Passion dominates the diamond in the second novel in this fun and flirty baseball romance series by the author of High Heat.
Paul Dudley, president of the Plainview Thrashers, is spinning out of control. Preserving his family’s baseball legacy in these tough times takes everything he’s got, and constant clashes with his father have left him struggling for authority over the team and even his own future. So when sports reporter Willow Bourne, a one-night-stand from a year ago, walks back into his life, he knows he can’t give into his feelings for her—no matter how strong they are.
Willow never expected to see Paul again, and she’s got her reasons for keeping her distance. Except the more time she spends around Paul, the harder it is to hide her secrets—or stop herself from falling head over heels.
As the sparks between them fly, Paul discovers what Willow has been concealing from him, leaving him with a difficult choice—keep the team his top priority or make his own legacy by following his heart…
Linda Morris Bio:
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance, including High Heat, the first book in the Hard Hitters series; Melting the Millionaire’s Heart; The Mason Dixon Line; and Nice Work If You Can Get It. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause.
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Not a typical love story, screwball has everything an avid reader of romance is looking for: angst, love, second-chances, jealousy, and happily ever afters. Willow is a reporter who was fired from her last job after learning her co anchor and boyfriend was engaged to someone else. Wanting a night to forget, she agrees to go out with her best friend. There she catches the eye of Paul and recognizes the look in his eyes as one she sees in her own every morning. They get to talking and one thing leads to another and they hook up on the beach. That encounter has unexpected consequences for Willow and seeing as neither gave each other their full names, she's left to face it alone.
Paul is the president of a local minor league team. His plate is full trying to improve revenue for the field as well as dealing with a delusional father. He never forgets Willow and hates that he agreed to never get any contact info from her. An opportunity to get press for the team leads to an impromptu reunion with Willow. He wants to start things back up the way they were on the beach, but Willow has a secret that she doesn't want to reveal, even though she should.
Paul isn't your typical hit headed alpha, and I wouldn't even put him on the alpha list. He has the looks but isn't very dominant. He's patient, understanding, doesn't have a shady past that keeps breaking the main couple up. But you still love him. Willow is a little more like your typical heroine. She's cute, vain about her looks because of her field and hides secrets like no ones business. She's under the motto of "I don't know him that well so I'm going to keep my secret until he can prove himself." She's dishonest in a way that makes you question every bring but in the end redeems herself. The ending is a little rushed, ok a lot rushed and could have probably been a little more thought out in terms of timeline. The way it is now, everything ends kind of abruptly and doesn't seem like a likely outcome especially after Paul's speech about it. All in all it is a very good read and enjoyable.