After achieving her dream job, Dr. Holly Bell is determined not to let anything get in the way. And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in. Editorial Reviews. Review. Winner of the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Contest, Hardball (The Philadelphia Patriots Book 1) – Kindle edition by V.K. Sykes. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @ Read “Hardball” by V.K. Sykes with Rakuten Kobo. Book One in the USA Today Bestselling Philadelphia Patriots Series Will she be willing to play his game?.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh hardbaall try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hardball by V. Hardball Philadelphia Patriots bardball by V. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream: She’s totally dedicated to her patients, and she won’t let anything or anyone get in her way.

And a hot affair with a superstar syks is most definitely getting in Holly’s way. Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has the world in the palm of his glove. He thinks he has everything he wants–until he meets the beautiful and brainy Dr.

Nate is totally up for a hot, no-strings affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest. But when a stalker goes after Holly, Nate has to risk everything, including his career, to protect the woman who means more to him than he ever thought possible.

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The award-winning Philadelphia Patriots Series Prequel: Kindle Editionpages. Holly BellNate Carter. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hardballplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This was a quick easy read. The story is about the meeting and forming of a relationship between baseball player Nate Carter and Dr. It was basically a good story but somtimes Holly’s description of Nate was bit redundate.

She was overwhelmed with how handsome he was and how great his body was to look at-it just was repetitive when the author used the same descriptive words. There is even a little suspense This was a quick easy read. There is even a little suspense action involved with one of Dr.

This part was predictable. I don’t feel it really added to sy,es story other than a way to hardba,l the story up. Even though I enjoyed this book, I give it 3 stars for poor editing- the book was riddled with errors. There was enough to distract me from the story. Apr 27, Baba rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m a bit disappointed.

Hardball is definitely not as good as Hot Number. Aug 07, Jamie Kline rated it really liked it Shelves: I confess, I don’t usually read just straight romance books; I prefer paranormal romance or romantic suspense.

This book sounded like such a fun read I couldn’t turn sykss down. Plus, it actually does end up having some suspense elements to it that I wasn’t expecting! Also, did you SEE that book cover?! The only word that sykse to mind is H-O-T!


I was able to relate and connect with both of the main characters, Holly and Nate, but perhaps not as much as I would hardbsll Review: I was able to relate and connect with both of the main characters, Holly and Nate, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked. Nate sykess a really down-to-earth guy, despite the fact that he was a famous baseball player; not stuck up at all and not especially full of himself.

Holly was a pedatric surgeon; I like that she was a successful, confident female lead. She was completely independent and obviously very smart.

Vkk were times she annoyed me with her insecurities when it came to Nate, but at the same time I could totally understand where she was coming from. First, The Good – I enjoyed the characters and seeing gardball relationship develop.

The story overall was interesting; in addition to finding herself smitten with Nate, Holly also has hardbal deal with the beligerant and menacing parent of a sick child she is caring for. That definitely adds a few tense harbdall, especially when she suspects that he doesn’t have his son’s best interests in mind.

Also, the sex scenes were very steamy, but they didn’t take up the whole book like sometimes happens with romances. The Bad – I felt like sometimes the dialogue mostly on Holly’s part seemed a little awkward, where I found myself saying “Do people actually talk uardball that?

Then on their first “date”, she turns into kind of a sex kitten. It didn’t really jive with how I expected Holly to act in that situation. The Ugly – I don’t have anything horrible to say in this case, it was a good read. I would say sizzle. Holly hafdball Nate definitely had a connection from the beginning and as I said before, it made for some extremely hot and steamy sex scenes.

They were really good together, yet I felt like Holly moved way too fast in the relationship considering they hadn’t been seeing each other very long.

Maybe that’s why I hardbal like I connected better with Nate in the long run. Overall though they made a cute couple and had some great chemistry. I wouldn’t say this book is especially unique; all of the elements were ones I’ve read before. It was still an enjoyable read though. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I was hoping, but I chalk hardbalp up to the fact that I’m not really a big fan of this kind of romance.

Regardless, I did like the book. If you like hot male baseball players, steamy romance, and some suspense then this book is perfect for you!

If you would like to read more of my reviews, check out my book review blog, Bookerella Aug 04, Becky rated it really liked it. Holly Bell has worked hard all her life and is a very experienced Pediatric Cardiatic Surgeon in Philly. Unfortunately she is not as experienced in relationships of the heart and intimicy. So when she meets Nate Carter, yummy, georgeous, masculine, star picture of the Philadephia Patriots, she is thrown for a loop.


Holly is one who likes organization, and has sjkes map planned out for her career. Nate has a chance of playing in the big league and likes ALL the fun that comes with being a supersta Dr. Nate has a chance of playing in the big league and likes ALL the fun that comes with being a superstar athlete.

I felt the beginning of this book was slow and the hot steamy sex became a bit tedious at times and took away from the development of the characters.

Af first I didn’t like either of the main characters, but watching them grow in their lives and relationship throughout the book changed my mind. As highly educated yet insecure as Holly was in the beginning, I felt she rushed into a relationship too quickly. But towards the middle of this book, she showed just how strong and independent hardbqll could be. I laughed, loved and cried with her.

I loved how she made her stand known with Nate, and kept to her guns. I felt Nate came off in the beginning as a typical super jock with fast cars, money, prestige and a gift for the women. But again, I watched as he grew starting in the middle of the book.

With all the steamy, hot, spicy romance between Holly and Nate, there is also the suspense with the question of Nate leaving for LA and a Holly having to deal with an angry, scarey and beligerant parent of a patient she is treating.

This became a wonderfully romantic and suspenseful book once you got into it. This is the second book of this series and I got it free on my Kindle. I really enjoyed this book and will read the other two.

This is for adult reading as the sex is very detailed and there is “colorful” language. There were alot of spelling errors which made me have to read some of the sentences over again. But it didn’t take away from the story. Jun 30, April rated it it was amazing. I was up until 4: You get a taste of him in Fastball and you can see how loyal he is. Nate is sweet and caring and can be vl.

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Holly Bell is a fantastic doctor and loves what she does, and she can be just as stubborn as Nate. I think the sex between Nate and Holly was just a little hotter than Jake and Maddie’s. Jake and Maddie do make a few appearances in this book unfortunately it is not reviled in thi I was up until 4: Jake and Maddie do make a few appearances in this book unfortunately it is not reviled in this book the sex of their baby.

I really enjoyed the dialogue between Holly and Maddie. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I have to know what happens next!!