Hardball by V.K. Sykes

Hardball by V.K. Sykes

I confess, I don’t usually read just straight romance books; I prefer paranormal romance or romantic suspense. This book Hardball by V.K. Sykes sounded like such a fun read I couldn’t turn it down. Plus, it actually does end up having some suspense elements to it that I wasn’t expecting! Also, did you SEE that book cover?! The only word that comes to mind is H-O-T!

I was able to relate and connect with both of the main characters, Holly and Nate, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked. Nate was a really down-to-earth guy, despite the fact that he was a famous baseball player; not stuck up at all and not especially full of himself. Holly was a pedatric surgeon; I like that she was a successful, confident female lead. She was completely independent and obviously very smart. There were times she annoyed me with her insecurities when it came to Nate, but at the same time I could totally understand where she was coming from.

I enjoyed the characters and seeing their relationship develop. The story overall was interesting; in addition to finding herself smitten with Nate, Holly also has to deal with the beligerant and menacing parent of a sick child she is caring for. That definitely adds a few tense moments, especially when she suspects that he doesn’t have his son’s best interests in mind. Also, the sex scenes were very steamy, but they didn’t take up the whole book like sometimes happens with romances. The Bad – I felt like sometimes the dialogue (mostly on Holly’s part) seemed a little awkward, where I found myself saying “Do people actually talk like that?” I also had trouble with the fact that the first few times Holly meets Nate she’s really insecure and somewhat shy, as she was wondering why he wanted to spend time with her. Then on their first “date”, she turns into kind of a sex kitten. It didn’t really jive with how I expected Holly to act in that situation. The Ugly – I don’t have anything horrible to say in this case, it was a good read.

Holly and Nate definitely had a connection from the beginning and as I said before, it made for some extremely hot and steamy sex scenes. They were really good together, yet I felt like Holly moved way too fast in the relationship considering they hadn’t been seeing each other very long. Maybe that’s why I felt like I connected better with Nate in the long run. Overall though they made a cute couple and had some great chemistry.

I wouldn’t say this book is especially unique; all of the elements were ones I’ve read before. It was still an enjoyable read though.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I was hoping, but I chalk that up to the fact that I’m not really a big fan of this kind of romance. Regardless, I did like the book. If you like hot male baseball players, steamy romance, and some suspense then this book is perfect for you!