by Lori Wilde
Series: Stardust Texas #1
Published by Harper Audio on February 24, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Sports
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New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner
Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.
Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.
Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.
I liked this book, but I had some issues with it that prevented me from loving it more.
Breeanne is an avid reader and aspiring writer. She self-published a book that didn’t sell very well, and in the meantime works at her parents’ bookstore. Breeanne was born with a heart defect which has caused her adoptive parents to be extremely overprotective of her throughout her whole life.
Rowdy Blanton is a former superstar pitcher whose MLB career came to an unexpected halt. He agrees to write an autobiography, but needs a ghostwriter. Breeanne ends up with the job.
There’s a lot going on in this book. There’s Breeanne’s overprotective family, Rowdy’s baseball legacy, some magical realism involving a mystical hope chest, and a conspiracy involving crooked baseball bigwigs. There’s also the romance element. I liked the book most when it focused on Breeanne and Rowdy’s relationship. There are just so many other subplots going on that I couldn’t fully appreciate the love story.
There are also a few things about the characters themselves that I didn’t love. For example, Breeanne is a 25-year-old virgin, which is fine in itself, but she comes across as super extra naive about sex–more than I expected she’d be, considering she’s pretty curious and well-read in general. Also, Rowdy struck me as a little too keen to settle down once he realizes he’s falling for Breeanne. I found it hard to believe that he would be so quick to commit.
I should also attach a disclaimer to this review by mentioning that I read the audio version and didn’t care for the narrator. I didn’t like how she made Breeanne sound like a squeaking teenager at times (especially during the sex scenes), while she made Rowdy sound like a gruff, much older man. It was a bit weird for me.
As for the things I liked about the book: in general, the writing appealed to me. The characters are very likable–especially the supporting ones such as Breeanne’s sisters and Rowdy’s brother, who I imagine will all be getting their own books later on.
So, I had mixed feelings about this story in that I really liked some parts and really disliked other parts. It took me a while to finish and I was actually eager to be done. But I do think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the print version instead of the audio, so I plan on reading the next book in the series in print format since I did enjoy the author’s writing style overall.
Rating: 3 stars