**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.
Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.
Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.
In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.
When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.
Rating 3 out of 5
This book was not a knock your socks off passion filled insta love fest. It was beautifully paced. The characters interactions were believable and reading about their growing attraction and watching them fall for each other was very sweet. Everly Wallace was a girl that I could hang with. She’s got a good head on her shoulders, she’s loyal and honest, she’s determined. She’s had a crappy life, but she is pursuing her dreams and doing whatever it takes to make herself better and that is super fucking cool. I’m tired of the broken heroines who take a back seat to their own life and then it spins out of control. Not Everly. While she has her secrets, she has her eyes open and that’s refreshing.
And then we have Cole Parker. Sort of your typical athlete, but he’s got a golden heart and I felt for him and his need to not only get better, but to keep it on the down low so that he didn’t damage his career. I could love a Cole Parker in real life. He’s a good guy from a good family and doesn’t really have anything to fault him for.
So why the 3 rating? The writing is simplistic but full of emotion. The book is supposed to be for the 17+ crowd, but the sexy times were more about the gentle touches and the emotion that goes with the sexy times than being literary “mommy porn”. To some of you, this is a good thing, but for me; I need it to be more primal and animalistic. I had high hopes with the whole athlete hero and such.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good read. And maybe that’s the thing. It was so sweet and simplistic that it didn’t “wow” me. I would recommend it for between those darker reads that we all love to torture ourselves with. For Everly is the sweet and sexy kind of story that will remind you that chivalry isn’t dead and being friends before being lovers is a good idea.
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