Author: Kate Angell
Publisher: Kensington Books
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: No One Expects a Curveball
For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step–and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she’s calling the dog out–unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
Review: Home is where the heart is and nothing is more true for professional baseball player Rylan Cates, who loves his hometown of Barefoot William, Florida. He’s convinced the powers that be to hold the 8-week spring practice there before they move to Atlanta for the season. Unfortunately, his personal assistant just got married and is on her honeymoon, so he’s going to have to find some temporary help while he’s in Florida. There’s no shortage of applicants, but he needs someone who won’t distract him. Plus, he needs to find someone who will be able to handle his four dogs, especially his temperamental Great Dane Atlas. Two of the three finalists are women he’d like to “date,” so that leaves the last one–Beth Avery. She’s cute but just not his type. And for some reason, Atlas fell in love with her immediately. And since he considers his dog an excellent judge of character, he figures she’s the best one for the job. Plus, she didn’t run screaming when Atlas climbed on top of her on the couch. Sold!
Beth Avery is kind of on the run. A party planner in Maryland, she’d had a colossal failure both professionally and personally and wasn’t allowed to forget it. Starting over in Florida, even if it was only for eight weeks, would give her some cash and some time to think about where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do next. Luckily she loves animals since a large portion of this involves taking care of the owner’s four dogs. And taking care of his schedule and helping him plan get togethers? A breeze for this ex-party planner extraordinaire.
Somehow, even though Beth wasn’t “his type,” Ry ends up making the moves on his housekeeper. Who wouldn’t? Her impish personality and the way that she takes care of things just wins his heart, plus the dogs just adore her. Soon enough, he’s thinking he doesn’t want to leave her behind after the eight weeks are over. Beth is also feeling the love–but isn’t this just a temporary gig? Why oh why do these people never communicate?
Sports romances are always a great read, and the sexy heat between the two main characters was off the charts hot. While I didn’t always follow the story line as well as I would have wanted, and the secondary characters–while charming–sometimes clouded the main plot, I did come away overall liking this sweet treat of a book. Thanks!