The Shortstop by A.M. Madden

The Shortstop review on www.bxtchesbeblogging.com

The Shortstop review on www.bxtchesbeblogging.comThe Shortstop review on www.bxtchesbeblogging.comSynopsis TagThe Shortstop review on www.bxtchesbeblogging.comBxtches Be Blogging Book Reviews
The Shortstop by A.M. Madden

Here’s the truth BXTCHES: When I first came across The Shortstop , I was super excited. I read the reviews, I downloaded the sample, then I didn’t buy. Here was my dilemma. I knew once I started this book, a couple of things were going to happen. #1: This book was going to tear at my heart and drag me through some serious agony BEFORE it gave me what I wanted. #2: I knew once I started this book, there was no just “putting it down” (isn’t it crazy when people tell you things like that?), I bought this book on a Tuesday evening, I was finished by around 12:30 midnight (same evening). Sleep, what in the hell is that when you’re cuddled up with a really good read? 

The Shortstop will be told through both Annie and Quint’s POV’s.

Annie Weber and Quint Lawson has known one another most of their lives. They grew up next door to each other, their parents are best friends, so it only stood to reason that when the time came, they would fall in love. And they did. 

Next to having Annie as his wife, Quint’s only dream in life is to play shortstop in the majors. They are both set to graduate and Quint’s prospects at making his dream come true is looking more and more like a reality. In fact, he just received news that he’s been picked up to play for the minor league team of the Baltimore Orioles. The only thing left to do now, is to make the girl he’s been in love with more years than not, his wife. They are actually headed to Disney to celebrate graduation from college and Quint has the perfect proposal set up. The girl of his dreams has said YES, the job of his dreams is within reach, what in the world could go wrong? **this is not a spoiler, it actually happens in chapter 4, which is about 10% into the book.

Let’s backtrack just a bit. Annie’s BFF is Daphne. She is almost the opposite to what Annie is. She’s more carefree, more spontaneous, can’t really commit to her current boyfriend Billy, which happens to be Quint’s best bud. Billy is in love with Daphne, Daphne isn’t too sure how she feels, she knows she likes him a bunch, just not sure of the “L” word. Daphne and Billy’s problems seem to always involve Annie and Quint in one way or another. Annie is really just trying to play matchmaker, even though Quint insists that she stay out of it and Quint just does what any guy would do, he’s there if Billy needs him, otherwise he keeps out of it. Even though Daphne is Annie’s BFF, she is going to cause problems for Annie and Quint down the road and add to an already broken situation.

Even though Annie is standing by her man and even though she realizes that all of his dreams are coming true, she can’t help but wonder, where she will fit in, what about her dreams. Her dream of being a teacher may have to be put on hold, so Quint can live his. Annie does eventually come to the conclusion that everything that happens is for a reason and her love for Quint is much stronger and bigger than her wanting to teach, so she makes the decision to stand by him, so he can have everything he’s ever wanted.

When Quint gets the call that the Yankees are interested, that’s it, everything he has ever wanted is starting to come into focus. They buy out his contract with the Orioles and before he knows it, he is on the field at Yankee Stadium. He has his girl, he has his dream of playing for the Yankees, everything is right within his grasp, that is until is torn from his hands. 

When Quint get injured, the type of injury that is almost impossible to come back from, his whole world goes dark. Unfortunately, Annie is starting to wonder if baseball was the only thing that made him happy. Quint is beginning to realize that he is not able to be the man that he needs to be for Annie and it would be best for her to walk away. Now, he knows that she isn’t going to take that walk voluntarily, so he becomes the biggest of assholes, in the hopes of pushing her away.

This is where The Shortstop is going to start the agonizing process of ripping your heart out, just to put it back together. The author does a really good job here in making it to where you have some sympathy for Quint, even though you want to BXTCH slap him in the process, and you have a little pride for Annie when she finally stands up for herself and decides not to be anyone’s punching bag anymore, even if it means that Quint can’t be hers. Quint and Annie are going to have to endure a lot of pain and drama, which includes the Daphne situation I mentioned earlier, in order to get to the other side and the conclusion that they are truly each other’s soul mate. This is one of the first times I’ve read a book and was unsure of the outcome. Even though going in I was pretty certain of a HEA, as the end of The Shortstop started coming into focus, I really thought that maybe this author was going throw the reader for a loop and not allow the couple to get their fairy tale. I also must say, that the baseball storyline didn’t play out as I thought it would. This isn’t a good thing or a bad thing, it was just my own prediction didn’t come to fruition.

