Morning, book nerds!
Sorry, I missed you yesterday, but I’m hoping a double posting today will make up for my absence! That’s right, you heard me: Double posting!!
First up, is my stop along the Announcing Trouble blog tour. This baseball-themed contemporary caught me by surprise and left me grinning from ear to ear. Scroll down to check out my review and enter for a chance to win YOUR very own signed copy!
Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy
Title & Author: Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)
Series Details: Standalone
Page Count: 306 pages
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.
When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.
But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.
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Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush), Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
“For most of my life, I loved baseball as much as I loved my dad. Now, I hate it as much as I hate my dad.”
Joe “Josie” Walters (clearly) hasn’t had an easy childhood. Forced to relocate every few years while her father chased his dream of playing professional ball, Josie was used to changing things up and spending lots of time at ballparks. And none of that ever bothered her one bit, until her father threw her a curve ball she never saw coming. Jilted by her hero, a man who chose the chance at the game over her, Josie vowed to never care for baseball — or its players — again.
Enter Blondie a.k.a. Garrett Reeves, the gorgeous (albeit clichéd) male lead who — you guessed it — plays baseball. Well, technically he’s injured at the moment, but we’ll overlook that for now. Josie stumbles (read: bursts) into Garrett’s commentary booth one afternoon while serving as a wing woman for her BFF, Mai, because she cannot handle the crappy color commentary trickling from the booth. Effectively kicking out Garrett’s ill-informed commentating partner, she quickly takes over and this crazy ride begins.
“I will never get involved with a guy chasing that dream…”
“…And I will never get serious with anyone until I’m done chasing.”
If it was apparent from that adorable cover art, this YA contemporary centers on a budding romance between our will-they-won’t-they leads. And I have to tell you, this is where Dominy clears shines. Not only is this novel full of butterfly-inducing banter, but it also accurately conveys the urgency and intensity that can only come from young love the season before high school ends. Beyond the fact that it made me extremely nostalgic for that frenzied time in my life, this sports-themed romance also read more mature than most novels targeted at this age group while remaining realistic and appropriate.
Part of Announcing Trouble‘s success stems from the fact that Dominy fleshed out these characters with flawed parents, troubled backstories, doubt for themselves and their futures, all while keeping it light (for the most part) and relatable. Balancing these deeper and more serious topics with the punchline humor from the booth and the scene stealing kiddos from Josie’s bookstore gig, and you can see why this book was such a joy to read.
“If you think about choices for too long, you can end up never making another one again.”
Looking past a few minor issues (I’m looking at you Josie’s mom), this novel was truly refreshing and exactly what I’m looking for in a summer romance. The characters felt real and left me smiling and swooning. I know you might make assumptions about this novel based off its cover art, synopsis, or publisher, but I’m here to tell you that “you’ve got to play it out,” to see if this is your catch of the summer.
All quotes were taken from an advanced copy of this novel and may not match the final release.
Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens, and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include: The Fall of Grace, Die for You, A Matter of Heart, Audition & Subtraction, OyMG, and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them.
First Prize: Signed paperback copy of Announcing Trouble
August 5-10, 2019
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