Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he's not sure what to think…except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.
Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she'd get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less in her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he'll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won't get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.
For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn't just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.
I absolutely love sports romance novels and I get excited when a new author comes out. After reading the blurb I knew I had to read this and honestly I couldn't wait.
In this book we meet catcher Nathan who is recovering from an accident that left him not only hurt but dumped by his high profile fiancé. He decides to leave Chicago to go back home to Iowa to lay low and regroup. When he comes into town he decides to stay with his sister but what greets him is a strange woman wearing a robe and holding a baseball bat.
Dorie left Boston to gain some space from her 6 brothers so when a stranger comes into the place she is renting she figures it's one of her brothers friends but once she sees who it is she can't believe it. Dorie has been in love with Nathan as long as she could remember and she never thought he would want someone like her but sparks between them start flying and although she set a limit on their time together Nathan is playing to win so she better man up and get ready.
For starters I really, really liked the characters. Not only did Doyle write them with witty humor but she brought them to life. They had real problems and not the kind when you read a romance and say yeah this would never happen but the problems of being homesick, falling in love right away, jealousy and maintaining the distance you need to protect yourself.
Nathan and Dorie were likable, had really great chemistry and dialogue that was not only sweet but funny. I was actually very surprised on how many sex scenes their was in this book but glad the author switched it up a little.
I also really enjoyed getting to know Nathan's sisters and the friends he grew up with. Normally this would be the part where I would say I can't wait to see if his teammates get books but nope I want his friends that he grew up with and played basketball with in Iowa to have their own stories.
At first I was a little disappointed that Nathan didn't have much field time but I'm so glad with how the story evolved. Although these characters fall hard for one another I enjoyed Dorie giving Nathan a run for his money.
Again I really liked this book and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by Doyle and this new series.