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I've been on a bit of a kick lately listening to sports-themed romance books. Until this book, I'd never read any of Nicole Williams' work. Unfortunately, this story fell flat for me so I won't be seeking out other books by this author.
I liked the premise of this book - an athletic trainer who starts a romance with the team's star athlete. There was chemistry and so the romance part of this story worked. What didn't work was the story itself. The characters were just so flat. The author shares very little in the way of the heroine's life and even less of the hero's - though, this book is written from the POV of the heroine only.
The book revolves around the two main characters...mostly their hotel rooms and very little actual baseball or things outside of their respective jobs. Honestly, I just didn't care about the characters all that much. I didn't know enough about them to be invested in their relationship.
There were some attempts to drive the story - like the necessity of secrecy about the relationship (fraternization policy, and disrespect of the female trainer, etc.). There was also a couple secrets in Luke's past which of course ended up being misconstrued and caused the stereotypical separation towards the end of the book. None of these things were compelling enough to elevate the story to anything above a "paint by numbers" romance book.
As for the narration, Lauren Sweet was this audiobook's saving grace. Her native speaking voice takes some getting used to - it comes off a bit nasal-y and you'll find her voices for Luke's teenage sisters pretty annoying. However, Lauren's male voices are AWESOME.
If you are looking for a great baseball romance, I'd recommend Moonshot (by Alessandra Torre). If you are just in the mood for sports and romance, then my personal favourites are Kulti (by Mariana Zapata), and Verite (by Rachel Blaufeld). All three are far better choices than Stealing Home...trust me.
Worth a credit? Nope. I don't think I'd buy this one even if it was on sale.
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