Baseball is my thing. Well….baseball, hockey and books. Combine baseball and books and I am usually all over it. My current reading slump has shot down many books I normally would have thought were good so when I find one I can actually stick with, I feel like I need to talk about it.
This first part of the blurb caught my eye:
They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.
He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.
I’m a fan of the little guy winning over the larger than life personality. Vivian is a librarian, which is also another win for me. She is hosting a signing with underprivileged children and the local professional baseball team. She has ulterior motives in that she only needs a couple more signatures to get a fully signed baseball for her father.
At this signing she meets the very surly and grumpy Dash Wallace. His bad attitude makes him someone she would never associate with again but when he approaches her at school and tells her his lucky glove was stolen at the signing she feels obligated to find it for him. Never mind that he has a ton of money and can buy 700 gloves, she will do what she can to get his property back.
Everything is falling apart for Dash. His “sackmate’s” contract is up and he doesn’t know if he will be there next year. He made the mistake of removing an old tree from his property and now his land is sliding. And finally the glove, with a very important pin on it, was stolen. Dash’s life must be kept in perfect order or all is lost. Order is the thing that keeps him ADD under control and keeps him successful. Vivian is just another thing to break that order.
Vivian eventually finds out what happened to the glove and is able to return it but the pin is gone. Dash sees this as another sign that everything is falling apart. One thing he knows is that he can’t stop thinking about Vivian and he has to find a way to keep her in his life, at least until spring training starts. At that point he will resume his carefully structured life and go back to the women he has stationed in each city.
Vivian isn’t ok with that plan and says she will only be with him if he agrees to give their relationship a try. She won’t start anything knowing the day it will already end. Dash wants her badly enough to agree on the condition but when spring training creeps up he can’t give up his routing and leave Vivian with a broken heart.
This is the point in the book where it could have gone either way for me. I don’t want to spoil too badly but Dash is at a crossroads and if he had stepped one hair over a line, I would have had to stop reading. Thankfully he doesn’t and he goes crawling back to Vivian. The book takes a very emotional turn at this point and you really start to see Dash’s insecurities. He relies so heavily on routine and superstition that you wonder how their relationship will work. Eventually the precarious house of cards falls and Dash has to confront a certain hard reality. The scene when that happens is a little heartbreaking but so great.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a tale that took you through a period of time with this couple. From the time they meet to many months later, each of them went through a period of growth and development. Emotionally, it is very well done and super, super sexy. Dash is a dirty, forceful beast in the bedroom. I think most romance fans would enjoy this book. Final grade- B+
I can’t wait to get my mouth on your cunt tonight.
Is that from Hamlet?