★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★
I thought this was a wonderfully written sports romance, that was super hot and emotional in equal measure. I adored the two main characters, and their chemistry together was palpable from the first page.
School librarian Vivian Foster has a kind and caring soul, but as the story unfolds we get to see her feisty side, and what a great addition that was.
Dash Wallace is an alpha to the core, he is a shortstop for the LA Dodgers basketball team, and needs his routine and order. If something disrupts that, he gets completely thrown off his game – and developing feelings for a woman is definitely something he can’t afford to happen.
“Was he trying to make me his LA girl?
I guarded my heart with a tinfoil armour.
It was the strongest thing I had against him.”
Not only was this an extremely erotic tale, but it had great depth to the story. Vivian’s sexual journey was just as exciting to read as Dash’s emotional one. The characters were easy to fall in love with, and the relationship that Vivian had with her father was a hoot.
The path to a happy ending is not an easy one, and they both struggle with their demons, especially Dash who has a hard time of letting go of his superstitions and routine.
I loved the writing, even though it took me a while to get used to the unique style of it, it was like poetry and flowed so wonderfully. Also, the fact that Dash quoted Shakespeare was a great touch, and didn’t fail to make me swoon.
Hardball is a standalone contemporary romance, told in the dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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