Thursday, October 1, 2020

New Release Review: Swing and a Mishap by Tara Sivec

Swing and a Mishap (Summersweet Island #2)
by Tara Sivec
Release Date: September 27, 2020

“Hawks fans still in shock after centerfielder, Shepherd Oliver, sustained season-ending injury last night in the 5th inning of the playoffs against Chicago.”

Two years ago, I was a pretty big deal. I thought I had it all, until a blast from my past popped up on my social media feed, keeping my ego in check and reminding me how basic I am. Except sassy Wren Bennett isn’t just a blast from my past. She’s the only woman I ever saw a future with.

Even though my soul leaves my body every time she says she hates baseball and has never watched me play, a year’s-worth of messages filled with laughter and sarcasm only remind me how amazing my “pen pal” is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how fine I look in a pair of baseball pants; I’m still 3,000 miles away, and she’s taken... or so I thought. Maybe I should have thought a little harder before I dropped her like a seeing-eye single into the outfield.

When an injury has me questioning everything about my life, I can only think of one place I need to go and one person I need to see. Home, to Summersweet Island, to get back my “pen pal.”

Now I just need to make sure single mom Wren knows I didn’t come back for a change, and I didn’t come back for a job. I’m swinging for the fences, and I’m finally coming home to make her mine. If only she’d stop insulting me and stay in one place long enough for me to tell her. She wouldn’t try to drown me with a tub of ice cream, right?

I’m sure it’ll be fine.

My review: 5 stars!

Tara Sivec's rom-coms (heavy on the comedy!) are zany and over the top and always so much fun. As an avid major league baseball fan, I was so excited that our hero Shepherd was an retired-centerfielder-turned-high-school-coach. Shepherd is absolute perfection- even with fame and money, he's still a down to earth local guy pining for the girl he fell in love with as a teenager. And surprise- the object of his affection, Wren, has been pining for him all this time as well. Swoon! Wren's son Owen is a delightful high school freshman (they make those????) and I enjoyed him so much. As always, Sivec's secondary characters are a hilarious bunch- their antics are a hoot and their dialog is so clever. I am sure Swing and a Mishap would read well as a standalone, but Kiss My Putt is so flippin' good that it simply must be read as well, so as to not miss all the fun. Looking forward to First and Tension (and I LOVE these titles!).

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