Title: The Trade
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12 March 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads
Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?
I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.
I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.
Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels.
Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.
I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.
I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life.
So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married.
At least, that’s what I was told . . .
Cory has always prided himself on his sense of fair play, the good guy of baseball, he is shocked and devastated when he is traded halfway through the season to the team known for its poor sportsmanship and dirty dees, The Rebels. The only bright spot is this is the team Jason has also been traded to.
Sadly, Cory has a really rough time with everyone including the rebel’s fans, the press and the team itself. This has taken its toll on Cory, his stress levels are at an all-time high. He basically lives and breathes baseball and has put everything else on the back-burner until he retires from the demanding sport. That is until he meets Natalie.
There is a lot of issues with the timing of Cory meeting Natalie, not least her relationship status. Unbeknownst to most, Natalie is going through a divorce from her high school boyfriend, having had her self-confidence completely smashed in the process.
So when each sibling invites their brother/sister to a quiet get-away pre-season, Natalie and Cory find themselves as third wheels to the other couples and having to share a room to boot.
Cory tries valiantly to keep his attraction to Natalie battened down, not realising that Natalie is having the same issues with her attraction to him. Especially as Natalie had previously stated she wasn’t in a place for a new relationship only a casual fling. Something Cory isn’t willing to put himself through.
While Cory and Natalie appear inevitable they have a long and bumpy road ahead of them. Will they be able to cope with the baseball season looming large? The stress of the negative publicity Cory is receiving? Can love really overcome all the obstacles ahead of them? Find out in The Trade 😁