The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: January 4th
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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It started with one night out with the boys.
She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school.
I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges.
On paper we didn’t match.
Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.
She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me.
She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm.
But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.
I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time – just a good time.
She’s changed me.
But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.
“Four patty melts, then?” Harmony asks, with a little more attitude in her voice than before.
“That would be—”
“Is there something wrong?” I ask, interrupting Knox before he can say something douchey like “that would be lovely.”
“Nope.” She pops the P with a snap of her lips and refuses to look at any of us.
“Then the patty melts would be—”
“Do you have something against us being on the baseball team?” I ask, turning my entire body toward her. Carson groans. He becomes “ravenous” when he’s drunk, and I know all he wants is his patty melt with a plateful of fries, but I want some answers first.
The stigma on campus is that the players on the Brentwood baseball team are entitled assholes—which might be true for some of the players who’ve worked through the system, but not for us. There’s also a good chance, at least once a day, that we run into a student on campus who hates us. Didn’t think it would happen before school started.
“Dude, you’re so aggressive right now,” Knox says. “Maybe she just—”
“Yeah, I do.” Harmony props her hand on her hip.
“Okay, never mind.” Knox leans back in his booth and folds his arms over his chest.
“Let me guess,” I say in an irritated and affronted tone. “You think we’re a bunch of entitled assholes who rule the campus and don’t deserve half the benefits we receive for being on the team.”
She folds her arms as well and with a whole lot of sass, she says, “Yeah, I do. Your expensive stadium, equipment, staff, and full-ride scholarships eat up half the tuition on this campus, leaving nothing for us peasants. You’re obnoxious, self-righteous, and think the world revolves around you. Meanwhile, the rest of the students around you work at shitty diners, earning low wages, serving drunk morons like you at all hours of the night, just to put ourselves through college so we can earn a degree, graduate to a shitty job that won’t pay for our student loans, and wind up in debt with the rest of the country.”
Silence falls. What do you say to that?
Clearly, she’s bitter, but with the passion flaming in her eyes and the claws ready to shoot from her fingertips, I think I should slowly back away.
Jason takes that moment to appear from the bathroom, and he sits with a resounding plop. He glances around and asks, “Did you order me a patty melt?”
Rolling her eyes, Harmony takes off toward the kitchen, leaving us concerned. Is she going to put in our order? Because we want our patty melts.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Ah, The Strike Out is finally here! I read the first few chapters of Holt and Harmony’s story in the Team Player 2 anthology over a year ago, and now we finally get the rest of the story between the alpha baseball star and the feisty waitress who wants nothing to do with him!
In this #TowelBrigade series, The Strike Out lines up with Carson, Knox and Jason’s stories, as Holt is one of their teammates at Brentwood. The book takes place while they are in college, and there’s a great scene between Holt and Knox’s girl, Emory, that is a throwback to their story in The Locker Room. Meghan Quinn’s heroes keep getting better and better in this series!
Holt is such a swoony alpha male who completely goes bananas over Harmony. She is feisty and strong-willed, determined to make something of herself. Harmony really tries to keep Holt at an arm’s length, but he just keeps showing up until he wears her down. She is fiercely independent, and there are several occasions where Harmony wants to stand on her own — and Holt shows her that she can in fact stand on her own with him by her side as a support. And when things get a little bumpy for the two of them, Holt is determined to not let Harmony know what’s going on in his mind… leading to a heartbreaking break-up and eventual make-up where he realizes that he can lean on her for support, too.
The Strike Out is a wonderful enemies-to-lovers romcom full of hysterical moments, lots of witty banter, Meghan Quinn’s signature use of awesome text messages, and so much more! You will absolutely fall in love with Holt and Harmony!
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