Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Love Bats Last by Pamela Aares

Title:  Love Bats Last (Heart of the Game #1)  
Series:  Heart of the Game 
Author: Pamela Aares
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: February 4, 2014
Review Source: ARC 


A stormy night changes their lives forever…                                        
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?

It was an enjoyable read. I liked how the book worked its way towards the conflict of the story. Dr. Brandon was a strong willed woman who was able to hold her own in the quick tongued battle of witts with her assistant and with Alex. You could see the passion that she felt towards her work and was unwilling to let anything stand in the way of that. I like how the author allowed Alex to understand how to work towards earning the good Dr's trust and respect, and even though she was initially put off by the fact that he was an athlete she did eventually see past that.

The only complaint that I had with this book was the fact that it was a bit slow moving for me. There was more of a story about her working with the animals and her love for them, than was focus towards the actual romance between Alex and Jackie (Dr. Brandon). I understand that there has to be a courtship involved, but this one seemed to take the entire book to me. I was a bit of a slow moving romance for me. Alex seemed to have more of a bro-mance with Gage throughout the book than he did with Jackie. Other than this though it was a good book.

I was surprised at how Pamela Aares was able to throw a bit of a twist in the story in how the issues with the illnesses of the sea lions was caused and what was causing them. It was nothing like I thought and will totally catch you off guard and saying wow I did not see that coming at all.

Pamela 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 2014, along with three more books in the Heart of the Game series, all releasing in 2014.
Before becoming a romance author, Pamela Aares produced and wrote award-winning films and radio shows including Your Water, Your Life featuring actress Susan Sarandon and the NPR series New Voices. After producing The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination, she knew without a doubt that romance lives at the heart of the universe and powers the greatest stories of all.
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!


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