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Thrown by a Curve is the fifth book of Play-by-Play series by Jaci Burton. This book is like the others in the series which always ends with a delicious HEA. A romance with steamy scenes and likeable characters. This story continues with the Riley family and focuses on Alicia "Gavin's cousin" and Garrett "hot baseball player". Alicia Riley is a physical therapist who is assigned to hot shot ball player Garrett Scott's shoulder recovery. Garrett is the typical star athlete... arrogant, confident, and extreme sexiness.This story was a pretty straight forward romance. There wasn't very much drama or conflict. I loved the pace the relationship took to progress. It was a slow gradually build from friendship to something more. I could still feel the chemistry between Alicia and Garrett from the very beginning. In fact, there were lots of sexual innuendos and flirtatious banter between them. The sex is postponed while the author focuses a lot on building the romance & chemistry between Garrett and Alicia. I will rate the book 3 stars, simply because it was good, fast and a easy listen. However, it was missing the typical intensity found in the other previous 4 books in the series. Keep in mind, it wasn't a bad book just not my favorite. I definitely look forward to listening to book 6 soon.
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Until the last 10 minute, Thrown by a Curve was a cute if predictable romance between baseball pitcher Garrett and PT therapist Alicia.
Unexpectedly, Garrett hit Alicia right after declaring his undying love and unexpectedly Alicia accepted the physical abuse as "sexy & exciting". What crap! No man would deliberating hurt a woman he likes or respects. And Alicia was not written as a weak, pathetic bimbo who would let a man degrade her.
For most of the story, Alicia was helping Garrett heal from a painful injury. After suffering for months, it didn't make sense that Garrett would inflict pain & humiliation on the person who helped him get better. And Alicia, as a medical professional, would understand the dangers of being with an abusive man.
I find it disturbing when sexual violence is presented as normal in a loving relationship, and almost always the woman is the one getting hurt.
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