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Swinging at Love (Suttonville Sentinels) by [Highley, Kendra C.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Crush (13 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06X97L1KQ
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Tristan is one of his school's best baseball batsmen but he's having a slump. For some reason he has lost his mojo and nothing he can do makes it better. His best friend Dylan is the pitcher and keeps giving him pep talks but nothing seems to help.

Alyssa's family owns and runs Swing Away, a small local business with eight run down batting cages, which is being squeezed out by a new multi-sport arena called Top Sports which has batting cages, a bar, bowling lanes etc. She and her best friend Lauren are trying out Dallas Ballet Conservatory and practicing every moment they get at Madame Schuler's with their other friend Faith (the lead in The Bad Boy Bargain).

Tristan decides to work on his swing in peace and chooses to avoid Top Sports where the rest of the team hang out, instead going to Swing Away where he meets Alyssa who gives him some pointers about his game. Alyssa and Tristan are instantly attracted to each other but unbeknownst to them Dylan is also attracted to Alyssa and Lauren is attracted to Tristan - cue a quartet of confusion!

This was a really cute, fun romance featuring baseball. I know nothing about baseball, so lots of it went over my head, but it seemed quite detailed. Tristan and Alyssa are all round great characters, hard working, respectful, loyal and family-orientated. I also thought the love quadrangle was well-handled and had a slight twist.

Thoroughly recommended, be aware this is a teen imprint so Alyssa and Tristan are 17-ish, the romance is PG but very sweet and you don't need to know much about baseball to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2017
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Tristan is a baseball player. He's a slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels and there's a big chance he'll be team captain after the summer. Tristan has a problem though, he's lost his swing and needs to find a way out of his slump before he ruins his team's chances to win the state championship. He decides to do some training on his own and ends up at Swing Away, an old fashioned batting cage business. There he meets the girl of his dreams, will she be able to help him get his swing back?

Alyssa likes working at her father's batting cages very much. She has two loves, baseball and dancing. She wants to be a professional ballet dancer and is working hard for an important audition that will, if she succeeds, give her the chance to dance all summer. She's been saving for it for a long time, but her father's business is in trouble and Alyssa wants to help him. She can't stand the idea of working for a shiny over the top sports complex that's putting small individual businesses at risk. What can she do to save her family's livelihood? And does falling in love fit into her busy schedule, is there room for a gorgeous baseball player, someone who makes her heart beat faster every time she sees him?

Swinging at Love is an incredibly sweet story. I immediately liked Alyssa. She's mature for her age, she works hard, she never gives up and she's smart. I loved how talented she is. Tristan is a good guy, he's a gentle kindhearted person with many insecurities because he wants to do well and make his family proud. He's a great listener and he knows what he wants. Alyssa helps him to get over his slump and they fall in love. There are a lot of things working against them though and I couldn't wait to find out if they'd have a chance together.

Kendra C.
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This is the second book in the Suttonville Sentinels series. It can be read as a standalone. However, I would recommend you read book one first because I loved it (but it's not essential). The characters; Kyle and Faith from book one (The Bad Boy Bargain) feature in this story.

The series is about Baseball players meeting their perfect ballerinas. It's set in high school, and it is intended for the sweet 16 audiences (U.K.). There is high school drama which the older audience may find a little immature.

Tristan is an Outfielder and is afraid he is losing his touch. He needs to work on the problem and hit some balls pronto. Tristan goes to Swing Away hoping to find a secluded place to practice. What he finds is the answer to his problem. He meets the girl of his dreams, but after their first date, he realises he might not be the only one who has noticed her. Que high school drama. This story is a one man love story no love triangle.

Alyssa has her own problems, and Tristan is the perfect solution.

I don't want to give too much away, so that's as much as I'm saying.

4.5 stars out of 5. This series is full of potential, and I look forward to reading the next one.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review*
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Whenever I think of Swinging At Love, the first words that pop in to my head are cuteness overload. No, it’s not a bad thing, in fact, I loved every cute second.

You know those romantic comedies - or even just romance actually - that Hollywood doesn’t seem to be making anymore? (I’m thinking along the lines of 27 Dresses and What Happens in Vegas) that’s what Swinging at Love reminded me of and it was glorious!

