Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour and Review: Pitching To Win by Carrie Aarons



What do you do when the town golden boy, who never noticed you in high school, decides to make a play for your heart? 

For Minka Braxton, high school has been anything but easy. After a humiliating scandal sophomore year, she's avoided the social scene and anything having to do with boys, especially of the popular variety. But with senior year approaching, Minka decides it's time to take life back into her own hands. That is, until Owen Axel, the type of guy she's always avoided, decides he wants her in his hands. 

Owen Axel is the definition of popular. Good looks, all-star worthy pitching arm and a former pro-athlete father make him Mitchum's town God. Returning from college for the summer, his plan is simple. Beach, booz, and beautiful girls. But one look at Minka Braxton and he knows what he wants. He just doesn't count on her not wanting him. 

As the summer unfolds, both must decide how much to reveal, how deep they should fall, and what might happen if they strike out.

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" want to go skinny dipping?" He nearly chokes. 

"I do." 

"Okay, sure." 

He clasps my hand in his large one and leads me to the outside stairs that connect the decks above and below us. When we come to the first floor, he pulls me across the wood expanse and down onto the grass. Of course Owen's house has a beautiful pool when the beach was just steps away. 

By now the sun had fully gone down, the only light guiding us was the half-moon hanging low in the sky. At the edge of the pool, Owen drops my hand. 

I was unsure of what move to make next. My brain had only gone so far as to think through the initial ask. 

"So first, you have to take off your clothes." Owen stares at me greedily, but warmth sparks in his eyes. I know he must have a lot of pent-up lust in there. We'd barely done more than cuddle and make out for two weeks. 

I hold his eye contact while I ease one strap of my periwinkle tank top down. I watch him track the course of the skinny strap down my arm and it gives me a buzz of power knowing how much I affect him. I slip the other strap down and then move to the tiny silver buttons that run all the way down the front of my shirt. My fingers tingle as I slip each button out of its loophole, with each one falling open, more of my skin is hit with the cool night air. 

Owen’s eyes have gone black by the time I shrug the top off of my body, leaving me in my white strapless bra and white jean shorts. Wordlessly, he pulls his navy blue t-shirt over his head, tossing it to the side. The moonlight bounces off the grooves of his muscles, highlighting just how amazing his body is. 

He stands, waiting for me to make my next move. So that’s how we were going to play. I throw him a small, flirty smile as I flick the button on my shorts. I hear his intake of breath at the tiny movement. I push the course material down my legs and stand up straight, a little more self-conscience than before in just my white bra and bikini-style underwear. 

Owen pushes his khaki shorts down roughly and frantically. I hold in my laugh at his haste. Someone’s in a hurry. 

As soon as he stands up, he takes one look at me, and before I can reach back slowly and unhook my bra, he whips his boxers off. I freeze. He was…he was just so beautiful. And I know that was a weird word to use in reference to a guy, but he just was. He looked like a sculpture, his muscles mimicking carved stone. And down below…wow. He stood stiff as a board, he was so turned on it looked painful. 

“Fuck this slow shit.” One second he stood in front of me, the next I am in his arms, being pulled off the ground. A split second later we hit the cool surface of the water, breaking through and sinking under. 

The shock of being thrown, or carried, in hits me, and I begin to struggle from Owen’s arms, which we are wrapped around my half naked body at the bottom of the deep end. Kicking off, I swim up and break the surface, sputtering. 

Owen comes up while I’m coughing the water out of my lungs. “Thank god.” I choke. 

“What?” Rivulets of water drip off his wavy strands and his chiseled arm comes up to slick them back out of his face. My core aches in awareness. Tingles snaked down my spine as I remember just how completely naked he is under the water. 

“I thought you were never going to touch me. I’m not a china doll, Owen. I said don’t hurt me. That didn’t mean you can’t play with me.”

Pitching To Win is the first book in the Over The Fence series. I absolutely love books about jocks.. especially baseball jocks, and this book hit a home run on my field! I would give this book a 4 stars and definitely recommend to others. This story does touch on a sensitive subject that a lot of teenagers will experience because bullying unfortunately in this society is huge, so that being said I want to give this author a huge high five for making this story seem real and believable.

Minka and Owen's journey is not an easy one but its quite explosive from the start. Can Minka let down her barriers she has built around her young heart or will her insecurities get the best of her and ruin any chance of making it work with Owen? Can Owen be the person everyone wants him to be or will he finally find a way to just be himself with out all the glory of popularity and fame?

Go get this book you won't be disappointed and the side characters in this story were amazing as well and can't wait to read about there stories as well.. so stay tuned for Hitting To Win Book 2 Miles and Chole's journey and we all know this one is going to be a bumpy ride but one that I can't wait for! Thanks Carrie Aarons for a great book and I look forward to much more from you in the future.

Carrie Aarons pitched a perfect game with her book Pitching To Win, the first book in the Over The Fence Series. I fell in love with Minka and Owen throughout this story, the struggles that they each faced, although for entirely different reason, they were able to find comfort in knowing that the other understood them better. A story about not always taking things at face value, not judging by what you have heard or what you think you know, but on who the person really is. This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I highly recommend this series to others!

Owen is the town golden boy, a left handed pitcher, with a famous former MLB father, who is playing his way through college and hoping to be drafted. Always having it easy when it comes to girls, Owen is home from college for the summer where he plans to work out for baseball, drink, and pick up girls. He never intended to fall for Minka Braxton and have her invade every inch of his carefully guarded heart. Owen finds himself wanting Minka more than he wants baseball sometimes, and the calm she brings to his stress filled life is something that he desperately needs.

Minka Braxton is entering her senior year of high school with one goal in mind besides doing well academically, she wants to stop allowing others to bully her for the mistakes of her past. When she "meets" Owen at the first summer party she throws so much sass in his face that she knows he will move on to an easier girl who will willingly drop her panties at the sound of his voice. Little does she know that Owen doesnt give up easily and he is determined to get to know Minka in ways that he never has before with a girl.

A story filled with longing, repaired relationships, friends that will stand by you no matter what and a slow growing love, Pitching to Win, will grab you heart and never let go as you read. I promise that you wont be disappointed.

And the last thing I have to say is Carrie Aaron, bring on Miles!!!!!! I CANNOT wait to read his story.

Pitching to Win by Carrie Aarons is the first book of the Over the Fence series and is a fantastic book about baseball, love, finding yourself, and coming into your own, which comes together in a winning combination. Owen and Minka both have things in their lives they would rather forget, but once they find each other the sparks ignite and everything takes off…sort of. Will they be able to help each other and find a love like they have never known before? Will they be able to overcome the things that hold them back? You will have to read to find out.

The book makes you laugh and shake your head, however, you want to turn the next page to see what will happen next. You find yourself rooting for the characters and hoping things will work out for them because they deserve to find their happy ending. With my four star rating, I think it is a book worth reading and whether you like or sports romance or you just like romance stories, it will not disappoint.

They say those who can't do, teach. Well, Carrie has no hand-eye coordination, and her idea of romance is a Netflix marathon complete with Thai food. So, she writes sports romance novels instead. Beginning her writing career as a journalist, Carrie wrote about real-life crime and scandal before turning to the fantasy world of fiction. She lives with her soon-to-be husband in an apartment they are constantly outgrowing.