Dec 12, 2014

Blog Tour -- A League of Her Own

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23252231A League of Her Own
Author: Karen Rock
Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 186
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Synopsis:

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her…

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My Review:
I thought that this book seemed really interesting. I don't get offered a chance to read a book with a girl that is in a sports world very often. The love story that intertwined through out it was also a reason I wanted to read it. Heather is a 27 year old trying to get over her past and earn her father's acceptance of her. When he ends up having a heart attack, her life changes majorly and she tries harder than ever to get her father to be proud of her.

Garrett is a player struggling with his own past and is holding onto his AA coin for dear life. He struggles everyday with many things, but you see his strength throughout the book even when he could easily break down.

Heather was a character that I found to be very annoying. She wanted to know why her mom took off and why her dad never seems proud of her. She wants a chance to prove herself but yet she had a problem with doing the same for others. She held her own past against others. Even when you think she would learn from things, she fell right back into her selfish ways. I kept reading through the book hoping she would somehow come around but I just didn't feel it.

Now for Garrett. I really enjoyed his character and being able to follow him around in the story. He had a hard life, just like Heather. But with him he was able to use that as strength to keep him going and not let him fall back to his old ways. He is a character that draws you into him and can't help but wishing him the best. He was the reason I kept reading. Though Heather gives off major negativity, Garrett gives off a bright light that makes you want to know what happens to him. No matter what anyone does to him, including Heather, he continues to have hope that he will somehow get his happily ever after in his life.

I did like the struggles throughout the book. There are so many in the book with struggles but for the most part all of them some way to overcome them and keep going. They might not have always went about it the right way, but we all make mistakes. They learned and didn't give up and that showed in the book. Even in moments of weaknesses and breakdowns, they ended up picking themselves up and forming a family between them all, even if they didn't expect it to happen.

I enjoyed the players for the falcons as well. Valdez and Dean sticking out the most. Dean was one that was there for Garrett and didn't let him fall back. As the other guys would have made fun of him, Dean kept him steady and supported him not only as a teammate, but also a friend. Valdez was funny with his crush on Heather and him pretty much doing anything she asked of him, even if it was for her affection.

The love story is pretty sweet as well as the connections that come back to those that lost connection when things went bad. I have had experiences not quite like this, but I do know what it feels to lose family for a little bit. It is hard to accept them back in because of the fear of them taking off again. I over came it and I was glad that those in the book also had a good ending :)




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Tens List
Top Ten Places Books have made Me Want to Travel to

Great topic :)

1. 18th Century Scotland… mostly so that I can meet Jamie Fraser in THE OUTLANDER!

2. Caribbean island - Los Camellos (fictional) from Kathleen Woodwiss’ novel, SHANNA… because who doesn’t love a tropical setting full of bad boys and gorgeous pirates?!


3. Hogwarts. After devouring the HARRY POTTER series, I really really want to learn how to play Quiddich…and ride a dragon!

4. New Bern, North Carolina, 1932, 1946. Nicholas Sparks did a beautiful job making me fall for this genteel southern setting in one of my favorite novels, THE NOTEBOOK. And wow! That scene in the boat and the kiss in the rain… yes… I’d like to go to that spot, please.

5. Madison County, Iowa. The old-fashioned wooden bridges and country setting in BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY are definitely a place I’d love to visit.

6. Oklahoma Territory, 1893, during the Land Rush. I loved this setting in the novel, and later movie, FAR AND AWAY. How thrilling to race on horseback to stake out your own property!

7. Prince Edward Island. I've read ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (the series) at least five times. I love the rich, rural setting, the orchards, the woods, the rivers and the farms there that remind me of my grandfather’s New England dairy farm. I want to fall asleep in one of those pastures, reading a good book.

8. Amsterdam. After reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, I fell in love with this quaint, old city on the water right along with the main characters. I’d love to visit the Anne Frank house, drink champagne at a canal-side restaurant and bike ride on cobblestone streets.

9. Paris. So many books have made me want to visit… and it all began when I was a child opening up a book called MADELINE.

10. Georgia. I had to save the best for last. My favorite book of all times is GONE WITH THE WIND. I would love to tour the old plantations and visit Savannah and Atlanta to put myself in Scarlett’s shoes… but not her corsets. Ouch.


