A Heartbeat Away From You
by Ann M. Miller
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2022
After a daredevil play on the baseball field leads to a four-minute long cardiac arrest, seventeen-year-old Ali Benton is lucky to be alive. Now she wants to make the most of her second chance—and she’s not going to let a pesky little pacemaker, or her helicopter dad, slow her down.
Between chairing multiple school clubs and working two jobs to help his single mother pay the bills, Max Delaney has got every second of every day planned. His childhood nemesis, Ali, doesn’t figure into any of them. But when her overprotective father offers him cash to keep an eye on her and steer her away from baseball, his plans change.
Ali can’t figure out why Max, the condescending know-it-all, is sticking to her side like Krazy Glue, and Max can barely tolerate headstrong Ali. But opposites attract, and before long, fighting turns to kissing. Even as sparks fly, the secrets they’ve been keeping threaten to tear them apart. When Max learns Ali’s been putting herself in harm’s way and playing ball in secret, he struggles with how to tell her father. If he tattles, he’ll lose her trust. If he doesn’t, he may lose her heart…in more ways than one.
Miller (Captured in Paint) employs alternating perspectives, smart dialogue, palpable chemistry, and tenderly depicted relationships to handily ennoble this stirring, summery read. Characters cue as white. - Publisher’s Weekly
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Average rating from 27 members
This YA sports romance about enemies-turned-lovers will give you all the feelings. Despite her recent heart surgery and pacemaker, feisty and athletic Ali is determined to pursue her hobby of playing baseball. Not even her family or new love - Max Delaney efforts, are enough to persuade Ali to retire from baseball. The two of them become entangled in complicated emotions that threatens both of their lives and futures.
A well-crafted narrative with charming characters and an intriguing plot, integrating genuine baseball specifics and what it would be like to live with a heart condition. From the first page, you'll be pulling for Ali and Max.
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