This is my stop during the blog tour for A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.
Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
I have read every book by Karen Rock so far, so when she asked me if I wanted to read and review her upcoming release A League of Her Own I didn’t hesitate a moment. A League of Her Own has many elements I’ve come to expect from karen Rock her books, a slow building heart warming romance, great side characters and some hard or emotional issues woven in between. This book also felt different then her earlier books, but I really enjoyed it.
I’ve come to like Karen her writing style and how she builds up her books, there are always certain steps and type of scenes I come to expect, but these work. Except for a certain scene towards the end, I could’ve done without that one. What I liked about A League of Her Own is that it focusses on baseball. I am not a sports fan, but I enjoy learning about topics I know almost nothing about through books and I liked getting to know more about baseball through this book. Granted the baseball wasn’t the focus of the story, but it was a very important elements.
Karen always knows how to make you fall in love with her characters. I had a soft spot for Garret and Levi and later for one of Heather’s relatives as well. Heather was more difficult to like, I did like her determination to succeed and how she was trying hard and doing her best for the team. But I got a bit annoyed with her trust issues sometimes, there were times were she blatantly told someone she didn’t believe him and I just couldn’t understand that. maybe that’s because I have more the opposite reaction and quickly believe people when they tell me they do something, which can lead to disappointment when they don’t though. But beside those parts I did like her overall. And I understood why she reacted the way she did, I just didn’t like it.
Levi was the kid who had it hard in this book and I loved seeing how Garret tried to help him. There were some really powerful scenes with the two of them. I would’ve liked to learn more about a few other side characters, like Dean, one of Garret’s friends. It just seemed the other team members stayed a bit shallow compared to the main characters.
The romance was nicely done and I liked how they almost started off as rivals before getting to know each other better and falling in love. The romance was slow building, but there are some really sweet scenes. I just wish heather was able to let go and trust Garret a bit more. I liked seeing how Garret was determined to fight for her even though some of the things Heather said must have really hurt him. There were some rocky parts later on in their relationship that I had some issues with, but I kept routing for them and I was happy with the ending.
To conclude: another great romance novel by Karen Rock! I liked how I learned more about baseball in this book. This book has some great characters, although I had some trouble with Heather in a few situations. The romance builds slow and is heart-warming. And there are some great side characters as well!
You can find A League of Her Own on Goodreads.
About the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.
There’s a tour wide giveaway and every blog who reviewed this book durign the tour could give away an e-copy (INT) or paperback (US only) of A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. Okay so first for the individual giveaway:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of A League of Her Own. These are the prizes you can win:
– a 100$ Amazon gift card
– a set of signed paperback (US) or e-copies (INT) of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own