Pitch Perfect by Sierra Dean

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Pitch Perfect by Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (259 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Quince

She’d be the perfect catch if he could take his eye off the ball.

Boys of Summer, Book 1

Emmy Kasper knows exactly how lucky she is. In a sport with few opportunities for women at the pro level, she’s just landed her dream job as head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. Screwing up is not an option.

She’s lost in thought as she pedals to the spring training facility, her mind abuzz with excitement as she rounds a corner—and plows head-on into two runners. The end of her career dances before her eyes when she realizes she’s almost run over the star pitcher.

As Tucker Lloyd watches the flustered Emmy escape with his bandana tied around her skinned knee, the view is a pleasant change from worrying about his flagging fastball. At thirty-six, the tail end of his career is glimmering on the horizon. If he can’t pull something extraordinary out of his ball cap, the new crop of rookies could make this season his last.

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction.

The last thing either of them expects is love.

Pitch Perfect is a very good story. It centers on the development of a “forbidden” relationship between thirty-six year old pitcher Tucker Lloyd, whose career is hanging by a thread because of having one year off due to the surgery, and Emmy Kasper, the first female head athletic trainer of the baseball team. They both have their reasons why they should not be together, but the attraction between them is much stronger than any obstacles.

As a baseball fan and former softball player, I enjoyed reading Pitch Perfect. Author Sierra Dean captured well the essence of the game and the companionship between the players. The most important details were her descriptions of the fields and the atmosphere prior to and during a game. The writing was done so well that I felt like I was in the crowd watching the game. Characters, both main and secondary, were likable and well written. I felt a little sad after the last page because it meant I had to part with them. I grew very fond of them. Another thing I liked about the hero and heroine is the fact that they weren’t bogged down by being tormented by their past; they do not have any deep and dark secrets, and that was really refreshing.

The only thing that lessened my reading pleasure was the author’s occasional use of unnecessary details. Her in depth description of the new Yankees’ stadium and history seemed more like an info dump. Although I agreed with her point completely, going into too much detail tended to really disrupt the pace of the story and slowed it down. I think that if the story had focused less on the not so important details, it would have been better.

All in all I liked Pitch Perfect. I would definitely recommend it as a good read, but especially to those romance readers who like sports romances.

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