Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's A Long Relief

Long Relief by Abigail Barnette is a hot little romance that is just too short.
Successful entrepreneur Maggie Harper has lived and breathed baseball since birth. But when her father, once a legendary player, later a team owner, leaves her the Grand Rapids Bengals in his will, she’s in over her head. Orchestrating a successful season is foreign territory, complicated by a sizzling one-night stand with a player who definitely wants something more.

After pitching a disastrous game that cost the Bengals the championship pennant, veteran pitcher Chris Thomas knows his days as a player are numbered. There are more important things to be worried about than the sexy new team owner, but Maggie’s hot-and-cold act is driving him to distraction. A woman has never come between him and the game before, but now he has to make a choice between his love of playing ball and his love of Maggie.

When their entanglement is discovered, the stakes are even higher. Caught between doing what’s right for the team and what’s right for them, Maggie and Chris have to decide what’s more important, a championship season, or a chance at love.

My favorite Abigail Barnette story to date, Long Relief is a love story set in the sports arena. It is a perfect scenario - a romance infused with humor and light-heartedness. The relationship moves fast and the characters are well developed but my one complaint would be it ends all too abruptly.  Long Relief was a few innings too short – readers may not feel like they got the full story. But it is a yummy little nibble. And perhaps there will be another serving…


4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.
This book was given to us by Resplendence Publishing. Many thanks.
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