The Shortstop has a terrific secondary cast of characters. There isn’t a lot of them, but they pack a very powerful punch. Dare I say it? You may cuss me out after I proclaim this next statement, but here goes. . .even after what Daphne puts them through (which I’m sure you can guess), I kind of felt bad for her. Usually in that type of storyline, I’m all about calling a bitch a bitch, but in this case, my heart hurt for her. Although, I do think with the Daphne and Billy storyline, she was a bitch, though we find out why later in the book. The Shortstop was that book that needed these characters to really tie together the whole story. I don’t say that because I think that something is lacking here, I say it because that’s how in depth this book is.

Is there lots of sex here? Yes. What did I think about it? Well, I thought is was well written and I thought that some of it was steamy enough, I just didn’t get all crazy about it. The author said the right things and made both Quint and Annie sexy enough for the scenes, it just felt like a panty-ripping element was missing. That’s just my opinion, you may read it and feel the need to drop your jaw and curl your toes, more power to you girl.

All in all, The Shortstop was a fantastic book. I happen to love agonizing, tortuous books like this. Usually it takes me more than a minute to finish the book, I think I was so quick here because I was holding onto it for such a long time, that when the time came to actually read it, it was impossible to put down. It takes some talent to write a character that you know at some point during the book, the reader is going to have contempt for, but then be able to turn around and really force the reader to open up their hearts and find love for them. That’s what happens here with Quint, you will realize very quickly that there is a really thin line between love and hate and the definition isn’t always so crystal clear. 

Bxtches Be ReadingBook Review.4Favorite Quotes TagThe Shortstop review on www.bxtchesbeblogging.com

Goodreads TagA.M. Madden on www.bxtchesbeblogging.comWebsite/Amazon/Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter

BXTCHES Be Sharing:
Facebooktwitterpinterest

By Book Title

www.bxtchesbeblogging.com

A

Affliction: Knights Rebels MC (Book #2) by River Savage

Alex in Wonderland by Max Monroe

Anything But Minor (Balls in Play Series, Book #1) by Kate Stewart

Arrow’s Hell (Wind Dragon’s MC Series, Book #2) by Chantal Fernando

Axel (Corps Security, Book #1) by Harper Sloan

B

Bad Apple (The Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book #4) by Lani Lynn Vale

The Baller (A Down and Dirty Football Novel) by Vi Keeland

Bang Switch (Code 11-KPD SWAT Series, Book #3) by Lani Lynn Vale

Banking Her (Billionaire Bad Boys Series, Book #2.5) by Max Monroe

Banking the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boy Series, Book #2) by Max Monroe

Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train Series, Book #2) by Katie Ashley

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Series, Book #1) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Series, Book #2) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Series, Book #4) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers Series, Book #1) by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Player (Beautiful Series, Book #5) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Series, Book #3) by Christina Lauren

A Beautiful Wedding: A Novella by Jamie McGuire

Beck (Corps Security, Book #3) by Harper Sloan

Below Deck by Tara Sivec

Beneath This Man (This Man Series, Book #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Best Kase Scenario (Hyde Series, Book #2) by Layla Frost

The Bet (The Bet Series, Book #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Bleeding Love (Hope Town Series, Book #2) by Harper Sloan

C

Cage (Corps Security, Book #2) by Harper Sloan

The Catch (The Player Duet Series, Book #2) by K. Bromberg

Center Mass (Code 11-KPD SWAT Series, Book #1) by Lani Lynn Vale

Charlie Foxtrot (Code 11-KPD SWAT Series, Book #5) by Lani Lynn Vale

Cheater (Curious Liaisons Series, Book #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Chronicles of Moxie by Z.B. Heller

Clutch (Satan’s Fury MC Series, Book #4) by L. Wilder

Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Cole (The Ride Series, Book #1) by Megan O’ Brien

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confessions of a Queen B (Queen B Series, Book #1) by Crista McHugh

Conflicted Love (Needles Kiss, Book #2) by Lola Stark

Consolation (The Consolation Duet, Book #1) by Corinne Michaels

Cooper (Corps Security, Book #5) by Harper Sloan

Crash and Burn (Hell’s Disciples MC, Book #2) by Jaci J

Creed (Unfinished Heroes Series, Book #2) by Kristen Ashley

Cupid Has a Heart-On (The Holidays Series, Book #2) by Tara Sivec

D

Dare (Brothers of Ink and Steel, Book #1) by Allie Juliette Mousseau

Deacon (Unfinished Heroes Series, Book #4) by Kristen Ashley

The Deal (Off-Campus Series, Book #1) by Elle Kennedy

Devil’s Game (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #3) by Joanna Wylde

