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Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)
- Publication Date : January 30, 2014
- File Size : 2399 KB
- Print Length : 164 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Book View Cafe; 1st Edition (January 30, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00I5WWKLW
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #412,602 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Samantha is a military brat who'd been shuffled from one place to another due to her father's career. The only thing constant in her life had been her love for music. Now as the Summer Queen, she has the chance to bring music into children's life with her charity. When a pitcher insults her on national television, she has no one to turn to because all of her friends had deserted her. I had hoped that she'd gain new friends along the story, but it didn't happen. I also wondered about the absence of her family--while her parents were mentioned, they didn't appear even after their daughter's name was splashed and shredded in the media. And how in the first place had she gotten into the pageant circuit when most of the time she seemed so unhappy about it?
DJ is a baseball pitcher spurred to succeed by an abusive father. As the sad case with abusive children mostly is, he reflects the abuse on his own son. True, the abuse is not physical, as he mostly crushes the child's dreams of learning music, but it's an abuse nonetheless. This point wasn't made clear in the story, and I believe it deserved to be called by its name. When Samantha tries to defend DJ's son's wish to study music, they run into an argument. But, she meekly draws back and time after time when he insults her, she takes him back. That could have turned into another abusive relationship if it wasn't for a teammate who gave DJ a halfhearted advice at the end of the story. And I am left wondering, what kind of army brat would be so meek?
Most of the story is about them sharing some insignificant tidbits about their life, some sex scenes, and a bit of conflict. Things blaw up when the press catch DJ with his hands behind her skirt while his father insults him. DJ drives them to a remote cabin, only to insult her after she keeps asking him what to do next and what will become of them. Then he drives her back home and leave her to deal with the consequences of loosing her crown, her job, her charity, and her whole dang life by herself. When they finally get back together, after DJ proposes in front of the media, the son (who'd been such an integral part of the story) is left out.
A future request for the author:
Please, either cut out some of the technical baseball terms, or explain them to a reader who isn't familiar with the game. I love romance, love getting to know new worlds as a story enfolds while I read. I've read some sport romances--this is not my first--and enjoyed them because the author had pulled me into the story world by showing me the character's life. I had to skim a lot of parts with baseball terms because I didn't understand them. Yes, I could go and WIKI them, but wouldn't that be counterproductive to being pulled into a story?
I liked this romance as I'm a big fan of baseball. It was a fun escape to read about DJ and his vow to make his father proud while navigating dating a beauty queen. Samantha is a fabulous heroine because she has depth and I connected with her instantly. She's more than a pretty face and her mission to bring music to children is admirable. The only thing I didn't like was the rushed ending.
A great baseball romance!
My Rating: 4.5 stars
First let me say I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of these. The heroes, by series necessity, all play baseball. But baseball is merely another character in the books. It is not dwelled on, but it is used to drive action and characters.
Each of these books has very realistic heroines (okay, an MLB team owner isn't that realistic, but she is very down to earth, 'kay?). Their careers are varied but meaningful to each of them.
Each of these books deserved another 100 pages. There were topics in each of the books that needed more meat, but in the 175-page average length, they were lean on the meat. Yes, there was enough there to make a good story, but there was a lot of room left for more, more, MORE. I would have loved to have had more.
Ms. Klasky has a way of making likeable (and sometimes lightly flawed) characters. She has a way of describing a scene that takes your right there. She shows humor and wisdom in her writing. Maybe because of the lack of meat described above, her writing style is very succinct. The books are edited well. BUT there were some issues with misspellings and wrong words. Not enough to take you out of the story, but they were there.
I read all of these through my Scribd subscription, a blessing that has allowed me to indulge myself in all sorts of books I never would have known existed.
But I rate books based on what my expectations are. These books, novella/short book length with a new-to-me author, were just perfect for sitting down on cold winter's night, snuggled up all comfy cozy. Charming, fun, and fluffy. Perfect bedtime reading.
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A light and sweet romance with likable characters.
Easy to get into and a nice way to spend a few hours.