Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review: THIRD BASE by Heidi McLaughlin

The Boys of Summer
by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: November 4, 2015
Source: Author / Purchased
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from Goodreads

Ethan Davenport is already Boston’s most eligible bachelor. In his second season with the Boston Renegades he has set his eyes on the girl behind the visitors’ dugout.

That girl is Daisy Robinson, a journalism student at the University of Boston and a die-hard Renegades fan.

But with new found love comes challenges and Ethan and Daisy have to deal with his crazy schedule, school finals and his presence on her campus for some much needed media training. 

For Ethan nothing can come between him and Daisy, until a secret that she’s been keeping threatens to destroy them both.

My Thoughts

I'm always excited when Heidi McLaughlin comes out with a new book. When THIRD BASE was announced it immediately went on my TBR list. I don't read many sports themed books, but when I do they are usually about football which I think is funny because I don't really like football. But growing up, I was a fan of baseball because it was one of the few sports that I understood. THIRD BASE is heavy on the baseball (it's not just about a guy who happens to play baseball) and readers who have some understanding of the game will appreciate the effort put into the story to make it authentic. 

Ethan Davenport is one interesting character. He's young, athletic, funny, and there is a sweetness to him too. He has his hang-ups which can turn him sour, but overall he's a guy you'd like to know. Some of my favorite scenes were the bantering, bickering, razzing times between Ethan and his teammate Travis "Kidd". They had me laughing out loud with their jabs at each other.  

I liked reading about the relationship between Ethan and Daisy. At times, it was passionate and intense, but other times it was touch and go and even heartbreaking. I could feel the mutual admiration between them and when things went on the downward slope, all I could hope for was for them to fix it. While Daisy wasn't Ethan's first love, their love was still a young love and real. 

I missed the alternating character perspectives that I'd come to love in Heidi's books because I found myself wanting to know more about Daisy. Ethan was intrigued by her and in awe of her while I did get to know her through Ethan, I wanted to know her thoughts about everything that was happening between them. 

Reading THIRD BASE makes me want to rekindle my enjoyment of baseball and go back to the ballpark and catch a game or a few. I really liked reading Ethan and Daisy's story and while THIRD BASE is a stand-alone, it does come with the tag line THE BOYS OF SUMMER. I can only hope that I'll get to meet more players on the team! 

A GREAT read!

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from author in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've also purchased a final copy for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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