Published by Self-Published on July 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
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Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…
The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase... he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.
I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart.
Moonshot is a forbidden romance, sports romance, and a murder mystery rolled into one intriguing package.
Tyler (Ty) Rollins is the 17 year-old daughter of legendary Yankees closer Frank Rollins, as well as a ball girl for the team. Chase Stern is baseball’s famous bad boy—a star player who has just been traded to the Yankees. Against all reason, Ty and Chase are inexorably drawn to each other. Over the course of five years various events impact the couple, yet the intensity of their attraction remains unyielding as does the forbidden nature of their relationship.
I’m so conflicted by this book. I really enjoyed the first half. I got caught up in Ty’s life growing up on the road with a major league baseball team and had real affection for her. I thought Chase’s character could be more developed, but I liked him as well. This isn’t an insta-love story. Their affair does progress rapidly and yet I found myself truly rooting for them.
Unfortunately, the events in the second half soured my enjoyment of the story. View Spoiler »There’s a level of cheating that I found unacceptable. The focus becomes unrepentant cheating involving more than one couple. « Hide Spoiler Ty and Chase come across as unbearably selfish, weak, and deceptive—Ty being the greatest offender. I liked the twists surrounding the serial killing, but the way the tension between the characters is resolved is too convenient for my tastes.
As usual, the quality of Alessandra Torres’s writing is stellar and she really knows how to weave a mystery. The story is engrossing and at times angst-filled, but ultimately it made me too uneasy to be satisfying.
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.**