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Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field. Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.” Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son. With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love. CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes
I love baseball. And I love romance novels. So when the two overlap, I’m all over it. Add to the fact that Spring Training just started and I’m stuck in the middle of a Snowmageddon winter, and I just couldn’t pass up reading a baseball romance.
This book was completely enjoyable. I loved Johnny and Alice. I wanted them to be together so bad. They fell in love in college and she thought she did the right thing by letting him go so he could live his dream. Obviously both of them had to grow up, but neither of them had ever really moved on. So I was really happy to see that there wasn’t a lot of drama surrounding them reconnecting. After meeting again, they were thrown together and kept going from there. The author could have easily had Alice shy away from Johnny but she didn’t. And I’m thankful for that.
One thing I was surprised about was getting a POV from Zach (Alice’s son). I’m not complaining, but typically you don’t get the kid/teen’s POV. But this was refreshing because you actually got to see how he felt about what was going on. And the author did it in a way that didn’t annoy you because you weren’t reading an adult’s POV.
I also have to say that I kept expecting a huge drama to happen. And while it did, it came from a place I didn’t expect. I kept waiting for it to be the reporter that was snooping around, and while there was some drama from her, the big twist came from another source.
I would definitely read more from this author in the future.
***I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***