Sawyer Tom is a tall Texan with an easy smile. It masks his rough start in life.
Now destiny has flipped the story for the baseball phenom, and life’s riches are within his grasp.
But it’s the chance meeting with a beautiful stubborn girl that has him reaching.
Bristol Swift is the only daughter in a Memphis baseball dynasty. What stands out most though, is her apathy to the game and its players.
As far as she’s concerned, her medical practice deserves all the attention.
Funny how a look, a touch, one dance, can change two worlds.
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Bristol & Sawyer.
This the second book in the Swift series. While each book covers an individual couple, they’re best enjoyed in order.
I usually don’t start with content warnings or include spoilers in my reviews – but I’ll be mentioning these topics.
infertility, fostering & adoption, cancer, death of parents (biological & foster)
Emotional ending to the series. Having lived baseball her entire life Bristol has no intention for falling for a player. Sawyer hasn’t ever had a real family. He immediately falls for her and she realizes he’s not the stereotype she thought.
Lots of fun dates and family functions are the hallmark of this series and I really enjoy that aspect. Relationship-wise Sawyer and Bristol are pretty low angst, however some really tough situations come up for them that make this a particularly emotional listen.
There’s a cancer diagnosis for two different characters, one major. Bristol is infertile and I loved the way Sawyer responded. They decide to adopt, but this segues into my biggest struggle with the book:
Mallory was adopted by Atticus & embraced as a member of the family – except everyone keeps referring to Brick & January’s son as “the first grandchild” throughout this book. Adopted children are real children and shouldn’t be displaced by birth children. It was disappointing to see this narrative in a book with a grown foster child as it’s central character and with adoption of another grandchild imminent.
I did love the way Pike wrapped it all up for Sawyer, Bristol, & Jude. Plus, there was a series epilogue that was particularly poignant.
CJ Bloom & Aaron Shedlock were perfect. I really enjoyed both of their performances and thought they were a great fit for their respective characters.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Home Cooked Books and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
USA TODAY bestselling author, Leslie Pike, has loved expressing herself through the written word since she was a child. The first romance “book” she wrote was at ten years old. The scene, a California Beach. The hero, a blonde surfer. The ending, happily forever after.
Leslie’s passion for film and screenwriting eventually led her to Texas for eight years, writing for a prime time CBS series. She’s traveled the world as part of film crews, from Africa to Israel, New York to San Francisco. Now she finds her favorite creative adventures taking place in her home, in Southern California, writing Contemporary Romance.
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