Prepare yourself as I fill your screen with every cheesy Baseball related metaphor I can.
Seriously Cory “Fucking” Potter! He is the all-star off all
Cory is beyond Dreamy. He is the quintessential nice guy. He has an amazing heart and when he cares he care deeply. He is also super respectful. I could go on and on with what a nice guy Cory is. But his nice guy persona could be to his detriment when it comes to love. He is too passive, too much of a nice guy. So many moments in this book I wanted to beam him with the ball or swing a bat at his head in hopes he would pay attention and stop being the nice guy.
I did have some trouble with Natalie’s character. And maybe this wouldn’t have been as much of a problem had I read Jason and Dottie’s story and had a few more glimpses of who Natalie is. Natalie’s self-doubt and lack off confidence felt like it came out of left field (see what I did there). I feel like we never got a whole picture of who she was before she connected with Cory. I felt like she took defeat and gave up kind of easily.
Overall, the story is good. I did feel the story was a little muddled in the middle. They danced around each other for a long while. I desperately WANTED them together making it a frustrating. Finally, they both came out swinging with all the hot stuff! The second half of the book is emotional, sexy, and totally worth it.
There is a competition for which was the better love story, Cory and Natalie or the bromance between Cory and Jason. I loved all the crazy side characters, but especially Jason and his ridiculous behavior. He is just so funny and quirky, every scene he is in he steals the show.
THe I read The Trade as a standalone, but rest easy my friends, because I will be going back and tagging all the bases and reading all the past books with these characters. For me this was a solid 3.75 almost a 4 out of 5 stars. I think the muddle in the middle and build up was a little more than I traditionally like. But it was great fun read and good enough I will go back and read the rest of Ms. Quinn’s catalogue of books.