Title: The Dugout
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 19 Sept 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
Let 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 ball-mother.
Carson has been having a rough time, injured through the stupidity of one of his own teammates, he is struggling to find his ‘groove’ again, especially as he missed out on being drafted the previous season.
Milly is a baseball whizz, coaching guru and adorable nerd-girl. However, she turns into the world’s most awkward person when confronted by her baseball heroes, Carson included. She also struggles to be taken seriously as a baseball coach in a male-dominated career as well as being the sister of a famous baseball player.
Something ignites between Carson and Milly from the initial ‘cookie’ encounter. Carson is understandably intrigued by Milly, even more so when she schools him at his own game. As they get to know each other better, Carson is able to break through Milly’s guarded nature. Through their blossoming friendship and later relationship, Milly is able to embrace her femininity in a way she didn’t feel able to do before. I loved watching her come out of her shell.
I got a little too comfortable with the ease of Carson and Milly’s relationship and the stability of their togetherness only to have my heart smashed when their worlds are turned upside down.
Not dealing with emotions and bottling up feelings will inevitably create additional problems in the long run. Even thinking about the deterioration of both Carson and Milly’s wellbeing makes my heart ache.
Carson’s struggle with his own vulnerability and lack of open affection struck a chord with my emotions. While he had a lot of support and people he could turn to, Carson lacked the assurance in himself to believe he was worthy of the assistance. 😭
I absolutely adored the Potter family and the way in which they supported each other, even taking Carson under their protective wing when he entered their circle. I hope Milly’s brothers get their own happily ever afters, they deserve it, especially Cory 😍