Her brother's best friend used to be Callie's friend too. But that was before he became a jerk, and then her coach, and now...her first kiss. There's no doubt about it, Noah is avoiding Callie like the plague now that she's living in the dorms on his college campus. She'd hoped this weeklong softball clinic would help put their past awkwardness behind them--after all, he'd taught her everything she knows about the game. But her brother's best friend is more of a jerk than ever. Until he kisses her. And now...well, now she doesn't know what's going on between them. But it doesn't matter, not really. She's not here for Noah, she's only here to show the recruiters at the big showcase game that she has what it takes to play for a college team. It's a solid plan...until it all falls apart. Thanks to Noah's overprotective interference, she's kicked out of the showcase game, and any chance of college scholarships slips out of her reach. But there might be a way to salvage her plan and her future. She just has to be seen, right? Noah's the new coach for a charity softball event and he owes her big time. She might just be able to save her scholarship chances if she can survive his coaching...and his kisses.
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They are content to stay out of each other's way, even though Callie wants to know what is bothering Noah so much since she used to be able to talk to him. Then one kiss changes everything. With her overthinking nature, Callie sets her mind on the idea that Noah would have kissed anyone in the scary situation they were faced with at the time. Noah, meanwhile, does his best to put Callie out of his mind, out of respect for his friendship with her brother.
When they are thrown together in a ball game with Noah as the coach and Callie as the star pitcher, their friction gets ramped up many notches, and they are forced to confront their feelings once and for all.
Maggie Dallen has captured the beauty of falling in love along with the uncertainty of it all. Definitely a story to add to any contemporary romance lover's must-read list.
Callie has only had one goal in life - get a college scholarship to play softball. Growing up, one person shared her goal. Her brother's best friend Noah wanted nothing more than to play baseball. When an injury sets his future on a different path than hers, he begins pushing her away.
But she refuses to let go so easily. A program at his college gives her the perfect opportunity to rekindle their lost friendship... until his true reasons for pushing her away rise to the surface.
What I loved:
Callie is such a cute character. She's the typical tom boy who is beautiful, yet doesn't know it. The guys around her eat out of the palm of her hand and she never uses the power she has. When she finally gets Noah to admit to his feelings, their chemistry is fantastic.
The book is written in such an easy-to-read style that it's really a pleasure. Light themes make for a good one-sitting read that won't leave heavy emotions weighing on your mind for the rest of the day.
What was just okay:
Noah wasn't a very likable character. For much of the book, I didn't want him to win the girl because he was just so mean to her. A few cliches are used as well.
A fun, well-edited story about young love that is equal parts sweet and volatile. Easy, pleasurable reading for any love of YA romance.