Thanks so much for having me! Wishing everyone well during the Holidays :)

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Excerpt

     Heather flushed, remembering how she’d warned him that she could never trust him or any addict. Had pushed him away when he’d kissed her. So why, then, was she telling him things she hadn’t even shared with her father?
     “How many times did you go to rehab?” she asked.
     “Once.”
     “How long were you an alcoholic before that?”
     “Five years. I was twenty-one when Manny got shot.”
     Heather stiffened in his arms, realization spiking through her. He’d turned to alcohol because of Manny.
     “You drank so you wouldn’t think about it.”
     “Basically.” She felt his head nod against hers. “And, after a while, because I had to.”
     “And now you’re never tempted.” She tried keeping the skepticism out of her voice and failed.
     “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. But I’m committed.” He lifted his head, tipped up her chin and looked her directly in the eye. “I can only promise one day at a time. But I’ll keep that vow. Continue renewing it. I want more out of life than a bottle.”
     Heather reached up and touched the sides of his face, unable to stop her impulsive action. It was sending him mixed messages, the same ones she felt.
     “What else do you want?” The question came from a part of her she didn’t recognize. Asking a man like Garrett a flirtatious question was playing with fire.
     Garrett groaned, longing sharpening his features. “You.”
     Without waiting for her response, his lips captured hers. She knew she should push him away, but instead her head fell back, her pulse leaping in her throat. The pressure was exquisite as he nibbled and explored. Soft. Warm. Gentle. His lips moved slowly, gradually exerting more pressure.
     This felt incredible. Better than the last time. She had to stop this, but need seized her, shoving aside her good intentions.
     Her body hummed and a fuzzy sensation filled her head, making it hard to focus on anything but the feel of him, the evergreen scent of the forest and his aftershave heightening her senses.
     His hands gripped her waist as she swayed against him, holding her as his mouth sampled her lower lip, then put pressure on the top. Nerves sent small shock waves through her chest, and her hand rose to stroke the back of his neck, making him tremble against her. Suddenly his kiss intensified, growing fierce and demanding. His lips moved fast against hers, their tongues tangling, causing warmth to explode in her body, melting every piece of her.
     She moaned and Garrett’s arms tightened, bringing her closer still. Her lips maneuvered against his in response, loving his sweet taste. Garrett shuddered, curling his fist into her hair with a groan. She loved how her touch affected him, how it affected her. At last his lips let her go, and he looked down at her tenderly, pleasure in his eyes, his chest rising and falling hard.
     “I wasn’t getting involved with anyone. Planned to focus only on baseball,” he said when his breath came easier. “But I can’t stay away from you. You follow me, even in my sleep. Your eyes.” He kissed each lid. “Your smile.” He pressed his lips to each corner. “These freckles.” His warm mouth brushed her cheeks.
     Her chest expanded, taking in his beautiful words. This incredible moment. And then it hit her, reality a cold shower.
     She opened her eyes and scooted away. “Garrett. I don’t know.”
     His eyes moved out over the falls, tracking the sprays of water as they hit the jutting rocks and tumbled to earth. “You don’t trust me.”
     Her mouth opened and closed. He was right. While he touched a chord inside that’d never sounded for anyone else, she still couldn’t put her heart in harm’s way again. And she knew without a doubt that if Garrett let her down, he’d devastate her as much as her mother had. Even more. She’d loved and lost too many times to try again, especially with her father gone so recently.
     “I’m sorry,” she said inadequately as he stood and helped her to her feet.
     His blank expression gave little away. She wondered if, deep down, a part of him was relieved they weren’t taking things further. He’d said he hadn’t wanted distractions. And now she wouldn’t be one.
     “I can’t make you believe in me, Heather.” His voice was steady and strong. “I need someone who’ll give me a chance to earn her trust.”
     She crossed her arms and looked down at the falls, speaking from her heart. “You could be sober a hundred years and I’d still be waiting for the one day you slipped.”
     Air escaped him. “I’ve never had a drink as long as you’ve known me. Put you in danger.”
     “It doesn’t matter. I’m sorry.”
     “Me too,” he said as they wandered back to the path. “But better to be up front now. So…this is for the best.”
     She wasn’t sure if it was pride talking, or she’d convinced him that they were wrong for each other. Either way, incongruously, she felt let down. Had she wanted him to push it harder? Make her change her mind? If he had, she’d only have distanced herself more. No. He’d made the right call.
     Only it felt completely and absolutely wrong.


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About the Author

Karen Rock
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.



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1 comment:

  1. thanks for your honest review. i find sometimes i do not like the couple in books, but i keep reading because i like some of the other characters. karen rock is a staple in my book collection so i will probably read this one too.

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