Review: “The Strike Out” by Meghan Quinn

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: January 4th, 2021

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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.

It’s beyond clear that Meghan Quinn and her Brentwood Boys can do no wrong. Every single one of these books has blown me away and it’s what drew me into reading Meghan’s books in the first place. Nobody can replace Cory Potter or Carson Stone in my heart, but guys, Holt Green gets really close to taking up another spot. He’s just so gosh darn charming and he’s so beautifully written that you can’t help yourself.

With all of these books – and anything that Meghan writes, really – you’re in for a treat with the laughs, the swoons and all the epic feels. Coming from a country where sports isn’t as exciting as America, I’m always so fascinated by sports romances and I have to say that Meghan knocks it out of the park every single time. And let’s not forget how distractingly beautiful these #towelbrigade covers are! Based on covers alone, Cory Potter wins, but Holt Green? He just wins.

“I like fire. I like passion. And I like a girl who’s not afraid to tell me to stick it up my ass.”

Holt and Harmony have the most amusing meet-cute and start to their relationship. She’s not interested in athletes because of a very good reason and he’s interested because she’s not interested. It’s confusing, I know, but you’ll get it once you properly sink your teeth into this magic. Holt is an entertainingly obnoxious baseball player and while his forwardness and cheekiness should frustrate and annoy you, his charm does the trick. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes. It’s clear that Harmony has no hope of ignoring her attraction to him, no matter how hard she tries or what she tells herself. But Holt isn’t immune to Harmony either, she’s got him wrapped around her little finger and she hasn’t even done a single thing to him yet. 

Their witty banter steals the show. Holt has zero filter and with someone like that, it’s important to have a character who can counter and meet every push. And Harmony does. Oh, she’s so good at it too. Sure, he stumps her now and then, but for the most part, she’s up for the game and the challenge. The whole journey of watching them go from being banter buddies to friends to falling in love was just beautiful. It’s one thing that I know I can get with any Meghan Quinn book – an epic love story. And these Brentwood boys always find their epic loves in the best of ways.

“Because I know deep in my soul, we were brought together for a reason, and this magnetic kiss is confirming that notion.”

I loved how unpredictable this relationship was, because I went into it thinking I knew how things were going to turn out for Holt and Harmony, but then the twists! No, it’s not a suspense and it’s not going to leave you breathless or on the edge of your seat, but…there are a few exciting developments that I didn’t see coming, but I welcomed whole-heartedly. Their relationship is fast and hard, but that still doesn’t feel too rushed. That’s another thing I loved about this book. I feel had it been anyone else, I might not have enjoyed the pacing.

But truly, the relationship is so beautiful. Harmony doesn’t make it easy for Holt and even when they’re together, she’s making him work for it. They might be young and inexperienced with love, but Holt and Harmony are so mature for their age. They make the whole relationship a much more interesting experience. I hope we are all as lucky as Harmony and Holt, in finding the epic loves of our lives when we’re least expecting them.

Thanks to Meghan Quinn and Candi Kane PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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