Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Major Love (Balls in Play #2) by Kate Stewart



Goodreads Review



"I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember."

"It was a night I could never forget."

"When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered."

"I reminded him it wasn't."

"She was everything I was afraid of."

"He was everything I'd ever wanted."

"She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn't stay away from.

"He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way."

"And the sex . . ."

"Dear God, the sex . . ."

"I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn."

"I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping."

"And you kept it."

"Hell yes I did."

"Fuckin' A."

SPOILER FREE REVIEW with some quotes.



4 Moon Pie & Puddin’ Stars.
 



Andy Pracht is in a bad place at the moment. After falling in love that love being unrequited he has lost himself. One particular night he loses himself in a bottle of Johnny Walker. Without knowing his life changes that night. Slight issue? He can't bloody remember. He is attracted to the maid of honor but doesn’t really know what to do with that attraction.
 



“You are a bit crooked, best man Andy,” she said as she straightened my tie. “I thought we agreed to just Andy,” I corrected, tempted to go in then and there and suck the gloss off. Clearly, I’d drank too much already.
 



Andy is a perfect Hero. I didn't get how he could be so hung up on Kristina to be honest. He is adorable, kindhearted, funny, warm, and let's face it ladies hot as hell. He is tired of the game although he loves baseball it cost him something dear. But he can’t quite let it go and takes a coaching job in Atlanta. Exactly where the dreadful Kristina has moved to. She isn’t that bad.  More than anything else Andy was in love with love. But being in love with love and finding the right person to be in love with are two different things. It is a natural process. His promise to himself? Not to force things.  
 



I loved Andy in Anything but Minor and I was rooting for him to get his own book. My wish was granted. Once again I can only say that you are the dog's bollocks Ms. Stewart.

BTW good choice with the surname Pracht it means gorgeousness in German. Coincidence? I think not.
 



April Turner's life has changed ever since one of her best friends died. She has put her life on hold. April has one of the hardest jobs ever you need a cool head and nerves of steel. Although there are tragic days there are also moments in the Coop which are hilarious.
 



“Charleston 911, what’s the address to your emergency?” “773 Palm Tree Way. There are people in my house!” With a level voice, I asked, “Are you in the house now?” “YES! YES! They came out of the refrigerator.” [……] I’m sorry, ma’am, can you repeat that?” “Midgets came out of the refrigerator! They’re wearing camouflage.”
 



After giving her ex 15 years of her life she is thinking of herself. Even after 15 years and being single it wasn’t easy as they also shared the same friends. One chance encounter with Best Man Andy gives her the strength to give her heart to someone special.
 



“Give that big heart to a man who deserves it, okay?! Make him earn it, make him earn you.” He pulled back with a serious face I couldn’t look away from. Andy kept his eyes on mine, waiting for a reply. “I promise.”
 



April knows what she wants from the beginning. Andy. Andy bless his soul is oblivious whereas April remembers everything it breaks her heart. But she has to woman up and by helping Alice with wedding preparations it brings them together.
 

The attraction is there they don't want to act on it to begin with. They both can't deny it in the end.
 



While they were separated I love their texting with one another. Especially Andy’s attempts at icebreakers more specifically when he tried to get back into April’s good graces.
 



Andy: I’m no weatherman…

April: No?

Andy: But I definitely see several inches in your future.
 



Andy: When was the last time you had SWAG?

April: SWAG?

Andy: SWAG. Sex with a ginger.
 



They have filthy, sweaty, and dirty sex. It’s unrehearsed, raw and they feed off each other. They are in sync. They are electric. They just are.
 



The man was a beast and had the sexual appetite of a caveman on crack. And I loved every second of it.
 



“Jesus Christ,” Andy swore as he tried to control his breathing. If we were talking to God, I was next in line. Please Jesus, can I keep this one?
 



The hotel room, the woman’s toilets, while Andy was on the telephone. Dear Lord, me knickers went poof!
 





They both get sick together. Rain is not their friend.
 



“You look like a science experiment,” he said, choking on his cold. “You loob like a circus clown who needs more lipstick.” “You hab enough grease in your hair to fry chicken.” “You loob like Colonel Sanders ten days post mortem.”
 



These two are perfect for one another. They want to save themselves the heartache but in the end it nearly leads to this.
 



“Daddy, Andy is the kind of man I’ve wanted my whole life. The kind Tyler could never be. The same way I feel about him… I couldn’t manage again with anyone else.  I know it. I know it’s Andy. I knew it the night I met him. I don’t want to lose him. “You got to have him to lose him.”



Although there was an easiness to their relationship they never really defined what they are. But thought wise they were already there.
 



April was my biggest and boldest seam scar. She’d clocked in the fastest and brazened her way throughout the whole of my heart.
 



April herself comes to a revelation.
 



We both had hearts to put back together before we could give them to each other. 
 





I love and adore Ms. Stewart and her writing style she knows how to set up a romantic comedy book without it being too cheesy, kitschy and falling flat. I laughed so much but it wasn’t unfortunately on par with the first book. Nothing beats Alice and Rafe. They are the best. They have a special place in my heart. Alas with all the humorous banter and sweet moments Andy and April didn’t quite get there.  
 



On a side not:


“If you were a tropical fruit, you’d been a fineapple.” – Where does Ms. Stewart come up with these things?