A contemporary sports-themed romance is up today, the fourth in Kristina Mathew’s More Than A Game series is more focused with off the pitch events than on. Please read on for my review of this title, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $15 Amazon Gift card. But first…
Earning a Ring:
The first I have read in this series, the book stood alone without issue and for a baseball themed story, a sport that intrigues me as much as watching paint dry, it kept me engaged and interested.
Having won the “big game”, being named MVP and a new high dollar contract and Bryce has everything he could have wanted: but he’s in a slump, and things just aren’t as wonderful as they should be.
Rachel is a sports reporter assigned to cover the Goliaths, and while she doesn’t lack in knowledge about the game and her job, she often missteps off the pitch. A ‘friends with benefits’ situation with the hottest guy on the team (Bryce) has them both wondering what next, especially when you add in the twist.
Together these two were cute, funny and lighthearted even if they did spend more time in their own heads than communicating honestly with one another. My real issue was Rachel and her apparent inability to actually perform a job that will have all eyes on her behavior, and how quickly she drops the ball there. I don’t want to get all ‘feminist preachy’ but her inability to separate work from pleasure/dating, and her lack of sense in that regard just rankled. So we have Bryce who is the one ‘determined’ to reform his playboy ways and commit, but she’s just dithering. It felt more than a bit contrived, and the ‘big secret’ really wasn’t one that I would expect in this day and age from someone who is ‘determined to make a name for herself in her chosen career. There’s a name, just not sure that her wishes and my perception were on the same letter in the dictionary.
Despite those hiccups I had with the plot trajectory, the story was cute and fun, and while I could see the growth and determination in Bryce to be ‘more’ for Rachel, these two just can’t say what they think TO each other, despite the obvious enjoyment. That was the real stumbling block in their relationship: being able to communicate, and while it gave us good insight into each character, I thought they took quite a while to open up and talk to one another. A cute story, that is sure to please many who appreciate the series.
Title: Earning a Ring
Author: Kristina Mathews
Series: More Than A Game #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Lyrical Shine
Published on: 19 January, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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For Rachel Parker, covering the San Francisco Goliaths is the perfect opportunity to launch her career as a serious reporter. But she didn’t bargain on Bryce Baxter, the team’s star shortstop, tempting her more non-professional aspirations. After tearing up the base paths with him, she finds herself with a little problem, and Bryce might be the only man who can save the game.
Bryce Baxter should be living the dream. His team just won the World Series and he just signed the multi-year contract of his career. But his field of dreams has been overtaken by a fiery redheaded reporter, who’s bearing a news flash that will change both of their lives forever…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.