The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she’s a goner. For years, she’s watched him play on TV, and now she’s gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.
Grey’s crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she’s startled by what a jerk he can be.
Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He’s in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He’s only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.
But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one’s going to break his streak as baseball’s most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.
Miss Riki’s Review:
Received an ARC for an honest review.
As a lifelong baseball fan and lover of books, I was excited to read this novel. The idea of a small-town girl falling in love with a major league baseball player has so many intriguing possibilities, but unfortunately Night Games just didn’t handle it well. What started off pretty strong with Grey and Chase facing off in the little town of Stockton turned terribly wrong with a tawdry stripper storyline that confused the heck out of me. I’m not taken aback by the idea that our heroine might have at one time been a stripper, but the extortion scheme used to exploit that fact in the book was really off base.
Grey is a fine leading lady, with a strong will and sassy wit. She’s easy to like and at the start of the book I wanted to see her get with Chase. That’s when things go awry. There’s just no getting around the fact that Chase Whitfield is a jerk. Every chapter from his POV reminds me that he’s entitled and whiny. There’s even a point in the book that he begs Grey to strip for him even though he knows that she’s haunted by that part of her past. He doesn’t have any qualms about begging her simply to assuage his own ego. He wants her to strip for him simply because he can’t handle the idea that other men have seen her naked and he hasn’t. It’s absurd. I had a hard time getting past the fact that he only thinks about himself and in the end I wanted Grey to tell him to take a hike.
I had high hopes for this book and it did begin well, but in the end it was a little bit all over the place and I had a hard time engaging with Chase as the leading man.