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Stealing Home: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel Mass Market Paperback – 30 Apr 2013
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"an excellent debut novel...a must read for fans of contemporary romance."--FreshFiction.com
If you like the "boys of summer," you'll root for these two finally to make it "home."--Library Journal
"Witty, entertaining...a delightful read!"--Candis Terry, author of ANYTHING BUT SWEET
"Riddled with sexual tension!"--Romantic Times BOOKclub
an excellent debut novel...a must read for fans of contemporary romance. --FreshFiction.com"
If you like the boys of summer, you ll root for these two finally to make it home. --Library Journal"
Witty, entertaining a delightful read! --Candis Terry, author of ANYTHING BUT SWEET"
Riddled with sexual tension! --Romantic Times BOOKclub"
About the Author
Jennifer Seasons has been a lifelong writer and reader. She lives with her husband and four children in the mountains of rural New England. An enormous yet lovable dog and the world's coolest cat keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful new home state, learning the joys of organic gardening, and--if she's lucky--relaxing in her hammock under the trees with a really good book.
Top customer reviews
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?), or the way that Lorelei implicitly slut shames, or that Mark calls her a whore because she stole from him and *didn't sleep with him*, or that Mark is furious when he thinks Lorelei is married and kissed him (not because of them, but because she'd've been cheating), or that Mark is a good boy because he was a virgin before he married (normally I love a male virgin, but this just came across as preachy). I won't even comment on that stack of s***.
Overall, I'm totally bemused about why anyone acts the way they do in this book. It's all quite weird. They do blindingly stupid things to keep the plot going. I suppose that's why they do them anyhow, as no sane adult would act that way.
Don't even ask me why I bought this. It was cheap and I wanted something to read. I think it's temporary insanity brought on by waiting for Courtney Milan's next book. Dear Author didn't warn me about all the WTF that was contained herein. I'm off to buy something by Sarah Mayberry to calm down. Lesson learned. Until next time.
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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.
Lorelei is a heroine you can identify with. She's blue collar and she's got a small family she's trying to protect. Her niece suffers from a heart defect and will die without a life saving heart surgery. When she's approached by a crazy ex wife to steal a good luck charm in exchange for the money she jumps at the chance. Mark is one of those slutty womanizing heroes you want to hate but just can't. He's made his money playing baseball and even though he looks calm and collected on the outside, he's hiding a secret about himself he refuses to let anyone know about. So Lorelei tries to steal his necklace but Mark turns the tables on her when he basically holds her prisoner until he gets it back. Spending so much time together can only lead to one thing and the chemistry that ignites little by little between them, is scorching!
Lorelei and Mark have a Lucy/Desi feel. She would get into pickles and he would be there to tease her about it. I absolutely loved and enjoyed the humor that Mark and Lorelei displayed throughout. They had a great back and forth that just felt incredibly natural. I was surprised by how much depth there was with both characters because I just thought I was getting into a fun romance. I fell for these flawed characters who make hotheaded decisions and piss each other off. Lorelei was the kind of female who despised people with money who don't know what it means to struggle but at the same time she falls for Mark who has tons of it and her self loathing about her feelings was something I could connect with. Mark was charming and self assured until his truth comes out and you find out he has his own internal struggles that make him feel worthless at times and vows to never let another woman treat him as such. I wanted to dislike Mark but he made it impossible for me.
Secondary characters are usually hit or miss with me but I found myself enjoying the other players and their relation to the story and can't wait to see how their arcs turn out. One of the main characters who stole my focus was Lorelei's brother Logan. The heartbreak of his loss and the struggle to help his daughter really tugged at my heart and has me hoping he'll get a book. I haven't started looking into the rest of the books yet but after falling in love with STEALING HOME I'm basically putty in Season's hands right now. This one one of the best Baseball themed romance novels I have read and I'm looking forward to more great stories from this author.