- File Size: 551 KB
- Print Length: 173 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BluEyed Press (March 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J2W3Q6W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,461 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Playing By The Rules (Paradise Park Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Amber Wilds was struck with tragedy in college that left her, as she feels, forever damaged. An incident she had no control over involving alcohol and a police officer. After being kicked off the softball team, leaving home, and college she goes from job to job never feeling secure. It is at one of her jobs that she meets the strikingly gorgeous Coach Caleb, who she thinks is attached with a wife and 2 kids. After helping her with her car and a pizza date they both discover they are single and there's something there. They both catch themselves falling for each other but there is a secret about Caleb that he wishes will never come to light. When the truth is discovered it's an emotional roller coaster.
This is the first Mary E. Thompson book I read and I'm so glad I found it. I love the game of softball and this revolves around it! Amber and Caleb are made for each other it just takes heartache to make them see it!
**POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT**
Amber had it all. A loving family, awesome friends, a softball scholarship, a boyfriend who was team captain. Then she ALMOST got into her car after she'd had too much to drink but was stopped by an officer with a bad attitude and taken to jail.
Fast forward five years. She's lost everything. The scholarship, the boyfriend, her friends have deserted her save for one and even her family has turned their back on her. Getting a decent job? Forget about it. Her sole friend is getting married and even with three jobs, she can't afford a decent place of her own.
Then she meets lawyer Caleb. She actually thinks he's married but once she learns the truth, their relationship slowly develops. How long until she learns his big secret though?
I think my irritation comes from the fact that she seems to dwell so much on the arrest to point that she still has nightmares five years later. At times, she is almost babied along and that just drives me crazy for some reason. She's supposedly a strong person yet, I'm not sure I agree. Read and make your own decision and let me know what you think!
My biggest issue was the giant "mistake" that ruined her life. It was beyond unrealistic. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be more of a YA novel and so it was supposed to show the potential dangers of drinking. Or if the author didn't feel comfortable making things more gritty. But changing it to something more realistic would add at least 1 star to this book.
I like the idea of the story and the potential, just not how it was presented. The best thing the author can do is find some really good beta readers. Not friends and family who try to help. But hard core book junkies to beta read. Some revisions could turn this into a pretty good book.