by Julie Cross
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub Date: Oct 7 2014
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Format: ARC eBook
Source: Netgalley / Tour
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Life loves a good curveball…
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.
But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.
But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart
My Review: I was excited to get an early copy of the book. I've read Julie's Tempest books and they were just great! This story is different from those books and I love seeing an author tackle different things. Julie did a really great job and I can't wait to see what else she comes out with!
Now to the story....
Okay, so Annie is going to have a different life now. She gets up and heads over to Missouri. It should be fun right? A school for only girls, nice cold weather and sports. A girls dream! Yeah okay, so not what she pictured but maybe it wont be so bad when Jason enters her life. Least I wouldn't mind seeing a good looking guy in just a towel. Not a bad way to meet someone for the first time, and I know Annie isn't going to mind in the end. Plus I enjoy the relationship Annie has with her dad and its maybe the best one I've read in a while. Its usually the girl and the mother and its always nice to see a change of things.
Jason Brody is a dreamy boy that you would want yourself. Despite his not so good history, he really is a nice guy. Put aside the juvenile history and his mom getting rid of him, you'll get to see a good guy. You will love him, want to be there for him, and just find him t be one of the best male characters to read about this fall.
Now put them together! They are great together. Both have done a lot in their life and always strive to do the best at what they are doing. Family life isn't perfect for them both, but now things are okay and its just another thing to bring them closer together. Things weren't going fast. The relationship was built really well and you get the chance to know these characters separately and then get to love them as a couple. It was brought together perfectly and you could see this as a real life couple.
Okay so in most cases the guy tends to do something stupid or isn't there when he should be because of whatever reason. But Julie has done it! She really made a guy who is perfect and is there for Annie and threw me off many times. Every time I expected something to happen, I got surprised and just kept enjoying the story. Julie is amazing and I can't wait to read more of her work!