Friday, April 1, 2016

Review Tour: Hardball by CD Reiss



Release Date: March 29th 

Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance


Praise for HARDBALL

“Dash Wallace is a dirty talking, sexy professional baseball player who falls hard for the girl next door, but beware... your heart will take a beating as you watch him struggle with sticking to all he's ever known at the risk of losing the best thing that ever happened to him. Hardball is one of those books that will suck you in and won't let you go until you devour every last, juicy bite.” Sawyer Bennett, NY Times Bestselling Author  

 “Fiery hot and enticingly realistic, CD Reiss's captivating writing, complex characters and explosive love scenes make Hard Ball an irresistible modern day romance.” Katy Evans, NY Times Bestselling Author



Perfect ass. Perfect arms. Perfect swagger.   They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King. He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom. When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame. I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.   Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times. My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field. But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me. Until the night I do. And everything changes. 203e7-hardball2bteaser2b1  

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Meet Dash Wallace


This one is a hard review to write, I love Christine and the books I've read by her in the past but while I loved the concept of this book and liked the characters, I felt like the story let me down along the way.
I adored Vivian from the get go, she was feisty, would do anything for her students, and the love she had for her dad was commendable. I also admire how, even though she was attracted to Dash, she kept him on his toes for good part of the story.
Dash is a talented baseball player who is very popular with the ladies, but once he meets Vivian, who is not at all his type, there is something about her that he can't walk away from. The back story of the pin really touched me, I would've been devastated if something like that would've happened to me, I understood his desperation to get it back.
The story starts changing for me, when Vivian, who was so strong, so set in her ways, starts chasing Dash all over the place acting as his good luck charm. All the running around and her losing part of who she was for him just didn't seat well with me. I felt like she lost some of her personality, of who she was by submitting to his wishes. Also, with a sick father and a full time job, how could you just leave all behind several days a week? She did redeem herself somewhat at the end while dealing with her student. And although I thought Dash's dirty talk was very sensual, he really never acted on most of the stuff he said to her, maybe I was expecting a bit more from his big sexy personality, and his kinky side to show itself?
While most of the story has a decent flow, I felt like some of the fluidity was lost during certain parts, making it hard to maintain my attention to the storyline.
All and all it wasn't a bad story, I just would've liked things developed differently.

*** 3.5 Stars ***

About the Author


CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 

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