They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.
He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.
When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.
I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.
Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.
My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.
But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.
Until the night I do. And everything changes.
Hardball is a SMOKING HOT, SEXY romance with a touch of angst and a ton of heart from CD Reiss. It's a fun, witty, full-length standalone meant for the over-eighteen crowd.
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I loved HardBall so much. I’m usually pretty hard on Christine’s books. I also like them, but I feel this is her best book yet. It starts with Vivian who is an elementary school librarian who takes her under privileged children to the LA Dodger’s stadium for a field trip. Vivian has her own agenda, other than taking her children to the stadium. She wants to get a baseball signed with every member of the Dodger’s team for her dad’s birthday present. Vivian and her Dad are hardcore Dodger’s fans.
While Vivian meets the players there, they all seem very nice and are happy to do a meet and greet with the children. Vivian has three players left to get her ball signed, one being Dash Wallace. She let’s her children go first, and then she went to have her ball signed by Dash, and he asked her if she was a teacher, and she tells him she is a librarian. He looks at the ball and asks her if she has the whole roster on the ball? She tells him it is for her Dad. Dash then almost accuses her of arranging the field trip just so she can get the ball signed. Well, that really ticks her off. Vivian proceeds to snark at him and tells him, “Thank you. If it was too much trouble to sign without an insult, you shouldn’t have bothered. My dad probably wouldn’t noticed it was missing. insert clapping.
From here the books really gets started, and this was all from the very first chapter.
What I really love of about Christine is that she sets the scene in the town she lives in, which is LA. With this book, it is no exception. She draws an image in your head the difference between the low-income neighborhoods to the rich Beverly Hills area. Vivian works in a low-income school that has a lot of children who do not speak english, mostly spanish, but then drives back to her home, which is in Beverly Hills where she lives with her dad. The ultra rich of baseball star Dash Wallace lives in the Hills.
Another thing that I love about Christine’s books is that I’m always learning something new. From the first books I read in her Song’s of Submission series, to her mafia series, her story about a paparazzi photographer and now in her baseball themed love story.
My husband is a huge baseball fan, and I grew up in a small town in Indiana, just an hour outside Chicago. Baseball was in my home all the time. My brother even played ball in high school as a pitcher, only to have his rotator cuff torn and had to have surgery. There went any of his prospects of a scholarship. Colleges don’t usually want kids who have already been injured.
I learned that ball players play something like 162 games a year. Let’s not forget they have spring training. That is a lot of time away from home and their family, if they have one. I also learned that playing baseball doesn’t last that long. In my opinion players in MLB make ridiculous money, more than any sport, and I just don’t understand why. Moving on.
I love that Christine made this librarian have a spine. Dash thought she was going to be easy to woo, like most women he has already been with. What he doesn’t realize is that Vivian wasn’t interested in having her heart crushed again. Yes, dating a rich and handsome man would be great, but he wants to put a time limit on it, so she wants to protect her heart. I don’t know that I could have been that strong.
As the story progresses, their love story begins and moves along at a great pace. I never felt bored. I never wanted to put the book down and I found that it sucked me in right away. The only negative isn’t necessarily about the book, but Christine sometimes has a way to make books wordy. I feel that if I’m reading a great american novel, I can understand all the wordy words, but Christine’s book are romance novels that just don’t need it. I love that she uses books as a connection, and that’s not what I’m referring to, it’s more about the analogies. A few are okay, but sometimes there are more than I feel are not needed.
From the little I just told you about the book, I can honestly say that I would recommend HardBall to my friends. It is my favorite CD Reiss book that she has written. I just can’t wait to get my hands on my own physical copy and get it signed. That’s how much I loved it.
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