Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read

The Curveball (2022)

About the Book

BookThe Curveball

SeriesThe Vegas Kings #2

Author: Emily Childs

Release Date: July 28, 2022

He’s the charmer of the infield. I’m the uptight, jaded author who won’t give him a chance…now we’re roommates?

Griffin Marks can charm the socks off anyone he meets. Except me. To me he’s a beautiful pest who will do just about anything to make me like him. I wish him luck. I might write romance, but in reality what’s the benefit to falling in love when nine times out of ten you end up burned? I have no plans to change my mind, until the night we collide (literally) in the parking lot. One concussion later, I’ve somehow ended up as the girl living in Griffin’s spare room, and my sunshine catcher intends to use this opportunity to make me the newest member of his fan club.

The worst part is? It’s working. The more I learn about him, the more those feelings I’ve ignored since the day we met fight to get free.

But Griffin doesn’t know everything about me, and when he finds out the truth will the guy I’m falling for be the one who makes me believe in love again? Or will he be the final crack that breaks my heart for good?

Perfect for readers who love a good mix of sweet and sizzle, toe-curling kisses, swoony book boyfriends, and a happily ever after.

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My Thoughts

I absolutely LOVE this series! Book 1, The Changeup, is a really excellent read, but there is something magical about The Curveball by Emily Childs. It’s totally because of Griffin. He is the BEST kind of hero. There is a moment where Wren describes Griffin as her sunshine, and that is the most fitting description for him. Griffin is sunshine and he totally makes this story. He is the kind of guy you want to be your best friend. He’s fiercely loyal, down to earth, and always so joy-filled. He constantly sees the good in people and in the world. But he is not a pushover. He has great radar for when one of his people is in harms way and he will do whatever it takes to keep him/her safe and happy. He also feels deeply, which means he can get his feelings way hurt. What I like so much about Griffin is he takes the “sports-guy” stereotype and turns it on its head. Yeah, he’s a super hot baseball player. He could get any girl he wants. But he isn’t that guy. He’s the kind of guy who lets his guard down and gets vulnerable around the right people, and he helps others to tear down their emotional walls so they can figure out how to get to the meat of what’s really holding them back. He is the BEST kind of hero and he is absolutely perfect for Wren. Poor Wren — I really did feel for her when she tells Griffin her secret, when she explains why she has such a strong wall built around her broken heart. But she is no shrinking violet. Wren is tough and courageous and capable. I 1000% related to her issues with her father and the issues that come with step-families. I get how hurtful it is to have a parent who isn’t interested in you, but rather in controlling you. I cheered Wren on as she learns to stand up for herself and set boundaries. Overall, more than any plot point or conflict, it’s Wren’s and Griffin’s characters that make this book so special. These are two excellent characters I wish I could meet in real life. They would be so cool to know.

There is so much more I could say about The Curveball. This review doesn’t seem to do it justice. I feel like I have to reign myself in though or I might spoil something. In all honesty, if you are a fan of superbly written Contemporary Romance that is wholesome, not fluffy at all, and includes some seriously good chemistry then definitely purchase a copy of The Curveball today. You will not be disappointed you did!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on July 27, 2022, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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