A LEAGUE OF HER OWN by Karen Rock: Book Tour – Review & GIVEAWAY

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A League of Her Own

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits. 

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

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MICHELLE’S REVIEW

This is my second book by Karen Rock. I really enjoyed her writing style and even though her books are not about the sex, they definitely have a lot of romance. One thing I think Karen does well is that she writes characters that you can’t help but like. In this book while I loved the main characters, there were some secondary characters that I struggled with. But I’ll get into that later.

Let’s start with our heroine, Heather. Heather is smart and talented and not afraid to step up to the plate in a man’s world.

She followed her dreams of a pitching coach but her ultimate dream of being at her fathers side to run their family team, the Falcons, had still not been realized. Here is where I started to struggle a bit. While I loved Heather and appreciated her father and what he had done to raise her, I felt that his criticism of her was just too much. Maybe because I have a close relationship with my own father, I couldn’t relate to her relationship with her father. But he was just so cold all the time. He very rarely showed any warmth or any love.

I also didn’t think that what little did happen to show that he was proud of her made up for everything else he had put her through. That was one character from this book that I had no affection for whatsoever.


Although I liked Heather, I did get frustrated with her lack of ability to stand up to her father. I just wish she had been a little bit stronger when it came to him. But she was able to show him her strength through her actions, if not through  her words. It became hard for me to deal with how much of a wet blanket she was with her father but then on the flipside she was so cold with Garrett and his past issues. I wanted her to exhibit some of that strength with her dad and less of it with Garrett.

Enough about Heather. Let’s talk about Garrett. Now I may not be a baseball fan but I am definitely a fan of baseball players. And Garrett sounded like a hottie with a body. Me likey.


But Garrett wasn’t all just good looks and baseball skills. He had a heart that was so big and wonderful. He had a rough past that included foster care and watching him interact with kids in the foster care program, Levi in particular, was so sweet and made me love him even more.

As I mentioned before, Heather gave Garrett a hard time over some of his past sins. I can understand where she was coming from because some of his issues reminded her of things from her past. And I can see where she was coming from. But she was so forgiving of her dad and not matter what Garret did, she made him suffer. After a while I just wanted to smack her!!


But this is a happy ending and while there are some twists and turns along the way it really was very perfect end for this couple. If you want a book that is just a sweet and light- this is a good one. There are a lot of baseball references so be warned if sports aren’t your thing- you might find some of the details of the sport to seem too much. But if you can look past that, it’s an really sweet and romantic read.

 

AUTHOR INFO

Karen Rock

 Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer.  Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.

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