Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…
The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.
I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart.
Moonshot was definitely more than I expected. Since I went into it blind I initially thought that this was just a regular sports romance but it’s about a lot more than baseball. There’s tons of drama and suspense that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat the entire book. This book is the definition of a page-turner.
Ty is the daughter of a baseball legend and when her mom dies she begins to travel with her dad and his team. In typical tomboy fashion she is now a ballboy(girl) and is seen as one of the boys. The team has become her family but there’s one player she has her eye on… When Chase is transferred to the team she knows that she needs to keep her distance but the more she resists the bigger the allure is until it becomes to much. There’s just something different about him that keeps drawing her in.
I love Ty because she’s ballsy (pun intended). She can hold her own against gruff guys twice her age and not even flinch. Growing up on the road surrounded by guys has taught her not to take any crap from anyone and how to stand up for herself. When any of the guys give her crap she can dish it right back. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and that includes Chase Stern.
“He couldn’t. Never again, not with anyone else. Nothing would ever, after that moment, compare. Not with her cry, not with her reaction, not with her kiss. A woman shouldn’t be created in such heartbreakingly beautiful combinations. A woman shouldn’t, in fifteen minutes, have the ability to ruin him for life.”
Chase is your typical bad boy/jock. He always seems to be in the middle of a scandal and doesn’t seem to care about the consequences. That is until his latest scandal forces his team to put him up for trade. Fortunately for him he gets traded to the greatest team in the business (their words not mine) the New York Yankees and before he even realizes who Ty is he is hitting on her. When he finally finds out who she is he tries to keep his distance but their connection is unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.
At heart Chase is a good guy but he’s battling some serious demons that make having a relationship with him difficult. Those demons eventually put everything he has in jeopardy and he has to shape-up or lose everything. I love his character development the most in the book because even though we love a bad boy I love a bad boy with a heart of gold even better. He’s not perfect by any means but I grow to love him all the same.
The murder/suspense aspect of the book doesn’t start until halfway through but it works. It gives readers a chance to connect with the characters before all of the craziness starts. This is one of the super rare stories in which I don’t mind the…… SPOILER ALERT: affair. Yeah normally I hate books that feature affairs of any kind (the book Thoughtless comes to mind) but when an author can create such an authentic and powerful connection between characters I don’t seem to mind it that much. In addition to that Ty didn’t make up a million reasons as to why she was justified in having the affair and didn’t go around feeling super guilty either. Of course she loves her husband and feels bad but she knows that Chase is the love of her life and takes all the necessary steps to start the process of leaving her husband. I can’t stand it when they have an affair and the whole time they’re just trying to justify it by vilifying the person their spouse. If you’re going to have a (fictional) affair just own it and that’s what Ty does.
Overall, it was a great read. I truly felt connected to the characters and was hooked from the very first page. When the serial killer is revealed I had no clue it would be that person which is super refreshing! I Love what Alessandra has done with this book: bringing together sports romance and suspense. A must read regardless of what your favorite genre is.
About The Author
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.