Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Earning a Ring by Kristina Mathews

Title: Earning a Ring
Author: Kristina Mathews
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: More Than a Game #4
Main Characters: Rachel and Bryce
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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…
My Review:
This is another good one in this really good series. Bryce and Rachel have been sleeping together off and on for about a year. When things are going well for him on the diamond, he likes to celebrate with a round in Rachel's bed. Every time, Rachel is determined it will be the last, but then he unleashes that charming smile and she's putty. She can't tell him no. But then something changes...and it's not just Bryce's luck when he's playing the game he loves.

I did really enjoy this one. Bryce and Rachel are in a difficult situation just in that they've never had a relationship before. It was always JUST SEX. They never even went out for dinner before. It's hard to have trust in the relationship with that kind of foundation. Yes, they have chemistry, but sex doesn't fix everything. And it certainly doesn't with these two. 

I liked the way the author wrote the story. There is certainly not smooth sailing for these two. They literally have nothing to build a relationship on and as they get further and further into things, that becomes more and more obvious. They don't know how to do the basics of getting along in life with one another. And this thing with Rachel isn't the only pressure that Bryce is having to deal with. With the team coming off a World Series win and with him making a TON of money now, there is a lot of pressure to perform. Pressure that's proving to be too much as he can't get his game to settle into a rhythm. 

I liked the way the story was put together with the support story lines that pushed the whole book forward. Although there were times when I wanted to bat both characters upside their heads for being stupid, I did really enjoy the book. I could see so easily why they were both having issues adjusting and it made my heart hurt for them. 

And I do love sports books and this one was great because there was a lot of truly great information about the game. Rachel is a reporter for the Goliaths so she and Bryce know the game inside and out. I like books where I feel like I learned a little bit of something more and this was definitely one of those because there are a lot of the intricacies of the game that were explained over the course of the book. 

If you like sports book, this is a great series. I recommend it. Note: this is part of a series, but you can easily read each book as a stand-alone.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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