Dori & Sonny by Sam E. Kraemer

Dori & Sonny is the second book in the Men of Memphis series, featuring one of my favourite sub-genres - sports and specifically baseball players!  I read and loved the first book, Cash & Cary, and dove straight into Dori & Sonny!

From the blurb:

★ Dorian "Dori" Holt ★

It’s my lifelong dream to play a game of baseball. When I was thirteen, I thought I was finally going to get the chance to learn. The family driver had offered to teach me to pitch a baseball, but that had ended badly. My father fired him and humiliated me to the point I could never get over it.

Becoming the head of Holt Industries was never the dream – yet here I was, hating my life while secretly owning a Major League Baseball team, The Memphis Blues.

After one of the games, my head coach explains to me that we need to make some changes to the roster. A new pitching coach and bullpen coach are needed, and he has the perfect candidates. One candidate, Cary Brewer, is married to my star pitcher, the other is the man I’ve loved since I was thirteen and he will forever be the only man I’ll ever love.


★ Harrison “Sonny” Rhimes ★

While getting my masters in sports medicine, I take a job working for one of the most bitter men I’ve ever met. I want to quit at least once a week, but his son is absolutely the sweetest kid and he’s quite lonely. I feel like his only friend, so I put up with Linwood Holt to be there for Dori. Unfortunately, one broken window costs me the job, and I never see Dori again.

My dream has always been to be a major league pitcher, but I don’t have the skills. So, I do the next best thing—I become a pitching coach and a trainer for a Triple-A ball team, the Nashville Blue Notes. I love it, and I’m happy. I meet a young pitcher who has the potential to be a star, and I’m not surprised when he gets called up to the majors after one year on the farm team.

Unsurprisingly, Cash Mitchell takes the Memphis Blues to the World Series, but when my turn comes to get called up, I can’t believe who owns the team!

Heather's Review:

OMG!  I just want to hug Dori from the start of the book to the end.  He is such a sweet and thougtful guy who has gone through so much trauma in his young life,.. and all he really wants is to be a good boy!  I love the back story of how Dori and Sonny met and grew close and then how they re-connect in the present day... 

This book does a good job of explaining past angst and hurts without dwelling on it too much in the present, sharing enough to explain why the characters are who they are, but not belabouring the point to distraction.  The story flows well and the pace of the book kept me fully engaged from start to finish.  The only break I took was to sleep... I started it last night when I went to bed and I finished it before I got out of bed this morning.

The Daddy/Boy dynamic is present but not overpowering - there is no age play or heavy BDSM, so if you're reading this as a sports romance, you should find the dynamic fits the situation and doesn't overpower the story - Dori is still an independent person.

I recommend you check Dori & Sonny out if you like sports romance, age gap romance or daddy romance, or even if you're just looking for a steamy, sweet friends to lovers story!