Published by Self-Published on 7/4/16
Genres: Mystery, Romance
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Baseball wasn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…
The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase … he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.
I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my perfect world broke apart.
Moonshot is sweet and romantic, chilling and intriguing, entertaining and interesting, but also a bit confusing. If that doesn’t make sense, then I apologize. I’ll try my best to get my thoughts across in a cohesive manner.
I’ll give you the critical stuff first:
Bottom line, I really enjoyed Moonshot, but only because I just shrugged and went along for the ride. When I look at the work closely, then I see a book with a bit of an identity crisis, one that changes its face and mood so drastically that I experienced to some whiplash.
Now, I’m all for books pushing boundaries and being difficult to classify, à la Outlander by Herself, but I still need for a novel to be cohesive, and if an author melds genres for it to occur from act one, and not for things to shift so abruptly that I lose my connection with the characters because I’m distracted by the story. There was a moment there when I felt like someone changed the channel to a different show, but with the same characters.
Maybe Torre had two different stories in mind and meant to mesh them together? Who knows? Whatever the intention, I just don’t think it was executed well enough to make one GREAT story. Instead, this is a good read with some great scenes.
I think the first half of Moonshot is the best because it’s better constructed. That part includes the building of Ty and Chase’s relationship (as well as her relationship with her dad), a sweetly forbidden romance loaded with chemistry and tension. The second half is good too, and it’s loaded with a different kind of tension and suspense. The second half of the book is what the synopsis describes. Moonshot moves from a slow-build forbidden romance, to a faster-paced thriller (with a bit of forbidden romance still mixed in).
Now the good news:
Moonshot is entertaining as hell. I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single moment of boredom. I was hooked from the first scene when Ty first walks into the world of baseball, to when she starts to fall for the off-limits all-star, to when shit started hitting the fan. I was compelled even when I was confused, quickly turning the pages, curious, turned on, anxious, and hopeful that things would end the way I wanted them to end.
I’m recommending this book because it truly is an engaging, sexy, and intriguing read. A great pastime, a plain ole good time.