Better Than Perfect

Better Than Perfect The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he s met on the fieldPitcher Johnny The Monk Scottsdale has won awards been named an All star and has a perfect game

The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he s met on the fieldPitcher Johnny The Monk Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All star and has a perfect game to his credit Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason mThe woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he s met on the fieldPitcher Johnny The Monk Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All star and has a perfect game to his credit Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp Except the camp is run by the one woman he can t forget the woman who made him a monk Alice Harrison s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors Johnny comes back into her life just as she s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love CONTENT WARNING Some strong language, consummated love scenes.

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  1. Kristina Mathews doesn t remember a time when she didn t have a book in her hand Or in her head But it wasn t until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she s remained an educator in some form As a volunteer, parent club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of than twenty years, two sons and a black lab A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a Ball Dudette for the San Francisco Giants.


Better Than Perfect Comment

  1. I love baseball And I love romance novels So when the two overlap, I m all over it Add to the fact that Spring Training just started and I m stuck in the middle of a Snowmageddon winter, and I just couldn t pass up reading a baseball romance This book was completely enjoyable I loved Johnny and Alice I wanted them to be together so bad They fell in love in college and she thought she did the right thing by letting him go so he could live his dream Obviously both of them had to grow up, but neith [...]

  2. MY THOUGHTSAbout the storyJohnny Scottsdale has been a professional baseball player for 14 years Now he s back in San Francisco for his final season But baseball is not all that drew him to the west coast.There s also Alice The girl that got away 14 years ago.She told him to go and be a famous baseball player.She said she couldn t handle all the groupies and she didn t want to stop him from making his dreams come true.But she did just that Yes, he became a famous player, but he was never really [...]

  3. This is a hard review for me to write I really thought I would love this book the premise is good and I love baseball so I thought it would be a perfect book for me The writing itself was good but I had some issues with some aspects of the story I really couldn t excuse Alice s actions regarding Zack s paternity and also if she was so in love with Johnny how could she sleep with his best friend even if they were broken up The decisions she made were not acceptable to me and I didn t like her Tha [...]

  4. I have received an ARC via NetGalley I m a sucker for sports romances and the plot of Better Than Perfect got me interested a high school sweetheart and a love child Sadly, it lacked in depth descriptions of the characters, their clothing and surroundings, I couldn t picture the hero Johnny as a sports hunk or heroine Alice at all they were just names for me and stayed that way.It didn t help that the majority of the chapters were not about Johnny and Alice as a couple, only the last chapter was [...]

  5. I have a confession to make I m a sucker for sports themed books I like sports, but I m not obsessive about them with maybe the exception of Football the only sport worth obsessing over so I don t know why I go crazy for these.This book was reminiscent of Rachel Gibson s Daisy s Back in Town, with the added bonus of having a MLB backdrop There were a lot of misunderstandings and the secret baby plot was frustrating, but there were a lot of things I liked It was refreshing to read about a profess [...]

  6. I really like this book, I love baseball and I love second chance romances, so what could be better, right I think the writing in this book was really good, especially for a debut novel.One of the things that was nice about this book, was that while they were apart he wasn t a big manwhore Most men in romance novels nowadays are have slept with a bajillion girls women To me, the fact that he really just wanted her made the love seem real.There also wasn t a whole lot of drama or angst Don t get [...]

  7. I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review Johnny and Alice were college sweethearts Johnny came from a lonely childhood where his love of baseball molded him into a discipline and all around great player Alice grew up knowing her parents accepted her but blamed her for her conception and her dad s loss at chance to play professional football Both characters had self doubt When Johnny makes it to the minor leagues, Alice decides to break up [...]

  8. This is close to a 4 1 2 for meJohnny Scottsdale is in the last years of his baseball career He has signed on with the San Francisco Goliaths in his quest for a World Series ring It is a town with lots of memories He went to college nearby and this is where he met the only woman he ever loved, Alice Alice still lives in San Francisco and has followed Johnny s entire career she and her son The plot has a short timeline that moves swiftly I didn t feel rushed I enjoyed the baseball scenes and the [...]

  9. Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews is a nice, easy read It is a story about Johnny and Alice, old college sweethearts who found each other again 13 years later and found that there might still be something there to be explored Johnny is a star pitcher for a major league baseball team, and Alice, is a widower of his former best friend The story had a great beginning and the story smoothly unfolded from there The story was not rushed at all and I felt like that there was no great mystery that [...]

  10. I was really hoping for an all around satisfying baseball romance and from the blurb, I thought I had found it It was just an okay read with not much sparkle or charm to it The pitch was a good one, but the players just didn t quite make it all the way to home plate A lot of foul balls and strikeouts along the way I didn t leave the field a very excited fan.

  11. 2.5 stars ARC ReviewPosted at loveaffairwithanereaderspI m a huge fan of romance featuring sports so I was exciting about this book I thought it had a lot of promise We have a stable, centered, super star baseball pitcher and a strong willed, self sufficient single mom A second chance story, Johnny and Alice were college sweethearts But when he got his chance to go to the Majors, Alice didn t want to hold him back They meet up years later when Johnny signs on with the hometown baseball team Unfo [...]

  12. ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review Long Lost Lovers Secret Love Child Oooh Well, not so much for me with this one I found it hard to relate to either Johnny or Alice Johnny seems to be too perfect honest, disciplined, upstanding Alice too, on the surface perfect mom, perfect daughter in law, etc I like my characters flawed, good but flawed human Yes, there is a bitter past they both are struggling with but that doesn t come across with the gravity I thought it needed to be In so [...]

