Monday, August 31, 2020

Review: A Winning Season by Rochelle Alers (Blog Tour)

Book description

Sliding home…for a lifetime.
The girl next door…or a grand slam love?

Baseball ace Sutton Reed’s returned home triumphant after years in the majors. When he moves next door to a troubled young man, he’s determined to help—for the boy’s sake and for the boy’s gorgeous older sister, Zoey Allen. After sacrificing everything to keep her family together, Zoey has no time for romance…even with a hometown hero. But will this unlikely combo be the home run love story they all deserve?

My Review

Eighteen year old Zoey Allen’s world turned upside down when her father and his second wife died from carbon monoxide poisoning. She becomes her two brother’s sole guardian, which means she has to put her own life and plans on hold.  No relationships and certainly no nursing school.  Zoey is all about keeping her family together.

Ten years later, Zoey managed to keep her family close.  One of her brothers is in the military and the other brother is preparing to graduate from high school.   However, her brother Harper, isn’t always the easiest to handle and continually gets into trouble.

When Sutton Reed, a very handsome former baseball star, moves next door, things change quite a bit for the Allen siblings. For one thing, Harper is totally in awe of Sutton which helps his behavior quite a bit. For another thing, Zoey finds herself attracted to the sexy athlete.

Zoey tries to avoid any romantic entanglements until her life is in order, but she can’t help her growing feelings for Sutton. He’s also feeling deeply for Zoey and wants to take their relationship to the next level.

Zoey and Sutton’s romance is sweet, emotional and heartwarming. Sutton’s relationship with Zoe’s brother is inspiring. It’s a very touching book that tugs on the heartstrings.  This is the story of a family trying to find their way. It’s filled with strong characters and much family drama.

Although it’s the 10th book in the Wickham Falls series, it’s a standalone story. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series and I didn’t feel as if I missed anything. I would like to take another visit to Wickham Falls and see what other stories are in that small town.

For reading challenges:
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2020 (West Virginia)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author

Hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today's most popular African-American authors of women's fiction, Ms. Alers is a regular on bestsellers list, and has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing and a Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. Visit her Web site

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