Review – The Changeup – Rhonda Shaw

23 Jul

the changeup The Changeup
Author: Rhonda Shaw
Series:#1 in the Men of the Show series

After nine years of striking out in the dating department, Maddie Hamlin is throwing in the towel. But just as this mom resolves to remain single, she meets sweet and sexy pitching phenom Chase Patton at a family dinner. He’s perfect for her–aside from the fact he’s only twenty-two.

Chase knows he should be focusing on his rookie year with the Detroit Rockets, but he can’t stop thinking about Maddie. He doesn’t care that the beautiful school counselor is twelve years older, and he’s already lost his heart to her adorable daughter. When an incredible date leads to an incredible night of passion, he knows he never wants to let her go.

But dating in the media spotlight is a whole new ball game. Maddie quickly discovers that not everyone accepts their unconventional relationship and that finding love may mean losing everything else.

So normally I’m a sucker for sports romances – I mean, hot sweaty guys (or girls) participating in feats of athletic prowess…I mean, who wouldn’t be. And to top it off, it was an older woman/younger man storyline which I am normally a fan of (it isn’t my favorite romance trope, but I often enjoy it). And while the Changeup worked for me on the level of a sports romance, it was how one of the main characters acted and the secondary characters that I had the biggest issue with. But I did love Chase until the very end…

Unfortunately, I don’t think Maddie deserved him – she was too weak-willed and a doormat – I swear, if I had to hear/read about her questioning him or his motives again, or doing her woe is me, my ex dumped me behavior, I was going to reach through my kindle and bitch-slap her. And then there were her daughter, who was supposed to be 9 if you read her description, but I don’t remember the last time I met a 9 year old who acted like her. In fact, the daughter acted much more like a 4/5 year old (grabbing Chase’s hand to go and play toys; wanting to be swung between Maddie and Chase when they were out) – I mean, its been a while since I was 9, or hung out with a 9 year old, but most I know are more likely to be in the pre-teen/sullen phase. Honestly, it just didn’t work for me

And then there were the antagonists – don’t worry, I won’t spoil the story for you by revealing how they are – I’ll just say that for me, it didn’t work – yes, I know this is fiction, but this forced me to suspend disbelief just a little bit too much on how everything played out and how it was just executed perfectly…ugh!

Overall, a disappointing read for a book that seemed intriguing and I could tell when it came to baseball, that the author had done her research because while I know little about baseball, what I did know seemed to show up in the book. A disappointing 2 stars.


Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Book Review


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11 responses to “Review – The Changeup – Rhonda Shaw

  1. susandyer1962

    July 23, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Omg…….the cover!!!

    • Dee

      July 23, 2014 at 2:30 am


      • susandyer1962

        July 23, 2014 at 2:32 am

        The cover alone makes me want to read this book! Haha

      • Dee

        July 23, 2014 at 2:39 am

        The cover is the best part…I’d offer to loan but it’s not loanable via kindle

      • susandyer1962

        July 23, 2014 at 2:48 am

        Lol no worries……if the cover is the best part ……I have tons to read! Haha

  2. Lance

    July 23, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Hmm…she knows her baseball? I realize this is a romance book,but if there is plenty on the game too, might be worth a shot. I have read good hockey romances and one on baseball (although they were fans…no players).

    • susandyer1962

      July 23, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I love baseball! Die hard Yankees fan here!!

      • Lance

        July 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

        Live in Yankee territory but the Twins are still my team. Oh, an intersting cover. Wonder how many ladies would go to the park early if the players took batting practice dressed like that?

      • Dee

        July 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Sign me up 😉

        I love getting to triathlons early when all the body marking is going on – hehe

      • Dee

        August 24, 2014 at 1:11 am

        i can neither confirm nor deny if i would make an appearance 😉

    • Dee

      July 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I didn’t think the baseball element was bad…but what I know abt baseball would fit in the palm of your hand…lol


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