New Release + Review: Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin – Boys of Summer Series – Book 2

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Home Run

Boys Of Summer Series – Book 2

By Heidi McLaughlin

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Synopsis

LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

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Michel’s Review

Home Run, the second book in the Boys of Summer series, by Heidi McLaughlin has released.  The Renegades are back and looking to make their mark this season.

Cooper Bailey has prepared for this moment his entire life.  He has finally moved up from the minor leagues to the major leagues.  It’s his rookie season with the Renegades and he’s feeling the pressure.  He has to prove that he is a valuable asset to the team.  He’s challenging a legendary player, trying to take his starting position.  Everything rides on the spring training season in Florida. He has to stay focused because he is finally chasing his dream.

Cooper Bailey never dreamed he’d meet a woman that could affect how he plays the game.  Nor did he dream a woman could capture his heart completely.  Ainsley Burke is an unexpected pleasure as well as his possible downfall.

Zookeeper Ainsley Burke has put her personal life on hold after she found out her mother is battling cancer.  She has changed her job position so that her schedule can work around her mother’s medical needs.  When she meets rookie Cooper Bailey at a community service event, she foresees the possibility of having something fun in her life for a few weeks.  After all he is only in Florida for spring training.

Life has a way of rearing it’s ugly head when things seem to be going well.  Cooper and Ainsley are both going to experience these obstacles and be tested beyond their limits.  It’s how they move forward that counts.  It could be the greatest season of their lives or it could be the season that destroys them both.

This book ran hot and cold for me.  I liked this book better than the first book in the series and felt a little more connected to the Renegades world.  Home Run started out with a bang but stalled throughout the middle of the book and the ending seemed a bit rushed.  At times I had a hard time connecting Cooper’s and Ainsley’s struggling relationship.  There were also other factors that seemed too coincidental in their story. I struggled with those coincidences. Overall I did enjoy the book but was hoping for a little more swoon worthy romance.

I am looking forward to what comes next in the Boys of Summer series.  Hopefully the Renegades will be chasing the pennant.

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heidi-mclaughlin-bioHeidi 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, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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