Sunday, 5 February 2017

Saving Drew - Lara Van Hulzen - Review

Silver Bay Series, Book Three
Spirit, Inspirational Romance
January 24, 2017, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

Recovering from a shoulder injury that could end his career as starting pitcher of the New York Empires, Drew MacIntire comes to Silver Bay for solitude and privacy from the media frenzy his surgery has created. After he dances with the beautiful baker, Baylee, at his sister’s wedding, his heart not only wants baseball back, but a future with her as well.

Baylee Nelson is settled into her simple, small town life in Silver Bay with her young son, Casey. When Drew saunters into her bakery intent on asking her out, she can’t help but be thrilled. He’s handsome, sexy, kind, and also takes interest in Casey. Baylee knows she needs to keep things casual. She and Drew live in separate worlds, and she needs to keep her focus on her business and son, but Drew didn’t get to the top by giving up easily.

Drew and Baylee are falling hard, but with spring training approaching, it seems like the third strike for their future… Can their love withstand the media glare and challenges of a long distance romance?


4 Stars 

Saving Drew was my first time reading anything written by Lara Van Hulzen. 

Although this is the third title in the Silver Bay series, it can be read as a standalone. 

This book is a well written, enjoyable and quite heartwarming read. 

Drew McIntyre is an all round nice guy, recovering from an injury and spending time with family, the last thing he expects to find is Baylee. A single mother, who's son Casey has Asperger's she put's his needs before all else. She's protective, hard working, kind and sweet. Their attraction and connection is pretty much instant and undeniable. These characters are incredibly like-able and relate-able, and I really enjoyed reading their story. 

This story is low angst. It is also a very clean romance with very little heat and no love scenes, so may not be to everyone's taste when it comes to a contemporary sports romance. 

The story has strong themes of friendship, community and family. 

Lara is a published author and public speaker wit a degree in journalism. Writing stories since she was a young girl, Lara’s dream of being a novelist became a reality with her Men of Honor series. An avid read, she worked as a book review for 18 years with various organizations such as Crossings Doubleday, YouthWorker Journal, and Radiant Lit A lover of movies, music, art, travel, baseball, CrossFit and her dog, Lara lives in California with her husband, teenage daughter, and teenage twin boys.