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    Too cute for words!

    Announcing Trouble... "Annnnnnnnnnd next at bat is Josie 'Safe' Walters. Josie comes from a baseball family. She really seems to know her stuff. Watch how she takes a cautious step back, 'Safe' at all times. No risks for this girl! But on the mound we have Garrett Reeves, some of you may remember Reeves was pulled for an injury. We are definitely going to be watching him for weaknesses or any changes in his play. " " 'Too right,' says a higher pitched voice. 'Reeves is definitely a wild card for Walters. They've never been up against each other before. Who will come out the victor? Will it be Safe at bat or Reeves rocketing it from the mound...?'" Only one way to find out ladies and gents, but I can promise you regardless of the victor, you will be guaranteed a good game and a big smile!
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    Perfect summer read

    I love books that involve baseball, and this one was no exception. I love the spin on it where the guy doesn't play baseball. I loved the characters and their story had me not wanting to put this book down. I had never read a book by this author, but now I need to look into reading her back log.
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    A smile-inducing romance

    Rating: 4.5 Stars There was a famous baseball player from back in the day, who I need to steal a line from, because lately, baseball's been very, very good to me. I have recently read a quite a few fantastic baseball books, and I am adding Announcing Trouble to that list. No lie, I was laughing and wearing a stupid grin for almost the entirety of this book, the other parts, I was wiping a few tears from my eyes. It was a really great emotional experience for me, and I attribute that largely to the wonderful characters and this fabulous set up. Josie used to love the game, but her love turned to hate, when baseball seemed to rob her of so many things. Enter Garrett, a former star pitcher, who injured himself, but was willing to do almost anything to get back in the game. In an effort to maintain some connection to the sport he loved, Garrett began broadcasting the games at school. Appalled by the terrible color commentary, Josie burst into the booth to show them how it was done, and a stellar partnership began. These two together were a thing of beauty. Their rhythm and the way they played off each other was magical, and this was happening both inside and outside the booth. The banter and chemistry were off the charts fantastic. Though, this book leaned towards the lighter side, it was also quite an emotional story. Both Garrett and Josie were dealing with big losses in their lives. Josie dealt with it by abandoning her dreams and settling, while Garrett was more willing to fight for his. The discussions these two and their friends shared regarding their passions, dreams, and futures were very thoughtful, and it was at times agonizing while I waited to see how it all panned out. Dominy really built the case for why Josie should stay away from Garrett, but my heart was screaming for these two to get together. I was surprised by a few decisions that were made, but in the end, I was left feeling like like a kid in a puppy cuddle - all smiles and warm fuzzies. Quick recap: ☑️ Fabulous characters ☑️ Adorable romance ☑️ Fantastic friendships ☑️ Great and loving parents ☑️ Smile inducing ☑️ Amazing banter ☑️ A grand gesture This book sort of had it all for me, and it was done, in my opinion, really well. I am hard pressed to believe that anyone, who reads this book could resist falling in love with Josie and Garrett. These two won my heart, and I was full-on rooting for them to achieve their dreams and get their HEA.
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    Fun but deals with serious issues as well

    A spectacular, fun, engrossing read about choices, about taking chances and the consequences of following your dreams: Announcing Trouble is, for me, a 10 out of 5 star novel: truly a stellar read! Where to begin? There is so much I want to say about this fabulous YA story and how pleased I am to have found yet another emotionally intelligent and gifted author in Amy Fellner Dominy. Josie Walters is strong-minded: love had burned her badly and now she is determined to follow her mother’s example and never let that emotion dominate her life again. Josie and her mother had willingly followed her father all over the continent, moving from town to town and team to team, to support her father’s dreams of becoming a pitcher in the major leagues. Alas, he never made it to the big leagues, but when an opportunity to play in Japan was offered to him, he decided to go it alone, believing that the stresses of having a family had cost him his life’s ambition. Josie and her mother were left behind, deeply heartbroken and disillusioned. Josie and her mother try to make the best of things and put down roots in a small town. They channel their energies into expanding their skin care business. After the divorce, Josie’s mother “surface” dates, never allowing her relationships to become meaningful. The scars are just too deep for her to take another risk on love – and Josie totally understands this. But then along comes Garrett Reeves, aka Blondie, and Josie has the fight of her life to keep Garrett from breaching the very high walls surrounding her heart. Garrett lives for baseball, but a freakish injury has potentially sidelined his pitching career, so he takes a job as an on-line radio broadcaster, announcing the play by play action at his high school’s tournaments, just to stay close to the sport he loves. When Josie attends a game and hears the guest commentator, Nathan, botch a call on a play, she barges into the media room, gives him a piece of her well-informed mind, and suddenly finds herself giving the colour commentary in Nathan’s place for the rest of the game. Garrett and Josie’s on-air chemistry is undeniable. Garrett is a charming rascal, but Josie is not about to let him storm her defenses. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments during the initial phase of Garrett’s determined courtship of his sassy new partner. Amy Fellner Dominy unabashedly loves a good romance, and this shows in all of her novels. The budding romance between Garrett and Josie is so heartwarmingly captivating. Garrett’s tactics had me howling with laughter in the end. What a guy!!! Way to go, Amy Fellner Dominy! Each of her novels improves over the previous one. I didn’t think she could top A Matter of Heart, but Announcing Trouble is undoubtedly my new favourite! This is not your typical, frothy YA read: Fellner Dominy is intelligent and insightful. Her characters are true to life and the dramas or conflicts in their lives don’t always have happy endings, but her characters all share one marvelous attribute - they are courageous and do not give up on life. They fight to the bitter end, and yes, sometimes they lose and may have to take a different route to happiness, but they ultimately end by winning in the battle of life. I so admire this author and her message. Life is not always going to be easy, but it can still be worthwhile. These are the types of life-affirming stories I prefer to read. So, so highly recommended!
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    five-star read that will have you shouting about

    Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy a five-star read that will have you shouting from the booths. This is such a sweet romance, it has got it all in the story, the banter and teasing as we as the ticking just make this such a good read. Garrett has a love of baseball that leaps of the page, it gives you a passion and makes you take note not just of the game. When you add in the announcing competition and the will they wont they aspect of the story and you have the makings of a really great story.
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