Grand Slam by Heidi McLaughlin (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)
The Boys of Summer, #3
On Sale: May 23, 2017
eBook: $4.99 USD
Win the game. Lose your heart.
Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “perk” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.
She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.
Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.
I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.
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The third novel in author Heidi McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer Series, Grand Slam is a heart-tugging, gut-wrenching, expertly written second chance romance story that has the perfect blend of angst, humor, family, friendship, and romance. The chemistry between lead characters, Travis and Saylor, is both believable and strong. It was all too easy to understand why these two struggling souls would be drawn to each other, but it was even more easy to understand why they deserve to find happily ever after together.
Travis is a hero that will captivate and charm you, even as you hurt for all he’s going through. Saylor is a heroine that confuses as well as intrigues you, and she’ll grow on you as you come to understand her and her choices. Both characters are strong and intriguing in their own right, with deeply layered personalities that are well-showcased within this story. To be honest, once I started reading about Travis’s plight and Saylor’s part in it, I couldn’t stop reading about it. I loved the plot and the characters and the romance.
Highly, highly recommend reading this fast-paced and entertaining romance novel, and any of the other titles in author Heidi McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. Each book has been more fabulous than the previous one, and I’ve loved them all thus far, though, admittedly, Grand Slam is my favorite.
I loved Travis!
5 “Amazing Read” Stars
*ARC provided by Publisher*
From GRAND SLAM:
Whenever I wake up with a hangover, I often ask myself why I drank so much and promise that I’ll never do it again. That promise is something I’ve been breaking for the past few days, and up until now, I didn’t care.
I had hoped the booze would muddy my memory of last night, but it hasn’t. Every word she said, every expression she had, every punch to my chest to get me out of her apartment is crystal clear. I fucked up, and I don’t even know how. All I know is that the sobs I heard on the other side of Saylor’s door last night were enough to sober my stupid ass up.
For hours, I sat against her door, until a resident suggested I leave or they were going to call the police. If I hadn’t been arrested ear- lier, I probably would have encouraged them to dial Boston’s Finest. Another man might understand my plight. The woman that I want to be with kicked me out of her house, and while I probably deserved it, I didn’t want to leave until she stopped crying. I didn’t want to be the one to walk away in her time of need.
But as egos go—and believe me, mine is huge—I couldn’t let it get in the way any longer, so I walked my drunk ass back home with my tail between my legs, only to stay up all night while the booze wore off, knowing that I had to live with whatever I’d done to Saylor.
She’s the last person in the world who I want to hurt, and she’s the one person who can save me. Not only from a life behind bars, but from myself. When I’m with her, I’m a different person. The cocky son of a bitch whom everyone is used to doesn’t exist when she’s near me, and frankly, that is the man I like, or at least I used to. It’s easier being a fucking douche. It’s second nature to me and comes with the territory of being named one of the city’s most eligible bachelors.
Except when I’m with Saylor, I can be the man who hides in the shadow of that Travis Kidd. I can be the kind of man who doesn’t have to have a one-liner available or wink in order to get a phone number. When I’m with her, life outside of baseball starts to have a meaning, a fucking purpose.
THE BOYS OF SUMMER SERIES
THIRD BASE, #1
HOME RUN, #2
GRAND SLAM, #3
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About Heidi McLaughlin
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.
When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production to be a major motion picture.
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