Anything but Minor (Balls in Play #1) by Kate Stewart
“She’s a nerd.”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”
First off can I say how much I love this synopsis? It totally reminds me of When Harry Met Sally. I didn't actually read the synopsis until after I read the book and then I thought this is just perfect for this story. Light and fun and cute and everything.
Alice has just moved to Charleston. She has had a pretty sheltered life since her mom is a bit much and she has finally gotten away to try and do things she has always wanted. She wants to experience as much as she can because she wants to live. She is the new flight instructor for Boeing and super smart and I really like Alice. She is one of those characters I wish I knew in real life. She knows tons of random facts and trivia, googles everything, and she is just a lot of fun.
Rafe is a minor league baseball player, but this is his year. Everyone knows it. He is a bit of a player, but when he sees Alice she intrigues him. At first he just wants to sleep with her, but after she says no and tries to keep him firmly in the friend zone things start to change. Because she likes him, she knows it, he knows it, and he starts to really like her as well. His best friend keeps telling him now is not the time to start something because he could be leaving any day when he gets signed to the big leagues, but he can't help it. He knows Alice is special and will be worth it if they can figure everything out.
These two were a lot of fun to watch. Alice is a hoot. She is so...the situations she gets herself into were kind of hilarious. Like her first time parasailing. Oh man it is a good thing Rafe has a good sense of humor or this story would be much different. Really I think that is what I loved the most about this book - Alice could be a bit crazy, but Rafe was wonderful with her. He knew how to show her she is important and make her feel special. Even when they have a fight he still realizes he was a bit too harsh and is wonderful. I loved these two and this was way more fun than I expected (baseball is not the sport for me so I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this one). I can't wait to read more from this author now.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2