Sep 26

The Dugout by Meghan Quinn Review


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Let me ask you a question:

If someone is vying for your spot on a team and just so happens to injure you during practice, would you believe it was on purpose?

Word around campus is . . . it was no accident.

That injury has cost me everything; my starting position, my junior year—and the draft. Now, I’m a senior fresh off recovery, struggling to find my groove, until the day I run into a nervous, fidgety, girl with freckles, in the dining hall.

They call Milly Potter The Baseball Whisperer, The Diamond Wizard, and The Epitome of All Knowledge. She believes in baseball. She breathes it. She’s the queen of an infamous dynasty, but no one actually knows who she really is, and she plans to keep it that way.

One mishap in the panini line, one miscommunication in the weight room, and many failed attempts at an apology equal up to one solid truth — Milly Potter never wants to speak to me again — no matter how good my forearms look.

Little do we both know, she’s about to become more than just my fairy ballmother.

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I absolutely love Meghan Quinn’s writing. She pens the most addictive and engaging love stories. and I can’t get enough of them. She pulls me right into them with plots that are full of her wonderful sense of humor, with passionate romances and punches of gut-wrenching emotion that always seem to catch me by surprise.

The Dugout, a new adult sports romance, features the nerdy, quirky, baseball whisperer heroine, Milly, and the star college ball player, Carson, who is struggling to find his swing again after a serious injury. Milly wasn’t just a baseball fanatic; nor was she merely a member of the family largely considered a baseball dynasty. She was knowledgeable, competent and a natural-born coach in her own right. I loved Milly and Carson together so much. She was in denial about her crush, and he was doing his best to hide his attraction to her—until he couldn’t. It never occurred to her that he would like her. They were so sweet together, so perfect.

Just as I was sailing along toward a happily ever after, though, I started to get a sense of foreboding. I knew it was coming—I knew it. Meghan Quinn has this way of dishing out powerful emotions when readers least expect it, and I know this! But still, even knowing it was coming, she gutted me completely with pain this couple endured. My heart ached for both of them.

The Dugout was a slow-burning, sweet and tender love story that had all the feels. I’m not exactly sure how she does it, but Meghan Quinn somehow managed to pen a story that was both charming yet emotionally devastating. My heart broke, healed and raced throughout this book, and I loved every single palpitation. The Dugout by Meghan Quinn gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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