Published by Self-Published on 4th July 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, sports, Suspense
Source: Author via Netgalley
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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*
I am a huge Alessandra Torre fan and when I saw she had a new book coming out I of course jumped on the chance to read and review it. Besides the fact that I have pretty much loved every book of hers I’ve read, it was about baseball, and not just baseball but the Yankees. So just from that, Moonshot was already looking like a four star book. And let me tell you it did not disappoint. I started this book at 11pm and read almost half of it before I finally went to bed. The next day I read it whenever I had the time and finished it. I just could not put it down. It was highly addictive.
Moonshot was about Tyler, aka Ty, ball girl for the Yankees and the daughter of Frank Rollins, the best closer in baseball. The Yankees acquired Chase Stern and sparks flew between the two of them. Just when their romance seemed like it was going the distance, it all fell apart and a murderous curse around the end of the Yankees season blossomed. Winning became important and not just for the Yankee organization but for the lives of girls. Four years after the curse started, found Tyler and Chase back together in pinstripes and a lot of unresolved feelings.
I love baseball. I may not always watch it or follow it but I am definitely a fan. It is one of the only professional sports that I like attending. Hockey being the other. My team has always been the Yankees but living in Chicago with a Cubs fan has maybe swayed me to their side. Don’t tell my husband. He’d be way too happy about that haha. So getting to read Moonshot and following Tyler as a she bled Yankee pinstripes was awesome. I loved the baseball atmosphere and her dedication. It made me feel like I was in Yankee stadium with her. I’m not sure how you’d feel about the setting if you’re not a baseball fan or maybe if you don’t know the sport, so I can’t say from that perspective. The beginning was more baseball heavy than the rest but it never followed a full game or really spent a ton of time analyzing baseball in my mind, so I think it is still a story a non baseball fan can enjoy. And once Chase arrived to the team, it focused more on the love story, which was definitely awesome.
Chase and Tyler together was amazing. I loved getting both perspectives and seeing how they felt about each other. I loved their talks, and their chemistry was definitely off the charts. The added element of the girls getting murdered was intriguing. I love a good mystery and Alessandra definitely knows how to add in the suspense. If you’ve read her Deanna Madden series, you’d know. I was on the edge of my seat towards the end and couldn’t put it down. And that ending didn’t disappoint. There were a lot of different ways I could have seen it going and I was a fan of the result. There was one thing in the book that I wasn’t the biggest fan of but it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would have. It didn’t bring the book down for me in any way so that was definitely good. It kind of just added another level of suspense.
Besides the Chase and Tyler relationship, I was a big fan of the relationship between Tyler and her dad. The way they were with each other and their inside language was great. Her dad was definitely a highlight for me. Another highlight was all the baseball talk and knowledge Tyler said because I think it was awesome to see how well she knew the game and how she could spot things that most people wouldn’t see.
Moonshot was definitely another winner from Alessandra Torre. Her ability to mix romance and suspense makes her books some of my favorites to read. And her added element of baseball in this one was top notch. I always look forward to her new releases and this one was no exception. I cannot wait to see what she writes next.
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