Fastball [NOOK Book]

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Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots. Now that she’s landed the assignment she intends to make it big, with feature articles on the front page of every sports section in the country. But to do that, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating ...
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Fastball

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Overview

Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots. Now that she’s landed the assignment she intends to make it big, with feature articles on the front page of every sports section in the country. But to do that, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating injury that knocked him out of play for a season, Jake has a lot to prove to the suits in the front office. He’s sure he still has what it takes to win, and he’ll be damned if he lets anything get in the way of his climb back to the top.

The last thing Jake needs is a pushy female reporter distracting him. But one look at Maddie and he knows he’s in trouble. He finds himself trying for a different kind of play, one that involves bedrooms and not baseball stats. Sleeping together could damage both their careers, and Maddie is all about saying no. But when it comes to the game of love, Jake is playing to win.

A prequel to Hardball, by VK Sykes
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“A story that is well told, characters that are engaging, a novel that is vastly entertaining, and one that is well-worth the time to read. I give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5.”
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“This book has kept my attention from the start and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It was great and I really hope to read more of this writing couple in the near future.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016317007
  • Publisher: V.K. Sykes
  • Publication date: 2/22/2013
  • Series: The Philadelphia Patriots , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 99,128
  • File size: 756 KB

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Must Read

    You will not regret reading this awesome series romance with awesome scenes all over the place. For those of ypu who are tired of reading partial storys and wait months for the next section. This series wont disappoint, with complete story lines and 5602 pages of a combined awesome writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Liked It...

    Enjoyed this book very much and did not have the ending figured out after 100 pages... Liked the main characters (although frustrating at times) Had duel plot lines to keep you a bit off balance... Book was well written... Since I like sports themed books a lot this fit my reading enjoyment to a tee... I think non-sports fans would also enjoy it as the love story was excellent... Enjoyed the first book Curveball as well... Wish the books I read didn't always seem to end abruptly... Learned recently that the Publishers control the number of words in books they publish and I therefore think that they cut them off when they reach the maximum number of words...

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    This was a good book. I will admit that I did have a hard time


    This was a good book. I will admit that I did have a hard time reading it at parts. It seemed to drag for me making it harder for me to get into the story fully. I figured you would want my honest opinion.



    This was the story of Jake and Maddie. Jake is a baseball player with the Patriots and Maddie is a reporter. Maddie tells Jake that she wants to do a real interview with him. He agrees as long as she agrees to make it a private one. During the interview they realize they have a connection together. Maddie and Jake get into trouble for not following procedure for doing the interviews. They are told to stay away from each other or else. Jake finds ways to be around Maddie to see if there was really something there. Read the book and find out if he hit’s a homerun or strikeout.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    Overall Rating: 2.10 // Action: 1.0 / Emotion: 0.0 / Romance: 3.

    Overall Rating: 2.10 // Action: 1.0 / Emotion: 0.0 / Romance: 3.0 / Sensuous: 4.0 / Suspense: 0.0 // Laughter: 0 / Tears: 0

    Fastball: 2.10:
    A Contemporary Romance (with Erotica leanings) that failed to engender that emotional connection between the characters and the reader that makes for a great read.  The everyday "ordinary-ness" of the characters didn't elicit much interest in their story.

    Hero: 4.50:
    Loved Jake Miller.  First, he was a baseball player.  (Always had a thing for sports guys.)  Second, he was smoking hot.  Third, he was a team leader, a loyal friend, and a down home farm boy who didn't let his fame and fortune go to his head.

    Heroine: 1.00:
    Disliked Maddie Leclair.  This quote says it all: "For her to adopt such a rigid and self-righteous attitude completely threw him.  She'd obviously thought it necessary to appoint herself judge and jury -- and maybe even executioner -- before she even had all the facts."

    Story Line: 3.00:
    The story line had great possibilities.  It just wasn't developed to the proper degree to endear all the characters to the reader.  After Maddie breaks her adherence of 'playing by the rules' to promote her career by agreeing to interview Jake out from under the watchful eyes of the Patriots front office, they begin a 'hot and heavy' relationship.

    Action: 1.00:
    The one 'serious' incident that required an action scene in the book didn't seem to fit the 'casualness' of the rest of the story.

    Emotion: 0.00:
    This was the most disappointing aspect of the story.  The authors failed to generate an emotional connection to Jake or Maddie.  It seemed like the reader was being told what Jake and Maddie were feeling instead of causing the reader to "feel" the turmoil Jake and Maddie were experiencing.

    Romance: 3.00:
    The romance aspect of the story was very well done.  The 'off the charts' attraction between Jake and Maddie was potent.  Maddie's waffling about wanting to go out with Jake, but couldn't because of her career just got in the way for a while.

    Sensuous: 4.00:
    The sensuality was the most powerful aspect of the story.  There were numerous hot, sizzling lovemaking scenes and interactions.

    Suspense: 0.00:
    Even though Sykes did try to interject a bit of suspense into the story near the end of the book, it just didn't work.  Didn't feel any of the fear that Maddie or Jake should have been experiencing in such a supposedly life-threatening situation.

    Secondary Characters: 2.00:
    Although not richly developed, Sykes did begin painting a picture of characters who will star in other books of the series.  The most memorable being, Nate Carter (Hardball) and Martha Winston (Bigger Than Beckham).  The other secondary characters (like Maddie's friend, Emma, and Patriots player, Robbie Benton) seemed to be inserted into the story just to drive the plot.

    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Fastball*.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Avid reader

    Nice easy read. Enjoyed story, characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Kelly

    This is a really good read, but I do think it would help if you were a fan of baseball. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Yummy

    Jake and Maddie know there's something between them the minute they meet. Yes, it does get hot and heavy. Who wouldn't like to read a story about a sexy baseball player? 523 pages of yum. Now on to Nate's story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Baseball & Love

    No better combination, if you love romance and baseball this book is for you. I personally found it very appealing to read. Fastball & Hardball 2 very enjoyable reads by this author !

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