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Love Bats Last (The Tavonesi Series: The Heart of the Game Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Aares
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A stormy night changes their lives forever...

In LOVE BATS LAST, (The Tavonesi Series, #1), the baseball diamond isn't the only field for all-star player Alex Tavonesi; he also runs his family's prestigious vineyard. What he can't seem to run is his love life. He's closing in on the perfect vintage and the perfect game, but so far the perfect woman has eluded him.

Veterinarian Jackie Brandon is eluding her aristocratic past and memories of a soccer star who jilted her just before their wedding. She devotes herself to a marine mammal rescue center on the northern California coast, where hundreds of seals and sea lions are washing up dead.

A chance meeting in a midnight storm brings Alex and Jackie together to rescue a stranded whale. Watching her work, he realizes she's the passionate, courageous woman he thought he'd never find—he just has to overcome her deep distrust of jocks. Jackie’s passion and courage lead her to discover what's killing the sea mammals. The culprits want to silence her, and Alex is the only one standing in their way. What will he sacrifice to save the woman he loves?

While each book in The TAVONESI SERIES: HEART OF THE GAME can be read as a standalone, you'll likely enjoy reading all the books in the series:
Love Bats Last (Book 1, Jackie and Alex)
Thrown By Love (Book 2, Chloe and Scotty)
Fielder's Choice (Book 3, Matt and Alana)
Love On The Line (Book 4, Cara and Ryan)
Aim for Love (Book 5, Sabrina and Kaz)

PRAISE for LOVE BATS LAST
“Sure to thrill fans of modern romantic fiction. If you love Bella Andre and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you’ll love The Tavonesi Series!” —EarthLoving Lens

“A new star in the romance world!” —New York Times bestselling author E. Alexander

“My favorite reads are spin-off series by authors like Nora Roberts and I’m happy to find another author I love reading as much.” —Julie Martin Wallace

"I didn’t want to put this book down, but did when reality interrupted. The sizzle between Jackie and Alex and the suspense kept me wanting more." —Julie, GoodReads.com reader

“Triple Crown, Ms. Aares! This story has so many levels that all weave together beautifully. From the moment readers start tuning the pages, there will be no putting this story down until love bats last! — InD’tale Magazine

AUTHOR
PAMELA AARES is an author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel (Angels Come to Earth, #1) was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, (Angels Come to Earth, #2) will release in 2015, along with four more books in The Tavonesi series, all releasing in 2014.

Before becoming a romance author, Pamela Aares produced and wrote award-winning films and radio shows.

Pamela holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. Her love of nature led to adventures scuba diving the coral reefs of Fiji, exploring the cliffs of Greece, sea kayaking the Rosario Straits and white water rafting the wild and scenic rivers of the west—and romance!
(love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sexy romance, bad boys, falling in love, romance sports,new kindle romance)

About the Author

When PAMELA AARES released her first romance novel Jane Austen and the Archangel, critics and readers raved and fans clamored for a contemporary romance series. Love Bats Last is the first book in the sensual, empowering and fast-paced contemporary series, The Heart of the Game, featuring alpha-male All-Stars and the strong women they come to love. Before becoming a romance author, Pamela produced and wrote award winning films and radio shows. She knows without a doubt that romance powers stories that empower, transport, entertain and blaze a path to wholeness. Pamela holds a master's degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. If not behind her computer you can find her reading her favorite romances, hiking the beaches or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at www.PamelaAares.com. She'd love to hear from you!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SeaStar Press (31 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I63Y4OQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,875 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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"Pamela Aares deftly weaves together the desires and strategies of world-class sports with the equally charged realm of the heart to create fast-moving tales you'll wish would never end." --Mary Beath, award-winning author of Refuge of Whirling Light on the contemporary series The Heart of the Game

PAMELA AARES is an award-winning author and filmmaker. If you'd like to know more, including info on her newest books, or to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her web site: http://www.PamelaAares.com

About Pamela:
When PAMELA AARES released her first romance novel -Jane Austen and the Archangel, critics and readers raved and fans clamored for a contemporary romance series. Love Bats Last is the first book in the sensual, empowering and fast-paced contemporary series, The Heart of the Game, featuring alpha-male All-Stars and the strong women they come to love.

