts made me laugh out loud!  A new superstition that Hancock developed when he just happened to kiss Sway senseless, was that he had to do that before every game, because it turned out that game was one of the best he'd ever had  And this was before they'd really even started dating!  I loved when he was sick and Sway had to take care of him.  This book was just so sweet and so funny, and even so sexy, I just loved it soooooooo much!  I'm looking forward to more books in this series, and I have my hopes for who the next books might be about. Now, I did have one little issue.  There was a part where it was mentioned that Sway's mother would have a problem with what happened between Hancock and her ex-boyfriend, or at least the language that she used with him, and it even says that she did hear about it, but I would have liked to have heard what happened, maybe read the actual phone conversation.  Oh yeah, and the guy on the cover, while extremely hot, doesn't match Hancock with his beard.   

This is my first book by this author, and I can tell you that it will not be my last book.  If you enjoy a good sports romance, this is one you need to pick up now!

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.