Title: The Shortstop
Author: A.M. Madden
Publication Date: July 13, 2015
Genre: Sports Romance
“Quint and Annie sitting in a tree…K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”
Quint Lawson and Annie Weber heard that childhood song over and over and it never bothered them. Even though Quint was only five, Annie wasn’t just his neighbor. She would become his best friend and the love of his life. Annie wasn’t interested in dolls, or girly things when growing up. A tomboy at heart, having a boy as a best friend suited her just fine. That same boy captured her heart.
Quint had two passions, his girl and baseball. From kindergarten to college, Quint tore up every baseball diamond he played on. His position was shortstop. His talent was undeniable. Professional ball was most definitely in his future, and he was ready for it. Annie would be right by his side.
When everything in life is perfect, it’s hard to imagine heartbreak in any form. Quint wasn’t immune to its power. This shortstop had no idea what any form of heartbreak could do to his perfect world. When it hit, there were many casualties left in its wake…the most important one was Annie.
Can a person be prepared for, understand, or even endure a misfortune if they’ve never experienced one before? In Quint Lawson’s case the answer is no.
The Shortstop is a contemporary romance stand alone novel meant for readers who are 18+ due to mature content.
** I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review**
I have to start this review by saying that I signed up for an ARC the minute I was able to because the book was centered around baseball. I am an avid lover of the game and have been for my entire life. Let me say, I wasn’t disappointed. When a book starts with “Now batting… number seven… Quint Lawson!” I hear it all in an announcer’s voice and it gets me pumped up.
In this book we meet Quint, an amazing baseball player that has dreams of the big leagues and the Yankees. Then we meet Annie, the love of Quint’s life and his childhood girlfriend. I say childhood because everything started for them at the age of 5. Now if this isn’t the sweetest start to a story, I don’t know what is. The story begins during Quint’s last year at college and continues through the following two. While Quint is chasing his baseball dreams, Annie is right beside him trying to chase her dreams while enjoying every success that Quint enjoys. When a tragedy occurs, Annie and Quint must work to discover what to do. Is their love strong enough to bring them through the strongest of storms? Or will the storm be strong enough to rip apart the most solid of foundations?
I gave this story a 4 star rating. I loved the book, I loved the childhood love, and I loved the characters in general. I gave the book a four instead of a five because I felt that some aspects came together almost too perfectly, but that’s expected in a work of fiction. I will say that this book made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me angrier than a bull seeing red. So if you want an emotional rollercoaster, this is for you. I highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys romance.