The Shortstop by AM Madden
Quint and Annie sitting in a tree…K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”
Quint Lawson and Annie Weber heard that childhood song over and over and it never bothered them. Even though Quint was only five, Annie wasn’t just his neighbor. She would become his best friend and the love of his life. Annie wasn’t interested in dolls, or girly things when growing up. A tomboy at heart, having a boy as a best friend suited her just fine. That same boy captured her heart.
Quint had two passions, his girl and baseball. From kindergarten to college, Quint tore up every baseball diamond he played on. His position was shortstop. His talent was undeniable. Professional ball was most definitely in his future, and he was ready for it. Annie would be right by his side.
When everything in life is perfect, it’s hard to imagine heartbreak in any form. Quint wasn’t immune to its power. This shortstop had no idea what any form of heartbreak could do to his perfect world. When it hit, there were many casualties left in its wake…the most important one was Annie.
Can a person be prepared for, understand, or even endure a misfortune if they’ve never experienced one before? In Quint Lawson’s case the answer is no.
The Shortstop is a contemporary romance standalone novel meant for readers who are 18+ due to mature content.
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I’ve never been much of a sports romance person but I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone. The buildup to the devastating incident is a bit slower than I usually like and I almost skimmed thru a chapter or two but I didn’t and I’m very glad that I didn’t skip over anything because everything that happens in the first part of the book makes the rest more heartbreaking. I spent hours sitting on my couch reading this book choked up and on the verge of tears.
I love when a book makes me want to smack some sense in to one or more of the characters (sorry Q but you needed it a few times and it didn’t look like Annie was going to do it) or just smacked them because of what they did (yes Daphne, I’m talking about you).
I am really happy I had the opportunity to read this fantastic book by AM Madden and look forward to reading more of her work.