Spring Training by Alessia Brio and Will Belegon

Phaze

Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 978-1-59426-874-8

Reviewed by Tanya

   

 

Andi is a young, successful woman who has just returned from a Hawaiian vacation and is getting ready for the new spring baseball season.  For Andi, this means there is another new slew of “home talent” to help fill her bed.  This season will be a tough one for her, though, as at the close of the last season, she let her two pitchers go for their own good.  Though she was never a woman to be exclusive, these boys had her attention for quite a while.  But Andi knows when to “cut and run.”  Now she is trying to keep herself busy so that she doesn’t miss them.  One thing she hadn’t counted on was the attraction to coach Mark Hamilton.  Mark is a retired ball player who is now the pitching coach and there is a palatable attraction between the two.  The question is, will either act on it?

Spring Training is a follow up to Double Header, where you learn of Andi’s romance with a pair of pitchers (Eric and Brad) who do make a couple of cameos in Spring Training.

I will start my opinion part of the review with a quick dissertation on double standards.  Yes, I know they exist and I abhor them, but there are a few that no matter if it is a man or woman who is committing them, it drives me nuts.  Spring Training is a prime example of one of these cases.  The fact that Andi is a “bat bunny” would have bugged me, but then you find out she also chases hockey players and basketball and even a woman’s sports team.  I mean, come on, pick a sport at least. It's the same reaction I would have to a man who sleeps around at the frequency Andi does. We are talking a different guy each night.  Then you add to the fact she keeps a rating journal on their performance and her reactions to them.  Give me a break.  As you can tell, I did not like a large part of this story.  I was at the point of giving up completely when in comes a likable character.  I thoroughly liked Mark and his actions around not only his players but Andi.  The ensuing romantic suspense kept me reading, but it was not enough for me to give a favorable review.  Mostly due to the fact I completely hated the ending.  I can’t believe that any red-blooded man would go for that ending, and I know it upset this red-blooded woman.  Spring Training has a wonderful blurb with the publisher and the team of Alessia Brio and Will Belegon have had a number of successful stories in the past, but Spring Training is not one for me.  Way, way too far over the top.

     

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