Monday, 30 October 2017

Squeeze Play - by Aven Ellis

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Full of enthusiasm, recent college graduate Hayley Carter is thrilled to be working for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Having spent most of her life in the background due to family circumstances, Hayley is eager to step up and be heard—and bring much needed change to her new organization. Romance is on the shelf because now is the time to focus on herself and new career. Armed with a self-help book guaranteed to improve her personal and professional life, Hayley is ready to become the best version of herself. 

But will a baseball player for the Washington Soaring Eagles challenge her thoughts about dating and the person she thinks she needs to be?

Brody Jensen is the new catcher for the professional team in DC. Baseball means everything to Brody and was his salvation growing up. Brody intends to make the most of his full-time shot behind the plate. Which means no serious relationships. 

However, when a chance encounter leads him to Hayley, Brody finds himself wanting to know all about the beautiful blonde who has engaged him from the moment he spotted her. Together, they find themselves questioning the ideals they had set for not only relationships, but themselves, too.

When the cherry blossoms bloom in the nation's capital, Cupid puts a squeeze play on Hayley and Brody. Will they be brave enough to love themselves and each other? Will love be called out? Or will their relationship be safe at home? 

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Ave Ellis is back with a new book! This one is rather special, because (for once) she stepped away from hockey and created a story around baseball.

This is obviously very exciting and I have to say I see baseball differently now, in a positive way.

The story follows Hayley Carter, who wants to start a career and finally found a great job. She is from DC and lives with her friend Katie.
Brody Jensen is a professional baseball player and new to his team. He is their catcher. Because of his job and full schedule, he has no time for a relationship.

The two of them meet at a coffee shop and the start of their relationship couldn’t be more embarrassing for Hayley. For us readers it’s funny and a great start. I loved who their relationship developed after that, maybe a bit fast, but still in a very beautiful way and Aven Ellis captured it beautifully.

Both of them are very passionate and I really enjoyed their journey, helping each other to change things and fight for what they want. Their chemistry is so sweet and full of sparks.

Like Hayley I didn’t know anything about baseball, but this book helped me understand it a lot more.

Hayley and Brody’s relationship is the centre of this story, but job, friends and family play an important role too. Katie is a fabulous character too and I think her and AJ (Brody’s teammate) would make a great couple.
For me the excitement, conflict and drama had little space in this book, which is a bit of a shame. I think a book needs these and they put the story on another level. The storyline has a wonderful flow and is full of romantic moments.

The characters are very well lined out and have a great depth. We get to know them properly and get really close to them.
There is also a new location in this story: Washington DC. The setting is beautiful and Aven Ellis really knows who to create a unique setting and atmosphere in a story.

This story makes me have butterflies and full all fuzzy inside. A perfect romance!!!



About The Author

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.


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