Monday, August 8, 2016

Release Blitz: Rounding Third by Michelle Lynn

Title: Rounding Third
Author: Michelle Lynn
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: August 8, 2016


I was destined for stardom.

From the age of seven, I was an all-star.

Parent’s praised me, coaches worshipped me.

As I got older, girls begged for me.

I was Beltline’s baseball God, guaranteed to put this small town on the map.

Then, after one night, that future vanished.

The legend was laid to rest. 

I gave up my scholarship.

I fled from Beltline.

I left behind the girl.

Now, I’m back.


4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I really enjoyed this book.  I am such a sucker for a second chance love story between two people who were destined to be together since they were young.  And that is exactly the kind of love that Crosby and Ella had.

Crosby and Ella have been friends since hey were little. At the age of 15 they knew that their love was one that would last forever. The night that was supposed to be one of their happiest, a night where they made promises to each other ended up being their worst nightmare.  When tragedy rocks their small town Crosby and Ella are torn away from each other leaving them both with shattered hearts

It's been two years since they have seen each other.  Crosby left town after that horrible night.  But now he is back playing baseball for the same college that Ella attends. He let her go once and he will not make that mistake again.  Ella is the love of his life, always has been. He will do whatever it takes to get her back.  But it's not going to be easy.  

Ella still loves Crosby, that was never a doubt in her mind. But can she really move on and have a future with Crosby?  There is still so much hurt and guilt plaguing him that Ella is so afraid of starting something with Crosby only to end with her heart broken, again.  In order to move forward they both need to fully heal.  Will Crosby be able to convince Ella that she is it for him?  With so many factors against them will they get their second chance at love?

I really enjoyed this book and love Crosby and Ella.  They had one of those young loves that many people don't believe in. But these two know how deep their love was for each other.  They were two young kids who were destined to be together.  I loved how much Crosby loved Ella and how much he wanted to prove to her that she was the one.  They had their ups and downs and at times I wasn't sure how they would make it through.  It seemed like there was so much against them. But true love has a way of breaking through the struggles and coming out on top. 

This was a really sweet and quick read.  But there were also some sad moments when these two had to relive the past.  I hurt for them and all that they have been through.  I loved the two of them together but I also loved the supporting characters as well.  I am really hoping that we will be getting Brax's story as well as Jen and the other guys.  They were such a great addition to this story.  My only issues was that I wanted a little more in the end but I am hoping with more books in this series we will see more of Ctosby and Ella.  

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Jogging up the stairs to the second floor, I sneak into the back row of the classroom. I pull out my laptop and quickly catch up with the professor’s lecture. The guy a couple seats down passes a syllabus over, and when I turn to thank him, I’m reminded that nothing comes easy in my life.

“Is there a reason you were holding my girlfriend’s hand?” Ella’s boyfriend whispers, sliding into the open seat between us.


“She won’t be your girlfriend for long,” my cockiness answers for me. My arrogance is a great intimidator that’s always worked in getting me what I want.

“Who are you?”

As his beady eyes try to daunt me, I get an up close look at him. I can see why El might have fallen for him. He’s a safe bet. Probably riding the coattails of his family’s money, paving his way with his arrogant little bitch frat brothers. It only assures me of one thing. I don’t have to fight him for El. This guy wouldn’t start a fight if I fucked her right in the middle of his bed. El is just a trophy to him. He doesn’t love her like I do.

“I’m just an old friend. We have a long history together.” I glance at him from the corner of my eye, offering him a quick wink.

His knuckles whiten as he clenches his pen. It couldn’t be more satisfying, knowing I’m getting under his skin.

His annoyed expression tells me that Ella hasn’t been so open about her life and her past. This guy doesn’t have a shot.

“She’s taken, so keep your hands to yourself.”

A few heads flip around after his voice heightens.

Not needing a professor to hate me on day one, I lean in closer to whisper in his ear, “I can’t make any promises. It’s nothing personal, believe me, but technically, she’s always been mine.” I ease back against my chair right as the professor’s eyes catch mine.

Liam’s head whips around, and I wait for him to ask me to take our discussion outside. But he cowers, like I knew he would.

“Try to steal her away from me, and see what happens,” he says.

“I’m not going to have to try hard. Your time with her was over the moment she saw me.”

The professor forcefully clears her throat, eyeing us. If we don’t end this conversation soon, we’ll both be kicked out.

“Don’t be so cocky, asshole. The fact that I don’t know anything about you, and the fact that she’s never mentioned your name, show what she really thinks of you.”

“You two”—the professor points, and a hundred pairs of eyes turn in our direction—“since you’re so chatty, maybe you should be conducting the lecture this morning?” She crosses her arms over her purple blouse and waits for our answer.

“Sorry, Professor Knight,” Douche Bag says.

“Sorry,” I say.

She nods and starts the lecture back up again, her eyes continuing to linger on us.

He slides over to his original seat.

I strike my earlier thought. I have no idea what El sees in this weak shithead.

I lean over the now vacant chair, testing my luck one final time. “Don’t worry. I’ll be around. We can continue this conversation soon.”

He scoffs me off, shaking his head. His fingers start tapping on the keys of his laptop as he accepts his defeat for this round.

Author Bio

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around two kindergarteners all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed. 

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