Swinging At Love
(Suttonville Sentinels #2) by Kendra C. Highley Publication Date: March 13, 2017 Publisher: Entangled TEEN Crush
Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?
Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.
Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…
Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses…and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.
I was inspired to write the Suttonville Sentinels series (Swinging at Love is book 2),when my editor and I were batting around a few story ideas. I suggested the hero be a baseball player because I wanted an athlete, and I’m a baseball fan. Growing up in Oklahoma City, we didn’t have any pro teams, but my parents frequently took us to see the Triple-A team, the 89ers. Every summer we’d go visit family in Dallas, which always included at least one trip out to Arlington to watch the Texas Rangers play. When I younger, that was fun, but I didn’t really fall in love with the game until I was in college.
My mother passed away three weeks before my eighteenth birthday, and I left for college a month later. That first year was so tough, but it brought me closer to my dad. When I came home for the summer, we began an evening ritual that would last until I graduated. Because none of our cable stations carried the Rangers games, we’d sit out on the front porch, drinking iced tea, while my dad fiddled with an old radio trying to get the game broadcast on AM. We’d listen to the game over the static of a faraway radio station as the sun set. Those summers, I rooted on Nolan Ryan, Juan Gonzalez, and—my favorite player of all time—Pudge Rodriguez. When my husband and I were first married, and poor newlyweds, we’d watch the games, now on cable, every night. We cheered for the team in 1996 when the team won the division for the first time, and I was in the stands for a game in each World series in 2010 and 2011.
Because of that love of baseball, and an understanding of the game, I had a better connection to my characters, especially Tristan and Alyssa, who fell in love because of baseball, and in spite of it.