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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“The very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly to your service.”
This was a new side to CD Reiss and I have to say I loved every word. CD Reiss does Contemporary Romance with ease and soon has you emotionally invested with her characters Dash and Vivian.
Vivian was a beautiful person on the inside and out and had the hugest heart of gold. Having lost her mother at an early age she now lives with her step-dad who has chronic arthritis. The relationship that she has with her step-dad is beautiful and despite not being blood related their bond is impenetrable. Having never known her father, he was the only Dad she had known and he had been the best. Vivian was a school librarian in a school that taught mainly under-privileged kids. Her heart knew no bounds when it came to making sure they were okay and not hungry. While not the highest paying of jobs it was a job that gave her emotional enrichment and she adored those kids.
It is on a school trip that Vivian meets Dash, she needs her baseball signed, he’s a bit of an ass, but an extremely handsome ass.
Dash, Dash, Dash…I adored him and all his little OCD tendencies, he was a man that despite his fame and fortune always questioned his ability and put his success down to his routines. He was a man that shied away from the camera lenses for fear of letting people in and exposing his vulnerabilities. He was a man that had walls around his heart so love wouldn’t escape and more importantly couldn’t be let in but at the end of the day he was a man that needed to be loved the most. My heart broke for him and I just wanted to jump into the kindle and give him the hugest of hugs.
“I feel like the sky is eight feet over my head, a million tons and falling fast. I don’t know what you want from me, but I’m pretty sure I can’t give it to you. I tried. But I’m squeezed.”
For the first time in his life Dash is drawn to a woman, while they only met briefly and he did not come across as the true man he is, there was something about Vivian that wouldn’t leave his thoughts. Vivian had made a lasting impression, so when their paths cross once again he is determined to make one of his own.
“She wasn’t completely broken or completely whole. She was guileless without being naïve. Vulnerable and strong at the same time. A locked box with a tiny window that let me see something shiny inside.”
Dash has to do a lot of fighting in this book, not the physical kind, but the mental and emotional kind. He had to fight his demons, his sub conscience and all his anxieties. He was pushed the furthest he has been out of his comfort zones, sometimes with disastrous effects but he had an end goal and it was one he never ever thought he wanted or deserved.
“Yeah, a two-month bellyache called Vivian-itis…Symptoms include desperate longing and an inability to do anything but feel like a douchebag. Patient can’t do shit on the field but stand there like an ass, wondering what the fuck he’s doing with his life. It’s chronic. No known cure.”
Dash is a man of words too, he is well read (swoon) and loves a good book and their conversations through books had me sighing many times, their cheeky texts and sexual banter has Vivian’s own comfort zones pushed but whereas she was always so sensible and reserved, Dash brought her out of her shell. Dash was all kinds of dominant in the bedroom and CD Reiss certainly knows how to pen a sex scene. These two were insanely hot together and she perfectly captured their connection on every level.
“Were you this irritating when we met?”
“I was charming. Very charming.”
“Where did Mr Charming go?”
“That guy didn’t have staying power…but Mr Irritating? He’ll stick around?”
While on paper these two shouldn’t have worked, they did, in all the best ways. They centred each other, they were great for each other and I was championing them along all the way. These two have mountains to climb but together they make a great team, they just need to reach for the summit. Another great read from CD Reiss.
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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