Before becoming a romance author, Pamela produced and wrote award winning films and radio shows. She knows without a doubt that romance powers stories that empower, transport, entertain and blaze a path to wholeness. Pamela holds a master's degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. If not behind her computer you can find her reading her favorite romances, hiking the beaches or savoring life with friends.

You can visit Pamela on the web at www.PamelaAares.com. She'd love to hear from you!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written. I Loved It! 1 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Alex Tavonesi isn’t looking for love. He is focused on his game. A successful Baseball player and manager of his Father’s prestigious Vineyard he isn’t ready for the distraction of trying to find ‘The One’.
Veterinarian Jackie Brandon is trying to escape her affluent upbringing in England, and the lover who jilted her at the altar.
Devoting all of her time to helping the marine life and mammals on the Northern California coast.
During a stormy night while rescuing a beached whale she and Alex meet.
He is drawn to her and while watching her work tirelessly in trying to find who or what is poisoning all these beautiful creatures he soon realises she could be the missing part of him.
In a sinister turn of events, could the culprits of the poisonings destroy the couple before they’ve begun?
With a multitude of romance of novels flooding the market at the moment I’m happy to give something a little different a chance.
I am truly grateful for having been given the opportunity to read this wonderful story, at first glance you’d think it would be a run of the mill Jock romance with a pretty girl but the depth and complications in this story completely drew me in and had me hooked.
Jackie is a complex character and sometimes incredibly frustrating to read, she is stubborn, strong and also scared of her own feelings and with that comes a frustrating dialogue with the character of Alex but fundamentally it works because they both need to regain an element of trust in each other.
With the surrounding characters I found they fit well into this story, they complement the darker sides to this story and add an element of comedy.
I loved reading the romantic/sex scenes. They were written perfectly with the right amount of descriptive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 2 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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50% Through...
After a break from reading due to personal issues I was worried I'd lost that little spark with finding enjoyment from reading. However, this is not the case.
Pamela so far has got me addicted to reading again and I'm so relieved about that.
I am in love with the book so far and if I have nothing to do or can manage multi-tasking I'm reading: eating, waiting for people, before bed, waking up, just going for a drive to somewhere quiet and sitting with my kindle!
Loving Jackie, Alex, Gage and the Seals :)
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Awww, I am so in love with these two! I think it's the fact that they don't jump straight into bed together and there isn't no cheesy chat up lines (which i'm not against) but it was nice to see true love develop between normal people.
I never saw the twist coming... Well, I did... But not over that... If that makes sense, I guessed that certain people were involved and that it was based were it was.... Just not the cover!
The flow of the story is perfect, I never got bored or thought about skipping ahead... the whole book was written perfectly. Pamela, you're a genius!
I'm excited to get started on book two tonight :)
Everyone must read this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oceans deep and fields of dreams.... 4 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An intellectual, Independent woman meets hot baseball player. Where does the story go? Do they clash? Do they play cat and mouse?

Jackie is a highly educated and dedicated Marine Veterinarian. She stubborn and strong will, and when she has a goal nothing stands in her way. Determined to seek the cause of seal deaths and algae bloom, Jack sets out to solve the great mystery.

Alex is an All-Star baseball pro and also a vintner, the family business. Alex struggles with his responsibility as the head of the family and the family vineyard, and juggle that with his pro sports career.

Jackie and Alex's paths cross on more than one occasion. There is a mutual attraction, however while Alex finds Jackie's stubborn independence a turn on, Jackie has priorities and that is to the seals.

When Jackie's studies and investigations take her closer to the cause, her life becomes endangered. Alex is almost brought to his knees for the woman he has grown to love. Will the seals be saved? Will Alex get to Jackie on time?

Drama and Suspense, Love and Lust and whole lotta Baseball. Love the story, adore the characters...all I can say is "Batter Up" its a home run!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 5 Feb 2014
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a true contemporary romance. There was a lot of information about marine mammal rescue which was interesting.
My issue was that there was no real “time spent” between Jackie and Alex initially to feel their connection. They met and then there was a lot of time that they were apart and when they were together, I felt like Jackie was simply a pain in the first half of the book. I understand that she had an awful break up/engagement with an athlete, but she did not have to be mean to Alex especially when he was helping her as a volunteer. Alex is a nice person, so I had a hard time understanding why he wanted to be with Jackie except that she was an amazing veterinarian and very passionate about saving endangered mammals.

In the end, it was a sweet romance. The story and writing flowed. It was a nice read.

