Reaching First

Reaching First

by Mindy Klasky

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A naïve, innocent woman too sweet for her own good meets a man too bad for words in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!

Hotheaded Tyler Brock has one huge strike against him when he arrives in Raleigh as the Rockets' star first baseman: he owes one hundred hours of community service for starting a bar fight. Lost in a new town with a new team, Tyler can't confide his greatest shame to anyone—he can't read.

When he's assigned to work for Emily Holt, he's in even bigger trouble. Emily is beautiful, uptight, and ready to shed her secret, unwanted virginity. They hit it off, in more ways than one. But when illiterate Tyler shirks his book-bound community service, Emily must hold him accountable.

Can this mismatched pair save each other by sharing their long-held secrets?

This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the third book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky's Diamond Brides baseball series.

The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:

Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.

Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)
Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)
Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)
Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)
Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)
Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)
From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)
Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)
Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


Product Details

BN ID: 2940149320332
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Diamond Brides , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 507,819
File size: 552 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere through stories. As a writer, Mindy has traveled through various genres, including light paranormal, hot contemporary romance, and traditional fantasy. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her to-be-read shelf.

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Reaching First 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RJoie More than 1 year ago
Damn if Mindy Klasky doesn't write the most fun niche genres that seem tailored to me. I love this lady, I do. Baseball + Romance + Teaching to Read = Joie bait. MMMMMMMMMMMM. This is my favorite, thus far, of the Diamond Brides series and I eagerly await the next installment. Give me my sexy, sexy infield. And hallelujah for resolved narrative issues! :D In the first two books, as much as I enjoyed them, there were some moments when the characters were too understanding - where conflict SHOULD have been there was none OR the conflict got resolved by a sudden burst of "I understand your motivations and all is forgiven" rather than a discussion. The discussion in this book didn't occur between the two main characters (Tyler and Emily), but it did occur. Tyler struggled and sought perspective. I really appreciate problems that need to be resolved. We did go back to rushed romance in this narrative (seriously, I'm LDS (Mormon) and I'm not used to people falling in love and getting engaged so fast), but I appreciate that this time, there was a reason it happened this fast: these characters spent HOURS upon HOURS together, alone. They had more time to bond. There were some really healthy discussions of virginity and of learning disabilities and hour our culture deals (poorly) with both. I love that Klasky is so sex and person positive. I also really appreciate how she presented the main heroine's religion's role in her decisions about sex without demonizing it. It was a fact of the character and it wasn't blind faith. Seriously, she writes a utopia that I would really love to live in. Healthy attitudes about sex for EVERYONE! Healthy depictions of differing opinions for ALL! Healthy treatment of differently abled persons ALL THE TIME! I also note that I finally caught that she's gently introducing the couples for the next book each book. It's so gently done that it took me three books to catch on and I really like that. So, ultimately, I think this series is going better places and even if it just maintained its quality from here on out, I would be VERY happy. A (solid writing, improvement in each book, better depiction of conflict resolution, healthy attitudes about personal choices and problems; rushed romance development)
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charliePN More than 1 year ago
The series is excellent....
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
Fun Sports Romance! “Tyler Brock was different, with his devil-may-care attitude and his laughing contempt for the rules. He was a bad boy, and he made her want to be a bad girl, in the best of all possible ways.” All Emily Holt wants to do is satisfy the terms of her grandmother’s will – she has one year to come up with a way to help veteran’s and their families, or she will forfeit her grandmother’s house and bank accounts to a rescue program for cockatiels. She has a plan, now she just needs resources to help her get her plan implemented. And when Tyler Brock is enlisted to help her out, she also thinks he can help her with something else…in the bedroom department. All Tyler Brock wanted was to stay in Texas, the only home he has ever known and the only place he has ever lived. When he finds himself traded to the Raleigh Rockets and having to serve 100 hours of community service due to the little altercation (ahem, bar fight) he had before leaving