Release Date: November 29th, 2022
CW: mentions of divorce, cancer, multiple sclerosis
Single mom Palmer Clark will not be sidelined by the new man in town. Sure, the honey-tongued baseball legend is gorgeous, loves puppies, and has charmed his way into the community’s heart, but Palmer craves stability. Nothing about Cole says forever. So why is he so hard to resist?
Cole is swinging through town to visit his parents when he meets the kind of down-to-earth distraction he’s been looking for since retiring from the majors. True, his long-term relationship score is zero. But even though raising his average with Palmer seems impossible, it’s worth a shot.
As promising as the summer nights are, fate turns small-town dreams upside down, and some lessons are learned the hard way. But having faith in love and choosing hope over fear might get Palmer and Cole to the sweet spot they’re looking for.
I absolutely love all of Adriana Locke’s small town romances. She creates these beautiful little towns filled with a host of incredible characters, then tosses in a romance that will make you swoon. How is that not absolutely perfect? And with The Sweet Spot, she brings in Palmer and Cole in a romance that made me smile and tear up all at once. And let’s not even forget the wonderfulness of Ethan.
As a single mom, Palmer’s not interested in one night stands of casual flings. She’s too busy raising her son, dealing with her flaky ex and her very demanding job. So if she’s going to let someone into her life, he needs to be ready to be there forever. Retired baseball player Cole’s visiting his parents since they moved to the small town in Ohio, but he has no intentions of staying. He might have just retired from the sport he loves and has plans to return to San Diego and see what else he can do with his life. But when a chance meeting at a diner turns into bantery flirting, Cole can’t walk away from Palmer, no matter how much of a bad idea it could be.
Watching Palmer, Ethan and Cole interact was such a treat in this book. I loved how quickly Cole got invested in this little family and how he desperately wants to stay right there with the two of them. The relationship between Palmer and Cole is a bit of a slow burn, because they both need to know whether they trust the other person just yet and if all of this is truly worth it. And like with all of Adriana’s books, the small town vibes were so strong!
Thanks to Montlake and NetGalley for the advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.