Title: Listen Pitch
Series: There's No Crying in Baseball
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Cover Model: Jacob Wilson
Cover Model: Jacob Wilson
Rhys Rivera is the star short-stop for the Longview Lumberjacks. Many know him, even more love him. He has a pretty face, a quick smile, and an air of danger about him that everyone seems to adore.
He’s not known as the bad boy of baseball for nothing.
It all started with his father, who decided to be a criminal mob boss, then die.
Fortunately for his uncle, Rhys wants absolutely nothing to do with the family business and runs before anyone can figure out which way is up.
By the time his uncle, the successor to his father’s criminal empire, thinks to look for him, Rhys has made too big of a name for himself to be taken out quietly, and he wants to keep it that way.
Fast forward eight years, and Rhys is living life one breath at a time, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe coming in the form of a nosy neighbor who has no idea just how hot she is in her mail carrier uniform.
Her sweet little body and positive outlook on life make him want to laugh at how naïve she is when it comes to the way of the world.
The harder he tries to stay away, the weaker he seems to get, until one day he decides to put his morals on hold long enough to satisfy his cravings.
One time is all he needs—or so he tells himself.
But then two pink lines change everything, and all of a sudden, he doesn’t have just himself to worry about anymore.
Source: E-galley from Enticing Journey Book Promotions
My rating: 4 stars
This story reminded me more of the 2nd book in the series than the first one. It is another favorite of mine, though. I like that even though it was a baseball story, we also got a little bit more than just the sports romance, there was some mafia storyline thrown in as well. I'm not really a mafia romance reader, but this one didn't go so far into that as to make it completely that type of story. There was lots of drama and romance and steaminess. But I also loved the funny moments. Like when Rhys and Henley are at Rhys's sister's hospital room when she's giving birth. That was hilarious! Not to mention finding out about the surrogates, and then the actual pregnancy and what Henley shouted at Rhys for that one. At first I tried to place everyone from the other stories, because I do remember, kind of, the accident that Rhys was in. Soon enough, though, we got into where we had Furious George and also Wrigley, characters I loved in the earlier books. I loved the detail of Henley being deaf, and how perfect and seamless it fit into the story. I loved that Henley had her little 90s Porn fascination. Although it seems as if maybe that would have come out later in the story for her and Rhys to enjoy or laugh about.
I read a little excerpt at the end that is about a guy named Tyler, and he is a cop, so I kind of wonder if he is Henley's brother Tyler that we meet in this book? I hope so, because the excerpt from that one sounds like one that is good. I've already marked it on Goodreads. Definitely give this series a try!
If you want to read my review of the first two books in the series, you can click on the book covers below to take you to them.