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- Print Length: 282 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940448123
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- Publication Date: July 9, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I7NKZ60
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There is no "meeting" phase or "wooing" phase or anything like that. Page #1 and the love interest basically jumps in with, "You know all those months we've been working together? I've been attracted to you since day one." And that's it. Then they've having sex. Since they already met months ago, and he supposedly already liked her months ago, we don't get to see any of that. We just jump right into them being together. It moved way too quickly for me to enjoy.
Also, Luke was nauseatingly "perfect". I'm putting that word in quotes because it obviously wasn't perfect for me since I didn't like it, but it was very stereotypically perfect. Always saying the "right" things, romantic gestures etc. It was over the top. I wish I highlighted some quotes to share, but I guess I didn't.
I guess it made the book feel very cheesy to open up on page one with this gorgeous, ripped, always-saying-the-right-things, super rich baseball player being like, "I've loved you forever." (To be fair, he didn't say "love", but you get the point.) It sounded more like an actual fantasy than a plausible story.
I also didn't like the conflict. It was all built on a miscommunication and the MC being a stubborn toerag.
And by the end, I thought the book made it sound like they tackled more than they actually had:
"Like meeting Luke. Falling in love with him. Slaying a legion of demons on my journey toward doing so."
It sounds like she overcame some huge, emotionally up-heaving stuff based on that quote. Like deep emotional issues or confronted ghosts/demons from her past. Like Ten Tiny Breaths or On Dublin Street. But NOPE. They literally just had one argument and then made up.
I'm massively disappointed because this book definitely had potential and I expected great things from this author, having loved her other books. If it was longer and more fleshed out and less, "I've loved you since before the book started", then it could have been wonderful. But it was too short and too insta-lovey and too shallow.
I knew I was going to love this book from the first few chapters into this book. Nicole Williams paints a strong heroine and a genuine hero. Luke isn’t a playboy player even though he’s the best hitter in the majors. He’s not going after girl after girl, taking them to bed just because he can.
He’s a refreshing man lead that comes across more of a man than a player. He actually feels like a person and not a guy after one thing. Luke had me falling in love with him five chapters in. What made him better was that he’s an athlete. He goes after what he wants when he sets his mind to something. And he wants Allie.
Allie’s body might want Luke, but she can’t get involved with a player. As the only female athletic trainer on the Shock’s team, Allie has to work twice as hard as the boys. She can’t be accused of sleeping her way to the top. Although, her work speaks for herself. She’s a hardworking trainer who puts in hours and hours of work to help her players. She puts in so much work that any kind of relationship has failed. The men outside of her baseball world don’t understand Allie’s lifestyle.
Who understands Allie’s lifestyle? Luke. He lives it just like Allie does. But the fact that he’s a player hangs over them until Luke proposes an option that Allie can’t fight. A relationship kept strictly secret and strictly physical.
Until it’s not. When the lines get blurred and real feelings start to develop, Allie knows that she’s in trouble. Not so much with her employers, but with her heart. Luke and Allie have this chemistry that explodes on the page. You can’t doubt their connection. And the more you learn about Luke, the more you fall for him.
Not only is he a great ballplayer, he’s the BEST big brother!! He spoils his three sisters rotten, wanting the best for them, and is willing to do anything for them. He’s their guardian after all. Their best interest is in his best interest. Watching Luke interact with his siblings, you get to see another side of him, a side that you and Allie will fall hopelessly in love with.
This book is probably going to be on my favorites of the year. I love it so much. It’s the kind of book that I’ve been wanting for the longest time. It brought on all the feels and impacted a punch when a punch needed to happen. Allie and Luke go on a crazy ride to get their HEA, but when they do? OH, prepare for your heart to melt! That epilogue was EVERYTHING!!