Thursday, March 16, 2017

REVIEW: "Swinging at Love" by Kendra C. Highley (Young Adult, Romance)

by Kendra C. Highley

Publisher: Entangled - TEEN: Crush
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 13th 2017

Series: The Suttonville Sentinels, #2
Standalone: Yes

Sports (Baseball), Nice Guys, Strong Female Lead
Other YA Books by Kendra C. Highley

Suttonville Sentinels

Finding Perfect

Finding Perfect
#2 Goodreads
Description from Publisher:
Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

This was so cute and I seriously love Highley's male leads - Tristan is sweet, genuine, unafraid of being honest even when it leaves him a bit vulnerable, and still strong and sexy. (Kyle, from the first book, is hard to top, but Tristan comes pretty darn close!)

He sounded so tentative, like he was scared she’d run away. She didn’t know many cute boys who weren’t totally confident in their ability to hook a girl. It was charming.

Alyssa is also a kick-ass female lead, strong-willed, funny, and caring. I loved how she made up her own mind (even how she was unafraid to choose ballet over softball, despite the role softball played in her life).

This girl was herself, and nothing else. That made her pretty much a unicorn, as most of the girls he’d known were too worried about what people thought about them.

The two of them together was a fantastic match and I really loved their dynamic. How they started off was fun, especially with Alyssa making the first move (a girl after my own heart!).

As there should be, there is a good dose of baseball in this and, as someone who isn't into baseball, I thought it was the perfect amount. It's written in a way that is immersive and with a great balance between baseball fan and baseball novice.

Every supporting character is just that - supportive without stealing the show. I loved seeing Kyle and Faith again, and the way they were woven in felt very natural. Lauren is a bit deplorable, but redeems herself (she is Alyssa's best friend, after all).

All in all, I really, really liked this and really hope there will be more of this series!!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author:Kendra C. Highley
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate
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