Jennifer Bernard, the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen series, scores another homerun with a brand-new series about sexy, single baseball players.
Playing for the Kilby Catfish is hotshot pitcher Caleb Hart’s last chance to salvage his career after a major league meltdown. But the day of his opener with the minor league team, Caleb strikes out with the gorgeous woman who is delivering a petition to run the unruly Catfish out of town. Now, to stay in the lineup, Caleb will need to score big with the feisty brunette he can’t keep out of his thoughts.
After the nasty lies Sadie Merritt’s rich ex-boyfriend spread about her all over town, she’s lucky to have a job at all. She can’t afford to screw it up by falling for the player who is supposed to be helping her change the image of the fun-loving Catfish. But that’s easier said than done when Caleb’s voice alone is enough to make her pulse race. And when he surprises her with a mind-blowing kiss, she knows there’s no turning back. – Goodreads
I have never hidden my love of romance novels and All of Me reminds me why I enjoy them. Bernard tells a funny, heartfelt story about those moments you try to deny and why you should stop trying to deny them. The main theme of this novel was clearly trust. Sadie trusting anyone who isn’t her best friend and Caleb trusting anyone who wasn’t close family.
Sadie was burned by the small town of Kilby and she’s dying to get out of it because the King of the town tried to outcast her when the King, her boyfriend at the time was an asshole and the whole town rallied around him, not her. It was painful throughout All of Me until her BFF, who stood by her side, got drunk and defended the crap out of her.
You just let him badmouth her and no one said a thing. You let him plaster a private moment moment all over town. Two people were on that tap. What’s Sadie getting all the blame, instead of the asshole who leaked it? —88%, eARC
That is Sadie’s mindset throughout this novel. The town hates her, her mother looks down on her. No one is there for her but herself and her best friend. Because of that, Sadie was shocked by the new minor league pitcher, Caleb Hart who has his own issues. His father is a horrible liar who has effected Caleb from the day Caleb got the call that his father was in jail and Caleb had to take care of his father. Caleb was never once bitter about the situation, he just accepted it as what it was.
When the two characters are thrown together though it works. They bring out the best in each other and they also make the other person become a better person. They also want to help the other person even when that person is the biggest independent person ever. All of Me just worked. From the very first page Bernard knew where she was taking the characters and consistently took them on a journey that we were welcomed to be a part of.
All of Me is a book that reminds me of my childhood, and I understand that’s weird, but hear me out. It reminds me of those romance paperbacks I started to read in my early teens because I was reading everything and anything and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the baseball aspect and of course the romance aspect and how it made my heart twinge.