Mar 12

The Trade by Meghan Quinn Review


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Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?

I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.

I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.

Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels.

Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.

I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.

I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life.

So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married.

At least, that’s what I was told . . .

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Meghan Quinn’s writing just does it for me—it hits on all the things I want in the romances I pick up to read. Brimming with Quinn’s quirky sense of humor, her stories also pack a serious emotional punch. Billowing with steam and an addictive romance, her engrossing plots fit her characters perfectly. She writes the stuff I want to read, and I’m always looking forward to what’s next from her.

The Trade is the fourth book in her Brentwood Baseball series, and I’ll just say right now that baseball isn’t my first love when it comes to sports romances. But between the endearing characters in this series and their hard-fought love stories, these ball players have completely won me over. Cory Potter takes his turn at bat in The Trade, and I fell for this guy over cupcakes at a charity event.

Heading into the twilight years of a career that will earn him a place in the Hall of Fame, Cory is suddenly and unexpectedly traded—mid-season—from the team where he’s spent his entire career and the city where he’s built a life to a team in his hometown of Chicago. The problem is that the team they’re sending him to are the notorious bad boys of baseball, and nothing about this team, from their rough-around-the-edges players and coaches to their rowdy, raucous fans, is his style. To say it’s not going well is a vast understatement, and for the first time in his otherwise stellar career, he’s struggling on and off the field. That is until he meets the woman of his dreams, his teammate’s sister, Natalie.

My heart positively broke for Cory and all that he was dealing with. I get that it comes with the territory as a professional athlete, but I honestly cannot imagine having to go through what he did, and Meghan did a fantastic job painting this painful picture and laying out all the ways it affected Cory’s professional and personal lives and decision-making processes. Then he met Natalie, and I felt the spark he did and then his overwhelming disappointment when he learned that she was married. Turns out she wasn’t, she’s freshly divorced, something Cory learns when he’s stuck sharing a room with her on a post-season trip to the Caribbean with his sister, her husband and their baseball friends and wives.

The Trade was a sweet and tender love story full of emotion, humor and passion. I’ve been waiting for Cory’s story since we met him earlier in the season, and Meghan Quinn knocked it out of the park with this heart-tugging romance. I laughed, I swooned, I blushed and I bawled my way through this book, and I loved every single second of it. Five smooches from me for The Trade by Meghan Quinn!

~Danielle Palumbo




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