Book Review: The Hot Corner

The Hot Corner by Amy Noelle: Professionally, Danielle Pierce is making a name for herself writing biographies of famous athletes. Her star is on the rise, and her publisher is pleased. Her personal life isn’t going as swimmingly, and she’s recently back on the market after calling off her engagement to Mr. Perfect-On-Paper, not that she’s looking for anyone special. Her career is her focus and it keeps her content.

Her agent and publisher throw her a curveball she never saw coming when she’s assigned to cover the hottest baseball player—on and off the field—Bradley Reynolds. Brad, the Dodgers’ third baseman, spends as much time on the covers of tabloids as on the sports pages, dating models and actresses, each one more beautiful than the last. But he doesn’t let them distract him from his need to excel on the field. Baseball comes first, and it always has, ever since the love of his life walked away from him years ago. Danielle Pierce had been the only woman who ever mattered to him, the only one who ever would.

Dani never thought she’d have to see Brad in person again, let alone spend weeks with him writing his biography. He broke her heart in college, and she’d never risked it since. Seven years later he selects her to write the story of his life, and she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she refuses, she looks like a coward. If she gives in, he wins. Can she be around him without falling for his Southern charm and deadly looks again? Can she show him that he didn’t break her? She doesn’t know what his game is, but she hopes she’s strong enough this time to play without getting burned.

I LOVED this novel. This is the kind of story in which great romantic comedies are born from. Brad Reynolds, in baseball pants, bending down on the third base line .... holy cannoli. I loved it and I hope you'll love it too. It's one of my favorite of the year, no doubt about it.

The Hot Corner embodies what great romantic comedies are made of; I watched this book play out in my head like a movie as I was reading it. I adored it. I devoured the story with a smile on my face. It’s a perfect ‘beach read’. It’s just easy. It’s easy to read, it’s fun, its hopeful, the dialogue is smart and witty, you root for both main characters the entire time, and the plot is constantly developing. I was completely lost in Brad and Dani’s story and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The Hot Corner soared to the top three of my favorite reads this year. There is something really special about this story revolving around an All-American sport played by an All-American guy. Sports stories can be cliché or overdone, especially baseball stories. But when there’s a good one, a really good one, like For Love of the Game good, aren’t they best? I’m telling you Amy Noelle hit a home run (pun most definitely intended) with her story.

Dani Pierce, scorned by her one true love from college, third basemen Brad Reynolds, superstar third basemen for the LA Dodgers. I’m sucker for a baseball player who looks good in his uniform by the way so Brad soared straight to the top. Ms. Noelle descriptively painted a picture of Brad that I won’t soon forget. After moving on to become a biographer of athletes, Dani finds herself with a new assignment: Brad. To curious to decline she sets off for LA and a whirlwind adventure filled with flirty banter, heart pounding passion, and romance that will leave you as breathless as Dani. Her character, at first, started to agitate me; she had a jealous streak that I didn’t quite understand when she first saw him again. As she develops and her feelings progress juggling the past and the present, I totally understood her. Dani had some things to learn about herself right along with the reader so her reactions were nothing but honest and real. She’s a strong heroine, an admirable one. There is literally not thing negative I can say about Brad Reynolds. He’s one of the ultimate’s without a doubt. His romantic gestures are seriously swoon worthy. There is no way any straight, hot blooded woman could not fall for his charismatic charm. I swear his smile leapt from the pages; he’s infectious. Brad and Dani’s whole second chance builds toward an imminent conflict of coming completely clean about the past. Speaking of which, I loved how we got see the glimpses of them in the past. The entire story is told from Dani’s POV. I loved being inside her head, her reactions, her thoughts, her turmoil, her fears. It made her character deeper. I think this story is perfect how it is. I have no idea whether there are plans for more stories involving these two but I wouldn’t mind being inside Brad’s head; a novella about their past, a new story that provides a sequel to where we left them.

Stealing the same word I used to describe Brad I’m using about the book as a whole, this author’s writing and her ability to pull you into her story – infectious. It crawls right into your heart and burrows there. With characters you’ll fall in love with, a fluid plot, and just the right amount of angst, The Hot Corner truly delivers. Any romance fan will love it. I’m now officially a total fan girl of this author and look forward to more of her stories. A re-read will definitely be in order of this book, who am I kidding, I could read it again right now. I highly recommend Brad & Dani’s story for all romance lovers. Bravo, Ms. Noelle, you made a believer out of me.

Favorite Quotes:

“There was something beautiful in watching him talk about the game. There always had been.”

“And even then, you didn’t make a scene. You trusted me. You supported me and learned the game for me. It was impossible not to love you.”

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Lori L. Clark

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