Double Tap (Code 11-KPD SWAT Series, Book #2) by Lani Lynn Vale

Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin

Dr. ER (St. Luke’s Docuseries, Book #2) by Max Monroe

Dr. OB (St. Luke’s Docuseries, Book #1) by Max Monroe

Dragon’s Lair (Wind Dragons MC Series, Book #1) by Chantal Fernando

Driven (The Driven Trilogy) by K. Bromberg

E

Egomaniac: A Tight Spaces Novel by Vi Keeland

F

Fallen Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (Rosemary Beach Series, Book #1) by Abbi Glines

A Father’s Fight: Blake & Layla #2 (The Fighting Series, Book #5) by JB Salsbury

Fifty Shades of Grey (Book #1) by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Book #2) by E.L. James

Fighting for Flight (The Fighting Series, Book #1) by JB Salsbury

Fighting the Fall (The Fighting Series, Book #4) by JB Salsbury

Fighting to breathe (Shooting Stars Series, Book #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series, Book #3) by JB Salsbury

Fighting to Forgive (The Fighting Series, Book #2) by JB Salsbury

Finding Spencer (B & S Series, Book #1.5) by Kimberly Knight

The Firework Exploded (The Holiday Series, Book #3) by Tara Sivec

Fling (Cafe Series, Book #2.5) by Jana Aston

Forever Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (Rosemary Beach Series, Book #3) by Abbi Glines

Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers Series, Book #2) by Tara Sivec

G

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain Series, Book #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons with the Dom Series, Book #1) by Kendall Ryan

Going Down (The Elevator Series, Book #1) by Katherine Stevens

Going Long (Waiting on the Sidelines, Book #2) by Ginger Scott

H

#Hater (Hashtag Series, Book #2) by Cambria Hebert

Hellion (Rebel Series, Book #2) by Elle Casey

Hit the Wall (Blythe College Series, Book #2) by Rochelle Paige

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

Hyde and Seek (Hyde Series, Book #1) by Layla Frost

I

Incandescent: Knights Rebels MC (Book #1) by River Savage

It Ends With Us: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

J

Jack and Coke (Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book #2) by Lani Lynn Vale

Jack Who?: A Storm Rock Star Romance (Silver Strings Series G-String Set, Book #1) by Lisa Gillis

K

Kill Shot (Code 11-KPD SWAT Series, Book #6) by Lani Lynn Vale

Knight (Unfinished Heroes Series, Book #1) by Kristen Ashley

L

Lead (A Stage Dive Novel, Book #3) by Kylie Scott

Leave A Mark by Stephanie Fournet

Lick (A Stage Dive Novel, Book #1) by Kylie Scott

Locke (Corps Security Series, Book #6) by Harper Sloan

M

Marek (Knights Corruption Series, Book #1) by S. Nelson

Maverick (Satan’s Fury MC Series, Book #1) by L. Wilder

Mid-Life Love (Book #1) by Whitney Gracia Williams

Mid-Life Love: At Last (Book #2) by Whitney Gracia Williams

The Mistake (Off-Campus Series, Book #2) by Elle Kennedy

Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Music of the Heart (Runaway Train Series, Book #1) by Katie Ashley

Music of the Soul (Runaway Train Series, Book #2.5) by Katie Ashley

N

#Nerd (Hashtag Series, Book #1) by Cambria Hebert

Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

Never Too Far: A Rosemary Beach Novel (Rosemary Beach Series, Book #2) by Abbi Glines

Normal (Something More Series, Book #1) by Danielle Pearl

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

O

Okay (Something More Series, Book #2) by Danielle Pearl

One Night Promised (One Night Trilogy, Book #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

P

Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics Series, Book #2) by Tara Sivec

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

Play (A Stage Dive Novel, Book #2) by Kylie Scott

#Player (Hashtag Series, Book #3) by Cambria Hebert

The Player (The Player Duet Series, Book #1) by K. Bromberg

Pucked (Pucked Series, Book #1) by Helena Hunting

Pucked Over (Pucked Series, Book #3) by Helena Hunting

Pucked Up (Pucked Series, Book #2) by Helena Hunting

Push the Envelope (Blythe College Series, Book #1) by Rochelle Paige

R

The Rage (Hell’s Disciples Series, Book #3) by Jaci J

Raid (Unfinished Heroes Series, Book #3) by Kristen Ashley

Raising Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed Series, Book #1) by Alyssa Rae Taylor

Rake’s Redemption (Wind Dragon’s MC Series, Book #4) by Chantal Fernando

Reaper’s Fall (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #5) by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Legacy (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #2) by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Property (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #1) by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Stand (Reaper’s MC Series, Book #4) by Joanna Wylde

Reasonable Doubt (Episode #1) by Whitney G.

