Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Strike Out

Book Description Provided by Goodreads: When professional baseball player, Zach Foster, agreed to go into business with five of his best friends, he didn’t expect their little sports bar to evolve into a national chain, spanning fifty states, but it did. The business helps to fill the void in Zach’s life during the off-season, but when he closes his eyes at night, he still can’t forget the girl who left that gaping hole in his heart when she left him standing at the altar. 
Lauren ‘Rennie’ Alexander would do anything to fulfill a sick child’s wish. Not only is it her job, as director of the Sky’s the Limit Foundation, but it’s her passion. So when her assistant brings her a letter scribbled in crayon, complete with an application from the little boy’s loving parents, Rennie is ready to make another dream come true. Until she realizes that sick little boy’s dream is her worst nightmare. He wants to meet his hero, baseball player, Zach Foster. The same lying jerk who broke Rennie’s heart. It’s seems she has no choice but to take one for the team. 

Story Line: I loved this story line! It automatically grabbed my attention from the beginning with the accidental phone call from Zach to Rennie. From then on the story got even better! As Rennie moves back to her hometown and is forced to work with Zach her life is completely turned upside down. All the events that lead up to her finally telling the truth were very entertaining. I liked that this book was told through both Rennie and Zach's perspectives because it made me love the characters and connect with them more. Also, although I may be partial because I love baseball, I have to admit that I loved the incorporation of baseball into the book!!

Relationship: Rennie and Zach connection is the real thing when it comes to love. They grew up as high school sweethearts and even though they were separated for ten years their love for each other never changed, in fact it may have even gotten stronger. I loved reading about how they rekindled their relationship by falling in love with each other all over again!

Rennie: Rennie's character annoyed me a little in the beginning of the book (because she left Zach at the alter over a problem that could have been dealt with if she had talked to him and then she lied to him too); however, as the book progressed I grew to enjoy her character. Rennie has to confront her past and the consequences of the choices she made. I liked reading about the growth of her character from a weak and dutiful girl to a strong, confidant, and independent woman.

Zach: Zach, while not without his faults, was an AMAZING character! I fell in love with his character in his first chapter. I loved reading about his growth from an immature boy to a loving and mature man. It was sweet, heart pulling, and inspiring to read about his constant love for Rennie, even with everything that happened. In all, I absolutely loved his character and it was so easy to fall in love with him as well!!

Overall: This book is a combination of misunderstandings, lies, jealousy, deception, family relationships, true love, and baseball! So, overall this book has it all!!! I had a blast reading it and couldn't put it down for one second! Perfect feel good book for the upcoming summer (especially with the third major character that I won't spoil but who completes the book!

Rating: I would give this book a 9 out of 10!!!

About the Author:
Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionst, but she didn't find her happily ever after until she made a career change. The fear of ending up in someone's never-ending slush pile, coupled with the nagging inner voice that told her it was crazy to give up a successful business prompted Cheryl to continue writing as a hobby for many years. Finally, she decided it was time to take the plunge into writing full-time. Nineteen books later, she believes it was the best decision she's ever made. An avid reader of the genre she loves and self-proclaimed workaholic, Cheryl does manage to tear herself away from her computer to spend time with the other two loves of her life, her husband and son.

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