Monday, August 5, 2019

Blog Tour: Announcing Trouble


Announcing Trouble
Amy Fellner Dominy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.

When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.

But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.
REVIEW

There was a famous baseball player from back in the day, who I need to steal a line from, because lately, baseball's been very, very good to me. I have recently read a quite a few fantastic baseball books, and I am adding Announcing Trouble to that list.

No lie, I was laughing and wearing a stupid grin for almost the entirety of this book, the other parts, I was wiping a few tears from my eyes. It was a really great emotional experience for me, and I attribute that largely to the wonderful characters and this fabulous set up.

Josie used to love the game, but her love turned to hate, when baseball seemed to rob her of so many things. Enter Garrett, a former star pitcher, who injured himself, but was willing to do almost anything to get back in the game.

In an effort to maintain some connection to the sport he loved, Garrett began broadcasting the games at school. Appalled by the terrible color commentary, Josie burst into the booth to show them how it was done, and a stellar partnership began.

These two together were a thing of beauty. Their rhythm and the way they played off each other was magical, and this was happening both inside and outside the booth. The banter and chemistry were off the charts fantastic. Though, this book leaned towards the lighter side, it was also quite an emotional story.

Both Garrett and Josie were dealing with big losses in their lives. Josie dealt with it by abandoning her dreams and settling, while Garrett was more willing to fight for his. The discussions these two and their friends shared regarding their passions, dreams, and futures were very thoughtful, and it was  at times agonizing while I waited to see how it all panned out.

Dominy really built the case for why Josie should stay away from Garrett, but my heart was screaming for these two to get together. I was surprised by a few decisions that were made, but in the end, I was left feeling like like a kid in a puppy cuddle - all smiles and warm fuzzies.

Quick recap:

☑️ Fabulous characters
☑️ Adorable romance
☑️ Fantastic friendships
☑️ Great and loving parents
☑️ Smile inducing
☑️ Amazing banter
☑️ A grand gesture

This book sort of had it all for me, and it was done, in my opinion, really well.

I am hard pressed to believe that anyone, who reads this book could resist falling in love with Josie and Garrett. These two won my heart, and I was full-on rooting for them to achieve their dreams and get their HEA.

* ARC received in exchange for an honest review


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them.











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20 comments:

  1. This sounds really cute and perfect for summer! I used to watch the Yankees religiously as a teenager, but don't really keep up with them now.

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    1. My dad and my daughter are Yankees fans, but the rest of our family root for the Mets, and I went to their games growing up.

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  2. This sounds like 100% a Sam book. It sounds adorbs and like Angela said, perfect for the summer! I haven't read a lot of baseball books but I do have that Becky Wallace one! I'm glad this delivered for you! :)
    Great review, Sam!

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    1. I loved the Becky Wallace book. It was light and fluffy and took a look at an interesting side of baseball, while still delivering that feel-good punch I expect from a sports story. Maybe that was what appealed to me here as well.

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  3. This sounds like a cute read and perfect for this time of year!

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    1. Give me those boys of summer, but from a different angle. This was nice and cute and had heart and depth while managing to be fairly low angst. Perfect for me.

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  4. It sounds like such a fun, summer read!

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    1. I had a great time reading it. I liked that the story approached baseball from so many different directions too

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  5. I just finished an adorable baseball book: Stealing Home and I loved it. I will add this because I want more baseball books! Thanks for the recommendation, Sam.

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    1. Yep. I reviewed that one last month, and it was winner for me. You don't get many sports books from the management side. It was interesting, while still feeling like a sports story.

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  6. This really does sound like a perfect read for summer. I love sports books anyway and I love that this sounds like it has so much humor in it. Great review!

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    1. It's amazing how much I love sports books considering I am not athletic.

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  7. I loved this story too Sam, and like you, it was so much more than the light and fun romance I expected! Wonderful Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I was really impressed with this. It delivered what I have grown to expect from an Entangled book, and then some.

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  8. You had me at baseball! I was on the edge of my seat the other night as the Astro's had a no hitter. This is the perfect read for the summer!

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    1. Growing up, we went to Mets games. I never really embraced the sport, but I liked the food, the seventh inning stretch, and keeping stats. A no hitter is really exciting though. It's amazing to throw that many good pitches in a row, and I admire that skill.

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  9. oh look at all those boxes checked! That's how I started doing reviews (but then I couldn't keep up with it! lol) Love that this couple is so shipable!

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    1. I am all over the place with my review style, but sometimes, I like to show how a book ticked all the boxes for me.

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  10. It sounds like this book has it all which is great! I love a good friendship and parents being involved and great characters too. And I also really like the sound of this one being so funny and managing to make you laugh out loud. That always makes me happy when reading as well. Sounds so enjoyable!

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    1. I am always up for something fun, but I need a bit of substance too, and this gave me both.

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