Friday, March 28, 2014

Love Bats Last by Pamela Aares - Book Review



In LOVE BATS LAST, the first book in The Heart of the Game series by Pamela Aares, get ready for All-Star alpha males and the strong women they come to love!

A stormy night changes their lives forever...

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?
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Buy the Book: Amazon  


 What draws me most to this book are the two main characters who are passionate in what they do best: Alex Tavonesi doesn’t only do good on the baseball field, but he also tries his best in running his family’s vineyard. He wasn’t well-blessed in his love life, considering he hasn’t met the woman who can sweep him off his feet. They were either clawing after him because of money or fame. Then here’s Jackie Brandon, the smart, adrenaline junkie, hard worker veterinarian whose, ahem, aristocratic past and bad experience with another ball player made her put off love for a while. She spends her time saving marine mammals on the northern California coast where a couple of seals and sea lions are washing up dead.

It took one storm, and one stranded whale for Alex and Jackie to be brought in together. And for the first time in his life, Alex saw a woman way different from what he is accustomed to. This woman isn’t fake, nor wanting his attention, she wouldn’t even give him the time of the day – but her passion, her courage, and her intensity with her work had made a mark on him. He wanted her, but he needed to go beyond her walls first. So it needed some volunteering saving the marine mammals to catch her attention, he had done this while playing on the field, and managing the vineyards – talk about EFFORT!

Don’t you just love him? To put in this great effort despite his busy schedule, and the pressure he is receiving left and right is more than just an ordinary grand gesture.  

BUT, beneath this budding romance lies mysterious deaths of several marine mammals, and Jackie is about to uncover the culprit. However, the people involve might want to keep her silence. Can Alex save her in time?

This is my first Pamela Aares book, and I wasn’t disappointed. This was a great way to start off the series: amazing plot + strong characters + interesting twist + humor + romance + mystery = un-put-down-able book!

 
✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

★The Heart of the Game Series Reading Order &Purchase Link★
Love Bats Last (#1: Alex & Jackie) - Amazon  
Thrown by Love (#2: Scottie & Chloe) - Amazon  
Fielder's Choice (#3: Matt & Alana) - Coming in April! 


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