I’ve been pretty happy with the abundance of romance novels that have a baseball theme lately, which is obviously why I chose to read The Hot Corner. The story seemed incredibly predictable from the beginning – Dani Young is an author and has been writing biographies of famous athletes. She’s recently broken up with her fiance and her publisher tells her that All-Star 3rd baseman Brad Reynolds has asked for her specifically to write his biography. Sounds great, right? Well, it would be – if the two hadn’t dated in college and Dani broke up with him because she thought he was a liar and a cheat.
However, she agrees to write the book (and the large monetary advance probably doesn’t hurt either). From the beginning we can tell that Brad wants Dani again – and that Dani is trying everything in her power to have that not happen. But it’s pretty obvious that they’re going to end up together. Then there’s the “twist” that Dani is convinced that Brad had cheated on her with his best friend Bailey – she saw them together at the hotel when she flew in to surprise Brad 7 years ago. They told each other that they loved each other and then they kissed. How could it be anything other than that? But when Brad explains his side of the story – things start to fall apart between them.
Now that Brad knows that there was a time when Dani didn’t trust him, could he be with her again with that in the back of his mind?
While I did end up liking the book in the end, it was very predictable at parts and other parts of the story seemed to drag on a bit.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write my review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Professionally, Danielle Pierce is making a name for herself writing biographies of famous athletes. Her star is on the rise, and her publisher is pleased. Her personal life isn’t going as swimmingly, and she’s recently back on the market after calling off her engagement to Mr. Perfect-On-Paper, not that she’s looking for anyone special. Her career is her focus and it keeps her content.
Her agent and publisher throw her a curveball she never saw coming when she’s assigned to cover the hottest baseball player—on and off the field—Bradley Reynolds. Brad, the Dodgers’ third baseman, spends as much time on the covers of tabloids as on the sports pages, dating models and actresses, each one more beautiful than the last. But he doesn’t let them distract him from his need to excel on the field. Baseball comes first, and it always has, ever since the love of his life walked away from him years ago. Danielle Pierce had been the only woman who ever mattered to him, the only one who ever would.
Dani never thought she’d have to see Brad in person again, let alone spend weeks with him writing his biography. He broke her heart in college, and she’d never risked it since. Seven years later he selects her to write the story of his life, and she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she refuses, she looks like a coward. If she gives in, he wins. Can she be around him without falling for his Southern charm and deadly looks again? Can she show him that he didn’t break her? She doesn’t know what his game is, but she hopes she’s strong enough this time to play without getting burned.