Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Listen, Pitch | There’s No Crying in Baseball by Lani Lynn Vale

Listen, PitchRhys Rivera is the star short-stop for the Longview Lumberjacks. Many know him, even more love him. He has a pretty face, a quick smile, and an air of danger about him that everyone seems to adore.

He’s not known as the bad boy of baseball for nothing.

It all started with his father, who decided to be a criminal mob boss, then die.

Fortunately for his uncle, Rhys wants absolutely nothing to do with the family business and runs before anyone can figure out which way is up.

By the time his uncle, the successor to his father’s criminal empire, thinks to look for him, Rhys has made too big of a name for himself to be taken out quietly, and he wants to keep it that way.

Fast forward eight years, and Rhys is living life one breath at a time, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe coming in the form of a nosy neighbor who has no idea just how hot she is in her mail carrier uniform.

Her sweet little body and positive outlook on life make him want to laugh at how naïve she is when it comes to the way of the world.

The harder he tries to stay away, the weaker he seems to get, until one day he decides to put his morals on hold long enough to satisfy his cravings.

One time is all he needs—or so he tells himself.

But then two pink lines change everything, and suddenly, he doesn’t have just himself to worry about anymore.3 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

What do I love most in the romance world? Sports Romance. Why? Because the drama is always juicy. Lani Lynn Vale is definitely an author in my TBR I am currently working through. A lot of her work is either a hit or miss with me on my like vs love spectrum, but I have really come to enjoy her storylines. Listen, Pitch is the third book of Vale I have read, and I enjoyed it, I did, but there were definitely some spots I personally was not keen on…

But we are getting ahead of ourselves! Lets discuss this book, shall we?

First things first, the characters. Henley is definitely a character I had a lot of back and forth with… She was definitely a likable, sweet character, one who was just simply put, she was cute. But that is the problem, her naive, innocent personality honestly made her quite inferior. Though I understand the purpose of this, mostly because Rhys is the alpha-rescue lover in her world, she just felt she lacked development. She was sweetly tame but not memorable. I liked her, just her naive presence more or less made it hard to relate to her character.  At many points she felt more like a secondary character than a main character. Then you have Rhys – I am sorry, this is where the girl readers of the romance world are so biased, we hate the fictional females and fawn over the male man meat… #sorrynotsorry is all I can say.

Rhys was definitely a delicious character. I really enjoyed his mysterious, macho man personality yet he was a closet sweetie. I cannot help but drool over these kinds of fictional men. I also really liked his backstory. It really added a level of sex appeal to his exterior. That moment when he saw the damage his bodyguard did while scarying off Henley – queue the swoonage! 

Obviously with their romance, this is where Henley shined more as a character, her character honestly depended on Rhys. Again I say, she felt more like a secondary character in her own romance. I did, to be honest, really enjoyed their chemistry; the way he treated her, the way she comforted him, it was really sweet romance. I will also admit, this was definitely an insta-love connection, not that that deters my enjoyment, but it was the way it flowed. Henley was nothing without Rhys presence, at least in my opinion. I am sorry, I just cannot get over that factor.

Overall, I liked Listen, Pitch. Unfortunately I just did not love it. The plot had such strong build yet at many points it was just lack luster or rather awkward dialogue and dynamics between the romance. The drama of Rhys background was really fun additive. Definitely plan to continue checking out more from this author, like I said earlier, her books at this point has been a hit or miss with me on the like vs love spectrum, but she nonetheless has really interesting tropes that I am dying to read through! 

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