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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062271458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062271457
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,384,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2013
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Also, not really as described in the synopsis - which says that she steals his lucky charm after a one night stand. Actually, she drugs him after "getting her slut on" to attract him (in an old t-shirt and jeans, oddly) and then steals his cross necklace (clearly the implication is that he's a good Christian boy *really*). I was expecting a sexy one night stand and I got her drugging an athlete, which I find pretty out of order on many levels. She's also being manipulated by his ex-wife, who is so much a cartoon villain she might as well fade to black laughing whohaha, whohahaha!

The heroine repeatedly says that she needs to get her brains back (they've gone to mush because the hero is soooo wonderful). She's entirely right - she acts like a brain dead plot puppet the whole way through. She doesn't tell the hero about the reason she wants to steal his necklace because - reasons. She believes the obviously lying and portrayed as unstable ex-wife because - reasons. She even stays locked in the hero's house (yes, really, he locks her in his house. Which clearly has no fire windows or any basic safety regulations like that.). She has sass for brains, (the word brains is used *alot*) if by sass we mean cotton wool.

The hero is no better. He suddenly believes that Lorelei is his lucky charm and instead of calling the police (logical reaction to being drugged and robbed) he takes her home with him. Right. And instead of sitting and having a lucid conversation, his dick is stirring in his pants the whole time.

I'm not going to go into the small-town-America morals (the brother is very 'protective' of his adult sister, as in, she can't go upstairs with a man. WTF?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Skip It 27 July 2013
By Maggie - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
2.5 stars

I have no idea why I read this book. I think I saw it mentioned on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and, since I usually trust their recommendations, I decided to give it a shot. It's not so much that I would say I didn't like this book, because I didn't not like, but I also just found it really annoying.

Lorelei, the female lead, seriously made me want to buy a Lorelei voodoo doll and stab it repeatedly. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THINKS IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO STEAL SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE'S CRAZY EX-WIFE??? If you have half a brain you must realize that you're going to get caught. And that the ex-wife was seriously wack-o.

And then Mark, who I genuinely did like a lot of the time, decides to pretty much hold her captive rather than turning her over to the police. Really? You want to deal with this crazy lady while you're in the middle of a highly stressful part of your baseball season? So you hold her captive? Which, PS, made me kind of uncomfortable. The fact that he was holding her captive and the fact that Lorelei just kind of happily went along with it after a few struggles.

Plus Lorelei actually has a good reason for stealing Mark's good luck charm, well as good of a reason one can have for theft. She wants to save her niece's life, it's not like she wants to get new boobs and a trashy wardrobe. I hated that it took her so long to tell Mark this. I also was seriously annoyed by Lorelei's brother and the sick niece, but that's just because I'm a terrible person.

Last complaint, I'm not really sure the author had a complete grasp of the game of baseball. I should have highlighted the parts I was skeptical of, but there were a few words she used and ways she described things that made me think she should have done a little more research or have someone who really knows baseball look over those sections.

Bottom Line: There were just too many things about this book that annoyed me for me to really be able to recommend it. The female lead was stupid and annoying and the male lead, who I kind of liked, did some questionable things. I say skip this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Romantic, and Sexy! 9 April 2013
By BlithelyBookishReviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Stealing Home is the first book in Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series. It's fun, romantic, quirky and sexy... a truly entertaining story!

I'm a big fan of Contemporary Romance, and this one is just right. It has all the things I most enjoy in my reads, and a terrific supporting cast as well.

The story line is one that tugs at the heartstrings, and starts a chain of events that can't be stopped, without someone landing in prison. I enjoyed the way that all played out, and I really enjoyed the time we spent in Mark's head during his time behind the plate. I've never been much of a baseball fan, and don't know a lot about the sport, but Ms. Seasons didn't get all sport techy and I actually found myself very interested in the game play.

