Sunday, March 2, 2014

Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews

The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field. Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.” Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son. With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love. CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes

A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

***I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*** 

Johnny and Alice were college sweethearts.  Johnny came from a lonely childhood where his love of baseball molded him into a discipline and all around great player.  Alice grew up knowing her parents accepted her but blamed her for her conception and her dad’s loss at chance to play professional football.  Both characters had self-doubt.  When Johnny makes it to the minor leagues, Alice decides to break up with him, so he can follow his dreams.  

I enjoyed the reading Zach’s (Alice’s son) perspective.  It brought a fresh element to the story.  Johnny and Alice shared a deep love and struggled to fight for that love.  It was a sweet romance.  Overall, this was a great story, and the author delivered a happily ever after ending.  Great book.

Overall rating: 3 Rockin’ Stars

Hero - Johnny: 3 stars
Heroine - Alice: 3 stars
Steam Level: 3 stars 
Plot: 3 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

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