Colleen Callahan is exactly where she’s always dreamt of being.
From a young age, she’s been groomed to take over as general manager of the Packton Pistons, her family’s professional baseball dynasty. Except she never expected her father would have to go to prison for the role to become hers.
The public, and even her own family, are counting on the first female to wear the title to fail. Hoping to wipe the slate clean and clear the club’s name, Colleen vows to put her job above everything else. Friends, a social life, her well-being, and most of all, love.
Until she meets the team’s new star player. Their chemistry is instant, igniting the stadium and her heart. But the last thing she needs is a distraction, much less a surly God of the clay diamond who seems to despise her.
Fate has other plans, though. If they’re found out, it could mean the end of both of their careers. Except hurtling so close to the danger zone has never felt more right.
Hayes Swindell would prefer hell over the place he ended up.
After a series of bribes and blackmail gone bad, the league’s most desirable veteran superstar finds himself playing on a team that he wants no part of. The family who runs this dynasty is corrupt, and he’s spent his career avoiding limelight exactly like this.
With a chip on his shoulder and the intention to hightail it out of Pennsylvania as soon as his one-year contract is up, he has no plans to fall for the very woman he should stay away from.
In his ten years in the league, he’s never once gotten bit by the love bug. But the moment he lays eyes on her, Hayes can see his days are numbered. When the forbidden happens, he has a decision to make.
Should they head for disaster together, risking it all, or course-correct and save themselves the ultimate price of heartbreak and scandal?
Rating: 4/5 stars
Whenever I get the chance to be on the review team for Carrie, I do it, no questions asked. I’ve loved her books in the past, and this one is no different! In the kickoff (wrong sport, I know) of her newest series that follows the Callahan family, we meet general manager Colleen and stellar baseball player Hayes — plus an assortment of side characters that I know we’ll be seeing in the rest of the books (Walker, I’m looking at you).
I guess the book could sorta be classified as an enemies-to-lovers, but there isn’t really the witty banter — Hayes is just angry that he’s on the team, and Colleen is trying to act professional. Still, I thought their relationship developed nicely.
The book deals with some hard topics — from foster care, to growing up in a loveless house, to domestic abuse, which I’m assuming is being explored more throughly in the next book. That’s all I’ll say — no spoilers!
Even with the uneven power dynamic of general manager and player, it didn’t really feel uneven. If the genders were to have been flipped, we definitely would’ve seen it, but it was nice to see the woman in the main power position for once!
Overall, this was another fun new adult (ish — I think Colleen is 29 and Hayes is 32? Don’t quote me.) book from Carrie, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Huge thanks to Carrie for giving me a copy to review — the book is out now and is free on Kindle Unlimited!