Star Nighthawk second baseman, Bobby Hernandez, shunned groupies looking to share his bed and his bank account. Seeking a woman who would help him recapture the Dominican culture he'd lost was like finding a four-leaf clover...until he met smart, sassy, in-your-face Elena Delgado, newbie reporter.
A confrontation, and a hostile interview couldn't cool the sparks igniting between them. Secrets smoldered. Lies were revealed. Could Bobby stop protecting his heart and take a leap of faith? Would Elena risk everything for him, or sell him down the river to get ahead?
Caution: Locker room language.
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This story in Jean Joachim’s Bottom of the Ninth series takes a little darker turn, delving into some of the harsh realities in the lives of star athletes brought her from other countries, with or without the blessing of their families left back home. Bobby Hernandez was born in the Dominican Republic. His mother loved him dearly but as his family grew she had less and less time for him. Bobby showed great promise on the ball fields of his home country and came to the notice of a wealthy American who offered to adopt Bobby and bring him to the United States where he would have the opportunity for a great education and a chance to make it big in the game of professional baseball. His mother allowed the adoption, though no one bothered to ask Bobby what he wanted. While he was grateful for all the opportunities afforded him, he still missed his home and it’s customs and he’s never really felt like he fit in here. Elena Delgado is also from the Dominican Republic, but she left her home to come to the United States to make a name for herself as a journalist, and to escape the chauvinistic ideas her has and would hold her to. She feels if she falls in love with a Dominican man she will be giving in to her father’s wishes and that is the last thing that she wants for her life. Bobby has learned the hard way that most women are only interested in his fame and the size of his wallet, so he’s very skeptical when Elena begins to show interest in him. She has been assigned to do an article on him for the New York City Spanish Language paper that she works for. As she gets to know Bobby she wants to do an article that plays up his community service involvement and his work with young little leaguers, but her boss has other ideas. She is looking for any kind of dirt she can find to print about Bobby Hernandez. Elena must decide if her job is more important to her than the man she is falling in love with. This is a very touching story about learning to embrace who you are as well as learning to trust your feelings. The issues that Bobby and Elena have to deal with on a daily basis may well be the undoing of their relationship. They must try to put their hurt and mistrust behind them if they are ever to find happiness together. Jean Joachim has taken these issues to heart and written about them with sensitivity laced with her inimitable writing style, adding a whole new dimension to this series.