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Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart
Series: Balls in Play #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Sports
Alice has lived a very sheltered life in Ohio but is moving to Charleston not only to escape her controlling mother but to experience the life she always wanted. She takes a job as a flight instructor with Boeing teaching pilots about a new aircraft. While not at work she is getting to know her town and experiencing the culture Charleston has to offer. One day while wondering around Alice comes across a flyer for a minor league baseball game and decides to check it out and meets a woman named Dutch who offers her a seat for the home games. She is instantly attracted to the star pitcher who everyone is saying this will be his year to make it to the majors. Upon meeting the sexy Rafe Alice knows he is a player but the more time they spend with one another the harder it gets to keep her attraction to him under control.
Rafe has been waiting for his chance to be in the majors and show the world what he can do. He knows that everyone is saying his big break is coming soon and he believes it but nobody called the one woman who is about to knock him for a loop and test his focus on the game he loves so much. Rafe might be a player but there is something new and refreshing about Alice that has him wanting to know everything about her. When Alice rebuffs his advances more than a few times he doesn’t know what to think but when Rafe finally gets her he knows he isn’t about to let her go.
Anything but Minor is the first book in the Balls in Play series by Kate Stewart and I have to admit I was torn with wanting to read it and passed it over a few times but in the end I am glad I gave Anything but Minor a shot. Right away I adored Alice and her nerd tendencies to google anything and everything and I can’t forget her love for 80’s movies (which we have in common). She was kind hearted and while it wasn’t easy for her to make friends I couldn’t help but love how hard she tried.
Rafe on the other hand was what everyone thought of him, a player but right away I could see Alice was a game changer for him even though at first he was just looking to get laid. Rafe actually took the time to get to know her and spend time with her even if some disaster happened. I liked that he didn’t go running for the hills and always ran to her.
Since I happen to love the sports romance genre, I was curious how much ball time would be incorporated and it turned out to be just enough for me. The focus was more on their growing relationship and how Rafe and Alice would handle the possibility if Rafe were to make it to the majors. The best part of Anything but Minor is that you don’t have to like sports to enjoy this fun, sexy and light hearted read so please don’t let Anything but Minor scare you away because it’s a sports romance.
Anything but Minor did start off a little on slow side with both the romance and the story but it was so worth it and I couldn’t imagine this going any other way. I enjoyed getting a more of an in-depth look at both Alice and Rafe which made me enjoy reading Anything but Minor a whole lot. The dual povs were a plus and only added more appeal to reading this story. Since this was my first book by Ms. Stewart I was a little hesitant but I truly loved it. Anything but Minor had so many laugh out loud moments that had me giggling and a few omg moments. Anything but Minor turned out to be a really great romantic comedy that I will be putting on my re-read list. I knew at 39% that this had to be one of my recommended reads for this year, it was just that good and I am really looking forward to reading more of the Balls in Play series.