Title: Saving Drew
Author: Lara Van Hulzen
Series: Silver Bay #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 24th Jan
Recovering from a shoulder injury that could end his career as starting pitcher of the New York Empires, Drew MacIntire comes to Silver Bay for solitude and privacy from the media frenzy his surgery has created. After he dances with the beautiful baker, Baylee, at his sister’s wedding, his heart not only wants baseball back, but a future with her as well.
Baylee Nelson is settled into her simple, small town life in Silver Bay with her young son, Casey. When Drew saunters into her bakery intent on asking her out, she can’t help but be thrilled. He’s handsome, sexy, kind, and also takes interest in Casey. Baylee knows she needs to keep things casual. She and Drew live in separate worlds, and she needs to keep her focus on her business and son, but Drew didn’t get to the top by giving up easily.
Drew and Baylee are falling hard, but with spring training approaching, it seems like the third strike for their future… Can their love withstand the media glare and challenges of a long distance romance?
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This is a sweet and easy read about an injured sportsman and the single mother he falls for. The romance is clean and there are plenty of friends and family to add to the small community feel, making the whole thing nicely enjoyable.
A little too nice at times, perhaps. Drew is a decent guy and Baylee is a really nice woman. Their relationship does seem to come out of nowhere, though. There’s a bit of attraction, but I never felt any chemistry between them. They hang out a few times and suddenly it’s serious – or it could be serious. It all felt rather sudden and easy and rather low on angst considering some of the issues they potentially face. Which is also how most of their problems seem to be resolved. In fact, most of this book is about internal thoughts about the future, without a lot of real time spent together.
That’s not to say they’re not good together. They’re a cute couple and I loved how Drew got along so easily with Casey. He accepts Casey exactly how he is and doesn’t get worried about the possible Asperger’s diagnosis. I think their relationship was my favourite part of the whole book. I was less fond of Drew’s meddling sister, mostly because she doesn’t seem to give Drew any credit for the solid guy he clearly is.
Overall this is okay. The romance is clean, the plot is pleasant and the characters are nice. I never felt too caught up in their problems, though, or convinced that anything major was going to go wrong. I would have liked to have seen more of them trying to make things work and maybe a few more challenges in their way, but if you’re looking for an easy, low-angst read, then this will certainly deliver that.
Saving Drew is out January 24th.
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