ARC Review: Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton

Posted March 5, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
Thrown by a Curve
by Jaci Burton

4 Stars


Released: Mar 5, 2013
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 340
Format: ARC

“THROWN BY A CURVE is one of those books that leaves you with a happy feeling when you turn the last page.” ~Under the Covers

I have come to expect the focus of a PLAY BY PLAY story to be on the sexy, THROWN BY A CURVE switched up the roles and it became more about the sweet story.

Garrett Scott plays for the same baseball team as Gavin Riley.  Except he’s not playing right now, due to an injury that has left his throwing arm needing some physical therapy if he hopes to get back on the mound.  He’s   His cocky, know-it-all, stubborn attitude is not helping his recovery.  At least not with his current team of therapists.  That is until he decides to leave his recovery in the hands of the newest member of the team, and Gavin’s cousin, Alicia Riley.

Alicia is just what Garrett needs, both for his physical recovery and to soften his tough guy exterior and be happy.  She is an understated heroine compared to some of the previous ones in this series, but that doesn’t make her less strong.  But she’s also fun to be around.  The type of girl you just can’t help but like and want to be friends with.

Garrett and Alicia worked together all the time in his recovery, but even though they spent a lot of time together, they didn’t get together right away.  That was really the only way the story could go, the focus had to be on his recovery and on them really getting to know each other.  Otherwise, we might’ve ended up with a hot fling.  They really had the time to develop feelings for each other, after they got to know each other well.

Just like Garrett, who is sexy as hell, we are introduced to another group of sexy athletes.  Now that the Riley family in dwindling, fresh blood is introduced to keep this series going.  All I can tell you is, I’m ready to read about Garrett’s college buddies.

The conflict in this book was perfect and real, the romance was sweet, the hero was drool worthy.  THROWN BY A CURVE is one of those books that leaves you with a happy feeling when you turn the last page.  And then the only thing you can feel is impatient for the next one to come out already!

Favorite Quotes:

“He might be pretty on the outside, but she had thoughts of running for the duct tape to slap over his mouth whenever he showed up for therapy.”

“There’s s lot you don’t know about me, Miss Riley.”

“If the person you fall in love with is worth it, you’ll move mountains to make it work.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.


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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Lori Meehan

I love Jaci Buron. She has some of the best covers. Thanks for the review Francesca.

Kathleen O
Kathleen O

This book is been one I have been waiting for… Just love Jaci’s books…


I’m looking forward to reading this!

Dione Sage
Dione Sage

This book sounds amazing! And seriously that cover…so hot!


I like this book,it’s relaxing,enjoyable reading,Jaci Burton wrote truly awesome books 🙂