Recently dumped by one of baseball’s biggest names, Alyssa Reid has struck out in love once again. During one of the harshest Manhattan winters on record, she's suddenly alone in a new city, with only a job with the Centers for Disease Control and a partially furnished eighth floor walk-up to keep her warm. While her ex may have turned her life upside down, it isn't until a twist of fate causes Alex Whitfield, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend and teammate, to move into her spare bedroom that she’ll see what it’s like to really be thrown a major league curveball.
While Alyssa knows better than to get romantically involved with a man reputed for breaking hearts as efficiently and effectively as he strikes out opposing batters, there’s something utterly irresistible about him. ...It might be that Alex calls her every evening he's on the road to say goodnight, it could be the way his southern drawl leaves her hanging on his every word, but likely it's seeing the body that landed him on the cover of GQ routinely wandering her hall wrapped in only a towel. Although their relationship is ostensibly platonic -- Alex staunchly refusing to admit he thinks of her as anything more than the annoying little sister he never had -- a full year after he moves out, he sets his sights on the one girl in New York who could, with one wink of her perfectly curled eyelashes, have him throwing away his little black book. And in love as in baseball, he has no intention losing.
- Devina Douglas, September 2011
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