Friday, August 29, 2014

The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott


Title: The Devil in Denim
Author: Melanie Scott
My Rating: A


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: New York Saints #1
Main Characters: Maggie and Alex
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot



Story Overview:
Life Just Threw Her A Curveball.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

Will Love Be A Home Run?
Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…
My Review:
I'll be honest, this is one of those books that I probably never would have noticed without that incredible cover. Several months ago, I spotted it on Amazon and when I saw that it was a sports-themed book, I pre-ordered a print copy on the spot. I've never read this author, but the combination of that gorgeous cover and baseball convinced me. Fast-forward about a month...and the author had ARC's of this book at RWA. Even though I'd pre-ordered it already, I snatched it up...hoping that it would be a good one to review. 

It wasn't a good one...it was a GREAT ONE! OMG, I loved this book...not only is it pretty, but damn, the story is really good too!

Maggie literally grew up with the Saints, a third NYC baseball team that her father owns in this fictional world. She grew up with the team and always knew that someday she'd take over for her father. So, it's a huge surprise for her that right after she graduates from college that her dad has decided to sell the team to the trio of Alex, Mal, and Lucas. 

Alex, Mal, and Lucas have a long history behind them. They played baseball together in college, until a horrible tragedy took the game away from them. Since then, they've left the game, but all three have become highly successful businessmen. They want the Saints and the owner has accepted their offer, but in major league sports, it's not that easy. They need the owners to agree to the sale and that requires the aid of Saint Maggie...the girl who grew up as the darling of baseball. 

There is a lot going on in this story. Not only is the team trying to adjust to the change in ownership, but the new owners are getting their feet wet, too...both with the team and the union. Maggie is not happy with the change in circumstances, but she can't do anything about it. The Saints are still her family and she wants to do everything she can to keep them intact, so she just sucks it up. But complicating that is her love/hate chemistry with Alex. She wants to hate him for what he's taken from her, but the more she works with him and his partners, the more she respects them all. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea to sleep with him...he's her new boss. And then just as they are all settling into their roles, everything changes. Wow...

Loved, loved, LOVED this book. It had everything....a great story, sexy hunky trio of guys, an off the charts sizzling romance, and tons of emotion tying it all together. The book starts off with a bang and I didn't want to put it down the rest of the way through. It's high-drama and high-suspense...just in that the story is so good and so riveting. I HIGHLY recommend it and can't wait for book #2, The Angel in Armani coming out in January. My only question now is who is the hero of that book...Mal or Lucas? Either way, I can't wait!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I pre-ordered a copy of it, too...so I really am just a reader/fangirl.

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