Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin' as the food she was selling.
Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a vendor at Nighthawks' stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn't deserve a decent guy, does she?
Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs, hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the field everything was falling apart?
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Dan Alexander, Picher (Bottom of the Ninth) is the story of Dan and Holly. There are several things I liked about this story. Holly’s character is well-developed. The author was able to strike the perfect balance between independence and making her own choices and still have the vulnerability to appreciate being taken care of. I also like the bond Holly had with not only the Magees but specifically their daughter Lisa. I like Holly’s protective nature and her ability to be an authority figure even though she had very little parenting while she was growing up. I liked Dan’s character to a point. He was sweet and real and he did end up waiting for Holly to work out her life in the long run but, his nature of jumping to conclusions, being jealous, and his opinion of women grated on my nerves. I could have done without the locker room talk and the derogatory way the players on the team spoke to each other and about women. Several parts of the story either were too far-fetched for me or didn’t make sense. The whole gangster angle was a bit much. I didn’t believe that someone could escape witness protection and not be found yet still have a cell phone and the ability to board a bus and visit old friends. The story had a very happy ending but ended in a cliffhanger.
The first thing I want to say to anyone thinking about not reading this book due to its Baseball theme is….DON’T PASS THIS BOOK UP! It is fantastic! You don’t need to be into Baseball to enjoy the story. I am far from a Baseball fan and I couldn’t put this book down. Both Holly and Dan are compelling characters that will drive a spike into you with their authenticity. One of my most favorite aspects of this story is how different Dan and Holly became who they are. Two completely different upbringings and yet Joachim expertly brings them together in such a believable way that I won’t be surprised if ballparks across America find themselves over-run with “hot dog girl” applications. There is even a review on Amazon from someone who is a hot dog vendor! The story isn’t all romance. Joachim weaves a thrilling thread with Holly and her ties to a sketchy ex-boyfriend. Right from the first page, the hazardous and perilous life of Holly draws you in to her desperation and regret. While reading, I was constantly concerned for her safety. This book kept me on my toes in more than one way. Beginning with the introduction of Dan, I felt an immediate kinship with him. Coming from a small town myself, his charm and authenticity really made me want better for him. While successful and incredibly talented, I loved how Joachim made him imperfectly real. He’s not the best there ever was. He’s not a Baseball prodigy. He’s a guy who is improving in many areas of his life. He’s like a regular guy who is growing and learning with each new experience life throws at him. He’s a guy you would be hard pressed not to like. Since a good part of the secondary characters are single….I’m looking forward to future books exploring their lives and future (possible) loves! I loved everything about this story. It’s sweet but tense. Thrilling and comforting. The best of both worlds. I highly recommend it. To see my full review, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!
This was a warm fuzzy read. Proved that mistskes can be made, life will go forward and prince charming does exist!!! Very excited for the next in this series!!
***SPOILER ALERT*** Jean Joachim never ceases to amaze me. A prolific author, I keep thinking ‘this one can’t possibly be as good as the last one’, and every time she proves me wrong. Dan Alexander, Pitcher is the first book in Jean’s newest series, Bottom of the Ninth, and is a fascinating introduction to what will surely be another hit for her. Dan Alexander is the pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, a fictional major league team. Handsome, single, and a womanizer. Always on the look-out for a new conquest yet always maintaining a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude. Dan is beginning to tire of the phony women who throw themselves at him and other athletes trying to snag them, for their fame, for their money, for whatever they can get from them. Holly Merrill was a spoiled little rich girl who suddenly found herself in a very perilous position and is now living under the Witness Protection Program. Waiting to testify against her former beau. Unbeknownst to her, the rich, handsome man she thought she was in love with turned out to be a notorious mobster, running a prostitution ring and having people ‘disposed’ of. Somehow, a couple of Flash’s men have discovered where Holly is and have showed up on her doorstep to keep her from testifying at their boss’s upcoming trial. Holly escapes them before they can get her and is on the run. Holly’s friends, Trent and Jory, have a friend whose nephew in New York City is willing to help Holly get lost among the crowd and she decides to hide there in plain sight. Bud Magee works at the Nighthawk’s stadium running the hotdog concession, he agrees to let Holly stay with him and his family and to give her a job at the stadium as a hotdog girl. All Holly wants to do is to survive to testify against Flash and see him put away so he can never hurt anyone again, and then be able to move on with her own life. When Dan and Holly meet at the stadium and start getting to know each other their life views and priorities begin to change and morph into something neither of them were expecting or ready for. This story is a little different than Jean’s other stories. It explores the darker side of life and the impact that poorly made decisions can have on one’s life. The mystery of not knowing if Holly would ever be able to have a normal life and be herself again, the tenderness and loyalty that emerge from Dan’s character, and the protective nature of everyone who took care of Holly through her ordeal made this book for me. It’s more than just a Sport’s Romance, it makes you stop and think about how our choices in life impact more than just ourselves. I’m looking forward to getting to know Dan’s teammates on the Nighthawks and seeing what life holds in store for each of them.