Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: HARDBALL by V.K.Sykes

HardballAfter 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 and brainy 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.
3 out of 5 stars
I recieved this ebook for review from the author.
I'll admit my bookshelf doesn't have many contemporary books with a strong sports theme. I dunno why, I like sports, I just don't read about them. I guess I'm a little afraid they will be boring or just go on and on about how good the athlete is. I was happy that HARDBALL didn't do that. In fact, most of the time I forgot that Nate played baseball for a pro team. Sure part of the struggle with the relationship has to do with the team he plays for, it's not a forefront issue in the book.
Holly Bell is a new surgeon at the Children's Hospital in Philly. I liked her, but I felt like she could have been a little more. She's got a plan and doesn't want to deviate. She's a workaholic for sure. I like the intensity and dedication she has to her patients, and I think it shows through to the relationship with Nate. To some degree I felt like she could have held Nate back a little more. She comes across as the type that won't budge, but she falls for Nate hard and quick-- it didn't fit her personality 100%.
Nate. I liked Nate. He's an All Star, but doesn't act like it. He's facing a huge decision with his career, and even though he's single and doesn't have any blood relatives in town those friends around him that he cares for play a role in his decision. Meeting Holly throws a wrench in his plan, and I like how flustered she makes him. It's kind of nice to see the girl really mess a guy up.
Overall this is a quick read. The additional trouble that Holly faces moves pretty quick, and was kind of expected. I'd recommend it for something different.

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