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5 stars for Last Round- It’s a real knock-out
This book marks the last one in the Double Play Series, so loving this sports romance series like I have, reading the final one was bittersweet but also heart-warming as always, as I got to go back to Louisiana once again and catch up with the Gavinwood/Turner/Johnson/Jameson clan once more.
We met Alessandra Thompson in Walk Off, book 5 of the series. She’s the stripper Nico had compromising pictures taken with in Florida and we learned that she was as much a victim in the ordeal as he was. Aless goes to live with Miguel Jameson, Normani’s sexy green-eyed brother, after Nico takes her out of the hellhole life she’s been having to live. Miguel is a cop and can protect Alessandra and her two-year old son, Peter, from the monsters of her past.
Neither are prepared though for what such close quarters are gonna do to these love-starved cohabitants and the sparks start to fly immediately upon meeting. Miguel hits it off with Peter too and if you don’t swoon over that big dose of adorableness then prepare your ovaries (or former ovaries in my case) for the hit they are gonna take when he’s described in the boxing ring. Swoon and swoon. Rocky eat your heart out!
Since I’ve called Nicole Rodrigues the queen of swoony male MC’s, she certainly doesn’t disappoint in this book either. Miguel and Aless have an immediate steamy, sexy chemistry. He’s protective and a southern gentleman with a dirty mouth. (Oh, and I’ll never be able to look at a peach emoji the same way again, LOL!) Alessandra is fighter herself who’s been through her own private Hell and faced some pretty terrifying demons there. Now she’ll do anything to keep her child safe. She’s a fierce mama bear and I just loved her tenacity. Aless goes to work with Charlotte at Double Play and of course the clan takes her in as one of their own right away. Just love that girl power!
Miguel and Alessandra try to fight their attraction for one another only long enough to give this book a nice sizzling slow burn and then the heat is on.
I loved getting to catch up with all our former couples and see what they’ve been up to and enjoyed the way it was all tied together to highlight big events (wink wink). I enjoyed how Aless shined and how Miguel reveled in her “light” as he emerged from his own dark place. I loved the twist at the end--girl is a bad-a$$--and the extended epilogue too. This book was sweet, funny, sad, sexy, tragic and endearing.
As sad as I am to see this series end, I truly fell in love with these characters. If you haven’t started the Double Play series, start it right now and meet a family that knows the true meaning of the word. If they don’t warm your heart, nothing will.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...and this one did all three :-)