Published: July 10th 2016 by Nicole Williams
Synopsis: Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn’t easy. As the San Diego Shock’s newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players’ advances. Given she’s already the subject of a handful of rumors about how “lucky” she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can’t so much as flutter an eyelash a player’s way if she wants to be taken seriously. But number eleven is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie’s way. Far more. Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn’t let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs. He’s a player, and in Allie’s experience, they’re all the same. She won’t risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number eleven the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true. And maybe he is. Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer’s stature and decide who she’ll put her faith in—The man she’s falling for? Or the rumors?
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This story has two of my favorite elements in books. One it being sport romance and I also adore stories about women trying to asset themselves in a male dominated job, world.
Allie, being the new physical trainer for a professional baseball team, is in for a treat. She worked her ass off to get where she in now, gave up a lot for her professional life. She is really determined and focused but lonely, too. So when Luke, one of the players, turns his attention on her it throws Allie off a little. Allie had her heart broken enough so be reluctant to start anything or hope for a more permanent arrangement. But Luke constant and persistence attention wears her down.
Luke is a handsome, down to earth and really family oriented person. He loves his job and wants to get the most out of himself. He isn’t the best listener when it comes to his health and proceeds with headstrong determination. He is quite open with his feelings and history when it comes to Allie. Expect one little secret which is a sore subject for him and doesn’t like to drag it up. So I could understand why he doesn’t disclose it for girl after barley a few weeks of knowing each other.
The relationship forms quickly and surely between the two main characters but they from a strong friendship too along the way. Their sex scenes are intense and the attraction between them is electric. They have a couple of awkward scenes and some of them aren’t the most authentic but their relationship is so cute and endearing.
There is one big and important conflict in the plot, I know it’s necessary to spice up the story but I didn’t like this one. Allie really overreact it and instead of talking it over with Luke she sabotages the relationship. Her insecurity and lack of trust toward Luke is absurd especially after the she spent so much time with him. She knows the real Luke. Fortunately, Luke quickly solves the misunderstanding and it doesn’t get dragged out.
Stealing home is a funny, beautiful and steamy story. The storyline flows easily, without a hitch. This book is a light and pleasant read, mild on the drama but not boring or dull. The perfect summer book.
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