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Chance for Home by Traci Hunter Abramson
Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she’s found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he’s a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizes that what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she’s after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she’s trying to escape, she’s out of luck. Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women. As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he’s dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancée, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan’s teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben’s sister will pose as Ryan’s new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?
Chance for Home is a sweet story. I'm not really a baseball fan, but Abramson wrote this in such a way that I was interested in the game (or at least life of a few of the players, and the game that was a big part of their lives). I liked how the exhaustion of a professional baseball player was brought up. When you catch a game on TV (or in person) you don't really think too much about how the players have to deal with the long games, night after night, and the travel.
Kari was a great character. She was very down to earth and was always helping people. I liked Ryan too. He seemed like he hadn't let his status as a professional athlete go to his head for the most part. Having Kari play along with the ruse of being his girlfriend to make his ex leave him alone made for a fun introduction to our main characters. They'd both been burned in previous relationships and were leery of getting involved again, but it was great that they formed a friendship and took the time to actually get to know each other.
This was a quick, clean read. It's not deep, but it has a pretty realistic relationship that took effort and compromise. I would read it again.
I tend to read more Regency romances than anything else these days, so when I start to read a book set in our time, it kind of throws me a bit and it takes me awhile to get into the book. So yes, this book took me a bit to get into, but I found myself drawn in to the story. I'm generally not a baseball fan, but since all 4 of my kids are currently playing baseball, (OK, technically only two of them, because t-ball doesn't really count as baseball) the baseball references held more interest for me, and I even understood some of them. :)
Something I've noticed that romance books tend to have in common is a lack of communication. Which I get, because I'm not the greatest at communication myself. But it's way more frustrating when you're reading the book and you know that the couple's problems would be solved if they would just TALK TO EACH OTHER! Then again, that would make for a very boring story if they always got along great and never had any issues.
But I ramble...so anyway, I did enjoy this book. I liked Kari's down to earth personality, and how she wasn't enamored with the celebrity life-style. I liked Ryan's devotion to family, and to Kari once they formed a relationship. The supporting characters were very likeable too. Well, Brandi and Austin weren't likeable. But they weren't supposed to be.
All in all, this was an enjoyable, quick read.
This is a little different from Abramson's other books because it isn't so much a romantic suspense, as a medical romance....and the medical isn't for either of the main characters. Hmmm, how would you describe it then? Just a contemporary romance? Probably. Anyway, because of her other books I kept expecting something to happen that was .... suspenseful or mysterious. It almost does, and then it doesn't. I think if I hadn't been expecting it, I wouldn't have minded so much. It's a sweet story, and I like Abramson's take on the give and take of a relationship. She may have solved that a little quickly, but it was still sweet.
I like that Abramson is doing this new series. This is the second book, and it can be read as a stand lone, but the first book was good and should be read first to really appreciate this one.
This book almost makes me want to like baseball :) Abramson did a great job of not making it sound super boring, although very little of the games were mentioned...more the practices, and the fans, and the interviews, and the life in general. Ryan and Kari are just good likeable characters.
Honestly, I can see myself reading this and the first book in the series again when I just want a sweet read with no angst.
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Title: Chance for Home
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Published: April 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.
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