Rhys Rivera is the star short-stop for the Longview Lumberjacks. Many know him, even more love him. He has a pretty face, a quick smile, and an air of danger about him that everyone seems to adore. He’s not known as the bad boy of baseball for nothing. It all started with his father, who decided to be a criminal mob boss, then die. Fortunately for his uncle, Rhys wants absolutely nothing to do with the family business and runs before anyone can figure out which way is up. By the time his uncle, the successor to his father’s criminal empire, thinks to look for him, Rhys has made too big of a name for himself to be taken out quietly, and he wants to keep it that way. Fast forward eight years, and Rhys is living life one breath at a time, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe coming in the form of a nosy neighbor who has no idea just how hot she is in her mail carrier uniform. Her sweet little body and positive outlook on life make him want to laugh at how naïve she is when it comes to the way of the world. The harder he tries to stay away, the weaker he seems to get, until one day he decides to put his morals on hold long enough to satisfy his cravings. One time is all he needs—or so he tells himself. But then two pink lines change everything, and all of a sudden, he doesn’t have just himself to worry about anymore.
Listen Pitch is the latest book in Vale's Baseball series and it delivers the story of Rhys and Henley. If you've read Vale before you may have an idea who these characters are but I can guarantee you that you still won't have expected this story.
I was super excited to see we were getting Henley's story, having garnered bits and pieces of the craziness of her life, I couldn't wait to dive in to the details and let me tell you this was one wild ride.
Rhys is not your typical baseball player as there is so much more to who he is and what his life has been like. But still he is an interesting character with quite the history and when that past intersects with is current life - well lets just say things are about to be even crazier.
Henley was a fun character, a sweet woman with a good heart, but she's not without her problems or her sass. I loved everything about this character, she was exactly who I'd want to see land Rhys and I loved how well they worked together.
With the world of baseball, a touch of mafia danger, and a little bit more of drama, Listen Pitch blew me away with the chemistry and connection between Henley and Rhys and delivered a uniquely fun romantic experience.