Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn't easy. As the San Diego Shock's newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players' advances. Given she's already the subject of a handful of rumors about how "lucky" she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can't so much as flutter an eyelash a player's way if she wants to be taken seriously. But number 11 is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie's way. Far more.
Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn't let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs. He's a player, and in Allie's experience, they're all the same. She won't risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number 11 the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true. And maybe he is. Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer's stature and decide who she'll put her faith in - the man she's falling for? Or the rumors?
©2016 Nicole Williams (P)2016 Nicole Williams
I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!
I've been on a bit of a kick lately listening to sports-themed romance books. Until this book, I'd never read any of Nicole Williams' work. Unfortunately, this story fell flat for me so I won't be seeking out other books by this author.
I liked the premise of this book - an athletic trainer who starts a romance with the team's star athlete. There was chemistry and so the romance part of this story worked. What didn't work was the story itself. The characters were just so flat. The author shares very little in the way of the heroine's life and even less of the hero's - though, this book is written from the POV of the heroine only.
The book revolves around the two main characters...mostly their hotel rooms and very little actual baseball or things outside of their respective jobs. Honestly, I just didn't care about the characters all that much. I didn't know enough about them to be invested in their relationship.
There were some attempts to drive the story - like the necessity of secrecy about the relationship (fraternization policy, and disrespect of the female trainer, etc.). There was also a couple secrets in Luke's past which of course ended up being misconstrued and caused the stereotypical separation towards the end of the book. None of these things were compelling enough to elevate the story to anything above a "paint by numbers" romance book.
As for the narration, Lauren Sweet was this audiobook's saving grace. Her native speaking voice takes some getting used to - it comes off a bit nasal-y and you'll find her voices for Luke's teenage sisters pretty annoying. However, Lauren's male voices are AWESOME.
If you are looking for a great baseball romance, I'd recommend Moonshot (by Alessandra Torre). If you are just in the mood for sports and romance, then my personal favourites are Kulti (by Mariana Zapata), and Verite (by Rachel Blaufeld). All three are far better choices than Stealing Home...trust me.
Worth a credit? Nope. I don't think I'd buy this one even if it was on sale.
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