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Out of His League

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This book is a lovely, feel good sports romance with the right amount of heat and an interesting set of side characters. The pacing is good, it’s tightly edited, and all of the settings and characters feel realistic—from the start struck woman who buys a cup of coffee for her baseball hero crush to his grumpy but looking-out-for-his-client’s-best-interests agent.

I am not typically a fan of insta love but this book made it work. There was just enough sports to be interesting, not too much to be tedious and I really enjoyed reading about the heroine’ s life a a sommelier—something not many women are successful at given the male domination of that business.

It’s a book that will make you smile and feel happy for the characters, and a story that will make you wish for your own random encounter in an airport.
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. I finished the entire thing in one night and I regret nothing. Gretchen and Josh are perfect and I loved their story. Thank you to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Oh man. The cover, the description, the premise really hooked me in and I just HAD to read this. Plus, there was baseball mentioned and I was sold. But unfortunately, this does not live up to that expectation. 

First, this is an instalove book. The characters literally meet and are already together after boarding a plane. I wouldn't usually complain, but the plot doesn't really make sense or come together for me, personally, to help that instalove blossom for me. 
Secondly, I expected more baseball. There was a few scenes here or there, but then it just stopped. It picks up again, but was mostly focused on the guy - obviously - but I wanted more baseball for a sports book. Bummer. 
And lastly, I couldn't really fall in love with these characters. There was nothing special about Gretchen or Josh to me. It seemed more like the author wanted to write spicy scenes, which is fine, and not really wanted a book with interesting characters or a plot.
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Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this ARC publication for an honest review.

Out of His League

Caroline Richardson

Publication: April 5, 2022

I think this book was more a “it’s a me” issue…I was expecting more of a fun rom com looking at the cover and while this book had cute, romantic moments it was too insta-lust/love with too much physical stuff (ahem, way too much) going on that it overpowered the actual romance and storyline.
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Gretchen and Josh have a chance encounter at the airport that turns into something much bigger. I had high expectations based on the description and unfortunately this book fell flat. I felt like it was mostly just smut and hooking up, how did they even fall in love? did they have a conversation longer than 2 turns in this whole story? Not for me.
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I'm not a fan of sports related rom coms but I do love baseball, it's the only sport beside college basketball that I can stand to watch. So I wanted to give this one a try when I read the blurb about a minor league baseball player as the hero.  I enjoyed getting to know both Gretchen and Joshua who I loved both equally from the beginning. That normally doesn't happen.
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Brave wine sommelier and baseball fan Gretchen makes a bold move when she spots her favorite player en route to Vegas, and buys him a cup of coffee, fully knowing he's just been "sent down" post-slump. They connect and then, their one-night stand turns into a real but challenging relationship, with job insecurities on top of the long-distance romance. Set in Canada and the US, with plenty of sportsball and inside baseball to captivate readers who swoon over passionate pro-athletes, and culinary and wine details that are enticing to foodies. A solid read - Good Read reviewers note Out of His League was published on Wattpad, and kudos to Richardson for a solid novel with a broad appeal. 

I read a digital advance reader's review copy of #OutOfHisLeague from #NetGalley
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This book was okay... There are a few moments that I found weird... Not weird, I don't know, it just feels like something is missing but I'm not really sure what it is but everything is okay. I didn't get the exciting feelings that much while reading this. So, my opinion is, if you want to read it, then read... If you don't, then don't. The main point here is, for me, it's not a bad book.
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Oh man, first things first, the SMUT. Gretchen might’ve said she was new to that type of crazy, spontaneity, but with the way she took control and did her thing, you wouldn’t believe it.
Unfortunately the writing style didn’t do it for me, but the premise of the book was still really interesting and I know plenty of people who actually prefer this type or writing! 
This book is an instalove and things move pretty fast so if you’re more into Slowburn then this might not be for you.
I wish we could get a separate novella or something exploring Shar’s love story because she was an interesting character, albeit her annoying moments. 
Gretchen and Josh were super cute and I like the fact that although Gretchen was a fan it wasn’t in any way creepy or too much!
Anyway, this was pretty good! Not my favorite but not the worst I’ve read either.
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A cute story of taking a chance and falling in love. I found my self rooting for them and wanting to know more about their rollercoaster love story.
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I absolutely loved this story so much! I loved that it took no time to get to Josh and Gretchens story. I felt they had great chemistry and loved that against the odds they came back together each and every time. The sex was 🔥 too! I gave this one an easy 5 stars!
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This book was a quick read. It is a cute sports romance. Not a major stand out but a fun read for sure.
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This was such a cute read and very enjoyable! Right away I was intrigued by the characters and wanted to get to know them. The romance is honestly one of my favorite parts and it did not disappoint!
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I saw this cover and read the blurb and totally wanted to check this book out. It starts off cute with Joshua and Gretchen meeting at an airport. Gretchen is your average take no risk play by the rules women. She decides to do something out of character and approach her favorite baseball player with a cup of coffee. It is insta love with undeniable connection. I think its started off well but I feel like some parts where not realistic. It's a whirlwind story where a famous man sweeps the MC off her feet. I also feel the story was missing some key aspects in plot. I liked it a lot and feel if your in the mood for some spice and insta love than this would be a great book to read. Overall its a fun sports romance read. 
Thank you to Netgalley and Wattpad books for allowing me to view the arc for an honest review.
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I had read this book before when it was on Wattpad and i loved it then and i love it even more now! The chemistry between Gretchen and Joshua is amazing, with the dialogue a solid 10/10. I also loved the baseball aspect, i'm not an avid sport fan but i like the mix of romance and sport in this context! Definitely looking to read more books by Caroline Richardson!!
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A good, very fast read. Loved josh, Gretchen cried a lot but also loved her. Thought it was a good representation of how to make a relationship work.

Now hoping there’s a sequel for Sharla!
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I was super excited about this book cause it was about wine, baseball, and romance. What could go wrong?

"Out of His League" follows professional baseball player Joshua Malvern and sommelier Gretchen Harper. Both are on the same plane headed to Vegas, and it's evident that Josh has had a bad day. Gretchen buys Josh a coffee – being a fangirl, she knows his order, so begins their weekend-filled romance. However, the two live entirely different lives in different cities. Will they find their happily ever after together?

The premise was cute, and I think it falls under the category of instalove. You are just thrown into the romance of it, with barely any setup. Not that I'm against it, but the characters were very flat, and the book's pacing also threw me off as I would have to reread certain parts because I couldn't process what was happening.

Overall, it was very cheesy with a dash of drama. Unfortunately, this book was just definitely not for me. 

Huge thank you to #NetGalley for sharing this advanced reading copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest review.
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Quick read, fun and sexy. Could have been shorter if they cut the needless drama that was too drawn out. Perfect holiday read!
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Everyone wants to meet their celebrity crush, and at an airport? The idea of this book gave me butterflies. The charming baseball player, and the fan. What could be more perfect?

The book seemed rushed. I mean within the fist 28 pages they were making out and thinking about s*x. I understand the time span this all takes place in, but it just is so rushed! I think their relationship needed more time to slowest progress.. 

I think this book has a lot of potential! I think it just needs another quick revision to make it better! I enjoyed reading the book, and am so glad I had the opportunity to be one of the first to read it!
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This one was basically a collection of tropes with little else going on, which is fine. Sometimes you just want to read something light and silly.
Unfortunately, insta-love (or more accurately lust, in this case) is my least favorite trope and it didn't help that we never really moved past that. The characters aren't too bad but their relationship doesn't evolve past the instant chemistry of page 1, and that is not for me.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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