Review: Screw Ball by Linda Morris (Hard Hitters #2)


Note: This ARC was provided by Penguin Group (Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance, DAW) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Willow Bourne met a man named Paul in a bar and they shared one magical night in St. Petersburg, Florida, going their separate ways afterward. No numbers or last names were exchanged, so when Willow discovered she was pregnant, there was no way for her to track down Paul. Thirteen months go by and she's assigned to do a profile on the Plainview Thrashers, a minor league ball club. When she comes face to face with the team's president, she's shocked to discover that Paul Dudley is the Paul who fathered her son Jack. She knows she should tell him the truth, but with her focus on her job and Paul's own issues with the team and his overbearing father, Willow hesitates. Falling for him would make matters worse...right?

Screw Ball is the second book in the Hard Hitters series from author Linda Morris and turns the spotlight on Paul Dudley, president of the Plainview Thrashers, and Willow Bourne, a reporter for an online blog. Paul and Willow had a strong connection when they first met in St. Petersburg, one that resulted in a night spent together and a son named Jack. It's perfectly understandable why Willow had no clue how to find him when she learned about her pregnancy, but I was a bit turned off that it took her as long as it did to reveal the truth to him after she arrived in Plainview and realized who he was. After all, thirteen months had already passed and waiting even longer simply makes a situation like this even more stressful for all.

There were times that the story felt choppy and Willow was blowing hot and cold for a good, long while when it come to Paul. No wonder the guy was confused. I did like Paul more than I did Willow, though I wish he dealt with his blind loyalty to his family heritage far earlier than he did. I will say, however, that how she handled her article was something a lot of unbiased reporters would have done as well. There's a difference between what's professional and what's personal and one should be able to do their job and do it well without having to compromise either aspect. This is already the second book in the series but I still dislike Walter Dudley and still think he's a jackass. Sorry. Well, not really. I'm giving Screw Ball 3.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 15 September 2015

Date Read: 10 September 2015

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