Thursday, November 5

***Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway ***Third Base by Heidi McLaughlin

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Happy Release Day to Heidi McLaughlin and her new book THIRD BASE!


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Ethan Davenport is already Boston’s most eligible bachelor, in his second season with the Boston Renegades and has eyes for the girl behind the visitors’ dugout who has been staring at him for a year.
That girl is Daisy Robinson, a journalism student at the University of Boston, a die-hard Renegades fan and determined to give Ethan a run for his money. He knows in order to have a chance with her, he needs to change his ways but he may just need her to wait until the off-season.
But with new found love comes challenges and Ethan and Daisy have to deal with his crazy schedule, school finals and his presence on her campus for some much needed media training. For Ethan nothing can come between him and Daisy, until a secret that she’s been keeping threatens to destroy them both.

Release Date: November 4th


Cover by: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations
Photography: Eric Battershell
Cover Model: Blake Farley


My Review

Third Base is the first book Heidi McLaughlin's new series The Boys of Summer and it was a steller introduction to this new series. Told completely from the male hero, Ethan Davenport's perspective, the story kept me giggling, swooning and crossing my fingers and toes that everything would work out for Ethan and Daisy. 

Ethan is one of the new up and coming stars in professional baseball. While he is a star on the field, he hasn't quite got a handle on how to deal with his fame off the field. Having made a few grave errors in judgement in the past, he is trying to overcome those by being more conscious of how he acts and what he says in public. But after spending the last year being being held back from doing much public speaking by the organization he plays for, he has to silently stew when a new blog starts taking aim at him. In addition, he is captivated by a fan who always sits along the third base line by herself and never misses a game. Finally deciding to make his move, he asks her out to dinner after a game and from there he starts to fall. But being in the public eye isn't easy and Daisy isn't really forthcoming so even though he feels a pull to her, he is constantly left scratching his head trying to figure out what is or isn't happening between them. 

From the very start I was pulled into this story. Heidi sets the stage with the introduction to the team and players though the blog and from there the story takes off and never lets up. While we stay primarily inside Ethan's head, getting bits and pieces from the blog had my head spinning and me questioning everything. It was a fantastic way to build up the storyline and a brilliant plot device. 

I also adored being inside Ethan's head. It was such a down to earth and realistic look inside a single, famous, 
twenty-something's head. It's exactly how I imagine a guy thinks and feels. Ethan's focus was baseball, baseball, and more baseball with sex thrown in intermittently. He had me giggling and rolling my eyes at some of his thoughts because I can only imagine that his thoughts are probably shared by most boys as they try to figure out the opposite sex. 

Watching Ethan try to woo Daisy was also a pleasure. It wasn't easy. He was constantly confused and didn't know how to go about it. It was really nice to have a hero who didn't have all the answers and openly admitted it. It only endeared me to him all the more. There were times I was frustrated with him and his decision making. He obviously wasn't perfect, but I guess that's the point. And I appreciated that honesty within the story. 

I do wish that I could have better understood Daisy. She was such a silent character throughout the majority of the book. I didn't feel like I really got to know her until the end. I realize that was done on purpose to some extent, but at times during the first half of the book that I found myself questioning how Ethan felt so connected to Daisy when neither of us really seemed to know her. By the end though I was captivated by their relationship and was fully rooting for them. I loved the last bit of the story when we really got to see them work to get their HEA. 

I've loved all of Heidi's work to date and this series is no different. I'm excited to see where she'll take The Boys of Summer and who we'll get to read about next. I'm definitely a super fan and will be patiently waiting to read whatever she comes up with next. 

Reviewed by Paige

★★☆ 4 "Feel the Pull" Stars ☆★★

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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.


Other Books by Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl - The Beaumont Series #1
My Unexpected Forever - The Beaumont Series #2
Finding My Forever - The Beaumont Series #3
Finding My Way - The Beaumont Series #4
My Everything - A Beaumont Series Novella
12 Days of Forever - A Beaumont Series Novella
Lost in Us - A Lost in You Novella
The Archer Brothers
Here with Me
Choose Me
The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire


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