By Michelle Lynn
I was destined for stardom.
From the age of seven, I was an all-star.
Parents praised me, coaches worshipped me.
As I got older, girls begged for me.
I was Beltline’s baseball God, guaranteed to put this small town on the map.
Then, after one night, that future vanished.
The legend was laid to rest.
I gave up my scholarship.
I fled from Beltline.
I left the girl behind.
Now, I’m back.
ROUNDING THIRD was the first novel I’ve read from Michelle Lynn, and I’m sad to say I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t realise this was going to be a college/young adult romance when I read the synopsis, and for me, college romances can be really hit and miss. I did finish the story, but I struggled to get into it for a few reasons. I often found the behaviour of the characters to be a bit childish and petty; there was a lot of drama, a lot of pushing and pulling, catfights over boys, bitchiness between teammates, and games played by Crosby and Ella to make the other jealous. Sometimes I couldn’t make sense of the conversations and sometimes I felt the conversations were choppy. The details about “that night” aren’t explained until the 44% mark, but up until then it felt like it was alluded to in every second thought Crosby and Ella had, and that became annoying pretty fast. Finally, I was quite disturbed by the scene where the baseball team uses a cutout of a naked woman, throwing balls at her breasts and vagina to settle bets. I could be wrong, but I just can’t see a coach or team getting away with that kind of thing in this day and age.
ROUNDING THIRD is told in dual POVs and appears to be a stand-alone, although I do feel that the story was left open for some of Crosby’s teammates to get their own stories. The story is a second-chance romance that finished with forgiveness and a HEA for Crosby and Ella.
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