Title: A New League Series, Book 1: Sliding Into Home
Author: Anne Lange
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Wickedly Innocent Promotions
Can an injured ex ball player convince the woman he wakes up married to in Las Vegas to take a second chance on him?
After spending the last four months drowning his sorrows over the end of his baseball career, Jack Bishop finds himself winging through the blue skies to Las Vegas, not so ready to spend the weekend with some woman his best friend set him up with. He expects a paid escort. What he gets is the woman he walked away from ten years ago to pursue his passion, and she’s not very happy to see him.
Devyn Tate believes she’s quite capable of finding somebody to take her out to dinner. She’s no longer looking for a lifelong promise. She has a commitment only to her battery-operated toy to fulfill that particular need. Yet her friends have managed to talk her into spending the weekend in Las Vegas, on a blind date of all things. They promise the guy is trustworthy. They insist that she should have fun. Unfortunately, fun is not what she envisions when she discovers Jack Bishop lying on the floor of her suite in nothing but his underwear that’s on backward, and she has a wedding ring on her finger.
Second chance romances are interesting. There's the past, present, and future. The characters deal mostly with the past, trying to come to terms with what happened between them, trying to fix what went wrong.
Devyn and Jack have a lot to reconcile. Their past together was warm and fuzzy and beautiful, until his career choice took him away, leaving behind a devastated Devyn. The years spent apart didn't dim the memories they'd created together. For Devyn, time didn't make her stop loving Jack either.
Their friends' intentions were good. They had Jack and Devyn's best interests in mind when they concocted their crazy scheme of hooking them up on a blind date that would last all weekend. They just didn't count on the attraction from years ago to explode into an inferno and that Jack and Devyn would act on it. Sex was one thing, but a quickie marriage wasn't in the plans at all.
I give Jack a lot of credit. He did his best to convince Devyn to stay married to him. He could have reacted differently, suggesting a divorce since an annulment was out of the question, maybe even saying they would never have anything but great sex between them. But he didn't. He wasn't stupid. He might've grieved the loss of his career by holing up in his tiny apartment, but he knew a good thing when he saw it and Devyn was a good thing.
I enjoyed this story. It's short and fast-paced, but there is a lot packed into this novella. The sex scenes are great, but the heart-to-heart moments Jack and Devyn shared were awesome. They found the strength to face one another again after so long. Their marriage was on impulse, but their willingness to stay together, build a future together, love together proved that impulse, in their case, was a great thing.
Oh, and always a happily ever after.
While embarking on this wild journey of becoming a romance author, Anne juggles a full time job and a family. Not always successfully. Who needs a clean house every day? And what’s wrong with cereal for dinner? She lives in Ontario, Canada with her wonderfully supportive husband, three awesome kids who are growing up way too fast, and Rocky the bearded dragon.