There’s just something SWOONY about a sweetheart of a hero who shows his fierce, alpha side when his protective instincts kick in. I adored this kind and loving hero; he takes care of everyone but himself, and doesn’t hesitate to step in when our heroine is in need. Their marriage of convenience might not have been thought out very well, but it felt real and right the whole way through. This low angst romance remains light, playful, and sexy throughout, with great banter and tons of chemistry. Together, they make the kind of found family that is just so heartwarming and sweet. I loved it!
There’s a glaring omission in the blurb, and it’s something that most readers will have an opinion on, so I’m not going to leave it out. That’s your spoiler warning.
The story follows Cooper (23), a pro baseball player who is overwhelmed. Cooper is trying to do his best to take care of the man who raised him, Pops, but juggling his career and his family is taking a toll. When Cooper meets McKinley (22), she’s a hot mess. Hot, yes. But also a mess. Turns out, the sexy (and pregnant) stranger is actually a friend of his Pops, and that means Cooper will take care of her as well. The stubborn McKinley refuses Cooper’s help, but they soon come to an unexpected agreement – they’ll marry, then McKinley will have health insurance and Cooper will have help with Pops. It’s a temporary solution to both of their problems, but one that neither of them thought through. Because living together feels right – and Cooper has no plans to let McKinley or her baby go.
The pregnancy is a big, big part of the story, so it wouldn’t be right to leave that out of my review. McKinley is pregnant when she meets Cooper, and it does nothing to diminish his attraction to her. If anything, it just makes his protective instincts go into overdrive. I loved their chemistry and the humor that’s present throughout the book. This slow burn romance is sweet some moments and sexy in others, but the drama remains low throughout. Cooper is the kindest, swooniest guy, and I loved him. He doesn’t stand a chance against McKinley, and watching him fall was one of the best parts of the book. And I love that he’s not a player, nor does he fight his attraction – he’s just a good guy. Period. If you’re looking for a low angst, high swoon read, this marriage of convenience romance is sure to satisfy. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this easygoing rom com.
What happens when you strike a deal with baseball’s most talented pitcher? You slip a plastic ring on his finger and say, “I do.”
Quirky meets broody in this laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy from bestselling author, Kristy Marie.
The tattoo down his forearm reads: My power is perfected in weakness.
It inspires bad decisions in everyone who crosses his path.
Not me though, I’ve made worse decisions before breakfast.
Marrying baseball phenom Cooper Lexington for his health insurance… doesn’t even rank Top 5.
But I can’t afford to lose this marriage by falling in love.
You see, I made a promise to myself—one I plan on keeping… even if it ruins us.
The Closer is a full-length stand-alone romantic comedy. It features crossover characters from the bestselling novel, IOU.
About the Author:
Kristy Marie is an international bestselling author who loves writing witty heroines and temperamental heroes. She is also a six-pack of abs biggest fan. When Kristy isn’t writing, she’s being a total dude and screaming at the TV while watching baseball. Go Braves!
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Thanks for reviewing this. I loved it and I don’t think I would have seen it otherwise.
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That’s awesome! She’s 2 for 2 with me – I read Rebellious first and it was another 5-star read. I’ll definitely be putting more on my TBR, I’ve heard the Commander in Briefs series has some other woman drama, but Subscriber Wars and IOU should be up my alley.