Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: THE DOUGOUT by Meghan Quinn

dougoutLet me ask you a question: 

If someone is vying for your spot on a team and just so happens to injure you during practice, would you believe it was on purpose?

Word around campus is . . . it was no accident. 

That injury has cost me everything; my starting position, my junior year—and the draft. Now, I’m a senior fresh off recovery, struggling to find my groove, until the day I run into a nervous, fidgety, girl with freckles, in the dining hall. 

They call Milly Potter The Baseball Whisperer, The Diamond Wizard, and The Epitome of All Knowledge. She believes in baseball. She breathes it. She’s the queen of an infamous dynasty, but no one actually knows who she really is, and she plans to keep it that way. 

One mishap in the panini line, one miscommunication in the weight room, and many failed attempts at an apology equal up to one solid truth — Milly Potter never wants to speak to me again — no matter how good my forearms look.

Little do we both know, she’s about to become more than just my fairy ballmother.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult | Sports Romance

Well tits, it is like my obsession is never going to rest when Meghan Quinn is involved. Seriously, everything she writes just sends me into a tizzy, hangover is true struggle and it is always a RomCom that will make everything better. You know I adore a good sports romance, add in a chuckle, little bit of drama – game, set, match! I loved The Dougout, it was such a great read. Everything from the characters to the romance, I swooned over the moon and laughed through the clouds. the characters were everything. 

Oh man, Milly – she stole my heart. At first I thought she would be a difficult gal to really connect with, but goodness, she gripped me in a choke-hold. I loved her. She was up front yet shy, she was outspoken yet seemed innocent. Milly was incredibly multi-dimensional, probably my new favorite female fictional gal – screw book boyfriend, I got a book girlfriend. That moment when she stuffed a cookie in Carson’s mouth then walked away? Talk about hilariously perfect reaction. I adored everything about Milly, she had such a great personality, I loved the tomboy-isk background, love of sports just as much as the guys, yet craved romantic attention, she wanted to feel beautiful, be sexy, and that is something that is so relatable.

Then we have the charming, broody Carson. That intro, I died laughing. Just the first page made me realize two things – A, this book is going to make me have stomach cramps from all the laughing and B, Carson is going to make me swoon hardcore. This is definitely one of my favorite things about his personality, he is a blatant cynic with a inner pity party to boot. He definitely was a jerk, but I suppose for good reason, it was a hilarious hot mess. Carson honestly was a great broody male lead, I loved his personality and snide reactions, and throwing in a female baseball coach of hot genius only sent him into a tumble of growth. 

It disturbs me knowing that it’s you bedtime, you’re most likely naked , and you’re talking to me, telling me how happy you are. Just be honest, are you stroking yourself?

The romance was definitely a different blend of excitement. It was a slow burn, there was an obvious attraction from both Milly and Carson, but I felt there was a mutual respect from their love of baseball that really setup a great friend type bond that slow burned into a more romantic connection. It was realistic with how their chemistry flowed. It was light and fun. And then when things took that turn into more romantic connection, hell that sexual chemistry was enough to sizzle the pages. 

I think honestly Milly and Carson’s romance build is what makes me love RomCom’s the way I do – it is so enjoyable yet relatable and not overly exaggerated to the point of lack luster. There are laughs, clumsy awkward fun that is both entertaining and cringe worthy, like oh man I do that, down to the passion that is enough to melt from your seat. Loved it. 

Oh fuck – Okay, uh… favorite color. Go ahead, touch me. …That’s thought-provoking. So many fucking colors, so hard to answer. Take your time and feel free to use my dick as a thinking stick.

And those side characters – butter me up and call me Sally, I’m in love! Obviously we get a bit of Knox, some Jason, I always love the side characters. Half the time, the secondary characters add such a entertaining twist that just ties everything together. I cannot say it enough, honestly if there is one author who makes the bromance perfection, it is Meghan. I might swoon over the romance, but between the conversations, secret chats and the friendships, it is almost just as amazing as the romance itself. Meghan never stops amazing me, when I am not drooling, I am chuckling.

Overall, saying I simply enjoyed The Dougout is the understatement of the year. This captured everything I expect from Meghan Quinn at this point, she never disappoints. I love sports themed RomComs, if you haven’t started this series I highly recommend you do, you will definitely thank me later. I loved Milly and Carson – they were the cutest, and downright adorable couple to knock me out of my reading slump. Phenomenal read. 

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