Series: The Boys of Summer #2
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017
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LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .
I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .
Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.
But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.
All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.
Don’t Let Me Down- The Chainsmokers & Daya
Animals- Maroon 5
Treasure- Bruno Mars
This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherfucker- Maroon 5
Want To Want Me – jason derulo
Where Are You Now – Skrillex & Justin Bieber
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Let Me Love You – Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne
Constant Crush – Verite
Something to Believe In – young the giant
Can’t Stop The Feeling Justin Timberlake
Boyfriend – Tegan & Sara
The One – Kodaline
House Party – Sam Hunt
Sippin on Fire – Florida Georgia Line
Smoke – A Thousand Horses
Wild Child – Kenny Chesney
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
Break Up in a Small Town – Sam Hunt
I Met A Girl – William Michael Morgan
Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Record Year – Eric Church
Overall Rating- 4
Reviewed by Jen
The Boys of Summer baseball series by Heidi McLaughlin is back with the second installment of the series- Home Run. In this installment we get to meet Cooper Bailey and Ainsley Burke. Cooper has finally been called up to the major league and just about to start his rookie season when one day while doing promotional work at the local zoo he meets Ainsley. Both Cooper and Ainsley are attracted to one another however Ainsley refuses to date athletes. Cooper refuses to give up and finally is able to get Ainsley to go out on a date with him. The chemistry between these two is off the charts and they can’t seem to get enough of one another. However things are going great between them but unfortunately Cooper’s game is not up to par. With the pressure from outside sources and the pressure he puts on himself Cooper may loose his dream of being a major league player if he can’t get his head in the game. Just as Cooper and Ainsley start to heat up life deals Ainsley a huge personal blow-her mom is extremely ill. Feeling guilty for every letting her mom slip from her number 1 position Ainsley does what she feels she needs to do and distances herself from Cooper. Although Ainsley has cooled things off with Cooper he can’t get her out of his head and out of his system. To him she is his game changer- she just doesn’t know it. Will these two be able to get back on the same page or will life and personal dreams get in the way?
Although this book is the second book in this series it can be read as a stand alone. I read the first book awhile ago and was super pumped that the second book is finally here. I loved how much detail the author gave about the characters life-I truly felt as if I was there with them during spring training and just living life. I instantly developed a crush on Cooper and wanted him for myself. He is just so real. Like any competitive guy he gets in his own head and becomes his own worst enemy however I love that when he wants something he goes after it with 100%. At times in the story I wanted to shake Ainsley and be like “open your eyes girl and see whats in front of you!” but never having gone through what she is I guess we all deal with our pain and suffering differently. Regardless of that, I loved Cooper and Ainsley together and their whole story was great! If you are a fan of sports romance you do not want to miss out on this book!!.
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.