Monday, August 31, 2015

Review by Maimeo's Angels: The Shortstop by A.M. 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 stand alone novel meant for readers who are 18+ due to mature content.

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5 Star 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a new author to me and I am always excited when given an opportunity to read a new author. It was an emotional read and so well written that it came alive in my mind. 
Quint Lawson and Annie Weber have been friends since they were 5 years old, living next door to each other. Their friendship developed and morphed into love, even their parents are best friends. Life couldn’t be better; they have it all planned out. They will attend the same college and fulfill their dreams, Quint as a professional baseball player and Annie as a 
teacher. What Quint and Annie didn’t plan on is how one or two pivotal moments in time can destroy their lives and rip them apart Quint is a talented baseball player, a shortstop and his goal has always been to play professional ball. In fact he is so talented that it is a given. Annie has always been his soul mate, his first and last love and his biggest fan. When tragedy strikes, Quint and Annie are devastated and ripped apart. Quint cannot face the life he is now forced into and in his case it is certainly true that you always hurt the one you love the most. Annie is beside herself as Quint tries to run away from the reality that is now his life. The roller coaster that both Quint and Annie are forced to ride due to his actions was at times draining and so emotional. I wanted to shout at him, I was so frustrated by his behavior and yet I could understand at the same time. Poor Annie, all I wanted to do was hug her and offer her a shoulder to lean on and hit Quint over the head for hurting her. The most frustrating thing was that you could see how very much Quint loved and adored Annie, even as he hurt her deeply and pushed her away. Poor Annie was so deeply traumatized by his actions I worried that she would never recover. You have no idea how relieved I was when another near tragedy finally wakes Quint up and he realizes just what he has done and how deeply he has her the one person he has and will always love, Annie. I didn’t want this book to end. I kept hoping that there would be more although I did appreciate that there was an epilogue a few years down the track.I thoroughly loved this book and would highly recommend The Shortstop to anyone looking for an emotional contemporary romance. I will certainly be reading more form the extremely talented A.M. Madden.

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Amazon Best Selling Author ~ 
A.M. Madden's debut novel is Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. The series includes Back-Up, Front & Center, Encore, Backstage, and The Devil's Lair Novella.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while raising teenage boys.

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