What is “Control Artist” by Carrie Aarons about?
Dahlia Akana has no idea where she’s going in life.
All she’s ever wanted to do is travel, and her inner circle pressuring her to figure out her purpose only makes her wanderlust grow stronger. But she’s comfortable being a nanny to her nieces in the small Pennsylvania town where her sister lives. Though she’s far overstayed her desired timeline, it’s a place filled with friends and familiarity while she plots her next move.
Until she meets the devastatingly gorgeous, obnoxious rookie who is slated to be the next superstar on the town’s top tier baseball team. He’s everything she doesn’t want, but can’t seem to stay away from. As they spend more time together, she discovers that he might just be the anchor she’s always looked for.
When secrets, lies, and a humiliating public scandal rock their world, will she be able to stay with him? Fight for him? Or will her age-old tactic of fleeing erase any shot at a happily ever after?
Garrett Chester has always known exactly what he wants.
To be the best pitcher in the history of the major leagues. And luckily, with more talent in his pinky than other people have in their entire body, he’s well on his way. It’s his attitude that leaves something to be desired. Cocky, reckless and soaking up his newfound fame, the rookie attracts the attention of the tabloid press.
When he meets the feisty woman just as beautiful as the flower she’s named after, she gives him a refreshing reality check. With each passing day, not only does he fall harder, but she makes him want to be a better man.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
When I first saw that this book was going to be about Dahlia and Garrett, I was surprised! I always thought, based on the other books, that she would be with Clark (he’s with Anna in the next book in the series, “Tagging Up”).
I think that their dynamic was really interesting, especially with the internal and external looming threats. Garrett is dealing with someone leaking his past to the press, and Dahlia is struggling with her wanderlust. Neither were born in or grew up in Packton, but Dahlia is used to traveling all over the world, so putting down roots isn’t something she’s looking to do. These underlying factors, along with the fact that neither of them are looking for a relationship, leads to a lot of tension and room for problems.
It was nice to see the two of them challenge each other, and I was surprised at how their story ended up. It was bittersweet in some ways (don’t worry, it’s still HEA), but an interesting change to the series that I wasn’t expecting. Since this was the fourth book in the series, it was nice to get to see the characters from the previous books, especially Hannah and Walker.
Overall, I think this was a fun addition to the series, and a great read for those who enjoy sports romances, especially those involving baseball! As with all new adult books, I recommend them for 18+ due to some of the sexual content, but as always, you do you.
Check out my interview with Carrie about “The Tenth Girl,” and read my other reviews of her young and new adult books:
“Control Artist” (Callahan Family #4) – ARC
“Tagging Up” (Callahan Family #5) – ARC
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