Book Spotlight: The Ace by Rhonda Shaw
Baseball. America’s favorite pastime. Summer time, hot dogs and apple pies. Americana at its finest. Most baseball players are typically not huge, muscle bursting, aggressive men (there are some exceptions). Usually, they could very well be the boy the next door—the perfect hero.
With one pitch, the game can turn on a dime. Glory becomes heartbreak and despair turns into elation. With baseball, you know what to expect, but you can never predict the outcome. A sure thing all of the sudden becomes the impossible, and the impossible unexpectedly transforms into hope.
The Boys of Summer put everything on the line, their heart and soul into every pitch, at bat or fly ball. Baseball players are part of a team; they cherish the camaraderie and support each other, even when mistakes happen. They smile, give supportive pats on the butt and get ready for the next play.
Baseball players have this unassuming, boyish charm about them, just like the boy next door. Someone who is attractive, sweet, almost ordinary when seen off the field. Under it all, there’s this passion, drive, and confidence that is appealing. Add a heroine into the mix, who the hero is unable to get out of his mind, along with some on the field drama, and baseball provides the perfect backdrop for an irresistible romance.
Do you like sports mixed in with your romance? If so, which sport(s) is your favorite?
About the author:
After writing one mind numbing technical document after another, Rhonda Shaw decided to combine her love of writing with her love of reading romance. Born in California, but transplanted to the Midwest, Rhonda is a warm weather girl to the bone. She works in the software development industry and was a lifelong dancer until her body told her it was time to come down off her toes. For more information about Rhonda and her books, please visit her website at http://www.rhondashaw.com.
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Book two of Men of the Show
Blurb: “Love ’em and leave ’em” has been real estate agent Karen Bently’s motto for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t need a man, except to make her toes curl. Or so she thought, until her longtime crush, Ace pitcher Jerry Smutton, sets his sights on her.
After signing one of the largest baseball contracts in history with the Detroit Rockets, Jerry enlists Karen to help him find the house of his dreams. Their connection is instant and electric, but neither of them is the relationship type. When Jerry proposes a friends-with-benefits arrangement, that suits Karen just fine.
Passionate sleepovers soon turn into long, romantic evenings… Still, Karen and Jerry refuse to acknowledge they’re a couple. Karen insists that she’s immune to Jerry’s heart-melting charm. Jerry’s not ready to settle down. Denial is the name of the game, until one pitch changes everything…
As he strolled toward the dugout with a distant look on his face, Karen let her gaze travel over him. His white jersey hugged him closely, displaying the strong, tight lines of his body all in a nice package. He looked delicious and her mouth almost started to water as she thought about exactly what was under that uniform now that she’d seen it up close and personal. She took a deep, calming breath. It would do her no good to sit throughout the whole game worked up, especially since she had to bring things to an end, she reminded herself—again.
Hearing Bree yell out his name, she sat back in her seat, hoping for some ridiculous reason that he wouldn’t hear Bree and see her, suddenly embarrassed to be there, as if she was a stalker fan. But, as luck would have it, Jerry heard Bree loud and clear, and looked up. He gave her a small wave, but just as he was ducking down into the dugout, he spotted Karen and he stopped. A huge grin spread from ear to ear and she felt herself beaming stupidly in return, before looking away and awkwardly shifting against the hard plastic. She was an idiot; who did she think she was kidding? There was no way she was calling things off with him.
She turned her head to find Maddie eyeing her with interest, along with some of the other fans who sat around them.
“What was that about?” Maddie asked her.
“How the hell would I know? The man obviously has brain damage.”