Book Review: The Changeup

changeupThe Changeup is about Maddie.  She is a thirty-something woman and has been divorced for 9 years. Her husband left when he found out she was pregnant with her daughter, Bree.  She seems to be striking out in the dating world and is considering taking a break from it all. But then she meets Chase.   Chase is a pitcher for the Rockets and seems to be dating her niece Sandy.  When Chase and Maddie find out that they live in the same complex and Chase seems to fall for Bree, they decide to meet up in the park so Chase can teach Bree to play catch.

Both Maddie and Chase seem to be into each other, but Maddie is avoiding it because of the age gap and the fact that she thinks that Chase is with Sandy.  Chase explains that Sandy was reading too much into their relationship and they are just friends.  Maddie agrees to date Chase and they seem to click – except Maddie keeps getting hung up on the age difference.  Once  they do get into a relationship, Maddie is faced with some challenges and must decide between them or Chase.

This book was cute although my first reaction was “Wait, isn’t he dating her niece?” But Chase explained that a little while later.  My other confusion with the book was how old Bree was.  They mentioned that the divorce was 9 years ago and happened after Maddie found out she was pregnant, which made Bree 8 or 9 years old.  But I felt like she was written more like she was 4.  Not a huge issue as Bree isn’t a major character (well, kind of) but it was baffling to me.  Overall I enjoyed the baseball and romance aspect of the book and tried to ignore the fact that I kept picturing Bree as much younger than she was. (Which may have just been me, I don’t know)

I received of free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.


About the Book

Playing for keeps

After nine years of striking out in the dating department, Maddie Hamlin is throwing in the towel. But just as this mom resolves to remain single, she meets sweet and sexy pitching phenom Chase Patton at a family dinner. He’s perfect for her—aside from the fact he’s only twenty-two.

Chase knows he should be focusing on his rookie year with the Detroit Rockets, but he can’t stop thinking about Maddie. He doesn’t care that the beautiful school counselor is twelve years older, and he’s already lost his heart to her adorable daughter. When an incredible date leads to an incredible night of passion, he knows he never wants to let her go.

But dating in the media spotlight is a whole new ball game. Maddie quickly discovers that not everyone accepts their unconventional relationship—and that finding love may mean losing everything else…

82,000 words

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