Tristan and Alyssa melted my heart but were also laugh out loud funny as were Tristan’s team-mates… I loved the cameraderie between Tristan and his team-mates, those were probably my favourite parts of the book.

And that scene just before the end?

YES! #Love it

I’ve loved every Kendra C. Highley book I’ve read so far and I can’t wait to see what more Kendra brings us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this young adult romance 13 Mar. 2017
By Eva Scalzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
i adored the first book in this series, the bad boy bargain, so i was thrilled to hear that there would be a second book set in this same world. we got to catch up with kyle and faith, who are still going strong but we get to know some pretty amazing new characters in tristan and alyssa.

i hope there is a third, a fourth, a fifth--honestly, however many stories highley has set for the suttonville sentinels i promise to read them. swinging at love brings tristan murrell, center fielder and clean-up batter for the sentinels, into focus. the sentinels have reached the state championships and just when tristan needs to hit every baseball thrown his way, he's hit a slump instead.

alyssa kaplan has all sorts of problems. she's training for a ballet camp that she's not sure she can afford to go to given that her father's business is on the verge of closing. her father owns the swing away batting cages, but a new sports complex has opened and is decimating their business while the state inspector has demanded they invest in upgrading their facilities in order to remain open. the swing away is alyssa's home away from home, even if she gave up on her softball career for ballet it doesn't mean that she doesn't love the game.

so when tristan shows up at the swing away to try to work out his batting problems he doesn't expect to encounter anyone from high school. in fact, he was counting on not encountering anyone from high school. except alyssa can see that there is something wrong with his swing, and her softball experience and years of watching others swing make her the perfect person to diagnose his problem. it's not his balance. it's not his mechanics. tristan can't stop thinking. he needs to get out of his head and let his body do its thing. so alyssa kisses him. partly to get his mind off everything going wrong from him in that moment. but also because he's cute and funny and she couldn't resist surprising him.

it's a good kiss. when he tries to swing again, he connects with the ball. at first, he thinks it's a fluke, but when he finds himself spending more time at the swing away in order to be closer to her and finding that his batting is working, he knows that being around alyssa is the key to sorting out his problems. alyssa loves being with him too. he takes her mind off her family problems, never minimizing them or dismissing them, just by listening and being supportive.

i think one of my favorite things about tristan and alyssa's relationship is that there is never any doubt that they are absolutely crazy about each other. they connect so beautifully in ways that are just so sweet and swoonworthy. it was such a delight to read. that isn't to say that the course of their love runs smooth, they realize too late that their best friends have fallen for them in a sort of crush mix-up, which would be fine except the state baseball playoffs and ballet camp auditions are coming up and they don't want to spook their friends. they try to keep their relationship on the down-low, but neither of them enjoys sneaking around and they hate lying to their friends. it all blows up anyway and for a while, they try to stay apart but that makes no one feel better. there's a misunderstanding caused by one of tristan's teammates that hits the heart of alyssa's insecurities, but tristan is eventually able to smooth it over.

throughout the all those tough moments, you see how much happier, stronger, better together, than they are apart. and it's just a delight to read. i felt happier, stronger, better after reading. there's something so uplifting about young adult romance--i think it's that there is so much room for possibility.

**swinging at love publishes on march 13, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved that this book wasn't about the boy coming into ... 23 May 2017
By Bernita Kissane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved that this book wasn't about the boy coming into her life just when she needed it, and saving her. Instead, they saved each other. Set in a little town where the commercial business is quickly taking over, and ruining peoples lives in the process, is something all too real right now. Finding something, or someone that gives us hope is what we all want. This book provides laughter, some tears, and a whole lot of reassurance that things will be okay in the end. Readers of Sarah Dessan, Ginger Scott, and Kasie West are sure to love this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 27 April 2017
By Laure - Published on Amazon.com
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It's awesome cute, with steamy kisses and funny. Has you wishing you were the characters in the book. Loved it!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swoony hero and sassy heroine! 13 Mar. 2017
By Lenore L Kosinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

OK, this was a solid next book in the series that I didn't know was going to be a series!! And while I'm a little disappointed Faith and Kyle's BFFs weren't the focus of this story, Tristan and Alyssa were a pretty freaking spectacular consolation prize. ;) And no, you don't have to read book 1, but honestly, why wouldn't you? Shoot, I'm not even a baseball fan, or really a big muscular arms on a guy girl, but DAMN. Ms. Highley knows how to make me swoon. This is exactly what I love from a young adult romance...a fun quick read, lots of lightness and sweetness and swooning, but with just enough depth to give me more.

