Title: Third Base
Series: The Boys of Summer #1
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 7 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Ethan Davenport is already Boston’s most eligible bachelor. In his second season with the Boston Renegades he has set his eyes on the girl behind the visitors’ dugout.
That girl is Daisy Robinson, a journalism student at the University of Boston and a die-hard Renegades fan.
But with new found love comes challenges and Ethan and Daisy have to deal with his crazy schedule, school finals and his presence on her campus for some much needed media training.
For Ethan nothing can come between him and Daisy, until a secret that she’s been keeping threatens to destroy them both.
I am really torn about how I feel regarding Third Base, while I enjoyed the story as a whole I did find Ethan utterly frustrating he veered between player douche and smitten kitten with alarming frequency. In fact he is quite callous in parts and I completely detested his friends with benefits relationship he maintains with his high school girlfriend. Not really conducive of book boyfriend material.
Told from Ethan’s perspective providing insight into the life of a pro-baseball player, the pressure to perform, the media training, the gossip columns and of course the hook-ups. At times I felt Ethan was immature but when he let himself open-up he was a completely different and dare I say it, swoon-worthy guy. However, the douche moments equalled the romantic times making it difficult to fully appreciate the sincerity of Ethan’s feelings. Not used to living his life in the spotlight, he has done some pretty dumb things and been racked over the coals by the media/social media for them leaving him with a harsh bitterness directed at a particular baseball/gossip blog.
There is a lot of information about baseball within the narrative, great for people who enjoy the sport but as there isn’t really a huge following of baseball in the UK I did find myself skimming over the in-depth details of the sport. I was far more interested in the characters 😉
Daisy is a lifelong baseball fan with season tickets to the team Ethan plays for. Orphaned at the tender age of three and raised by her grandparents, Daisy’s life has not been easy. Yet, she carries a calmness about her that puts the people around her at ease. Ethan is drawn to her in a way he is unable to explain, her soothing disposition affects Ethan on a profound level. Although Daisy is extremely guarded about her personal life, with very good reasons.
The twist was a fairly obvious one and there is only a small amount of angst in the plot but the swaying of emotions adds to the drama.
While I did enjoy Third Base I have major issues with Ethan’s immaturity and self-centred egotistical persona. The conclusion worked well and was believable but Ethan you haven’t made me fall in love with you SORRY.