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5 shining stars for the fifth book in this amazing baseball romance series
I received an ARC of Walk Off, Book 5 of the Double Play Series, much to my absolute delight.
OMG, so… Walk Off is Lacey Turner, daughter of Jackson and Savannah -- whom I simply LOVED-- (from Book 2- Going, Going, Goner) and Nicholas “Nico” Johnson’s (brother to Damon Johnson, Book 3- Ballers with Benefits) story and it’s got all the feels… not unlike the other books in this lovable sports romance series, but this one really got me RIGHT in the feels!!
Lacey Turner is EVERYTHING. She’s sassy, feisty, strong, beautiful and even has a sweet side she doesn’t want many people to see. She’s a heroine that you are gonna love… and get pissed off at… during the course of this book. Ha ha! But her story breaks your heart, over and over again. She works with Bella, her cousin, Charlotte, her aunt, and Savannah, her mom, at Double Play.
And Nico…guuuhhhh…. Drool… That’s all I can say about this dirty-mouthed, sex-crazed, yet amazingly smooth-talking hunk of muscle. He’s totally swoony with his big build (I love me a man with some big muscles), unconventional charm…and the mouth of a porn-star sailor. LOL! But, seriously! Nicole describes him with “the body of The Hulk and the face of Thor”. Need I say anything else? He’s been Lacey’s boyfriend (on and off again) for the last three years and he’s an ambitious baseball player… one she never intended to get wrapped up with but… well, re-read this paragraph to see why. (wink, wink)
So… Nico and Lacey… together they are hot, hot, hot!!! Their passion for dominance and one another is literally ON FIRE in this spicy, sexy and sassy romance novel which picks up not long after where book 4- Changeup left off.
Lacey and Nico are struggling in their relationship, with several obstacles in their path, which I won’t divulge so as not to throw out any spoilers. (You’re welcome!) We got to see the two of them get together in book 3 and their uncontrollable and fiery desire -- that we saw from an outsider prospective but never got to understand fully until now. I loved how the book was set- going back and forth between the present and catching us up with flashbacks that helped piece together the puzzle of what caused Lacey and Nico to be on again and off again when clearly, they were burning up more than just the sheets. Their dirty mouths and minds collide in this book. “Hulk” and “Blondie” are vicious, formidable and can’t keep their hands or mouths off one another- what’s not to love about that kind of heated passion?!
I simply adored Lacey’s beautiful and strong heart and how protective she is of those she loves and I admired Nico’s persistence and obvious love for the one woman who had him coming back again and again for more! These two were so easy to love and their story was endearing, frustrating and heart-breaking all at the same time.
This book will make you laugh, cry, swoon and gasp. As always, Nicole Rodrigues made me fall head over heels for her characters, writing two amazing souls with complex pasts and barriers that were so real and emotional that it hit me hard in more ways than one. And again, with these unbelievably swoony male MC’s… drool, drool, drool… She knows how to write her stuff!
I just love these all these books…and the Gavinwoods/Turners/Johnsons… but this one was definitely one of my favs and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!!! Squueeee!!!!
WALK OFF premieres this Thursday, May 9th! Be sure to get your copy!!
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart.