Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Spring Training by Parker Kincade - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Spring Training by Parker Kincade.  The tour is hosted by GCR promotions.  You can  follow the tour here.  My stop today features a  review, as well as a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Spring Training (A Game On Novel)
by Parker Kincade
Published:  May 18, 2013
Source:  eARC provided for tour
For baseball superstar Garrett Donovan, his contract with the New York Empire baseball team meant he’d finally have the means to secure a future for his family. He should focus on that…not on the sassy, beautiful Jessa Montgomery — or what she looks like naked. Getting involved with the daughter of the Empire’s owner would be career suicide. Jessa is a distraction he can’t afford.

Her father had warned her never to get involved with his athletes, so his request that she keep an eye on his new star player came straight out of left field. The last thing Jessa needs is another spoiled, egotistical ball player to deal with. But Garrett is none of those things. His no-nonsense attitude and smooth Southern charm make her blood burn and her knees weak. Giving into temptation, she is consumed by the pleasure she finds in Garrett’s arms.

Jessa wants to protect his career. Garrett won’t let anything get in the way of their passion.

A passion that could cost him everything.

My Thoughts:  Jessa Montgomery is the daughter of the owner of the New York Empire baseball team. She has spent the biggest part of her life on the field and her knowledge of baseball and stats rival that of the best of them.  Currently she works for her father in New York.  He's always told her to stay away from the players and has forbidden her to get involved, which kind of confuses her when he asks her to go to Tampa for 2 weeks to babysit their newest addition to the team, "Golden Boy Garrett Donovan."  What Jessa didn't expect was to be so attracted to him.  Though she has pegged him for a spoiled rich boy, Garrett is anything but that, a fact she soon finds out.  Garrett is hot, has that southern charm and smile, is very dominant, and isn't afraid to go head-to-head with Jessa about anything.  What did throw Garrett for a loop is how attracted he was to Jessa, even though everyone knows you don't mess with the owner's daughter.  Try as they may they can't stay away from each other and a hot romance ensues, but even though Garrett is her father's favorite new rookie, will he be left unscathed and still have a job if word of their romance gets out, and what will happen to Jessa in the fallout of it all?

I love sports themed romances, so when I read the synopsis, I was immediately drawn to this book.  The premise for the story is great and I did enjoy it.   I liked both Jessa and Garrett's characters, especially Garrett.  The romance/sex was hot and steamy, and is definitely not something for those under 18.  While the romance was hot, it was the primary focus of the book for about the first two-thirds, and though the book is a light read, it got kind of redundant and I became a little bored at that point, wanting more angst and actual baseball-centered aspects of the story.  About two-thirds in though, that part of the story picked up and became much more interesting, which I was glad about, as Garrett and Jessa dealt not only with the professional aspect of their relationship, but Jessa also had to deal with some issues with her father that had shaped the way she thought of herself, and both of them had to come to terms with the way they felt about each other and what that meant in the long run.  I enjoyed the interaction with the secondary characters in the book, especially Garrett's friend and teammate Tyler.  I was pleased with the way the story ended also.  Spring Training was a light read that I enjoyed, especially once the story line picked up in the latter portion of the book, adding that much needing aspect that kept your interest and made the book about more than just repeated sexual encounters, and I was glad I kept reading until I got to that point  It is very hot and steamy and very adult, and is inappropriate for younger readers, but if you enjoy that type of story, then Spring Training would be a great beach or weekend read.  

About the Author:  Parker Kincade is an award-winning erotic romance author of The Martin Family Series. Her first novel, One Night Stand, won the category of Best Erotic Romance in the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Golden Claddagh contest and was named finalist in the Romance Writers of Smerica/Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest. 

Parker lives in the southern United States with her husband, children and beloved boxer sidekick. She loves reading, playing golf, spending time with her family and friends, ice cream from the ice cream truck, taking her dog to the park and watching old musicals.  

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  1. I am glad the romance was hot but a little sad that it became too redundant for you. I like sport themed romances as well but I am not sure if I will put this one high on my priority list or not.
    Thanks for the honest review!

  2. I love a good sports romance, too. I'm glad to see the last part picked the story back up and ended up working out for you.
    Great review, Ellen!

  3. I love sports romances. I'm glad you ended up liking this one. I'll have to take a look.


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