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Full Count (Westland University) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 29, 2017
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"A grand slam romance! FULL COUNT is sweet, sexy, and tackles tough issues with heart. Lynn Stevens has knocked this sports romance out of the park!" - Marie Meyer author of Turning Point
"Full Count is a home run hit! It's a perfect realistic, romantic fiction! Lynn Stevens has written a book that is proof that the great modern love story is alive and well!" - Juli, Goodreads.com reviewers
"This book knocked my socks off and then some!...Lynn wrote these characters so well you almost felt like you knew them, you got a great sense of who both Aaron and Mallory are as people as well as together as a couple." - Ayekah, Goodreads.com review
"This book is really good and wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was raw and emotional; I couldn't put it down." - Books by the Beach Blog
"This was a great slow burn romance, dealing with a sensitive issue fairly common in the sports world." - Caroline, Reading, Willing & Able
"If you like J. Lynn and Jamie McGuire you will love this book." - Jessica R., Goodreads.com review
"This is one of those books that once you start reading you cannot put down until you finish it, It was completely NOT what I was expecting." - Scrap, Goodreads.com review
"...I must say that this story kept me on edge. Lynn Stevens manages to touch some very relevant issues about baseball, peer pressure and using drugs." - Next Book Around the Corner
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Lynn Stevens hit the ball out of the park with Full Count!
She had all the elements of a grand slam novel. Baseball. The sexy baseball player who was also a country boy?! The mysterious "nerdy" yet beautiful in her own way girl...But, this sports romance included an aspect that I hadn't seen before. One that has been seen in the real world media and it was done so realistically and purposefully.
Aaron's life was planned around baseball from the womb. He went to the same university his daddy went to and played for. He even had his high school sweetheart there with him. Life was going according to plan...until it didn't.
Until he meets Mallory. At least the version of Mallory that she'll allow him to meet until the life she planned stopped going according to plan.
What happens when life gets beyond messy and hearts are involved?
I'll leave you with my favorite passage from the book:
"Love doesn't mean knowing someone, Aaron. I've spent damn near forty-five years with Grandpa, and we're still getting to know each other. Every day, month, year, we grow. We change. You never really know someone, but you know how you feel about them. And loving someone means wanting to continue to learn and grow with each other."
Life is certainly throwing some serious challenges their way in this fast paced story which explores many issues in a realistic manner, demonstrating how temptation and trusting the wrong person can lead to your downfall… The finale is very moving and leads the reader with a sense of hope that things can be sorted, even if initial plans have been totally derailed. There are many lessons to be learnt as the story progresses. There are injuries, treachery and disaster, as well as romance in this heartwarming tale which is also a warning to others about the danger of succumbing to temptation and losing your way. I was particularly impressed with how so many tough issues were handled in this story and have no hesitation in recommending it, especially to young adult for whom the advice could be particularly pertinent.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley; this is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.
One wrong move, and not even on his part, changed the course of Aaron's life. A mishap, as in a teammate's leg hitting Aaron just right, may result in not only surgery and therapy, but also ending Aaron's dream of playing baseball professionally. As if that isn't devastating enough, he learns he's on academic probation, requiring a tutor to help him pass history, and, oh yeah, his girlfriend of four years, Trish, breaks up with him. Poor guy can't catch a break. Then again, maybe there's a silver lining somewhere in all this.
Mallory, the best tutor available, won't waste time on helping someone that won't follow through. After chatting online with Aaron for a few minutes, she has him pegged as such a person. Yeah okay, she may be a little biased regarding his sport, as evidenced by essentially turning him down upon hearing he plays. But she has reasons. Sad, tragic reasons.
Thankfully, Mallory agrees to tutor Aaron, but she has strict guidelines he has to follow, otherwise she can't help him.
And honestly, twenty percent in, I stopped reading when Aaron kissed another girl, one he now decides it wouldn't be a bad idea to sleep with, when before it was all "a quick release isn't worth it, I don't know them well enough to date, my parents raised me better than that." The only reason he didn't? She didn't know the answer to a baseball trivia question, showing she wasn't in to baseball players, and now all of a sudden he's labeling it as not happening because she isn't girlfriend material. Um, what now? That bothered me on so many different levels that I no longer wanted to continue. But please, give the book a try for yourself, don't let me personal safety issues deter you. The premise is interesting, as are the main characters, but once the hero and heroine meet, I don't want anyone else involved. Oh and yeah, he kisses Mallory like the next day, or perhaps two days after, kissing the other chick. Gross. And it gets even worse, he slept with a waitress from a place they frequent, twice, that same night after kissing Mallory, and apparently either talked with her about Mallory, called her Mallory, or something along those lines because chick says "Mallory's one lucky girl." Oh, and I skimmed out of curiosity, the waitress, after Aaron and Mallory are together a few months after the fact, snidely informs Mallory that she slept with Aaron, and he called out Mallory's name. I am done and unbelievably grossed out. My opinion does not negate the author's talent in any way, it just reflects my personal preferences regarding my reading choices.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
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