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Alicia Riley considers her job as a sports therapist for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team is a home run - until she becomes the primary therapist for star pitcher Garrett Scott. Out of the lineup with an injury, he's short-tempered, hard to handle, and every solid inch a man. Right now, the only demand he's making on Alicia is that she get him ready to pitch in time for opening day. Except the sexual chemistry between them is so charged, Alicia is tempted to oblige Garrett just about anything. But both their careers are at stake - one bad move and it's game over for both of them. Garrett also feels the hot sparks between them, and the way he figures it, what better therapy is there than sex? Now all he has to do is convince the woman with the power to make the call.

©2013 Jaci Burton (P)2013 Tantor

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"Longtime fans will be excited to meet characters destined to get their own stories." (RT Book Reviews)

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 I love me some men from the Play by Play Series!

Thrown by a Curve is the fifth book of Play-by-Play series by Jaci Burton.  This book is like the others in the series which always ends with a delicious HEA. A romance with steamy scenes and likeable characters. This story continues with the Riley family and focuses on Alicia "Gavin's cousin" and Garrett "hot baseball player". Alicia Riley is a physical therapist who is assigned to hot shot ball player Garrett Scott's shoulder recovery. Garrett is the typical star athlete... arrogant, confident, and extreme sexiness.This story was a pretty straight forward romance. There wasn't very much drama or conflict. I loved the pace the relationship took to progress. It was a slow gradually build from friendship to something more. I could still feel the chemistry between Alicia and Garrett from the very beginning. In fact, there were lots of sexual innuendos and flirtatious banter between them. The sex is postponed while the author focuses a lot on building the romance & chemistry between Garrett and Alicia. I will rate the book 3 stars, simply because it was good, fast and a easy listen. However, it was missing the typical intensity found in the other previous 4 books in the series. Keep in mind, it wasn't a bad book just not my favorite. I definitely look forward to listening to book 6 soon.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Covington, La, United States
  • 01-02-14

Pretty decent story,awful narrator

Would you try another book from Jaci Burton and/or Lucy Malone?

Jaci Burton yes<br/>Lucy Malone no

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Malone’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, I usually like Jaci 's stories really do not care for the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected Violence

Until the last 10 minute, Thrown by a Curve was a cute if predictable romance between baseball pitcher Garrett and PT therapist Alicia.

Unexpectedly, Garrett hit Alicia right after declaring his undying love and unexpectedly Alicia accepted the physical abuse as "sexy & exciting". What crap! No man would deliberating hurt a woman he likes or respects. And Alicia was not written as a weak, pathetic bimbo who would let a man degrade her.

For most of the story, Alicia was helping Garrett heal from a painful injury. After suffering for months, it didn't make sense that Garrett would inflict pain & humiliation on the person who helped him get better. And Alicia, as a medical professional, would understand the dangers of being with an abusive man.

I find it disturbing when sexual violence is presented as normal in a loving relationship, and almost always the woman is the one getting hurt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I love how Garret went to bat for their relationship and Alisha lt him be the man he needed to be. Narrator was spot on and kept me entertained. Well worth the credit. Can't wait for the next.

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Not Bad

Would you try another book from Jaci Burton and/or Lucy Malone?

I'll definitely read another novel by Jaci Burton cause I really enjoy the series. This one lacked a bit in the emotional aspect for the main characters, but it was still an enjoyable read. Lucy Malone on the hand turned me off at the beginning of the novel. I do not like her voice. She sounds constipated or something. As I continued to listen I became used to her voice, but it distracted me quite often. I'm going to continue the series so I guess I have to put up with her voice. Each time I start a new novel I've forgotten about her voice and it turns me off =(

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would add more emotion to the couples relationship. Also make the ending a bit more complicated and not so easily fixed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice sounded like she was constipated and it was very distracting and annoying. I became accustomed to it as I continued the novel, but I would've preferred a different narrator.

Could you see Thrown by a Curve being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I would prefer The Perfect Play, Changing the Game or Taking a Shot to be made for a movie or TV series. The main characters with the plots would be good.

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love

Would you listen to Thrown by a Curve again? Why?

yes. great book and story

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that she didnt take any of his crap when she was his trainer

What about Lucy Malone’s performance did you like?

she id a great job

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

1 of 2 people found this review helpful