Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!- Screwball (Hard Hitters #2) by Linda Morris

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Title:  Screwball (Hard Hitters #2)
Author: Linda Morris
Publication Date: September 15th 2015 by InterMix
Plot: Passion dominates the diamond in the second novel in this fun and flirty baseball romance series by the author of High Heat.

Paul Dudley, president of the Plainview Thrashers, is spinning out of control. Preserving his family’s baseball legacy in these tough times takes everything he’s got, and constant clashes with his father have left him struggling for authority over the team and even his own future. So when sports reporter Willow Bourne, a one-night-stand from a year ago, walks back into his life, he knows he can’t give into his feelings for her—no matter how strong they are.

Willow never expected to see Paul again, and she’s got her reasons for keeping her distance. Except the more time she spends around Paul, the harder it is to hide her secrets—or stop herself from falling head over heels.

As the sparks between them fly, Paul discovers what Willow has been concealing from him, leaving him with a difficult choice—keep the team his top priority or make his own legacy by following his heart…

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

“When you walked into my office a few weeks ago, I thought I was the luckiest son of a bitch on the planet. When most people let something good walk away from them, they don’t get a second chance.”

Screwball is a tale of second chances, paving your own path, and embarking on the impossible.

I jumped into this read blind not knowing that this was book two of a series. Nevertheless, it was easy to get into and I didn’t feel lost whatsoever reading it.

Willow Bourne’s life is in tatters. Getting out of a messy relationship and losing her job, she never imagines that just in one night, how drastically things can change for her.

That is, in the form of minor baseball President, Paul Dudley, of the Plainville Thrashers. Paul and Willow meet at a bar and indulge in one night of passionate escape with no lingering attachments.

But when alls said and done, and Willow discovers herself hindering a rather life-altering secret, what will she make of destiny’s twisted trick of fate?

And with chance bringing them back together and Willow finally picking up the pieces in her life, how will things turn out when Paul turns out to be her boss and key to making a go in sports journalism? Not to mention, how will he react to what she’s kept hidden from him?

As for Paul….keeping your family legacy alive and in good standing is one thing. Another is, preserving your family ties and re-evaluating what’s truly important to you and in life.

Paul is vehemently trying to keep the Plainview Thrashers above water. With the team stadium and facilities falling apart and a father who opposes everything that he does as acting president, Paul is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Now with the red-headed hottie from the bar back in his life, making him second guess his role on the team and where his loyalties really stand, what will Paul choose in the end? Will he relinquish control of his guard and follow his heart? Or will it consume him altogether?

All in all, a sweet sports romance!! I liked the plot, I liked the characters, although some themes seemed like many ploys I read in reads. I wouldn’t say that this book stands out from the rest of its kind, but, it was enjoyable to say none the least.

Another point I have to bring into light is the redundancy. While I did understand what each of the two main leads where up against, they constantly, well, Willow, repeatedly brought up her woes to the point where I was like, “yeah, you mentioned that already. No need to bring it up again.” It kind of made her seem like a wallower at times.

Otherwise, as a whole, a great second installment to the Hard Hitters series!! Now, I just have to go back, purchase, and back track to book one! I read the teaser of it at the end of Screwball and it looks promising! Can’t wait to see how Tom and Sarah got together!! *squeeeee!~


My Rating:
 Book One of the Hard Hitters Series 


The author of Melting the Millionaire’s Heart gives readers a front-row seat to her new Hard Hitters baseball series. First up at bat: a hotshot pitcher and a PR pro battle it out on and off the field…

Small-town Indiana tomboy Sarah Dudley grew up living and breathing baseball, since her father owned the minor league Plainview Thrashers. A talented player herself, she idolized her brother’s best friend: Tom Cord, a pitcher with a wicked fastball and an even more wicked reputation.

Now, Sarah is the Thrashers’ VP of public relations, and Tom—a star in the major leagues—has been assigned to the club while rehabbing from surgery. It’s Sarah’s job to keep the hard-throwing, hard-living star out of trouble. But when she gets a glimpse of the man behind the bad-boy image, they start to generate more heat than an inside fastball…

 About the Author 

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Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, with a joke or two thrown in. Her book Melting the Millionaire’s Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller. The first book in Hard Hitters, her series about a fictional minor-league baseball team in southern Indiana, is High Heat, coming in June 2015 from Berkley.
When she’s not writing, working as a freelance editor and technical writer, or mommying, she’s doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn’t eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she’s never looked back.

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