Cleat Chaser by Celia Aaron
Cleat Chaser: Kyrie Kent hates baseball. She hates players even more. When her best friend drags her to a Ravens game, she spends the innings reading a book… Until she gets a glimpse of the closer—a pitcher who draws her like a magnet. Fighting her attraction to Easton Holliday is easy. All she has to do is keep her distance, avoid the ballpark, and keep her head down. At least, all that would have worked, but Easton doesn’t intend to let Kyrie walk so easily. When another player vies for Kyrie’s attention, Easton will swing for the fences. But will Kyrie strike him out or let him steal home? Full disclosure: This is an erotic romance full of hot guys in tight baseball pants, even more guys in tight baseball pants who know how to swing a big stick, and explicit sex.
When I picked up this book, I had visions of he-who-shall-not-be-named taunting me. If this was another Jack Fucking Carter type story I was going to be the one swinging a bat at anything within reach. This is not that type of book and Easton is not that kind of ass-hat, thank all that’s holy!
(I’m sorry Jack….I still love you…)
Kyrie is a girl after my own heart. She goes to the games because her best friend Nikki is a cleat chaser….I know, not an attractive or really a very nice term, but she is and she owns it. As her best bud, Kyrie supports Nikki in her pursuit of all things Braden, the catcher for the Ravens. But, since she doesn’t really like baseball…any more… she spends her time reading her Kindle rather than watching. Like I said, my kind of girl.
Easton is the pitcher for the Ravens and best friend of Braden so it’s inevitable that the two are going to meet at some point. Too bad Kyrie has absolutely no desire to meet anyone, let alone a baseball player. What I loved about Easton is he was just downright sweet. His interest in Kyrie is peaked with one glance and his devotion to, and nervousness around, Kyrie is what draws you in and makes you love him. Well that and the hilarious interaction between Easton and his lesbian sister Kacey.
I know she’s not the main character, but Kacey is awesome! She’s a female character unlike any I’ve read before. Yes, we’ve had women who are snarky, crude, direct and protective of their brothers, but this woman takes it to all new levels. From the first surprise attack on Easton to the end of the book, I guarantee you will be hoping for more scenes that include Kacey. There’s one scene with a yellow whiffle ball bat and Easton’s anatomy that you will continue to chuckle over long after you’ve finished the book. Anyone who can deliver the line “Didn’t want to tuna palm your ass. There we go, this one’s fresh and clean,” while switching hands holding up the sheet covering her body is someone who gives absolutely no fucks about what other people think and who comes across as completely genuine.
But Kyrie is making Easton work to get to know her and he’s kind of at a loss on how to proceed. He’s so nervous to make a good impression and he has no idea what to do to make that happen. You know things are dire when he resorts to asking Kacey for help from a female perspective. Her advice is sound, but not typical.
But in the end it comes down to whether or not Kyrie can see Easton from an objective point of view and not lump him into the same category as her ex. It sounds easy. Just don’t judge one person on the actions of another. We all know it’s not that simple. Easton never really did anything wrong. You’ll be indignant on his behalf. He’s a good guy and a devoted friend and brother. I wanted to shake Kyrie and tell her to get her head out of her ass! There were times I believed she was seriously going to reject Easton or that Easton was going to get tired of being judged and move on.
Cleat Chaser has an HEA so you know how it’s going to ultimately end, but you have no idea how much fun you’re going to have getting there. I would definitely place this as one of my top reads this year. We have a new player in the realm of romantic comedy and I can’t wait for more.