Oct 16

Listen Pitch by Lani Lynn Vale Review



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 suddenly, he doesn’t have just himself to worry about anymore.


I’m a huge fan of Lani Lynn Vale’s, and I’m really enjoying this sports romance series. Lani always adds a suspenseful element to her stories, and while this series is a bit lighter-hearted than her others, it definitely has some intrigue co-mingled with the romance. While the There’s No Crying in Baseball series is a world within one of Vale’s existing worlds, this series can definitely be read on its own and would be a great place for a new reader to start.

I loved Rhys and Henley! He was the bad boy baseball player with a heart of gold who falls hard for the sweet, good-girl next door. Right from the start, this story drew me in and held all of my attention—I positively devoured it and didn’t want to put it down, in large part because I adored this couple so much. Rhys was so protective, sweet and tender with Henley, and she was fiercely loyal, always having his back. Their romance was quick and hot, but it was the absolute adoration they had for each other that made my heart race.

Listen Pitch was one of the sweetest romances Lani has written with a couple who were in sync in every way. Vale has built yet another fictional world—with plenty of interesting side characters whose stories I am dying to for—that I cannot wait to visit again. Five smooches from me for Listen Pitch by Lani Lynn Vale!

~Danielle Palumbo