  13. Most athletes in books are usually cocky bad boy types What I really enjoyed about this book was that Johnny was nothing like that Johnny The Monk Scottsdale has only ever loved one girl, Alice But when Alice gets pregnant and marries his roommate, he wants nothing to do with either of them As an all star baseball player, many people are surprised when he chooses to play in San Francisco, even though other teams offered him money Coincidentally Alice now lives in there with her son Zach The two [...]

  14. I liked Johnny he seemed caring and doesn t like making his girl cry, oh, Johnny I didn t see you there She looked up Her mascara was smeared Her eyes were red and shimmery He d made her cry Damn After all the years a part these two still have the hots for each other, I think the answer is pretty obvious She didn t mean to gaze at his crotch, but the evidence was still there Did I mention how much I loved Johnny Do you want another baby He hoped she did But he d be satisfied with Zach, if that s [...]

  15. ARC COURTESY OF NETGALLEYI am not a fan of long separations with secret children Alice was insecure and thought it best that she break up with Johnny so he could live his dream They never got over each other altough Alice married Johnny s best friend They pretty much picked up where they left off They was very little angst The end of the book seemed a little rushed to me But overall a quick easy read.

  16. I received this book for free through First Reads This was a cute read I love baseball and I love romance novels, so naturally I loved this I loved that the San Francisco Goliaths was a fictional version of the San Francisco Giants my favorite baseball team.

  17. DNF 45 sides being bored out of my mind and constantly looking at the percentage and cringing I can t get past the fact that she knew the her child was the Heros but was willing to sweep it under the rug and have sex and be with him BEFORE she told the hero he had a son

  18. ARC generously provided via Net Galley in exchange for an honest reviewCLICK HERE TO READ MY ENTIRE REVIEW What I Loved I really liked the plot in this book, and I love how the characters were written This book is written in the 3rd person which made the switch between different point of views seem organic because each one leant their thoughts and actions to create a whole story I love that one of the point of views was Zachary, because most romances don t really include the child s point of vie [...]

  19. Johnny Scottsdale lived, eats and breathed baseball Alice Harrison and he were madly in love in the day she would have followed him anywhere and done anything to help further his career She herself was working on getting her teaching degree Johnny s roommate and good friend was Mel Harrison He was their third wheel doing just about everything with them he was the one with the money most of time if not all of the time You see Johnny was dirt poor coming from a prostitute mom and Alice had a worki [...]

  20. Better Than PerfectKristina MathewsThis story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.Johnny The Monk Scottsdale is a famous baseball player who has recently signed up with the San Francisco Goliaths He is a two time Cy Young Award and perennail All Star player, he should be on top of the world However, he is still missing his high school sweetheart, the one that got away, the one that married his best friend Mel.Alice is that girl She has always loved Johhny but grew up in a home with [...]

  21. I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review This book was a very enjoyable fast read for me Some things that i really loved about the book was the writing, it flowed very nicely which made reading all that much easier The story is told from several points of view, one being Alice s teenage son It was weird at first to have Zach s POV since it was a romance novel between his mother and her college sweetheart Johnny But as the story goes on I [...]

  22. It took me just a little to warm up to the story but then I was completely won over by it.Johnny Scottsdale is not your typical Alpha hero but I m than ok with it He s really one man I d like to meet and love He s sweet, kind, quiet, insecure but devoted to the ones he loves and cares about He has never moved on from the break up with the Alicia happened fourteen years before Their doubts got the upper hand in the end and that was a pity seeing how they are perfect and in love together I feel s [...]

  23. 4.5 stars because I do not condone keeping secrets about the paternity of children and I didn t buy that Alice didn t know Zach was Johnny s child I do, however love sports romance books Johnny the monk Scottsdale is my new book boyfriend I absolutely LOVE him Baseball is Johnny s everything, but so was Alice When Alice broke up with Johnny due to her insecurities the day before he left for spring training it broke his heart, but he didn t fight for her and he should have What he did do however, [...]

  24. So this story is about Johnny and Alice, they were college sweethearts that broke up when Johnny got a chance to make it at the majors by the way, Johnny is baseball player , and no Johnny didn t dump Alice, she broke it off Her thought was that she didn t want to tie Johnny down, especially when she found out she was pregnant and the kid might be his former best friend s kid No, Alice did not cheat on Johnny, they were already broken up, and Mel former BFF got her really drunk and well you do t [...]

  25. 3.5 starsThis is a second chance love story Back in school, Johnny and Alice were inseparable Then one day, they weren t Johnny moves on to the big leagues and Alice tries to move on by marrying Johnny s best friend and having a baby.Fast forward 14 years and Johnny is back home for his final year of baseball and on his first day back comes face to face with Alice He knows as soon as he sees her that he has never stopped loving her He quickly learns that his best friend is dead and that Alice s [...]

  26. This was a good book It is well written and the story flows smoothly But I didn t love it, which was disappointing for me I love sports romances and I love second chance romances but secret baby romances are hit and miss with me and unfortunately this was not one of my favorites There are those that love the angst and other issues that frequently pop up in the secret baby trope but I m not one of them I found these characters who are supposed to be in their mid thirties acting like they re in th [...]

  27. 3.5 starsI received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Alice and Johnny The Monk Scottsdale dated for 3 years during college but when Johnny s baseball career started to take off Alice decided to break up with him so he ll be able to concentrate on baseball and getting into the Major League Not long after Johnny left Alice got drunk and slept with his best friend Mel and when she found out she is pregnant she married him and they raised Zach t [...]

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