Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Winning Season

The Winning Season by Alison Packard

3 ½ Stars

Alison Packard hit a homerun with The Winning Season.  This ball park themed book is a great addition for a spots fan or anyone who loves a great romance.  Readers will fall in love with Kelly and Matt’s story and will want to follow the rest of the characters on their journey.

My Thoughts:

There were many hints in this book that there was a book before this one, but I could not find where it belonged to a series.  After research, I found that the author has written a book before this.  The lead in this book is Kelly’s sister Kayla and it is entitled Love in the Afternoon.  I wish that there were more indications that there was a previous installation.  I also wish there was a series title.  The author does a great job giving us reader enough insight to know that she is setting up characters in this book for their own, but please give us some clue that is it a series and how to follow these characters we love.  That being said, I thought that this was a great stand alone.  I also loved the characters, the passion, and the chemistry that was expressed in this book.  I can not wait for the next addition to this series?!?

 Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job as publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team's newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She's got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly's not about to let that happen.

Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he's loathed his entire life—a team with little to no chance at the post-season.

Butting heads is getting Kelly and Matt nowhere but annoyed, and with the team's schedule on the road, they can't avoid close quarters—or their surprising attraction to one another. As the season winds down, Matt finds his growing feelings for Kelly have brought his numbed emotions back to life. But when betrayal shatters their fragile trust, winning it all seems more impossible than ever.

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