Review: Catching a Curveball by Hope Malory

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Benjamin McLemore, a major league pitcher with a magazine cover worthy face and body, agrees to accompany his girlfriend, a professional model, on a Caribbean cruise, but she cancels at the last minute leaving him onboard.

To celebrate her 25th birthday, Azalea Valley’s stunning air-traffic controller, Michelle Barlowe, books the same cruise with her sisters and best friend. Broken-hearted from a personal tragedy, she hopes for a relaxing vacation to help her heal.

Neither is looking for a relationship, but when Benjamin and Michelle meet on deck, their chemistry is instant and undeniable. The shadow of his girlfriend, however, thwarts their passion despite their powerful attraction and forces them to part ways.

The two meet again in the cozy world of Azalea Valley after Benjamin returns during his off-season for a family wedding. Their love blossoms and this time cannot be denied. That is, until a cruel twist of fate steals Benjamin’s future, and Michelle learns a shocking secret that tears them apart. 

My Thoughts:

Catching a Curveball is another delightful installment of author Hope Malory’s Azalea Valley series. This is Benjamin McLemore and Michelle Barlowe’s story. It’s a sweet-with-a-little-heat romance with endearing characters and some interesting twists.

Benjamin, ace-pitcher in the MLB, meets Michelle and her sisters on a cruise. They hit it off when they figure out they are both from Azalea Valley. Their attraction is obvious but neither is in a position to start a relationship at that moment. Things change dramatically they are both back in Azalea Valley, but there are miscommunications and set backs along the way. There are multiple physical and emotional set backs as well as some interesting plot twists that add to the drama. Ms. Malory has a knack for adding in some realistic drama to each of her romances that bring more depth to her stories.

I’ve really enjoyed following the McLemore family in this series, and Catching a Curveball is a particularly good installment. I love baseball, and I love the idea of the vacation attraction (it wasn’t really a fling) turning into the romance of a lifetime.




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