by Kendra C. Highley
Publication Date: July 10, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
The “opposites attract” trope has been around probably as long as there have been stories, but in the hands of a lot of writers, it lends itself toward more of a shake of the head and a big ole “nope” as the reader wonders what drew these two together much less how could they have a future together. In Kendra C. Highley’s The Perfectly Imperfect Match I never once wondered. While Dylan and Lucy are opposites, they are both also good, caring people and that made the difference for me.
The thing with writing novels with tropes is that the plot can sometimes be unoriginal, but again Highley has injected a lot of originality, which you can see from the blurb. Lucy is direction-challenged, but she’s disciplined. She has her sewing in which she loses herself. She has strong beliefs that she stands behind. But she’s also the kind of girl who gives her heart and gives it in a big way. In that way, Dylan is the same as he is entirely lost in baseball.
There were no huge angsty moments, of which I was personally glad. Any drama seemed realistic and never fell to the “melo” part of the spectrum.
The Perfectly Imperfect Match ran the gamut of emotions until with the epilogue, although I kind of suspected what was going to happen, I shared tears of joy with Lucy. It’s a wonderful book that can do that.
A summer beach read? Yep. I’d say so. Add it to your list if you like baseball, protective little brothers, creative heroines, and chickens. Oh, yeah, and skinny dipping.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies
Other Books in the Series
- $25 Amazon gift card (US and International)
- Signed copies of The Bad Boy Bargain and Swinging at Love, and signed bookmarks (US only)
About the Author
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.