Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Alisa's Review: Love Bats Last (Heart of the Game #1) by Pamela Aares

Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published January 31st 2014 by SeaStar Press

A stormy night changes their lives forever...

In LOVE BATS LAST, (The Heart of the Game, #1), the baseball diamond isn't the only field for all-star player Alex Tavonesi; he also runs his family's prestigious vineyard. What he can't seem to run is his love life. He's closing in on the perfect vintage and the perfect game, but so far the perfect woman has eluded him.

Veterinarian Jackie Brandon is eluding her aristocratic past and memories of a soccer star who jilted her just before their wedding. She devotes herself to a marine mammal rescue center on the northern California coast, where hundreds of seals and sea lions are washing up dead.

A chance meeting in a midnight storm brings Alex and Jackie together to rescue a stranded whale. Watching her work, he realizes she's the passionate, courageous woman he thought he'd never find—he just has to overcome her deep distrust of jocks. Jackie’s passion and courage lead her to discover what's killing the sea mammals. The culprits want to silence her, and Alex is the only one standing in their way. What will he sacrifice to save the woman he loves?

Get ready for the entire HEART OF THE GAME series coming in Spring 2014, by award-winning author Pamela Aares.
Love Bats Last (Book 1)
Thrown By Love (Book 2)
Fielder's Choice (Book 3)
Love On The Line (Book 4)

First book in the series. This book is not bad, but not great, I really wanted to give it only 3.5 stars but went with 4-on the positive side.
I was thinking that this would be more about the athlete but, it was more about the leading lady. Jackie is a vet at a Marine Wildlife center and the book is about her, the center and about Alex. Now, Alex is a major league baseball star, but we only see a small portion of that life. Alex ends up volunteering at the center plus he owns a vineyard.
Jackie is very leery of men in general, especially athletes after what happened to her many years ago. But finally at the end of the book she gives into her feelings she has developed for Alex. Even though the center depends a lot on donations, Jackie hates being in the spotlight.
While Jackie is doing research regarding the center, she gets herself into some trouble-only she doesn't even know it.
I wasn't a huge fan of this book, but its well written and is still a little interesting. Just disappointed that it wasn't more about Baseball-that is what this series is supposed to be about.

I was given a copy to read and review in exchange for an honest review.
Can also be read as a stand-alone book.

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Pamela Aares is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels and also writes about fictional romance in sports with her new baseball romance book series titled Heart of the Game.

Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel (Angels Come to Earth, #1) was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, the second in the series will release this year as will the celebrated historical romance novel, The Lady and the Patriot.
Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.
Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.
Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard and currently resides in the wine country of Northern California with her husband, a former MLB All-Star and two curious cats.
If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at

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