ARC Review: Third Base by Heidi McLaughlin



Third Base (The Boys of Summer #1)
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Published By: Forever
ISBN: 1455598232

WHR Synopsis

Since becoming a major league baseball player, I’ve learned a few hard lessons. Like never give out your home address on social media (sorry, Mom). Never shoot your mouth off without thinking . . . and never, ever let your personal life interfere with your game. But then I saw her – sitting alone behind the enemy dugout, watching me – and I just had to meet this girl.

Now I know that Daisy Robinson has her secrets, but there’s something about her that drives me crazy. Maybe it’s her innocence, her absolutely amazing knowledge of baseball, or just the fact that she is so unbelievably beautiful. I have to take it slow. Prove to her that the rumors about me are just that – rumors.

Daisy might be my ultimate lifetime win. . . if I don’t get hit by the curveball that’s coming my way.




Ahh The Boys of Summer, Baseball, when is a better time to start a book about it than in the Spring when baseball is all over? Well, I can’t say that’s when I started it, no, I had this book laying around for awhile staring at me. I’m excited to say that I finally did get to read it though, and I LOVED Third Base.

Some general details about the book. First off and what stood out to me the most is that Third Base is written completely from the hero’s POV. Ethan and the inner workings of his mind are at times completely hilarious. This is a full-length novel with an HEA, there are a few moments in it that people are going to yell about, but they don’t detract from the story, in fact, they add to it. Warning, though. It may not be for everyone. Third Base starts a series called The Boys of Summer but it can be read as a standalone.

This book had me in side stitches from the first chapter just from laughing. I’ve never heard so many different words for penis and I own Varsity Blues. These guys are definitely guys, and I love that the author didn’t hold back with their personalities. You get a good look into the male psych and how they joke when there are no females present. The hero even tells you, guys are dogs.

I’m not really sure how much detail I want to go into on Ethan and Daisy meeting. I will say that if you read the synopsis you get a good idea. It’s a definite meet cute.  Something I hadn’t seen in a book before and that drew me in. You have two people being very aware of each other and had been for awhile. These two have some insane chemistry, though. It’s cute, sweet and extremely heartwarming at certain points.

A side note, really fast. This book came out awhile back, it’s also had a cover change. That threw me but I do like this cover a lot better than the old one. It actually confused me because when I took the book to review, it had the other cover.  Just to clear that up since both covers still appear on Goodreads. If you check Amazon, you’ll see the old one is discontinued.

The reason this one is a four for me and not a five is because I saw some of the plot writing on the wall. I think some of it was intentional, you know what Daisy is in school for from the beginning of Third Base. It’s easy to see it translating into drama. Overall, though, I’d read it again. I’m excited for the rest of the series. I really want to know what happens to some of Ethan’s teammates.


4 star

NetGalley ARC post


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