I have two big passions in life; baseball and romance novels. When I heard Sierra Dean was going to combine the two I was pretty excited. I know she is an avid baseball fan too so I had high expectations that Pitch Perfect would be a good one. Plus, Ms. Dean has a successful and well-known urban fantasy series so I was curious how a switch to contemporary romance would go.
Emmy Kasper has her dream job working as the head athletic trainer of the San Francisco Felons. She knows she got the job because she is the best candidate and not because she is a woman. She has worked hard to get where she is and she has a true passion for her work and the sport. She isn’t going to let anything get in her way of proving she can do this job. Enter Tucker Lloyd.
Tucker is coming off Tommy John surgery. He isn’t getting any younger and knows that this season he has to prove he can still pitch in the big leagues. It doesn’t help that he has a smarmy GM doing his best to do the opposite of support him. Each time he takes the mound he feels the pressure of the rookies looking out of the dugout at him just waiting to take his place should he fail. Emmy is the new AT so he should only be focused on therapy when he’s around her but he can’t. She speaks to something in him in a way a woman hasn’t in a long time.
Will Tucker and Emmy find a compromise between work and play?
In some ways, I felt like Ms. Dean wrote this book for just me. I read as many sports romances as I can get my hands on but this was probably the first time an author has allowed me to almost step into the game. It might be that I am so familiar with baseball but I really think it is because Ms. Dean did such a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere and setting the scene for the reader. Plus she has a great knowledge of the tradition and history of baseball and that really shines through. She gave us glimpses of antidotes and facts from past and present MLB life.
Wade Boggs ate a full bucket of fried chicken before each game. I’m not totally sure how he didn’t die of a heart attack by thirty-two.
There was even the infamous Detroit game where a bad call at first base had destroyed Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game.
What I really loved about this book is it wasn’t only about the baseball. Sure, as I talked about, a lot of this story is played out on the baseball diamond. But there is also a very sweet, sexy, slow-developing romance going on. Since it over the course of a baseball season we are able to watch our main characters fall in love in a realistic time period.
Both Tucker and Emmy are extremely likable characters. Tucker struggles with confidence and command of a sport that he has always been good at. He is a two-time Cy young winner so he was no slouch. Emmy, on the other hand, is very confident in what she does and is able to help Tucker and give him back some of what he formerly had. Tucker is a different brand of sports hero and we never saw the whining, complaining or entitlement that is often associated with athletes. He was willing to work for what he wanted.
Sports romances are a dime a dozen for me. Since I pick up so many of them, unfortunately they sometimes run together. Pitch Perfect is head and shoulders above any other sports romance that I have read because of its seamless blend of romance, baseball and humor. If you are a fan of any of those three, and who isn’t, then you should jump on this book. Final grade- B+
Nothing romantic happened when primates were busy flinging poo at one another.
Because I really enjoyed this book, I have a true passion for all things baseball, Ms. Dean and I have the same birthday (yay us!!) and I would like to help someone with their bucket list , I will be giving away two ebook copies of Pitch Perfect. (Will be gifted from the online retailer of your choice) Open to all.
Just comment below and tell us who your favorite sports team is (if you say the Cubs I might have to revoke your winnings….just kidding…maybe).
You have until end of day August 9 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
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