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Kristina Mathews

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More Than A Game, #1

The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field.

Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.”

Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.

With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love.

CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes

83,204 Words


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (7 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IT6IC0W
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Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a "Ball Dudette" for the San Francisco Giants.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Perfect at [...] 2 Jun 2014
By Melena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I love it when a lost love comes back and wreaks havoc on a person. Alice Harrison always led a straight life never being selfish and because of this she lost the only happiness she could ever have in her life. Johnny is the same. For years his whole thing in staying sane after their breakup is baseball. Now I love that these two come in a way that is unusual yet the love they have for one another is one that could never be broken. Now Kristina Mathews didn’t make their relationship easy for there is still lies, betrayal and the hope of a happily ever after. Loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Perfect 9 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
BETTER THAN PERFECT KRISTINA MATHEWS
Posted: April 8, 2014

Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field. Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.” Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son. With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love. CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

MY REVIEW:
Johnny Scottsdale lived, eats and breathed baseball. Alice Harrison and he were madly in love in the day she would have followed him anywhere and done anything to help further his career. She herself was working on getting her teaching degree. Johnny’s roommate and good friend was Mel Harrison. He was their third wheel doing just about everything with them he was the one with the money most of time if not all of the time. You see Johnny was dirt poor coming from a prostitute mom and Alice had a working class parents who barely made ends meet. They didn’t even like her since they had to get married because of her.
As Johnny became more and more entrenched in the sport she began to see how popular he was coming with more and more females. He never seemed to notice them even he didn’t even look at them. But her feelings of jealousy were making her see green, she just didn’t like that feeling. So, after a night of passionate love making she broke it off with Johnny giving him his unwanted freedom. Saying that she wanted him to be able to devote all his time to his new job and that he couldn’t do that with her around.
She really didn’t want it either but couldn’t take all the women wanting him. In the back ground Mel was feeding into her insecurities. She was broken up. Who was there to console her but the third wheel and the man who would become her husband and the father to the child she was now carrying from that last night of passion. Mel even went as far as sending Johnny an invitation to the wedding. You see Mel was the first one to see Alice but was too shy to go up to her and talk to her so asked Johnny to and she fell in love with him.
Now though Johnny has been traded to the Goliath’s baseball team back home. Fan Day he sees Alice and her son. Which was a shock in itself but he also finds out Mel passed away 9 years ago, which totally surprises him. Here he has held so much anger towards his old friend for all these years only to find out it was misplaced and for not. He missed Alice more than he realized.
Alice hadn’t realized how unsettled it would make her seeing Johnny at Fan Day in person would be. She knew what she had to do back then but now not as sure since she sees how unsettled Zach is too. Now he is taking over as the pitcher to help at the day camp for the children. Now the three of them will be thrown together. Set emotions on edge putting her teaching career on hold, the Harrisons, and her.
How do you tell the man you once loved more than life that the decision you made at 20 years old could have altered all of their lives forever. Effecting them beyond her good intensions. That’s when she walked away from him it was with a pure heart for him to have his dream of full baseball career with a World Series. And the night his career changed forever Mel and her went out drinking got too drunk to drive they got a room, one thing led to another and she woke up with no clothes on, in the same month she and Johnny had sex. So, when she found out she was pregnant Mel said he wanted to marry her. She jumped on it even with them both always questioning if it could be Johnny’s child. Something was always lacking in their marriage, but he was a wonderful father, the thing was once he got me as his prize he put me on a shelf and walked away.
The day he died, in his car accident they had argued over Mel wanting to have another child and Alice not wanting one. She wanted to finish getting her teaching credentials to become a teacher. Mel got angry and left, never coming home again. Telling her he had a feeling his best friend still had her heart.
Totally enjoyed this book. It was a story that was really believable in a lot of ways. The emotions were there for all the characters involved. Its how most couples would feel during and after a break up, especially with a betrayal by his friend? At first, it seems this Mel guy was this sainted guy friend but it turns out he was a sleaze ball and Alice liked his parents and security much more than him. What’s funny is I think his mom knew it and understood it. Which made me feel sad for her, for the father I think he found out how bad his son turned out after it was too late and he was gone. With Zach he was making amends. Very good emotional but good story you knew you would have a HEA or at least you hoped but the route was still interesting. Provided by netgalley.com. Follow us at: [...]
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3.0 out of 5 stars A well written story, but not my favorite. 7 April 2014
By Lea O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good book. It is well written and the story flows smoothly. But I didn’t love it, which was disappointing for me. I love sports romances and I love second chance romances but secret baby romances are hit and miss with me and unfortunately this was not one of my favorites. There are those that love the angst and other issues that frequently pop up in the secret baby trope but I’m not one of them. I found these characters who are supposed to be in their mid thirties acting like they’re in their early to mid twenties, not communicating, keeping secrets, basically all the relationship no-no’s, not that there was much of a relationship until the very end of the book. Alice, her thought processes and decisions were frequently baffling to me and Johnny went from too good to be true to disappointing douche bag and back. They both ran so hot and cold which I personally find frustrating. The bright point in the story was getting parts of the story from Zach’s perspective. I thought that was incredible and his character was very well written. I found his responses to be very touching but also age appropriate for a 13 year old boy. I enjoyed Ms. Matthew’s writing style even though this story was not my cup of tea and I was intrigued by Johnny’s friend Baxter. I will be looking for more books in this series to see if they are a better fit for me. If you love the secret baby trope, you should try this one, if not proceed at your own risk but this book was well written and I will be checking out more from this author. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Baseball Romance - 4.9 Stars 7 April 2014
By BJs Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
MY THOUGHTS

