Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review- Strike by Holly S. Roberts

Goodreads Synopsis
Strike is the second book in the Completion Series. There is no connection to Play (book I) except the sports theme. Strike is a standalone HEA novel.

Nineteen-year-old Jaycee Shumway breaks into professional baseball player, Reed Tyler’s home, to steal the second most valuable set of balls he owns. Neither of them expect their striking attraction or battle of wills to lead them to a homerun.

Jaycee has more than herself to worry about. When Reed discovers she has a younger brother and sister, he’s quickly caught up in their world of need and heartbreak.

Baseball season begins and the separation puts Reed and Jaycee’s game on hold. With bases loaded and hearts on the line, will Reed convince Jaycee that she needs him to win or will Jaycee strike out and walk off the field forever?

This New Adult book is intended for mature audiences.

Strike is a light-hearted, bubble gum perfect romance novel. I was immediately engrossed the first few pages of the book. But it fell short just a little bit. 

Jaycee is taking care of her younger brother and sister after their mother died. She's twenty and has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Desperate for money, Jaycee decides to rob the famous baseball player, Reed Tyler, of his balls. Perv. I meant his signed baseballs!!

The night she breaks in, she gets caught by none other than Reed himself. It starts a whirlwind of emotions and lots of hot sex. Later of course. But it's basically love at first sight. Reed is perfect in every way; it's a bonus that he's a professional baseball player. 

I enjoyed Strike immensely. The sex scenes were scorching, Reed is the perfect guy, Jaycee and her family are so cute. But I feel like the whole story as a whole was too perfect. Here we have Jaycee(and fam) living on the edge of poverty in a run down, one bedroom trailer and not to mention a terrible neighborhood. She goes to rob a famous baseball player and in turn ends up being an object of the said baseball player's affection. 

Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't think it can happen, I do. But the book is fast paced. I feel like we don't get to have much time getting to fall in love with them as a couple because they themselves don't take time to fall in love. They just do. 

Towards the end in the 75%-80% of the book, I got restless. Nothing was happening. All it was, was sex. Throw in some scenes with Reeds friends and Jaycee + her siblings and we have what makes up most of Strike.  I would have loved to see more baseball scenes, more plot around his ass of a mother, maybe throw in more of why Jaycee wanted to steal the baseballs in the first place. Or from whom she was going to buy them from. All we get is that Reed handled it and it was done. 

I felt like the end of the book the author just wanted to rush and get it over with. She just glossed over everything and I was left with feeling like the story was again too perfect; yet I had no idea how or why. 

Passion was not a problem nor was the actual writing itself. I just wish it would have slowed down a bit. 

"I'll rock your world, baby, and give you the best mind-blowing fuck of your life."

Reed is sweet as well as a dominant. He's an alpha male if I ever saw one! There is very light bdsm in here. Very light. I loved him most as a character. He is what made me love the book despite the disagreements I have.

"I will fight for us if you won't, and I. Will. Win."

Another quote to make you fall in love? Don't mind if I do. 

"I want these." Pinch to my nipples. "I want them swinging above me while I watch us fuck." One hand moved back to my ass, his fingers digging in at the same time his hips bucked forward. "I want to bury myself deep and make you scream my name." 

Overall I did like the story. Don't go into it thinking it will be a deep book about a poor girl who gets the rich guy. Instead, read it as a fun story about a beautiful young woman trying to make in the world caring for her younger siblings; and meets such a beautiful and sexy man who wants more than just to be in her pants. If you feel that books like this aren't for you, try it anyways because Reed is something else. 

3 Stars

* Review copy given by Romance Beckons via NetGalley for an honest review. 

About Author--
Holly S. Roberts is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, and writes under three pen names. A romantic at heart, she fell in love at the age of twelve with a boy she saw across junior high school campus. Four years later, he took notice and she never let go.Her career in law enforcement gives her a reason to want romance, happy endings, and anything that takes her away from real life when she reads and writes. She can shoot a mean game of pool, toss back a straight shot of tequila, and recite the Gettysburg Address.Holly lives high in the mountains in the southwest United States with her husband, Rottweiler and Chihuahua.


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