Mark and Lorelei are both great characters, and their chemistry and quick wit made for some great reading. Mark really is the perfect hero... sexy, funny, compassionate - but by no means a pushover... from the start I wanted him to have everything his heart desired. Lorelei annoyed me here and there because she wouldn't open up and explain why she so desperately needed the money, even though she'd been caught red-handed and had nothing to lose. But still, I couldn't help but admire her devotion to her family and her determination to help them.

The bottom line: Stealing Home is a great start to the Diamonds and Dugouts series, and sitting here writing this review, I've got a grin on my face thinking of some of the stunts Lorelei pulled, and how Mark fought back. It's safe to say that I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

My thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not a fan of Lorelei... 25 April 2013
By Stacey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love sports romances and was really excited to find a new series. Unfortunately, this one fell a little flat for me. Mark was a semi-decent lead character although he was a bit over the top with his hot & cold personality. I could buy into his story and enjoyed watching him overcome his fear of relationships. However, Lorelei was absolutely a terrible character and I honestly didn't care if she found a HEA or not. She was just so mean and bitchy and the constant dialogue in her head about how "Mark didn't deserve to have so much money while she and her brother were struggling". I never got the impression that she felt anything but hatred and lust for Mark, so the love revelation in the last 5 pages just wasn't enough to convince me of a happily ever after.

Also, a little nitpick about Leslie just in case she gets her own book. I am from the south and use y'all on a regular basis, but I have never used it to refer to one person. If Leslie is supposed to have a "charming southern accent" then please correct this mistake. It just grated on my nerves because it just seemed like it was thrown in as an after thought to complete her accent. Y'all is plural!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Okay... 24 Jan. 2014
By Yvonne Reviews - Published on
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Lorelei Littleton needs money and she needs it fast. Her young niece’s life is on the line, but Lorelei’s job as a writer for a magazine isn’t going to bring her the amount of money she needs. Neither will her brother’s job. So, when baseball player Mark Cutter’s ex-wife makes her an offer, Lorelei cannot refuse. All she has to do is steal Mark’s good luck necklace.

Mark Cutter has it all – lots of women, lots of money and a great career. When he meets a beautiful woman at a local bar, he’s immediately attracted to her and takes her home. The next day, he wakes up alone and his good luck necklace is gone. He intends to track down the woman and get his property back.

When Mark finds Lorelei, she refuses to give up the necklace. She insists she needs the money, but Mark isn’t letting this go. His game is suffering without his good luck charm and the team is losing. He decides to keep her prisoner in his condo until she returns the necklace. As they each wait for the other to crack under the pressure, they somehow become more attracted to each other. It doesn't take long for the sparks to fly.

I’m always looking for sports romances, especially ones that center around baseball. So, when I saw this series, I jumped at it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. First, I absolutely loved the hero. Mark is a great character, but I had a huge problem with the heroine. She drugged and stole from the hero and acted like she had the right to do this. I know she wanted the money for a good reason, but she could simply have told Mark and I bet he would have given her the money.

Lorelei seemed to have a bad case of reverse snobbery. She resented everything Mark had and felt perfectly justified in taking it. I could understand it more if she had a history with Mark or if he did something to someone she knew, but he didn’t. She bought everything his angry ex-wife had to say – someone else she didn’t know. Again, if the ex-wife was a friend or someone, I could see Lorelei buying it. However, she didn’t know the Cutters personally. Then, she’s ticked off because Mark wouldn’t let her go until she gave him back his necklace. She was lucky he didn’t have her arrested – drugging and stealing are illegal. The necklace did not belong to her (or the ex-wife for that matter.)

Now, all is not lost for this series, though. Lorelei was the only character who I had a problem with. I loved all the others and I liked the author’s writing style. I plan to try the next book in the series. I bought all three at the same time, so the next two are already on my Kindle. I’m willing to give the rest of the series a chance because this author has a lot of potential and the next stories are about other characters in the series. I just needed the heroine in this one to be more likeable. The hero sure was.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A catchy read 10 May 2013
By LB - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed the book- my sole complaint is that I have to wait for the next installment to come out!
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