Home Run

Home Run

by Heidi McLaughlin


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl comes a sports romance with "a hot, complex hero and a gutsy, multidimensional heroine" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

I've given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I'm so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There's nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I've ever met. When I'm with her, I can't think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there's no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that's it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I'm a love 'em and leave 'em player, fine.

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn't mean tearing out my own heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455598274
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Boys of Summer Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 306,562
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, a Highland West/mini schnauzer, JiLL, and her brother, Racicot. When she's isn't writing stories, you'll find her sitting court-side at her daughters' basketball games.

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Home Run 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lenorewastaken 4 months ago
3 stars — This book started off pretty good, even with the insta-attraction and fast moving feelings. But unfortunately the characters didn’t behave consistently, and I got a little bit cranky with them. At the start of this book Cooper comes across really earnest, hard-working, and sweet! I mean, there were some moments during training that his personality seemed two-sided, and I couldn’t figure out if he was a jerk or not, but in general I really liked him. I loved that with his concentration on baseball and his career, he seemed to have a very romantic side. He didn’t have much in his romantic past, and his crush on Ainsley was kind of endearing. And then those moments where he was a jerk became more frequent, and his personality really became dichotomous…these two halves of him just didn’t make sense in one person. Ainsley kind of suffered from a similar schizophrenic personality problem, but at least I kind of got why she was so torn (what with the stress she was dealing with). Honestly, I can’t really tell you too much about Ainsley as a person, b/c so much of what we learn of her is wrapped up in caring for her Mother in her battle with cancer. So she’s stressed, confused, depressed. We know she’s involved with the giraffe’s with the zoo, but that really doesn’t come into play one way or another in the rest of the book. And in the end she ran very hot and cold with Cooper, all-in one moment, pushing him away the next, then wanting him back a few hours later. It was enough to give me whiplash. Having one character behave in this way is one thing, but both of them was frustrating. As for the two of them together? Well, they started off sweet, then got deliciously steamy, and then the feelings came UBER quickly, and then they turned toxic. And from there I couldn’t keep track of how they felt about one another, and I just didn’t buy in. There were definitely high points in this book…even towards the end, when Cooper stood up for Ainsley with his Dad, or the bits with the pregnancy. But it wasn’t enough to save it in my opinion. Also, there was a lot of extra “stuff” in this book. There was a LOT of baseball stuff…which is fine, but I felt like the descriptions of the games got really detailed a few times and it didn’t seem necessary to the plot. Also, there were a LOT of secondary characters taking up time in the story. And while I knew Ethan & Daisy were from the first book, their cameos took up a lot of space (almost like the author liked their relationship more and didn’t want to let them go). I haven’t read a lot of Ms. McLaughlin, but I could totally guess that Ryan and Hadley were cameos from another book too (and I verified it), because they served no purpose in Cooper & Ainsley’s story, but they were constantly mentioned. So yeah. I’m a bit bummed, mostly b/c I was impressed with parts at the beginning, and then it just didn’t play out to my tastes. I really can’t stand inconsistent characters, or characters who have extreme reactions…I guess I’m more into subtlety. I’m starting to think this author just isn’t for me…
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
To say that Ainsley Burke has a lot on her plate is a complete understatement, not only is she working full-time, but she is also caring for her ailing mother. Knowing that her mother could leave this earth at any given time weighs heavy on her heart and mind, and the thought of being alone after is more than she can bare. But she has a good friend to help pick her up when things get rough, and she always knows just what Ainsley needs, and right now she thinks Ainsley needs a little fun, and possibly love, in her life. So, she intervenes when a handsome baseball player asks for Ainsley's number, and Ainsley declines his request, and sneaks the number to him. From there the sparks start flying between the two of them, and as much as Ainsley tries not to fall for Cooper Bailey, she does, even though she knows he's bound to leave once spring training is over... question is can their love withstand the distance? Or is he just like all the other athletes her mother warned her about? Cooper Bailey eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball, he wants to play in the big game, and make a name for himself, but there is one thing standing in his way, and the only way he can eliminate that factor is to prove he can fill the shoes of the man holding the spot. So, he dedicates every spare minute he has practicing, he avoids all distractions, and when the rest of the team is going out for drinks, he is at the field putting in extra work. He doesn't date, because for one his lifestyle doesn't really afford him the time for a relationship, and two it is a distraction that could keep him from achieving his goal... but he didn't account for a woman like Ainsley Burke to come into his world! And once she is there he isn't about to let her slip away... distraction or not!! Home Run packs a serious punch, one that is certain to leave a serious dent on your heart! The moment I started this emotionally charged read I was completely addicted, and had no intentions of stopping until I had consumed every last word. I have to say Ms. McLaughlin really got me with this one, her touching story tugged on my heartstrings, and stirred the emotions! These two were both determined to not let love into their lives for fear it would disrupt it, but it was love that they both actually needed all along. Their road to finding their happily ever after was filled with bumps, and a few potholes here and there, but they didn't let it stop them from finding their way, it was quite the journey... and I am happy I had the chance to tag along on the ride!! Highly recommend this series, Ms. McLaughlin's sexy baseball players are sure to score a special place in your heart!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title. (
