Sep 08

Pitch Please by Lani Lynn Vale Review

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Baseball is life, the rest is just details.

Everyone who’s played the game has heard those words a time or two. But Hancock has heard them his entire life from his parents. His family has lived and breathed baseball even before he started little league.

Hancock “Parts” Peters has a name that inspires grins across many faces, but the moment those faces get their first look at him, those grins slide away.

Hancock is gruff, filterless, and doesn’t give a crap who he offends. He is the only man in baseball who doesn’t care if he gets an endorsement or not. He’s there to play the game. He’s there to win. He’s there because baseball is his life.
People think he’s a jerk.

And maybe he is. But if that’s how he has to come off to get people to leave him the hell alone so he can play in peace, so be it. The less people he has to worry about offending, the better.


Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.

Sway Coffman didn’t mean to rock the boat. She was just there to do her job.
Sure, she was a woman in a man’s world. Yes, she beat out several of those men to get the job as head athletic trainer for the professional baseball team, The Texas Lumberjacks. And yeah, she now got hate mail from those men.

But she’s good at her job, and she earned the position.

What she is not good at, however, is talking to men.

Men seem to see her curvy hips, large breasts and thick thighs and automatically think she is incompetent. Because surely a fat girl couldn’t get the job treating some of the most fit and athletic men in the world, right?


This fat girl got the job, and she is proud of it.

What else did she get?

The attention of the sexiest bearded man she’d ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on.
It was enough to bring to her down to her knees…in front of that man, the hot and grumpy baseball player, Hancock Peters.


I’ve read everything Lani Lynn Vale has written, and I absolutely love her spin on everyday heroes and the woman who capture their hearts. She’s written about bikers, paramedics, firemen and cops, and I’ve loved them all. Pitch Please is Vale’s first at-bat in the sports romance trope, and she knocked it right out of the park! The first story in her new series, There’s No Crying in Baseball, had me hooked and eager for more.

I loved Parts and Sway! Grumpy and gruff professional baseball catcher Hancock “Parts” Peters is known as a bit of a hothead, but he actually turned out to be one of the swooniest heroes Vale has ever written. Shy but sweet athletic trainer Sway Coffman was funny and curvy and caught his eye from the moment he laid them on her. 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. Vale’s sense of humor is always present in all of her novels, and it was front and center in Pitch Please. The back-and-forth banter between Parts and Sway was on point and, along with the combustible chemistry between them, made this a story I could not read fast enough.

I fell in love with these characters, and Vale has concocted yet another fictional world—with a host of interesting side characters whose stories I am dying to for—that I cannot wait to visit again. Vale has penned romcom magic in her first go at a sports romance, and she’s definitely started something special in the There’s No Crying in Baseball series. Pitch Please by Lani Lynn Vale gets five smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo