REVIEW – STEALING HOME by Nicole Williams

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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?

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Whatever this was, wherever it took me, I wasn’t going to hold back. I was all in, to whatever end we found ourselves in. Feeling that was staggering. Accepting it was freeing. But living it was redefining.

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I love Sports themed romances and Nicole Williams has written one of my all-time favorite series in this genre –CRASH!! It had a beautiful book boyfriend and some seriously gut-wrenching angst…I don’t even know how I survived reading that series. So when I saw that she had written a romance involving an MLB player, well I couldn’t wait to read it!!

Allie Eden is the newest physical trainer for the San Diego Shock. She has had to deal with a lot of smack talk about how she landed that coveted job. Allie takes her profession very seriously and has little to no time for romance. It has cost her several relationships. When the hottest and most gifted player on the team, Luke Archer, starts flirting with her out of the blue, she finds it hard to keep her cool composure.

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Luke ends up getting slightly injured during one of the Shock’s games and he wants Allie to be the one in charge of his recovery. He comes on pretty strong and Allie is no match for Luke’s seductive prowess. Now, although I thoroughly enjoyed the steamy times, I wasn’t happy with how these two just dived into the sex without any proper wooing preceding it. And then I wondered why Luke was so insistent on using a condom their first time but didn’t bother or seem to care about using one the second time they got down and dirty. All of my issues were cleared up just before the second half of the story.

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Allie has had her heart broken in the past and although Luke seems like the perfect guy, she can’t help it when the tiny voice in her head tells her that what they have is probably just all about the sex and will have a fast-approaching expiration date. Even when Luke opens up to her and has all of his younger sisters meet her, she lets doubt set in which threatens to end the best thing that has ever happened to either of them.

I couldn’t help but fall for Luke. The guy was seriously cocky but had the biggest heart. You can’t help but swoon over him even more once you learn about his tragic past and how he adores and cares for his little sisters. But could Luke’s past come back to bite him and possibly tear this couple apart before they even have a chance to get started? The angst in this book was killer, but since I happen to crave angst, it only made me love this story even more!!

STEALING HOME is due out July 10th !! Make sure you one-click! I highly recommend it!!

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