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Home Run is the perfect blend new adult and sports romance. It pairs Renegades rookie Cooper Bailey (the perfect baseball name) and Ainsly Burke, a spunky girl who cares for her ill mother and works in the zoo. They meet when the team is doing a charity event at the Zoo and neither is really looking for a relationship. Cooper begins to pursue Ainsley and soon they are dating. Things go great for a few weeks, but unfortunately their fling ends before it gets a real start. Tragic circumstances bring them back together and both must decide if they want to pursue a future together. This book captured my attention and soon I had to buy book one in the series. I loved the complex characters, the smart sports references, and the happy ending. Ms. McLauglin is one of my favorite sports romance authors and I highly recommend any of her books! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the next chapter, needed more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line is good but everthing is rushed and there are a lot of grammer errors. I have loved all her other books, very disappointed with this book.
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Ambur More than 1 year ago
I first came across The Boys of Summer series when I read an excerpt for the third book, GRAND SLAM, which won't be out until May, but once that caught my interest, I knew I had to go and read the other two books! I came across the opportunity to join the blog tour for HOME RUN and I jumped at the chance! I'm so glad that I did! I really, really loved Cooper, and I thought that his relationship with Ainsley was adorable! I did think that it could've been flushed out a little better. For example, we were told that they were talking on the phone late at night a bunch of times rather than getting to experience it firsthand, and I felt like Cooper's attitude was a bit flip-floppy at a couple of moments in the book, but other than that, I really enjoyed HOME RUN! I loved their chemistry, and I really loved the moments when they talked and weren't afraid to share their feelings with each other. The romance itself was adorable, and it had a great HEA! Now I can't wait to go back and read the first book in the series, THIRD BASE, featuring Ethan and Daisy!! I'm sure their story will be just as, if not even more, adorable than HOME RUN was! Overall, I thought that this was a very solid romance. The characters were pretty well developed, their chemistry was definitely there and very steamy, and all in all, I was extremely happy with how this story turned out! I'd definitely recommend HOME RUN and the rest of The Boys of Summer series to contemporary romance fans, especially if you've got a soft spot for sports romances like I do! * I received an egalley through Netgalley to participate in the HOME RUN blog tour and give an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and other social media profiles.
lisaher More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and it has me wanting to read more. Cooper is a rookie a baseball player when he meets Ainsley at the zoo where she works and they are instantly attracted to each other, however both are hesitant because of their situations Ainsley more so. They decide to give in and try until supervening circumstances change and they part. Both are miserable without each other and just maybe they don't need to be apart, but not everything is easy especially when Cooper is trying to hit a home run and make it and with Ainsley being in a different state, but when they realise they want each other will it be that easy? Can Cooper have the career and the woman of his dreams? Will Ainsley move to be with an athlete who holds her heart? This was very good sports stories, it was one of the more sweet sport reads that I've read and I love sport stories.
KOL79 More than 1 year ago
Heidi knock it out of the park again. This series just gets better and better. I love COOPER BAILEY. Cooper and Ainsley are so perfect for each other. Their connection is instant but Ainsley won't date another athlete since she was hurt before, but Cooper won't give up on her. Once Ainsley finally gives in they can't stay away from each other. But when a tragedy tears them apart, they both regret ending it like they did. They both think about each other and what could have been. With secrets coming to light will it bring them closer together or more further apart. Will Cooper & Ainsley reunite or will they strikeout? I love all the characters in this series and you can't help but laugh at the craziness that comes out of Travis Kidd's mouth. Once you start reading you will not be able to stop. Can't wait to read Travis's book next.
APB524 More than 1 year ago
I love these Boston Renegades!! Heidi McLaughlin's Boys of Summer are full of everything I love - baseball, humorous banter, smokin chemistry and more emotions than I thought possible! Cooper Bailey and Ainsley Burke brought me so many feels over the course of their story. I didn't know how their story could beat Ethan and Daisy's, but man oh man there was just something about them right from the start that made me cheer for them. Even when life was trying to keep them apart, thankfully they find their way. I loved how all the other Renegades and their families are part of the story! Plus if you're a baseball fan then you'll love how spot on Heidi writes and knows the game. Definitely a must read sports romance!!
ABREADS More than 1 year ago
Heidi can write baseball and romance!!! Cooper is ready to start his rookie season with the Boston Renegades and is eager for the starting position at center field. So the last thing he needs is a pretty strawberry blonde as a distraction. Ainsley is definitely not looking to date especially a baseball player. She has enough on her plate caring for her sick more and her job at the zoo. But Cooper Bailey is relentless and ready to show her not all athletes are bad. I loved watching Cooper chase Ainsley and not give up but with every relationship there is always a curve ball thrown and Cooper and Ainsley have to decide if there relationship will be a Home Run or a just a strike out
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.Ms.McLaughlin is new to me,one I will be reading more of in the near future.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
What is wrong with this picture? I hate football, baseball, basketball and hockey but am a fan of sports romance. Sarah Robinson and Catherine Gayle got me curious, Skye Jordan and Carly Phillips reeled me in and authors like Heidi McLaughlin, Victoria Denault and Jami Davenport keep me hanging around. Dedicated, opinionated and full of surprises, an athlete on a mission can get the heart racing on and off the field, ice or court. The drama comes when the risks start to outweigh the gain. With Home Run, Ms. McLaughlin strikes all the right cords with her sexy bad boy and his equally tempting bad girl. Home Run has all the tools to make a fan out of a novice like me.