Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Player & The Catch by K. Bromberg ~ Review

Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.
Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?

So I'm not a fan of duets.  This one is the classic reason why.  You need the second book in your hands when you finish the first.  Gratefully, this one's book two was already out when I read it so I can forgive that aspect of things.  Yes, it ends in a cliff hanger.  Yes, it's really just one big long book that was divided into two.  But really, this one could have been a wrapped up with another 50 pages and been perfect.

I enjoyed the whole "these two shouldn't be together" relationship development.  I enjoyed the baseball aspects of the story.  I enjoyed the two main characters a lot.  Both are endearing and I cheered for both.  Both had a lot of issues in their life that make them real and dynamic.  I liked them together.  They story was fun and hot.  Quite enjoyable.

The writing was good and as I listened to it, the narration was good.  I guess I just wanted it to be over at the end and it wasn't.  That's my only really issue with it.

If you enjoy a good duet, this one is a just that.  


After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

Of course I picked this one up as soon as I finished the first.  It's the second half of the same story.  

But this one is where all the angst is.  Too much angst really.  

I did like that the characters were able to deal beyond a happily ever after part of the story.  Things were real.  I liked how most things were sorted.  The one final twist still felt unsettled but I think it's meant to be that way.

I continued to enjoy these two together.  Loved the baseball aspects of the story.  Loved the hot and sexy.  Just...too much angst.

Really though, how much angst does a character have to endure in one year of their life?  When a book starts to feel too real, I wonder why I'm reading it.  I read to avoid the angst of my own life.  And while I accept that there is going to be angst in the story, I don't want it to be this overwhelming.

I enjoy this author and it's a good story overall.  I just think it would have been better as one book - about 50 pages longer than the first - and minus about 1/3 of the angst.  That is all.


1 comment:

  1. Sometimes too much angst can really bring down a book. .Glad you were able to enjoy this duet overall though. Great reviews!