Dallas Longhorns trainer Piper Rhodes has plans and dreams. While she trains wealthy clients and professional athletes by day, by night she runs her own fitness empire, with a successful YouTube channel, growing podcast and plans for a game changing app. But growing her business doesn’t come cheap, so when All-Star shortstop and renowned manwhore Beau Beckett asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend—for a fee—she sees it as her opportunity to finally invest in her dreams. And she knows better than to let herself develop feelings for Beau, whose reputation is a mile long.
Beau just wants to get the media off his back so that he can head into free agency—and hopefully a massive contract—without his past hanging over his head. So when he asks the cute and sassy Piper to pretend to be his girlfriend, he expects to fool the media. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for her—hard. After a lifetime of abandonment, Beau does sex, not love. But being with Piper shows Beau the man he could be. For the first time in his life, he wants it all, and he wants it with Piper. But when life interferes, Beau will have to fight for a love he didn’t know he needed.
What started out as pretend could lead to a real future—if the present doesn’t tear them apart.
|Title:||Hit and Run|
|Series:||Dallas Longhorns (Book 5)|
|Category / Genre(s):||Contemporary|
Sports Romance (Baseball)
|Point of View:||Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)|
|Location:||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|Release Date:||28th September, 2021|
Deliciously satisfying romance
I’m a fairly new convert to Tara Wyatt, this being only the second book of hers that I’ve read. With that said, I definitely feel I’m about to go on a buying and reading spree of her back catalogue as she’s hitting all the right marks for me.
This is the 5th book in the Dallas Longhorn’s series. Although some couples from the previous books in the series do appear in this one, each book stands completely alone and ends with an HEA.
Beau is a delicious sort of hero. Some might take exception to the fact that he enjoys the company of women – and doesn’t do repeat performances – but that doesn’t bother me, especially as it helps him see that Piper is different. I liked that he was honest with himself about his feelings, but that they also terrified him. He really was just a sexy, confident, playful man who inside was sweet, caring and sensitive. The heroes that need a big ol’ hug are always my favourite.
Equally, Piper was such a likeable character. She was confident and upbeat but throughout the book we get to learn about her personality and that she has worries and insecurities like the rest of us. She, too, was honest with herself about her feelings for Beau and she never stopped being herself. When she stopped the fun times with Beau to put her cookie dough ice-cream in the freezer, I think I might have fallen in love! I like a girl who has her priorities on point!
Beau and Piper have exceptional chemistry and from the first, I adored them as a couple. Their teasing and banter was only eclipsed by the wonder that Beau felt on experiencing a relationship with Piper and all the small things that entails. It was adorable. However, adorable is not the word I would use to describe the sex between them. Smoking hot might be more accurate. I have been known to skim read some sex scenes if I’m not in the mood and yet I read every single word of the details between Beau and Piper. Good times. Very good times.
This book is quite short at only 182 pages long. I could have done with it being so much longer but that’s probably because I enjoyed it so much that I absolutely devoured it. Tara Wyatt brings the emotion, chemistry, story and writing that you can’t help but fall in love with. Her characters are the kind you want to know and read about, and she definitely knows what I want in terms of a satisfying romance. I loved this book and would happily recommend it. 5 stars.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Tara Wyatt is a Canadian contemporary romance author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Golden Quill Award and the Booksellers’ Best Award. In addition, she was a 2018 RITA® Finalist for her romantic comedy novella, Until the Sun Sets.
When she’s not hanging out with your next book boyfriend, she can be found reading, watching movies, and drinking wine. Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dachshund, as well as her husband and daughter.