A copy was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to describe this gripping romance is HOT! 3 Feb 2014
By Julie Martin Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alex is surprisingly a level headed sweetheart for being a rich vineyard owner and a famous baseball player. Jackie is very career minded and I enjoyed learning more about her saving the marine animals.
Anybody who likes reading spin-off series similar to Nora Roberts will love Pamela Aares 'Heart of the Game' series.
The first book is a great love story and you will get wrapped up in the steamy hot attraction between Alex and Jackie. The danger threatening their lives will keep you on the edge.
I’m looking forward to reading all of the 'Heart of the Game' series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Slam Romance 22 May 2014
By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at The Book nympho

Quick Summary
Alex Tavonesi isn't your typical athlete. He's a vintner who inherited his family vineyard and he's a star first baseman for the San Francisco Giants with a shot at winning this year's Triple Crown. Jackie Brandon is a world renowned marine mammal veterinarian from England, now running a marine rescue center/hospital in San Francisco. Their first meeting was...kismet, at least for Alex.

The heart of the story
Alex doesn't have the capacity for any distractions as he focuses on the baseball batting prize. But he's drawn to Jackie like a moth to flame. She's pretty prickly and has vowed off relationships after a very bad one years ago and both have extremely challenging careers that require intense concentration. It's a dance they're losing when Alex drifts into a volunteer role at the center...during the season!

The strength of the tale
This is NOT your typical baseball story. I loved what I learned about a player's mindset about the game. I've been a baseball fan for a long time and had no clue about the mental rigor and preparation in parallel with the physical skills for a player to be successful. It was fascinating and didn't overwhelm the story. I also got an education about marine mammal issues and those committed to their sustenance and survival.

Alex and Jackie are extremely well developed characters, so much so that I felt I knew them intimately by the end of the book. He's a dreamboat, really. Jackie was tougher to warm up to but I got there. Theirs is an unconventional romance that fit who they were individually and as a developing couple, sensual and intense.

The bottom line
The writer delivers so much more than a standard romance. Issues related to the vineyard, marine mammal rescue and baseball were well researched and presented. Nora Roberts is the only other romance writer I've read that gives you this type of education along with a love story. There was also a pretty exciting climax and not just related to sports. I loved the story, the writing and the characters. Nice surprise.

(I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic mystery 3 Feb 2014
By Janine Biancalana - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn’t want to put this book down. The sizzle between Jackie and Alex and the suspense kept me wanting more. I loved reading about the behind-the-scenes world of hot, amazing All-Star baseball athletes and Jackie's world, the realm of people concerned for the welfare of whales and seals and their ocean home, fascinated me. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is full of action, adventure, romance, and a hot baseball jock. Hello! .. 2 Mar 2014
By Worth the read blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
LOVE BATS LAST by Pamela Aares

4.5 out of 5 home runs

This story is full of action, adventure, romance, and a hot baseball jock. Hello! ...What's not to love.
Ms. Aares keeps you enthralled in this read. You have Jackie, a smart, thrill seeker, women Veterinarian who is incognito from her royal history. After a previous relationship that left her at the alter after her soccer star ex got cold feet and decided to hook up with a super model. That bastard! Jackie had strong reserves on dating again. And don't forget about her identity that she keeps a secret so she can be respected as a scientist/ doctor and not get any special treatment because she is a Lady of royal blood. She's trying to uncover what and who is harming the local marine life. In the process she runs into Alex, a sexy, well dressed man, who's very educated, (that's right smart too). She doesn't realize he is also one of the most valuable players in the local major league baseball teams and lets not forget he's a bachelor. Swoon!!! Not only is he a ball player, but he also has inherited the family business of a successful vineyard. Making him very wealthy. Double swoon!!! Jackie does everything possible to keep from getting romantically involved with Alex especially he being an athlete brings back bad memories, but the feelings and attraction is just to strong.

Falling head over heels, Alex does what every he can to get to know Jackie including volunteering at the marine lab. Spreading himself thin with all the time and devotion he spends with the marine center and the vineyard might put his goal of achieving the baseball triple crown in jeopardy. Will he fulfill his long time dream as a pro ball player? Is it love at first site for Jackie and Alex? Read the adventures that Jackie and Alex face as they are hot on the trails of this who done it thriller/hot romance.
It's truly a love story you will swoon over.
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