This was exceedingly sweet. The subplot about the stray dog, John Ronald, finding his “forever home” will tug on your heartstrings.
Tess meets Mason when she helps him catch the dog he’s walking for his neighbor. She doesn’t recognize that he’s a superstar baseball player for the home team. Meanwhile, her property is stolen and Mason is captivated. He enjoys his anonymity with Tess and getting to know her as they bond over dogs without having her know who he is.
Usually, I find stories that involve one of the main characters hiding his/her identity to be irritating. We all know that the big reveal is coming and that there will be some fight until the other person forgives. I was waiting for that to happen in this book and it did, but the conflict was over quickly and then everything is pretty smooth from there.
I guess I kept waiting for there to be more to the plot than two nice, appealing people meeting and falling in love and taking care of stray dogs. Mason has been injured and worries that he won’t be able to play again at the same MVP-candidate level. That is totally unresolved.
Tess worries about fitting into Mason’s world where everyone is watching and reporting on him. That gets smoothed over pretty easily and quickly.
I just wanted a bit more plot development.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.