Line Drive by EM Lindsey (Hit and Run book 2)

Tatted_book_freak calls Line Drive by E.M. Lindsey "Another out of the park read by E.M.!!" 

From the blurb:

James "Scooter" Harney is good at two things and two things only:


...and running away from his feelings.

So, when he comes face to face with a high school baseball coach who gets under his skin like no one ever has before, James isn't quite sure what to do about it. After all, Ridley is smarmy, annoying, ridiculously good looking…

And worst of all, straight.

Then, James' world is turned upside down one evening when Ridley admits that he's been having thoughts. Thoughts about James. Thoughts that are making him question his own identity.

James knows he won't make a good boyfriend, but the way Ridley looks at him, the way Ridley trusts him, makes James realize that maybe—just maybe—there’s something worth fighting for.

Line Drive is the second book in a fictional MLB series featuring a smarmy pitcher good at annoying his teammates and stroking his own ego, a team ready to win no matter what it takes, a lost single dad who just wants to know he's doing a good job, and an agreement that wraps both of their hearts into a tangle. Each book in the Hit and Run Series stands alone, contains no cheating, and has a happily ever after.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

Another out of the park read by E.M.!! My inclusion appreciation continues, as they touched on another sensitive topic, the struggles endured by the parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy, except this time, an adolescent trans boy that completely stole the show! How this author was able to capture the difficulties endured with being a parent to a CP child, made me feel as though they lived my life. Then adding FtM, I was blown away 🤯

“𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬. 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐞.”

What an explosive bi-awakening!! The patience James has with Ridley was so sincere and handled perfectly. His understanding of Ridley’s hesitancy’s, allowing him the space he thought was needed, touched on the struggles as a single parent trying to date. But when they did finally collide, mind blowing!!!! James’ mouth, Ridley’s inexperience, and their need for one another, exploded right before my eyes 💥

“𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔻𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕖 𝕤𝕦𝕡𝕖𝕣 𝕗𝕦𝕔𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕟𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕪. 𝕀 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕤𝕦𝕓𝕛𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕖𝕝𝕗 𝕥𝕠 𝕚𝕥.”

Can we take a moment to discuss how entertaining Ridley’s son, Phoenix, was in this story!? The things that came out of his mouth were absolutely hilarious and added so much more humor and excitement! And, his persistence and no-filter worked out in the end 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

E.M. Lindsey can write sweet, snarky, steamy, flawed characters with one hand tied behind their back... and they did it again in Line Drive... James, the superstar pitcher with a prison stint and hardscrabble childhood meets Ridley, high school baseball coach and divorced dad to a trans teenager with cerebral palsy and they both want to be together, but they both can't get past their pasts...

This book has explosive chemistry, a fair amount of angst and a teenager who is smart and smart-mouthed and who sees the world in a different way from the adults in his life... I honestly think Phoenix was a show stealer in this book... (and I hope once he gets a little older he might find the love of his life in a future EM Lindsey story) 

Line Drive was a quick read that I was able to devour in one sitting - it just flowed beautifully and I was immersed in the story from page one until the last word of the epilogue - I'm glad this isn't the final book in the series, because it means we may get cameos from James and Ridley in future books!  You don't need to have read book 1, Switch Hitter, but you will see Pietro pop up regularly in Line Drive!

Rating:: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

E.M. Lindsey knows how to hook you in with only a few pages. 

Line Drive by E.M Lindsey is a homerun. 

In this story we get James and Ridley's story. Now when I first started reading this I didn't know if I would end up liking any other character besides Phoenix. I was wrong, and I'm so glad I was wrong. I ended up loving all of the characters in this book, they all added more depth and details to the storyline that all of the characters just made sense. Now I'm not a big sports fan so sports talk usually goes right over my head, however, the way it was written in this book made it easier for me to understand what is happening. 

I didn't read Switch-Hitter before I read this one and I honestly don't think you have to, I'm going to go back and read it just because I want to read Pietro's story, but this can be a standalone. 

The characters are so well written and have so many details you can feel what they feel. You'll be sucked into this story and you won't be able to put it down. I really hope that at some point Phoenix will get his own story, I think that would be awesome. I would love to read more about his journey and drive, and of course his love life.  The representation that EM always tries to give is outstanding, you can just tell how much research they do in order to write amazing books with amazing and life-like characters. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Phenomenal story telling!!! Engaging story. Seriously loved James and Ridley!! 

I loved Pietro but James and Ridley now have my heart!! 

James’s back story is a little different having been in prison then making to the MLB. Ridley is the parent of a trans teen and baseball coach. Ridley struggles with being a parent to Phoenix and Phoenix’s disease but also trying to get much needed equipment for the team he coaches. Loved Phoenix, he stole the show, sooo freakin funny!! 

I loved the way that James handled Ridley’s bi-awakening! Overall, a phenomenal story! Very well written and the pacing was so good that I read the whole book in one sitting, couldn’t put it down!!

Rating: 5 Stars

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