Author: Michelle Lynn
Title: "Rounding third"
Book 1 in series Infield
Main characters: Crosby Lynch and Ella Keaton
I was destined for stardom.
From the age of seven, I was an all-star.
Parent’s praised me, coaches worshipped me.
As I got older, girls begged for me.
I was Beltline’s baseball God, guaranteed to put this small town on the map.
Then, after one night, that future vanished.
The legend was laid to rest.
I gave up my scholarship.
I fled from Beltline.
I left behind the girl.
Now, I’m back.
I got my hands on the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and I really enjoyed it :) it was my first book written by this author, and I have to say that I adored her writing style :) I will definitely check out some of her other work... not to mention that I am absolutely looking forward to future books in this series, because this was a fantastic start and left me very curious about certain people ;) by any means this book wasn't perfect, I had some small issues with it, but I definitely enjoyed it and can recommend it to you wholeheartedly :) now let me get into some more details about all my thoughts :)
I'm gonna start with our main couple :) Ella and Crosby were together in high school, until one very tragic event prompt them to break up... I'm not gonna go into details about that whole situation, because those are unveiled throughout the story, with a series of flashbacks... but now, after two years apart, they meet again, when Crosby gets chosen to play baseball, and gets a scholarship, to the university where Ella has been for the past two years... they both tried to make peace with what happened on their own, but not everything went the way they hoped... they were high school sweethearts, and that love is still definitely there... so their story is one of... well, not exactly a second chance romance, but more of finding their way back to one another... :) since they are both in college and this is a new adult story, I was prepared for some angst... ;) usually I'm not a fan, but it wasn't very annoying in this book ;) I actually really understood why they acted the way they did, even though I didn't agree with some of their actions or words... besides, I actually really loved them throughout most of the book and that's always a plus ;) did they make mistakes along the way? absolutely, but it was those kind of mistakes that made them more human in my eyes :) I was definitely cheering them on, so they would finally realize that they are better together than apart :) I can't really tell you more about them, because I honestly think that the less you actually know before starting this book, the better it will turn out for you ;) in this case the less is definitely more ;) so no spoilers from me ;)
Besides our main couple, the author definitely does a great job of getting people curious about future installments... because I am definitely looking forward to Brax's story... ;) it's suppose to be book #2 and even though I have no idea when it will be published, I soooo want to read it... ;) and he was just one of many interesting characters :) Brax actually knew both Ella and Crosby earlier, cause he went to high school with them, and from little things we got to know about him in this book... *sighs* I am more than glad that he will get the next story :) there were quite a few more of Crosby's teammates, because Brax is the team captain, introduced in this book, but they all sort of faded in my mind, because I was so concentrated on Brax ;) #NoRegrets ;) then there's definitely Jen, Ella's roommate :) I really liked her and secretly... well, maybe not so secretly since I'm sharing it with you ;) I am hoping she will be the heroine in one of the future books ;) there was of course a bunch of other very interesting people along the way, like Ariel, Ella's younger sister, or Spence, Crosby's younger brother, but again, I don't want to spoil you every little detail before you even start the book :) what I can say is that all of them added some interesting layers to the story, not all of them in a good way, but none of them were boring or not important :)
I really liked this book... it didn't blew my away by any means, but I didn't have some spectacular problems with it either :) don't get me wrong, I absolutely enjoyed it :) solid 4 stars is not a bad review after all ;) and like I mentioned before, it definitely got me curious about the future books in this series :) the book is written it 2 POVs, and that's always a plus for me :) I like to skip between chapters from both of the main characters persepctives :) and that writing style was so entertaining and interesting, that I will absolutely check out other books written by the lovely Michelle Lynn at some point in the future :) it was an emotional story of two people reconnecting, and trying to find their way back to one another, dealing at the same time with a tragic event that forever changed both of them... so if you are looking for a story with some angst, but a whole lot of emotions... with interesting characters and writing style that will make time just fly by when you read, then definitely give this book a try :) I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for future installments ;)
Jogging up the stairs to the second floor, I sneak into the back row of the classroom. I pull out my laptop and quickly catch up with the professor’s lecture. The guy a couple seats down passes a syllabus over, and when I turn to thank him, I’m reminded that nothing comes easy in my life.
“Is there a reason you were holding my girlfriend’s hand?” Ella’s boyfriend whispers, sliding into the open seat between us.
“She won’t be your girlfriend for long,” my cockiness answers for me. My arrogance is a great intimidator that’s always worked in getting me what I want.
“Who are you?”
As his beady eyes try to daunt me, I get an up close look at him. I can see why El might have fallen for him. He’s a safe bet. Probably riding the coattails of his family’s money, paving his way with his arrogant little bitch frat brothers. It only assures me of one thing. I don’t have to fight him for El. This guy wouldn’t start a fight if I fucked her right in the middle of his bed. El is just a trophy to him. He doesn’t love her like I do.
“I’m just an old friend. We have a long history together.” I glance at him from the corner of my eye, offering him a quick wink.
His knuckles whiten as he clenches his pen. It couldn’t be more satisfying, knowing I’m getting under his skin.
His annoyed expression tells me that Ella hasn’t been so open about her life and her past. This guy doesn’t have a shot.
“She’s taken, so keep your hands to yourself.”
A few heads flip around after his voice heightens.
Not needing a professor to hate me on day one, I lean in closer to whisper in his ear, “I can’t make any promises. It’s nothing personal, believe me, but technically, she’s always been mine.” I ease back against my chair right as the professor’s eyes catch mine.
Liam’s head whips around, and I wait for him to ask me to take our discussion outside. But he cowers, like I knew he would.
“Try to steal her away from me, and see what happens,” he says.
“I’m not going to have to try hard. Your time with her was over the moment she saw me.”
The professor forcefully clears her throat, eyeing us. If we don’t end this conversation soon, we’ll both be kicked out.
“Don’t be so cocky, asshole. The fact that I don’t know anything about you, and the fact that she’s never mentioned your name, show what she really thinks of you.”
“You two”—the professor points, and a hundred pairs of eyes turn in our direction—“since you’re so chatty, maybe you should be conducting the lecture this morning?” She crosses her arms over her purple blouse and waits for our answer.
“Sorry, Professor Knight,” Douche Bag says.
“Sorry,” I say.
She nods and starts the lecture back up again, her eyes continuing to linger on us.
He slides over to his original seat.
I strike my earlier thought. I have no idea what El sees in this weak shithead.
I lean over the now vacant chair, testing my luck one final time. “Don’t worry. I’ll be around. We can continue this conversation soon.”He scoffs me off, shaking his head. His fingers start tapping on the keys of his laptop as he accepts his defeat for this round.
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Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She devel-oped a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around two kindergarteners all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
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