Review: HARDBALL by V.K. Sykes

In Hardball by V.K. Sykes, Nate Carter, a star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots,  has everything going for him. He’s a Cy Young winning, All-Star starting pitcher that the Los Angeles Dodgers just might be interested in.His fame lets him get any woman he wants and women are dying to be with him. Until he meets the one. Dr. Holly Bell has just moved to Philadelphia. She’s smart and sexy and just what Nate wants. The two embark on a hot affair until Holly learns that Nate might be leaving for the West Coast. Can Holly get Nate to commit to her and stay in Philadelphia?

11867373I do love a good baseball book and this one was awesome. I was actually up until 3 am on the day I started this book trying to finish it. Before I was even half way done, I downloaded books 1 and 3 in the series because it’s that good. The character development in this book is outstanding. I always enjoy it when writers create characters that you feel like you know them. Holly especially has that feeling with her no – nonsense approach to her life.

While the hot scenes are limited in this book, romance readers will not be disappointed by the few that are there.  Sykes writes explosively hot scenes that will have you fanning yourself. The beach scene was so hot I am surprised my Kindle didn’t melt.

Hardball also has the added benefit of some suspense,  which surprised me. One of Holly’s patients has an aggressive parent who swears Holly isn’t going to do surgery on his son.The parent actually begins to make threats against Holly and even stalk her.

This is a great book for anyone who enjoys sports romances or romantic suspense. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. What better way to get ready for baseball season than by reading this hot book!

Reviewed by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: Hardball (Philadelphia Patriots, #2)

Author: V.K. Sykes

Release Date: June 14, 2011

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

After years of hard work and keeping her nose firmly to the grindstone, Dr. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream:  a position as a pediatric surgeon at a prestigious teaching hospital.  Children’s lives rest in her skilled hands.  That means total dedication to her work and her patients without letting anything or anyone get in the way.  And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in Holly’s way.

Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has the world in the palm of his baseball glove.  He’s at the height of his game, a west coast team is about to lure him with even greater riches, and the most gorgeous women in town are in full pursuit.  Nate has everything he wants, or at least he thinks he does, until he meets the beautiful andbrainy Dr. Holly Bell.  He’s totally up for a hot affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest.

But will Holly be willing to play his game?  When the lovely doctor starts changing the rules, Nate realizes he just might be playing for keeps.


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