Release Day Blitz including Excerpt, Review & Giveaway – Grand Slam by Heidi McLaughlin

 

 

Title: GRAND SLAM

Author: Heidi McLaughlin

Series: The Boys of Summer, #3

On Sale: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Forever

 

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Win the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “perk” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.

I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.

 

 

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EXCERPT

 

Whenever I wake up with a hangover, I often ask myself why I drank so much and promise that I’ll never do it again. That promise is something I’ve been breaking for the past few days, and up until now, I didn’t care.

I had hoped the booze would muddy my memory of last night, but it hasn’t. Every word she said, every expression she had, every punch to my chest to get me out of her apartment is crystal clear. I fucked up, and I don’t even know how. All I know is that the sobs I heard on the other side of Saylor’s door last night were enough to sober my stupid ass up.

For hours, I sat against her door, until a resident suggested I leave or they were going to call the police. If I hadn’t been arrested ear- lier, I probably would have encouraged them to dial Boston’s Finest. Another man might understand my plight. The woman that I want to be with kicked me out of her house, and while I probably deserved it, I didn’t want to leave until she stopped crying. I didn’t want to be the one to walk away in her time of need.

But as egos go—and believe me, mine is huge—I couldn’t let it get in the way any longer, so I walked my drunk ass back home with my tail between my legs, only to stay up all night while the booze wore off, knowing that I had to live with whatever I’d done to Saylor.

She’s the last person in the world who I want to hurt, and she’s the one person who can save me. Not only from a life behind bars, but from myself. When I’m with her, I’m a different person. The cocky son of a bitch whom everyone is used to doesn’t exist when she’s near me, and frankly, that is the man I like, or at least I used to. It’s easier being a fucking douche. It’s second nature to me and comes with the territory of being named one of the city’s most eligible bachelors.

Except when I’m with Saylor, I can be the man who hides in the shadow of that Travis Kidd. I can be the kind of man who doesn’t have to have a one-liner available or wink in order to get a phone number. When I’m with her, life outside of baseball starts to have a meaning, a fucking purpose.

 

 

4 of 5 Stars

Despite the serious undertones, this was a cute book. It’s also less “sporty” than the other books in the series.

Travis and Saylor’s story is mutual, simmering attraction that boiled over 2 years ago. For Saylor, that night has serious consequences because Travis is a baseball player and Saylor is his agent. She bails on him and never explains why.

Thereafter, she’s indifferent and strictly professional and he keeps up his playboy ways. She has no choice but to acknowledge him and their attraction when she is assigned to help clean up his imagine when accusations are made. Travis knows she’s the one so when he finally has a chance to blur the lines, he does so at every opportunity.

I liked Travis a lot. He’s super charming, funny and his one-liners are amazing. He grows up in this story, realizing reckless behavior has consequences that can destroy. He’s also so great with Saylor’s daughter, Lucy, you can’t help but fall for him.

Saylor, she was strong for her daughter, Lucy, but her choices for her child and for her job negatively impacted Travis as he was trying to hold on to his reputation and career. Despite this, he found a way for them to be together as a family.

4 angsty, stubborn, funny and romantic stars. Secondary characters, including those from the prior books in the series, pushed the story along and added some fun to the story.

Back to serious undertones, because of dual POV, there is no second guessing for the reader about guilt or innocence. This is a great summer read.

 

 

 

THE BOYS OF SUMMER SERIES

 

THIRD BASE, #1

HOME RUN, #2

GRAND SLAM, #3

Series Page on Goodreads

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on January 26, 2018, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.

 

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