Better Than Perfect (More Than A Game #1) by Kristina Mathews is a home run.
The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field...
Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”
Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.
With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love...
With the perfect components of a romance, Better Than Perfect is a home run. The book has a hunky athletic hero, strong heroine, multi-dimensional story line, and a sweet kid. Nothing about the story is cookie-cutter. It's unique and interesting, keeping you guessing how it will turn out until the very end. The characters genuinely seem like good people you'd like to know. There's so much history and back story woven in, and elements of conflict that resolve themselves without becoming overly angsty. There is a bit much in the back and forth of emotion which might've been better smoothed out a bit - neither seems certain, unable to commit to a decision and move forward. Regardless, the ending makes it all better.
A good, solid book by debut author Kristina Mathews.
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given through NetGalley. Many thanks.