The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: January 4th
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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My Review (ARC provided)
The Strike Out is just the book I needed to bring in the New Year, and surprise surprise it’s Meghan Quinn! It seems like the past few New Years I’ve gotten the pleasure of reading one of her books. Everyone needs a little Holt Green in their life, in fact, I texted my bestie just that, “you need Holt Green in your life.” He was the perfect mix of everything you’d want in a man; funny, dirty, sweet, charming, hot, and cocky. I have been dying for Holt’s story, wondering who his mystery girl was that was locker room material. I remember reading The Locker Room wanting more of him and we finally got it! And let me tell you the story of Holt and Harmony is so worth the wait.
Harmony is a strong feisty girl that has her guard up and for good reason, she’s been burned before and works so hard to make ends meet. She needs to get through school and hold a job so that she can pay for her education. Holt is the exact reason she has her guard up, an athlete, rich, and on scholarship. He’s too arrogant and privileged to be in her life. Or is he? His persistence has her breaking down her walls but he needs to prove to her that he isn’t who she’s chalked him up to be.
I loved the story of their relationship and how Holt wouldn’t let up. He knew what he wanted and went for it. I also love the text messaging Meghan always puts in her books, they crack me up and always have me smiling. Harmony and Holt made such a perfect couple with their banter and sexual chemistry. I could go on and on but you need to read to experience the quintessential couple that Harmony and Holt are.
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It started with one night out with the boys.
She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school.
I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges.
On paper we didn’t match.
Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.
She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me.
She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm.
But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.
I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time - just a good time.
She’s changed me.
But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.
“Four patty melts, then?” Harmony asks, with a little more attitude in her voice than before.
“That would be—”
“Is there something wrong?” I ask, interrupting Knox before he can say something douchey like “that would be lovely.”
“Nope.” She pops the P with a snap of her lips and refuses to look at any of us.
“Then the patty melts would be—”
“Do you have something against us being on the baseball team?” I ask, turning my entire body toward her. Carson groans. He becomes “ravenous” when he’s drunk, and I know all he wants is his patty melt with a plateful of fries, but I want some answers first.
The stigma on campus is that the players on the Brentwood baseball team are entitled assholes—which might be true for some of the players who’ve worked through the system, but not for us. There’s also a good chance, at least once a day, that we run into a student on campus who hates us. Didn’t think it would happen before school started.
“Dude, you’re so aggressive right now,” Knox says. “Maybe she just—”
“Yeah, I do.” Harmony props her hand on her hip.
“Okay, never mind.” Knox leans back in his booth and folds his arms over his chest.
“Let me guess,” I say in an irritated and affronted tone. “You think we’re a bunch of entitled assholes who rule the campus and don’t deserve half the benefits we receive for being on the team.”
She folds her arms as well and with a whole lot of sass, she says, “Yeah, I do. Your expensive stadium, equipment, staff, and full-ride scholarships eat up half the tuition on this campus, leaving nothing for us peasants. You’re obnoxious, self-righteous, and think the world revolves around you. Meanwhile, the rest of the students around you work at shitty diners, earning low wages, serving drunk morons like you at all hours of the night, just to put ourselves through college so we can earn a degree, graduate to a shitty job that won’t pay for our student loans, and wind up in debt with the rest of the country.”
Silence falls. What do you say to that?
Clearly, she’s bitter, but with the passion flaming in her eyes and the claws ready to shoot from her fingertips, I think I should slowly back away.
Jason takes that moment to appear from the bathroom, and he sits with a resounding plop. He glances around and asks, “Did you order me a patty melt?”
Rolling her eyes, Harmony takes off toward the kitchen, leaving us concerned. Is she going to put in our order? Because we want our patty melts.
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