Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Worth the Trade (More Than a Game #2) by Kristina Mathews - Tour, Review and Giveaway

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A ballplayer and a team owner would give anything for a championship—even their hearts… 

After inheriting majority ownership of the San Francisco Goliaths baseball team, Hunter Collins wants to prove to herself—and the rest of the league—that she’s got what it takes to build a champion. Her first move is to trade for a hot left-fielder. He’s got it all, speed, power, and a desire to win. Not to mention undeniable charm. 

Marco Santiago is tired of being the new player in town. After four teams in six years, he’s facing free agency at the end of the season. He wants nothing more than a long-term contract and a World Series win. Hitting on his new owner probably isn’t the best way to get it, but love may be the most powerful challenger either of them has ever faced...

Warning: Strong language, consummated love scenes, and some baseball clich├ęs.

“Smart, fun, and sexy. A great romance read.” –New York Times Bestselling Author, Kat Martin

“I’m only interested in winning the division and making a strong run in the postseason.” She turned her head to look out the window as if to show she was unaffected by the chemistry between them.

“Aren’t you a rotten liar?” He chuckled softly. Oh yeah, he was definitely getting to her. “Don’t join in the poker game at the next owners’ retreat. You’ll be wiped out.”

She whipped her head around so fast the car shook. “I happen to be a very good poker player. I can hold my own against anyone. Anytime.”

Interesting. Her strong reaction told him two things. She was insecure about her place among her fellow owners. And yes, she was interested in him on more than a professional level.

“That explains your wardrobe.” He leaned back, not ready to leave her just yet. “You dress like you do to fit in with the old boys’ club. But you can’t hide the fact that you are all woman.”

“And you can’t hide the fact that you don’t want to be here.” She dared look him straight in the eye, but couldn’t hold his gaze.

“I’m starting to come around.” He gave her one last smile.

I have to start off by saying that I love baseball.  The author hit it out of the ballpark for me as far as the sport aspect of the story.  I really enjoyed reading about a female owner who knew what she was doing with the team.  Hunter has to fight hard for the respect she deserves from colleagues who only see her as a woman, and not as an equal. Marco was sweet, and it was refreshing to see an athlete that was vulnerable.  However, he needed to be a bit more on the alpha side for me to sigh over him. The forbidden aspect of Hunter and Marco's relationship made the story a bit more exciting, but at times the story seemed to drag a bit.  Overall a strong sports romance.  I look forward to more from the Kristina Mathews.

Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until 2010 that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing romance novels.

While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she's remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, Parent Club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.


  1. I liked the excerpt, thank you for the great post, it was really great.

  2. I love an honest review. This one was really good. I loved the excerpt.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Sara, MomJane, Rita, and Serena. I'm glad you liked the excerpt. It's always hard to pick just one sample of the book.