I think the thing I love most about both this book and the previous one is the sweetness of the heroes. Tristan was just adorable! He didn't have the same background that Kyle did, but he was just really down to earth, and he knew what attracted him. He had his own struggles coming from a family with completely different interests to him, and I could really appreciate that aspect to his story. I liked that while he did feel like the odd man out in his family, his family was still good peeps...just lost in the world of baseball. It's an interesting facet that I don't necessarily read a lot, where you have that dichotomy, but still have the love you know? Not that that makes it any easier. It was nice that he had Keller too.

And Alyssa was just awesomesauce. I loved her sass, her insecurities, her straight talking, her confidence in certain things. If I swung that way, I would totally be intrigued by her. And I loved her own family dynamic. I loved how close she was, how much her family influenced her, and it was nice to see a story where it wasn't rich guy with poor girl (or vice versa), but there was a money/lifestyle disparity. But it wasn't really the focus. It was about how her family was struggling with their local business in an economy that's hurting everyone. I loved how important Swing Away was to her, and what she was willing to sacrifice for it.

And oh wow, Tristan and Alyssa's chemistry was fantastic. Right from their first interaction, you could just feel it. I enjoyed that. I was SERIOUSLY concerned with the way things would play out with Dylan and Lauren, and I was kind of disappointed in how it went initially, but it didn't drag on like I thought it would, and it resolved better than I expected. So phew.

And now, this girl who has no interest in baseball whatsoever, is seriously hoping for more from this series. I love book baseball. It's way more exciting. And I want more swoony guys from Ms. Highley, she seriously excels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cute series 15 Mar. 2017
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Swinging at Love is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called the Suttonville Senitels by Kendra C. Highley. I was so excited when I found out about this book. Seriously. I read and LOVED The Bad Boy Bargain and I thought it was just going to be a standalone, so when I found out it was going to be a series centering around a baseball team. I thoroughly enjoyed Swinging at Love. Just as much as The Bad Boy Bargain. This series is a welcome smash hit for me! Lately I have been finding myself gravitating more towards New Adult for my contemporary romances, and young adult for my fantasies. Oftentimes I am finding young adult contemporaries just a bit too immature in the characters. But the big exception to this seems to be the Entangled Crush line. I really enjoy their YA romances for the most part. (And I don’t think that just because a book is young adult that the characters get a free pass on being immature- not all young adults are immature, and I expect that to follow through in YA books too!)

Just like with the Bad Boy Bargain, this book is chock full of cuteness. That is the best way to describe it. It is like a smile in a box. I really liked Tristan and Alyssa. I still think Faith and Kyle were my favorite couple but I adored them so much that it is hard to come close. But Tristan and Alyssa did come close, and if it were for some lying and some miscommunication that irked me, they might have passed Kyle. But they are a close second and I can’t wait to see what the next story in the series is going to be about. I really enjoyed Tristan and Alyssa’s story. It has all the signature cuteness I have come to associate with Kendra’s books. It is my favorite thing about them.

Tristan is a star on the baseball team but he has lost his swing. And Alyssa’s family business is in trouble. Each of them are doing their best to save their respective thing and their paths cross and cris cross in the most adorable ways. If they only could have been a bit more honest with each other and with their friends I think this book would have been perfect. But live and learn. They are still young. I really liked their story.

Bottom line: if you are looking for a quick young adult romance that is super cute and has characters you will love (who are not at all annoying) check out Swinging at Love and the Suttonville Sentinels series. I loved the mature, yet still age appropriate, characters featured in this extra cute romance.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free.
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