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Grand Slam (The Boys of Summer) Paperback – August 15, 2017
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About the Author
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from 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, a Highland West/mini schnauzer, JiLL, and her brother, Racicot. When she's isn't writing stories, you'll find her sitting court-side at her daughters' basketball games.
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Travis Kidd is the known "player" on the team. His reputation with the ladies is well earned. Even though he is a habitual flirt, there is only one woman he really wants. The woman he wants is off limits because she is part of his management team. Saylor Blackwell is the impossible catch until his life spirals out of control. With nothing to left to lose and everything to gain, Travis finally makes his move. It could ruin Saylor's career. It could ruin Saylor's perfect life. Playing the game to win is worth taking risks as far as he is concerned. What Travis doesn't realize is that it is more than her job on the line. His actions could cause her to lose the only thing that matters.
Saylor Blackwell knew she made a mistake when she had a drunken one night stand with Travis Kidd a year earlier. She has spent the last year trying to keep her mistake from spiraling out of control. But when Travis lands himself in the hot seat and his career is on the line, she will have to make choices no woman should have to make.
Both Saylor and Travis lives are spiraling out of their control. They both have issues that are not easily dealt with. Their issues could ruin their professional and personal lives. They can't stay away from each other but they can't stay with each other. Their situation is a mess and someone is going suffer a big loss. Is it worth it?
I don't want to say much more because I don't want to give away spoilers. I will say that Heidi McLaughlin really came out swinging with Grand Slam. Both Travis and Saylor have their own issues to deal with while trying to hang onto their professional lives. Love isn't going to be the fix all for them. They have to dig deep and figure out how to hang on without destroying each other.
I absolutely loved this book. The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is my insatiable need for details. While Saylor and Travis issues were resolved in the end, the wrap up was a bit too vague for me. They both had different antagonists in their lives creating havoc. The vague details such as the motivating factors as to why the antagonist chose to pursue their actions against Travis and Saylor to the quick wrap up of what happened to the antagonist after Saylor and Travis made their winning play. It didn't feel completely resolved in many ways. As you read the book you will understand what I mean.
Overall Grand Slam was a fantastic book and I could not put it down.
Travis Kidd, pro Baseball player, ends up in a bar one night with a woman while looking over across the bar he sees the one woman who got away- Saylor . They had a one night stand a few years back and Travis sees Saylor leaving the bar and goes after her to stop her, catch her and find out what happened to her after all this time when the lady he was with causes a heck of a stink.
Saylor Blackwell's life is a little complicated is a complete understatement; Everything goes back to a dating mistake she made several years ago and is now coming back to bite her in the rear. She has to walk around like everything could explode around her and shatter. The one bright spot in her life is her daughter, and while being a single mother is tough, she wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, for being a mother is the best thing in the world and the only thing she has done right. Seeing her ex Travis again was like her heart shattering all over again. This time, he is standing before her asking for another chance... a chance she doesn’t feel so eager to provide him after everything that has gone on.
This story line was so heartbreaking yet is fresh, hot, passionate, intense, and thoughtful. There is so much going on, that the story didn’t have time to catch breath. It is fast paced, witty and emotional. I enjoyed reading their 2nd chance love story and look forward to more stories in the Boys of Summer series.
My Rating: 4.5 stars *****
***"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
“To be the first one to fall in love.”
Grand Slam is the third book in the Boys of Summer series and can be read as a standalone. I still need to read the first one but have loved the last two. Grand Slam is the story of Travis Kidd, the Boston Renegades player who only loves baseball, himself and a woman who wouldn’t give him a chance. Travis was the prankster, the ladies’ man and a man whose past was only lurking in the background waiting to catch up to him.
“Memories of the night we shared come rushing back, showing me how perfect and amazing we were together, taunting me, reminding me that I can’t have her, that she feels like I’m not worth the risk. But I am, and I want to show her that I’d be everything she needs in a man, and more.”
One night stands are Travis Kidd’s norm, for him relationships and baseball just do not work so it is easier to f*** and forget. When one such potential F&F gets spurned her last pearls of wisdom were “…You’ll pay for this.” And boy does she make him pay. A woman scorned has the power of a missile and this was one missile that Travis certainly wished had never been launched.
“She deserves someone better than me, but I want the pureness that she brings into my chaotic world.”
Saylor Blackwell was Travis Kidd’s publicist and these two had some extremely intense chemistry. Two years prior Saylor had broken the cardinal rule and slept with a client…Travis and it was one that she was determined she would never break again. Being a single parent, career suicide was not on her agenda and she needed this job more than life itself. With a strict no fraternization policy in place she had to stay away, even though deep down that was the last thing she ever wanted.
Travis really got to me in this book. My heart broke for him many, many, many times. Despite his outgoing, cocky personality, underneath was a man with a heart of gold that just wanted to love and be loved, but he only wanted that with one woman or maybe two...his relationship with Saylor’s daughter was heart melting in itself and boy does he love this little girl. But Saylor though was the one woman who spurned him every chance she got. The crap that Travis goes through in this book would have bought many a man to his knees and I loved that Heidi McLaughlin gave Travis strength, because he certainly needed it in this book. I don’t condone what Travis was put through and my one niggle with this book was I wanted to see what happened to “the other side.” I think culpability would have been a good example to make in this book.
“I only want to be in the same room with you, and I’ll be happy.”
Saylor was infuriating at times, but being a mother I understood her completely, even if my heart was breaking for Travis. As time went on I was begging her to do the right thing knowing that Travis would always be there to support her but Heidi McLaughlin ramps up that angst until you are only left pulling your hair out, desperate for her to make her move.
“She’s going to kick my a** when I need it, love me when I don’t deserve it, and be my constant when I need her the most.”
For me this was an unputdownable read and it was a one session job. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke and happiness was restored but this was certainly one hell of a ride. This was a different read than the others and the angst, more than the relationship itself was what kept those pages turning. My heart went through the mill with this one and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series.
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