for Raleigh, little does he know that his community service will lead him right into Emily Holt’s life…and, if he’s lucky, right into her bedroom as well. This was a quick, fun read with two great characters. It doesn't take long to discover that there is so much more than meets the eye to both Emily and Tyler. Emily is strong, determined, and doing everything she can to make a difference. Tyler is caring, compassionate, and not at all the bad boy the press has made him out to be. From the moment these two first meet you just knew they would be great together and sparks would eventually fly. It was fun watching them fight their attraction to one another, especially since Emily was technically responsible for managing Tyler’s community service and a relationship really wouldn't be appropriate. But when things get a bit out of hand and secrets are revealed, Emily and Tyler find that maybe their happily ever after just wasn't meant to be…or is it? This is the first book in this series I have read and I will definitely be checking out others. If you like sports romances that leave you smiling, then this is definitely one for you! I received this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
The1LiteraryAce More than 1 year ago
With bases loaded Klasky hits this one out of the park! One of my favorite aspects of Mindy's Diamond Brides series is that the action starts on the first page. She doesn't spend a chapter 'building up to' a heart pounding, fast-paced storyline. Instead, she drops you into the plot in the very beginning. This style of writing makes it really difficult for me to down the book. In this particular story she tackles two situations that carry heavy stigmas - adult dyslexia and virginity. Yet she does it with sincere honesty, showing the shame and frustration in life due to situations that exist because of choices that we make or the way that we were born. Through this she lets readers see that no one is immune from being self-conscious. Now, throw on top of that some very powerful sexual encounters between the main characters and you've got the perfect mix for a baseball loving, human being accepting romantic. Mindy does an amazing job of bringing all of this together while keeping the reader engaged and moving forward with the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
Another homerun! Another great hit for Mindy's Diamond Brides series. In this one, we find newly traded Tyler Brock needing to work out community service.  In helping Emily Holt prepare to open Minerva's House, his inability to read comes to light.  Because of her previous job she is aware of a local doctor and his work with dyslexia.  She refers Tyler and this leads to a wonderful HEA 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first one of Ms. Klasky's books I have read and I enjoyed it a lot. I do have to say what I enjoyed the most is how she took on the taboo ofEmily being a virgin and Tyler's dyslexia . Both of these are subjects we always shy away from. As a person that has people in the family with dyslexia it needs more subjects to be addressed about it. As for Emilys virginity way to go. Young women need to know its ok to wait for the right per As I said this is the 3 rd book in and I most likely would have in enjoyed it more if I had read the first two, but it can be read as a stand alone
Triciahp1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one, even better than the 2nd one in the series! I just wish it were a little longer, only because I'd like to read more about Emily & Tyler. They were adorable & realistic, & their chemistry was off the charts!! This romantic story is unique & refreshing, I enjoyed it so much! Really hoping there will be more in this series, they keep getting better!!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Tyler Brock has just been told he is being traded to the Rockets baseball team. Angry at leaving his home and family, he goes out drinking the night before leaving. While at the bar, he gets into an altercation with another customer who insults one of his current teammates...his best friend who has helped him get through his biggest and most private problem that no one else knows...Tyler cannot read. As a result of this arrest, he is sentenced to hours of community service. Anna Benson, granddaughter of the team's owner, has made arrangements for Tyler's service. He is to help her best friend, Emily Holt, renovate her late aunt's home into Minerva House, a community support system for spouses of veterans. However, during their time together, Emily and Tyler find a mutual attraction for each other. Between Tyler's secret and Emily's own private secret, will they be able to pursue this attraction, or will the secrets tear their relationship apart. This is the 3rd book in the Diamond Brides series, but although Anna and Zach were featured in #2, the book can be read as a stand-alone novel. Interesting characters and a wonderful insight into Tyler's reading problem. Disclosure: I was provided an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily and Tyler's story had me riveted from the first page! Tyler is a first baseman traded to the Rockets. After being involved in a bar fight, he must complete 100 hours of community service. Emily is a social worker who is converting her family home into a haven for families of veterans. Tyler serves his hours helping restore Emily's home. Sparks fly between them but both harbor secrets that could tear their relationship apart. You really feel for both characters and are rooting for them for the entire story. This third book in the Diamond Brides series is another grand-slam win!