Third Base (The Boys of Summer #1)
by Heidi McLaughlin (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Third Base generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reivew.**
Baseball romance books are up there on my list of favorites. The prospect of watching a love story unfold while action is happening on the diamond always makes for good reading. With Third Base I found myself having trouble connecting to the love story. While all the baseball talk was definitely on point and full of facts the dichotomy between the baseball and the romance was too vast. McLaughlin's writing here was fast though and easy to get into the flow of the story.
Additionally, the characters connection wasn't a visceral feeling for me as the reader. The development of their relationship was disjointed and at times awkward. The hero's, Ethan's, inner thoughts were quite self-deprecating not at all matching up to the alpha persona he tried to showcase in his outward personality. There were thoughts I couldn't get on board with an alpha male having. Daisy, the heroine, was quirky and funny and found her to be more honest in her inner and outward persona's. The two of the them creating a relationship I could really feel didn't happen until very late in the story, for me. Secondary characters always provided a nice touch in reading the story.
Overall, Third Base was just ok for me. For lovers of baseball romance, fast-paced "beach" type stories, readers may find this quite enjoyable. A little more structure and development would have helped me find more from this book.