Title: No One Like You
No One Expects a Curveball
For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
Author: Kate Angell
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: That Mistletoe Moment
Published by Kensington Source: Publisher
Published: April 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When I decided to choose this book to read, the blurb intrigued me in several ways, but I really wasn’t expecting much. I name of the town tickled my fancy – Barefoot William. Sounds kind of fun, doesn’t it? Then there was the four dogs, one of them being a Great Dane. As sure formula for entertainment. That last little bit with the baseball metaphors, *eye roll* that’s where the expectations fell short. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I like baseball. Just not a terrible fan of the sports metaphor.
The little town on the shore was as quaint and fun as the name implied. I liked it. It seemed like a really neat place to live. Of course, having the Hero’s family pretty much own the entire town helped open a few more doors, but that just added to the small town feel of family. One of the things I really like about the small town trope. That sense of family.
That being said, the Cates family literally owned a good portion of town. I do not mean just Rylan Cates, and/or his siblings. I mean, Rylan came from a rather large extended family of ambitious entrepreneurs. Cousin Violet owned the diner. Another cousin had a dog grooming service. Uncle Theodore was the barber. One brother had the construction company. Another had the stadium the team trained in. And well, yes, his ancestors were one of the founding families. But really, they were just the folks next door. None of them tried to lord it over anyone.
Rylan Cates played center field for the Richmond Rogues. I just love these made up team names in these romances. So fun. The Rogues did their spring training in Barefoot William, Florida, Rylan’s hometown. So he does tend to be the local celebrity. I mostly liked Rylan. He was sweet, thoughtful, caring, loyal, and he loved dogs. He was almost too perfect. Definitely book boyfriend material.
He hires Beth Avery to be his temporary personal assistant while his regular one is on an extended honeymoon. Beth seemed the perfect candidate because Atlas liked her and she wasn’t Rylan’s type. Rylan didn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure so that was important to him. Of course the PA position included the care and feeding of his dogs. I liked how part of the interview process involved taking said dogs for a walk. Sure weeded out the ones with stars in their eyes.
Beth was an interesting character. She had a sadness inside of her that she wasn’t willing to talk about. She was intelligent, and spirited. The dogs, especially Atlas, loved her. But, she didn’t display much confidence in herself. There were layers.
This was a simple, tooth ache inducing, sweet romance. Minimum conflict. No suspense. Just a lot of getting to know you. Rylan and Beth. Beth and the team. Beth and Rylan’s family. Interaction between Rylan and various team members and/or family members. The community events and activities figured heavily in this book. Although a nice romance with a nice ending, it was almost too sweet for my taste.
That being said, at the end of the book, there was a few blurbs from previous books. Like wow! I had totally missed that there were married couples in this that may have their own stories. It appears this is part of a series. I totally missed that possibility. Obviously, no issues with this being a stand-alone. But now I am curious about the other stories. Also, there was an except for the next book, featuring a fellow Rogue team member, that kind of grabbed my attention. So I will very likely read more by this new to me author, just because I like the community and the people. Slow and sweet isn’t so bad. Just look where it has taken Debbie Macomber.