Rebel (Rebel Series, Book #1) by Elle Casey

ReCap: A Normal Novella (Something More Series, Book #1.5) by Danielle Pearl

Resisting Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed Series, Book #2)  by Alyssa Rae Taylor

The Ride (Hell’s Disciples MC, Book #1) by Jaci J

Right (Wrong Series, Book #2) by Jana Aston

Rock Chick (Rock Chick Series, Book #1) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick Series, Book #3) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick Series, Book #4) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick Series, Book #2) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick Series, Book #5) by Kristen Ashley

Rock Me (Ross Siblings Series, Book #2) by Cherrie Lynn

Rockstar Daddy (Decoy Series, Book #1) by K.T. Fisher

Roomhate by Penelope Ward

The Run (Hell’s Disciples MC Series, Book #4) by Jaci J

Ryker: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Cold Fury Hockey Series, Book #4) by Sawyer Bennett

S

Sacked ( Gridiron Novel, Book #1) by Jen Frederick

Say You’ll Stay (Return To Me Series, Book #1) by Corinne Michaels

The Score (Off-Campus Series, Book #3) by Elle Kennedy

Scoring Her (Billionaire Bad Boys Series, Book #3.5) by Max Monroe

Scoring the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys Series, Book #3) by Max Monroe

Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers Series, Book #1) by Tara Sivec

Seize Me (Breakneck, Book #1) by Crystal Spears

Sharing You by Molly McAdams

The Shortstop by A.M. Madden

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC Series, Book #1) by Autumn Jones Lake

Stardust (Peaches Monroe Series, Book #1) by Mimi Strong

Stealing Home by Nicole Williams

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Stitch (Satan’s Fury MC Series, Book #2) by L. Wilder

The Stocking Was Hung by Tara Sivec

Stone (Knights Corruption MC Series, Book #2) by S. Nelson

The Story of Us by Tara Sivec

Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train Series, Book #3) by Katie Ashley

Stuck-Up Suit by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Sweet Ache: A Driven Novel (Driven Series, Book #6) by K. Bromberg

Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction, Book #1) by J. Daniels

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain Series, Book #2) by Kristen Ashley

Sweet Possession (Sweet Addiction, Book #2) by J. Daniels

T

Take Care by Ash Johnson

Tapping Her (Billionaire Bad Boy Series, Book #1.5) by Max Monroe

Tapping the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boy Series, Book #1) by Max Monroe

Tattered Love (Needles Kiss, Book #1) by Lola Stark

Ten Year Crush by Toshia Slade

The Scars That Define Us (Devil’s Dust MC Series, Book #2) by M.N. Forgy

Third Base (The Boys of Summer Series, Book #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

39 & Holding by M.R. Joseph

This is Falling (The Falling Series, Book #1) by Ginger Scott

This Man (This Man Trilogy, Book #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

This Man Confessed (This Man Trilogy, Book #3) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Thoughtless (Thoughtless Series, Book #1) by S.C. Stephens

Tracker’s End (Wind Dragon’s MC Series, Book #3) by Chantal Fernando

Trashed (Stripped) by Jasinda Wilder

Trouble and Treats (Chocolate Lovers Series, Book #3) by Tara Sivec

Trust In Advertising by Victoria Michaels

Try (Temptation Series, Book #1) by Ella Frank

U

Uncaged (Corps Security, Book #4) by Harper Sloan

Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town Series, Book #1) by Harper Sloan

Until Ashlyn (Until Her Series, Book #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Friday Night (A Field Party Series, Book #1) by Abbi Glines

Until Jax (Until Him Series, Book #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until July (Until Her Series, Book #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until June (Until Her Series, Book #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Lilly (Until Series, Book #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Nico (Until Series, Book #4) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until November (Until Series, Book #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Trevor (Until Series, Book #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

V

Vodka on the Rocks (The Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book #3) by Lani Lynn Vale

W

Waiting on the Sidelines (Book #1) by Ginger Scott

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Weathering Jack Storm (Silver Strings Series G-String Set, Book #2) by Lisa Gillis

Wednesday by Kendall Ryan

What Doesn’t Destroy Us (Devil’s MC Series, Book #1) by M.N. Forgy

Where I Need to Be (B & S Series, Book #1) by Kimberly Knight

Whiskey Neat (The Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book #1) by Lani Lynn Vale

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Withstanding Me (Breakneck, Book #2) by Crystal Spears

Womanizer (Manwhore Series, Book #4) by Katy Evans

Wrong (Wrong Series, Book #1) by Jana Aston

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys Series, Book #1) by Elle Casey

Y

You and Everything After (The Falling Series, Book #2) by Ginger Scott

Z

Zack: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel (Cold Fury Hockey Series, Book #3) by Sawyer Bennett

BXTCHES Be Sharing:
Facebooktwitterpinterest