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Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem—his swing has completely deserted him. And with his team expecting him to lead them to the championship he needs to get it back.
Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The new sports complex in town means her family’s batting cage business—Swing Away—is on the verge of going under. And when Tristan goes to Swing Away to break his slump, it turns out Alyssa’s coaching might just be what he needs.
I was so excited when I was able to get an ARC of Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley. I have such a thing for any type of sports romance, I don’t know why because I’m not particularly into sports in real life but it is what it is.
Highley’s writing is nice and clean. It’s what you expect from a light and fun contemporary, very easy. I read this book in a couple hours tops. It’s just sweet and fluffy and easy to get caught up in.
I loved the setting of the batting cages—Swing Away. Alyssa has worked there since she was young with her dad and it felt like a home to the character. It’s just a setting that I haven’t read before and I feel like is a bit unconventional.
Alyssa was such a selfless character. She’s really family oriented and cares about the batting cages and her dad more than anything. Throughout the book, she’s very determined but has some unsureness and vulnerability hiding underneath. I also liked how she’s a ballerina—a role that is seen as very girly and feminine—but is also super into baseball and softball—typically seen as more tomboyish. This book just shows that it’s okay to like and be both.
Then there’s Tristan—a star baseball player having a problem with his swing. I think in a lot of sports based books the guy is pretty cocky, and I liked here that Tristan is really struggling with his confidence. It felt relatable and it allowed him to grow to get out of the slump.
Both characters are facing their own drama respectively—with the batting cages under threat of closing and being in a swing slump—but some extra drama gets stirred up between their friends as well. I kind of predicted this from the beginning. It last that long and doesn’t really end up being a big part of the book. I feel like the swing and cages are more of a focus.