Chance for Home
Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she's found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he's a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizest hat what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she's after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she's trying to escape, she's out of luck.
Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women. As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he's dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancee, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan's teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben's sister will pose as Ryan's new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
By Amy, Submitted on 2017-05-04
Cute cover, and an easy read makes this one a good pick for a day at the Park or the Beach. I would have liked a little more in-depth of a plot, or letting us in on a little more of the emotions of the characters. It felt like a really long novella, in simplicity of story line and how easy and quickly the two main characters find each other.
A different and interesting storyline, the reader will enjoy the book. The supporting characters make a necessary addition to what is a fairly linear plot. I loved Ryan's Mom and the challenge she brought to the relationship. The insight of both her and Kari's father was also much needed.
Heavy on the baseball lingo, as you would expect, as Ryan is a major league baseball star - as a non baseball fan that left me a little less interested also. If you love baseball, that will also appeal to you as the reader.
Overall I enjoyed the story, set mostly in Washington DC, a clean contemporary romance read.
Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the eARC. This is my honest review.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2017-04-27
Chance for Home is a sweet story. I'm not really a baseball fan, but Abramson wrote this in such a way that I was interested in the game (or at least life of a few of the players, and the game that was a big part of their lives). I liked how the exhaustion of a professional baseball player was brought up. When you catch a game on TV (or in person) you don't really think too much about how the players have to deal with the long games, night after night, and the travel.
Kari was a great character. She was very down to earth and was always helping people. I liked Ryan too. He seemed like he hadn't let his status as a professional athlete go to his head for the most part. Having Kari play along with the ruse of being his girlfriend to make his ex leave him alone made for a fun introduction to our main characters. They'd both been burned in previous relationships and were leery of getting involved again, but it was great that they formed a friendship and took the time to actually get to know each other.
This was a quick, clean read. It's not deep, but it has a pretty realistic relationship that took effort and compromise. I would read it again.
By Katie, Submitted on 2017-04-27
This is a companion book to Chances Are and tells the story of Ben's sister, Kari. She is young, but very driven. When a cheating boyfriend leads to the loss of a summer internship, she moves in with her brother and his wife, who is also her best friend, to regroup and a romance is the last thing she expects to find.
Kari reminds me of my daughter, with her love of the medical field. The way she is able to balance her time, think of others, and support her loved ones is amazing. I've mentioned before that I read to escape and this is one book that swept me away! I felt like a third friend and fell in love with Ryan right along with Kari--who wouldn't? He's not your typical Pro athlete (an MLB player) and the way he treats his mother shows a lot about his character.
This isn't a completely fluffy romance. Both Ryan and Kari have past baggage to deal with, which leads to conflict. They're both at different points in their lives and their goals don't seem to be heading in the same direction, but they both have similar character and integrity and that's what matters, isn't it? This is one story that captured my attention and didn't let go. I really like this author's writing style and I wasn't ready for it to end.
Content: mild romance (kissing); one moment of mild violence.
*I received a copy through the publisher, which did not affect my thoughts or opinions in any way.*
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-04-26
I LOVED this book! The cute romance in this one is the perfect contemporary, fun story that I didn't want to put down. I'll just go ahead and admit that I didn't put it down and didn't get a whole lot done until I had the whole thing read. I just have no self control when it comes to this kind of book!
I liked Kari, and it was really fun to see what had happened to Maya and Ben (Kari's best friend and her brother who happen to be married). I loved the whole story line of Kari helping Ryan keep his ex-girlfriend away and falling for him. I liked her honesty throughout the whole story. I like the way she's willing to spend her whole summer helping Maya as she finishes up her chemotherapy and the kind way she cares for Ryan's mom later in the story shows just how loving and compassionate she is.
I liked Ryan too. He's a big baseball star and wealthy but he doesn't let any of that go to his head. He just wants to have his privacy and keep his whole life off of social media. I liked the way that he and Kari were together. He tried to go out of his way to help Kari achieve her dream of becoming a doctor, even if that meant giving up a life together for a while.
This is such a cute story, you'll love every word!
By Shauna Wheelwright, Submitted on 2017-04-25
WHAT A GREAT STORY!!!
You've got a girl and a guy who each just broke up with someone.
But the guy doesn't quite know how to take it when the new girl doesn't fall for him immediately-- loved it! And then you have the brother who asks for help with said friend and puts his sister as guys girlfriend the first time they meet. Then the girl gets involved with the guy's mother, but the mother is leery and quite rude. Top it all of with the girl trying to study while watching said brother's and new guy's games. Not to mention the emotions that come up when both past exes show up. And then there is the house, and the school, and the conflicting schedules----oh. so. good! Get caught up in this one! So worth it!
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!!!
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2017-04-25
Traci Abramson is best known for her suspense novels, but not long ago she made the jump into clean romance and I'm so glad she did. This is the second book and while I guess it isn't a series, characters from the first book are in this book as prominent secondary characters. So you don't have to read these books in order, but you might want to just for the backstory.
Hello, BASEBALL! I love when books encompass things I love. Like music or books or chocolate or baseball! :) In this book Ryan is a professional baseball player and is good friends with his teammate Ben. Ben has a sister, Kari, who is conveniently available to help Ryan out of a bit of a sticky situation. From there, the two develop a friendship that leads to more. Kari spends a lot of time at the baseball field and I wanted to be there with her.
Kari is an easy girl to like. She has a go with the flow attitude for the most part which is important with Ryan's spotlight career and extra unwanted attention. Kari and Ryan encounter bumps in the road, but nothing too over the top of unbelievable. The whole story felt real and was easy to settle in with. I really enjoyed it! It hit the spot and satisfied my craving for a sweet romance.
By Charissa, Submitted on 2017-04-22
This contemporary romance is set in Washington D.C. between Kari and Ryan. Kari has just moved away from the South after learning that her boyfriend has a fiancée and has been lying to her all this time. Ryan is a professional baseball player who has sworn off dating women since they only seem interested in his career and what he can do for their lifestyle. When Kari’s brother asks her to play along as Ryan’s girlfriend to get his ex-fiancee off his back, she sees no problem having a little fun. But when her heart becomes involves, the game will change. This was a pretty fast read. The main characters were fun, and the side characters added charm to the story as well. As the two MC get to know each other, they must overcome fears and demons from the past and figure out how to make both their dreams come true together. The odds seem stacked against them. I really enjoyed this one.