About the story...

Johnny Scottsdale has been a professional baseball player for 14 years. Now he's back in San Francisco for his final season. But baseball is not all that drew him to the west coast.

There's also Alice. The girl that got away 14 years ago.

She told him to go and be a famous baseball player.

She said she couldn't handle all the groupies and she didn't want to stop him from making his dreams come true.

But she did just that. Yes, he became a famous player, but he was never really happy. He never found what he had with Alice in College.

And Alice? Just a few months after she sent him on his way, she up and married his best friend Mel.

Mel has been dead for 8 years and Johnny is finally back to take what should always have been his life!

And then there's Zach. Alice's 13 year old son.

He and his mom have been huge Johnny Scottsdale fans forever! He's his hero. But Zach never knew his mom really knew Johnny in College!!

Is that maybe the reason why Zach doesn't look anything like his Dad Mel??

Lots of lies or omitted truths and lots of missed chances and moments.....

Will Johnny get the chance to win back the only girl he ever loved?

And what will he do once his career is over?

He needed to start thinking about his future.
But first he had to face his past.

WILL JOHNNY WIN THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF HIS LIFE?
WILL THE 3 OF THEM GET THEIR HEA???

I'm not telling you that of course!! GO READ IT!
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I LOVED THE STORY!!!!!

It was in no way anything new or even all that original - I have read at least 10 books with the exact same story - BUT I still really enjoyed reading it.

I think I have never read a Baseball book - and I have not the slightest clue about anything baseball - so lots of words and phrases and jokes were a bit too much for me, but that didn't bother me all that much.

You can really see how much Kristina loves the sport!

I laughed, I cried...

But most of all I just ENJOYED the time I had with Johnny & Alice and especially Zach!

I really liked that Kristina gave Zach a voice too.

There were some romantic and sexy scenes in the book - I would've wished for a bit more of that - but it was really ok the way it was.

I had the tiny little feeling that the book wanted to be a Christian romance - without any talk about religion, but still ... it just felt a bit too perfect & prudish american for a german girl like me ☺ The language alone was just a bit too perfect for me. Every confirmation was always written as a complete YES - no YEP, YEAH, YUP, YA, UhHUH... I don't know why that bothered me, but it did a bit. ☺

But all the negative can't stop me from saying that BETTER THAN PERFECT was a really great sports romance. With really many moving moments!

And no book can do anything wrong for me, when it has either a Navy SEAL or a professional athlete in it ☺ grrrrrrrr

I really want to read the next book - I hope it's about Bryce - we met him already! I really enjoyed his scenes!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not Gripping or very exciting 23 April 2014
By Tracie Lampe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Alice & Johnny use to be college sweethearts until Alice pushed him away and broke his heart. Not only was Johnny heart broken over Alice but he was bitter since she ran off and married his best friend. He never got over her. Alice did what she thought was best for Johnny. Sometimes you let those you love go so they can live out their dreams. Alice has never gotten over him. 14 years later they cross paths and old feelings stir, and everything is about to change. They have to decided it they want to fight for each other this time around. Some mild sex scenes.
Fabulous ending.
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