The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten #1) by Tracy March


The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten Book 1)

Synopsis:

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is. 

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked. 

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?

Review:

The Practice Proposal was an alright read, but a bit too much fluff for me. Maybe if I had read it at a different time when that was what I wanted I would have enjoyed it more.

Liza used to be obsessed with Cole when she was a teenager. He went to her family's baseball camp and from the first she was smitten with him. He didn't seem to be into her though, and he grows up to play in the big leagues.

Liza grew up as well and got engaged, only to have that end tragically. She is not really ready to move on, thinks if she does that it will look bad or she will be cheating, even though it has been a few years. When there is a charity auction for a date with Cole Liza's mom steps in to set them up. Lucky for Liza Cole needs to look like he is settling down and getting serious with someone, and when the same person makes a deal with Liza to date Cole for a bit since she was apprehensive the stage is set for these two to fall in love.

The story is really heavily set in the baseball setting. Lots of references to baseball and everything....not being a huge sports fan that wasn't really my thing. I understand he is a baseball player, her dad owns a team, they are all really into baseball, but it was the cheesy baseball references all the time that I didn't really enjoy that much. That and everything was a bit cheesy between the two of them. You could spot what would happen a mile away, and the drama at the end? A bit ridiculous. It was an alright read, but I didn't really get attached to any of the characters or the story so..

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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