Title: Love's Protector, Book 2: Finding His Swing
Author: Cassidy K. O'Connor
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Jake Reynolds has everything he could want in life, fame, fortune and the greatest job in America as a professional baseball player. He didn’t realize anything was missing, until the day he met Chelsea Simmons.
Chelsea is Jake’s biggest fan and can’t believe her luck when she wins a contest to meet the players on the field before a home game. Meeting Jake was a dream come true, she never thought she had a chance at love with him.
After finding his soul mate but ignoring his heart Jake goes into a hitting slump. Chelsea is what society calls a curvy woman, Jake fears she won’t be accepted into his world and would rather give up being with her than risk her happiness. Can he continue playing ball knowing his soul mate is within reach?
It's a classic from-different-worlds romance with a bit of a twist. Jake's a famous baseball player who could have any woman he wants...except the one he actually wants. Money, fame, and a celebrity status keeps him from claiming the one woman he knows is his. Sounds almost unthinkable, right? I mean, why couldn't he have her? He's got it all so what's the problem?
The problem was his perception of what was expected of him. Jake believed what he knew society wanted from him when it came to having a relationship: she had to be thin, insanely beautiful, famous, and wealthy. However, that wasn't the woman he wanted. He wanted Chelsea, a curvy woman who was beautiful because she was herself, who wasn't famous like him, or rich beyond belief. He didn't need a woman who only wanted to be his arm candy and his fame; he needed a woman who would ground him and love him for him, not his celebrity status or wealth.
Jake struggled to accept his feelings for Chelsea weren't going away. It took an act of Keara for him to get his butt in gear and make his move. Thank God too because I was getting frustrated watching him yo-yo between "Should I?" and "Shouldn't I?".
I liked and enjoyed this story. It moves quickly; don't skip anything because you'll miss something important. Jake and Chelsea are wonderfully paired in this story. Their shared love for baseball is shadowed only by an attraction that goes against the grain and won't be ignored. A lovely little romance with its share of ups and downs, and a happy ending that both Jake and Chelsea deserved.
Cassidy K O'Connor is a born and raised Floridian who loves to travel but never forgets where her roots are. She married her high school sweetheart, they have 3 kids and a crazy dog. Travelling and reading are her two favorite hobbies. Cassidy loves all things Ireland and has been lucky enough to visit twice. Her first book 'The Evolution of Sam' was published August of 2014 and she has plans for many more.