Love Between the Bases #3
In Drive You Wild (Love Between the Bases #3) by Jennifer Bernard, being picked to play for a major league team is a dream come true for any baseball player. However, Trevor Srark is happy playing for the Kilby Catfish and does everything he possibly can to ruin his chances of being called up. When the team owner's daughter rescues him from a hairy situation, Trevor knows he's going to have to do everything in his power to distract her, otherwise she could be the one person to get him to talk about his past; a past he'd doesn't want anyone to learn the truth about.
Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor has returned to the tiny Texas town where her father owns a baseball team to lick her wounds after her failed marriage. Although it seems she's better off without her husband, even if the split was amicable. With a chance to work alongside her dad, she's been warned not to get too friendly with the players. Unfortunately, when it comes to Trevor Stark, her father's warning has gone in one ear and out the other. Because Paige is determined to learn why he keeps ruining his chances of being called up to play in the major league.
Having absolutely loved the first two books of this series, there was no way I wasn't going to read this one, and I've got to say that it does not disappoint. From start to finish, this book was highly entertaining, fast-paced and captivated my attention immediately by what happens to Trevor. Normally, he's the one sabotaging his chance at being called up to the major league ranks. But this time is different, and he's lucky that Paige is there for him
The dialogue was compelling, and a nice blend of playful and intense. The intense due to the main characters back stories, the danger Paige faces because of her growing relationship with the hero, and the choices Trevor has to make throughout the book to protect those he cares about. While the playful dialogue between Trevor and Paige had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. There's also some light-hearted moments between Paige and her father that made me smile. He's protective of her, and I could understand why, since he felt like he's failed her in some way.
Both the main characters as well as the secondary ones were fantastic. Paige and her father have quite a close bond, and I liked how protective he was of her, even though Paige didn't pay much attention to his advice. Then there's Trevor' sister, Nina. I felt sorry for her. She feels guilty for what Trevor's had to do to protect her, and there's no way she's going to continue to allow him to make the sacrifices he's made.
As for Paige, she's strong, brave and I liked her determination to discover the truth of why Trevor keeps ruining his chances of playing in the major league. Since she knows there has to be something major that's keeping him from competing at the top level, because he lives and breathes baseball and there's nothing more important to him than the game besides protecting his sister. I also liked how she's trying to pick up the pieces of her failed marriage and move on, even though there are constant reminders of her ex because he's getting married again. Moreover, Trevor is good for her in the way he provides a wonderful distraction from the constant reminders.
While Trevor, it isn't easy for him to get close to anyone for fear that they'll end up getting hurt when things he supposedly did in his past come back to haunt him. Yet, Paige manages to worm her way into his life by not giving up on him, even when -- at times -- he lives up to his nickname 'Ice Man'. The decisions he had to make when it came to his sister, his career and Paige weren't easy, but I'm glad he made the right choices. No way could he let the bad guys win. Not when it could cost him his career and the chance to be with Paige.
Overall, this book was a wonderful addition to the Love Between the Bases series by Ms. Bernard. The hot sex scenes, well-written dialogue and attention-grabbing plot certainly made for a riveting read that has me so looking forward to the next story in the series, especially if Trevor's sister is the heroine. This story ended perfectly with the challenge between Trevor and Paige's dad, and if the hero won than his prize was worth facing off with her dad. I would recommend Drive You Wild by Jennifer Bernard, if you enjoy contemporary romances with a dash of suspense.
Divorced and disillusioned at twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I live in Homer, Alaska, which I’m proud to say is the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. Yay! Right now we have nearly 24 hour daylight so I’m a little wired. (Summer solstice is coming up soon.) I write contemporary romance that has been described as “steamy and irresistible” with “quick wit” and “sizzling love scenes.” My first two series were about firemen and baseball players. I live with my husband and two stepdaughters on the edge of pristine wilderness, fortunately just within reach of cell service and Internet.
2. What three things about you might surprise your readers?
Since I got into social media, I’m not sure I have any secrets left! It might surprise readers that I backpacked around Europe when I was 14, along with my older cousin who was only 19. (Crazy, right?) Number 2: I can split wood like nobody’s business. (A handy skill in Alaska.) Number 3: I was a Hula Hoop champion in third grade and got my picture in the paper!
3. Is there a genre(s) that you think “I might like to write one of those.”?
I’m obsessed with dystopian YA fiction. My step-daughter and I actually came up with an idea the other day and began plotting it out in the car. She gets first dibs, since she actually is a young adult (she’s 12.) But she asked if she could get me to write a few sentences now and then when she gets stuck. I can’t wait to get my hands on the story!
4. Tell us about DRIVE YOU WILD.
DRIVE YOU WILD is a baseball romance about bad boy slugger Trevor Stark, who has a reputation as a troublemaker. He falls hard for the good-girl daughter of the team owner. Paige Taylor is recovering from a humiliating divorce and is starting over as an intern at Catfish stadium. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with one of her father’s players, but Trevor Stark is too fascinating to resist. Falling for Trevor is even more dangerous than she realizes because he’s hiding something big and it’s about to turn his life upside down.
5. Where did the idea for the storyline come from?
Trevor has been a character in the previous Love Between the Bases series, and I have to say he’s acted like a jerk. But he always intrigued me, and I knew there was a reason why he was playing the bad boy. I wanted to dig down and unearth those reasons and work the storyline around that. Crush Taylor, the owner, has also been an important character so I knew bringing in his estranged daughter would really shake things up.
6. What do you think readers will like/love about Paige and Trevor?
I think readers will fall for Trevor once they see what’s driving his behavior. He is a fiercely protective good guy hiding behind an arrogant mask. Everything he does is for a very good reason, and once you understand the reason, you see what an amazing person he is. Paige is kind and compassionate and she really cares about people. She’s a loving person who has been wounded by her ex-husband, but hasn’t lost her faith in people. That’s what I love about her. She always has faith in people’s underlying goodness.
7. What was your favorite scene from the book?
8. Who are some of your book boyfriends? What draws you to them?
Mr. Darcy is my original book boyfriend. I will alsoinclude any member of the Bonner family in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books. I love Alex in Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake. The common thread between all these book boyfriends is that I love a “tortured” hero. Someone who has suffered a blow, who has matured from it and really had to dig deep to overcome it.
9. If you had to pick a favorite cocktail of choice, what would it be? (It can be non-alcoholic too)
I’m going with the Mojito because it has so many of my favorite flavors. Mint, lime, sugar. Leave out the alcohol and it’s still delicious. Drinking a Mojito is the next best thing to relaxing on a beachside lounge chair. Mojito in a lounge chair? Pure bliss.
10. What’s next for you?