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(Author's Note: While each book of The Tavonesi Series can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy the other books in the series, too) Love Bats Last (Book 1, Jackie and Alex) Thrown By Love (Book 2, Chloe and Scotty) Fielder's Choice (Book 3, Matt and Alana) Love On The Line (Book 4, Cara and Ryan) Aim for Love (Book 5, Sabrina and Kaz)
The Heart of the Game (Book 6, Cody and Zoe)
Love in the Vineyard (Book 7, Natasha and Adrian)
A Very Daring Christmas (book 8, Jake and Cameron)
No Stranger to Love (Book 9, Juliet and Parker)
From the Back Cover
In FIELDER'S CHOICE, author Pamela Aares continues The Tavonesi series. Get ready for All-Star alpha malesand the strong women they come to love! Whenlove's the game, you can't play it safe... All-Star shortstop Matt Darrington hasmore than a problem. His wife died, and now he's juggling atoo-smart-for-her-britches six-year-old and the grueling pace of professionalbaseball. Worse, his daughter is mom shopping. When they explore a local ranch,she decides the beautiful, free-spirited tour guide is premium mom material.Matt thinks the sexy guide looks like Grade-A trouble. Alana Tavonesi loves her cosmopolitanlife in Paris. But when she inherits the renowned Tavonesi Olive Ranch, she hasto return to California and face obligations she never wanted. Selling theplace is her first instinct, but life at the ranch begins to crack her open,exposing the dreams hidden inside her heart. On a lark she leads a ranch tour, whereshe meets Matt Darrington. His physical power and a captivating sensual appealfire her in a way no man ever has, but he has a kid--and being a stepmom is aresponsibility Alana will never be ready for. Still...she can't keep her mind orher hands off him. When Matt'sdaughter goes missing from a kid's camp at the ranch, Alana organizes thesearch effort, knowing from experience the areas a bright child would be drawnto explore. As she and Matt work together to search for the little girl, Alanadiscovers that father and daughter have won her heart. Yet it may be too latefor love...
"I highly recommend this series to any readers who love Bella Andre or Nora Roberts...I could feel the breeze on my face as I read. I love it when an author can paint such a clear picture as if you're right there." -Jen's Reviews, Top Goodreads Reviewer
This is a standalone read with no cliffhanger. The hero is a baseball player, a widower with a 5 year old daughter. He is adjusting to being a single parent and having to deal with work, child care, and raising his daughter by himself. He is great at playing ball but he is having a hard time being a single father. His daughter is a little firecracker and he is having a hard time keeping up. She knows how to work him and he knows she knows! She is a delight and a fun part of the story.
The heroine is a trust fund baby. She spends her life at parties and more parties. Having a good time, sleeping with whoever catches her eye and basically amounting to nothing. Her choice how she spends her life and it seems to work for her. She feels she has the best life ever and she loves to shop and party. And then her grandmother dies. Her beloved grandmother that she was too busy parting in Paris to visit her when she requested it. The grandmother was the owner of a large ranch in California that grew olives for all their various uses and grapes to make wine. It was a big operation, lots of employees and a lot more responsibility that she had ever had in her life. She returns to California leaving her Paris apartment and her life of parties. She plans to sell the ranch and get back to flying off to the next party to enjoy herself.
However, she has some life changing moments and she starts to change and grow for the better. Her grandmother had a lot of things in mind when she willed her the ranch. There is a lot of baseball as we live with Matt and his daughter. The problems a single father (or mother) runs into and how they attempt to handle them. Matt is also a trust fund baby so having the money to do as he pleases is a big help with his problem. He finally meets the heroine when his daughter shows up at the ranch for a tour of the vast olive tree farm. Sophie spots the heroine and decides that is her next mother. It is a very interesting read to see how all this works out. It does hold your attention and things get interesting as secrets are reveled and feelings and emotions kick in. I enjoyed the story and I would definitely recommend it.
At the end I didn't think Matt had anything to apologize for but it seems like all romances have the hero apologizing when it should have been the heroine that was making amends. Some reviewers have said that the author resembles Nora Roberts. I didn't really see that. This is well written and I enjoyed it but I think she has her own style.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
This was by far my favorite so far of the series! I am so in love with the characters in this book. I was happy to see that the two previous couples from book 1 and 2 had multiple appearances.
This one was not as sports related as number 2 was, but it did not take away from the story.
Loved all of the characters (Introduced to some new ones), the story line, loved everything about it really. This was a story line that had me on an emotional roller coaster from the start. I had heart twinges, a few teary eyed moments, and even a few lol moments. (Thank goodness I was the only one in the teachers lounge as I was reading so I didn't have to explain why I was teary eyed hehehe)
The dialogue flowed really well, the description to detail was easy to imagine and not overly done, and the character interactions were really good.
Would I recommend this book? Yes!
Would I read more from this author? Yep! Already emptied my pockets and bought all from this series.
I read #1 in the series and thought it okay. Jackie was unlikable and I found it difficult to believe that someone would want to spend any time with her bristly personality let alone fall in love with her. In this book Alana was likable albeit flighty, but that's what made the story work.
I intend to read #2 and recommend this one as it can be read as a stand alone. There are some reviewers that were offended as there was "explicit" sex so if you are bothered about such things, be forewarned.
I found the characters to be lacking. The only ones I thought acted their age was Sophia and Marcel. Alana, Matt and the others (with exception of Alana's cousin Scott(?) ) they were all over the place. Definitely did not care for Alana. Disappointed in Matt for not sticking to staying away from Alana when he said he would. These characters were just too flippant. Even Peg and some of the workers, the way they talked was just confusing and all over the place. Was also disappointed that some things were not explained more nor written about a little more in the story. Story line was good but the way it was written was not to my liking.
He's professional baseball player.. she's a jet setter... and when these two meet there's more than sparks shooting between them... there's a Grandmother's influence.. Even if it's from Heaven above.. and a six year old with an agenda of her own. Who knew a Grandmother could meddle so well! Fielders Choice is a delightful story that leaves you rooting for them booth... while wanting to wring their necks at the same time. Who knew stubbornness could finally make them shake their heads until they rattled!! Sophie makes you smile and chuckle at the way every one is played so well.
What is better than a story about a hunky baseball player being led by his six year old daughter in search for a new mom? Two adults not looking or wanting entanglements falling right in the middle of them. The new baseball season, the loss of a mom, and a debutante inheriting a vineyard all work together to make a very enjoyable love story! I look forward to reading more stories by this author!
I do tend to gravitate to sports and romance, this one delivers. Alana is lost and adrift and not really sure of what she wants and who she is and the death of her Grandmother brings her back to California. Matt knows what he wants and needs for him and he is a good balance to Alana and seems more in her than she sees in her self, that is when he lets himself.