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Fear of Striking Out by [Layne, Lyssa]
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Shortstop Tate James has been traded from the all-American town of Milwaukee to the trendy City of Angels.

Pink hair, manscaping, dogs in purses... not his thing. This ball player is less than excited about his new hometown. That is until he crosses paths with beautiful Mia Tomko. She lets him know that not all L.A. women are just after fame and fortune.

As Tate and Mia find that their interest in each other isn't the only thing they have in common, neither are prepared for what their future holds.

When someone from both of their pasts arrives, will it tear them apart or make them closer?

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Lyssa Layne has become one of my favorite authors and everytime she has a new book out I get very happy!

This book is another incredible baseball story, this time involving shortstop Tate James, newly traded to the Los Angeles Stags. As Tate heads to LA to try and find a place to live he meets Mia, his real estate agent whom he is immediately attracted to.

Mia Tomko is immediately attracted to Tate as well, but Mia still has a past that she has not quite gotten over, her ex-husband Asher.

When the pasts of Tate and Mia collide it may be too much for the two of them to overcome.

This book has incredible characters and the relationship between Mia and Tate is extremely hot! I love how Lyssa has brought back the characters of Colie and Grant from The Right Pitch as it brings in that familiarity yet you don't need to read the other book first, although you really should!

This is another incredible book by Lyssa Layne and I can't wait for the next one!!
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HASH(0xa50c6a2c) out of 5 stars Fear of Striking Out will leave you breathless, bemused, and terrified. March 17 2015
By YA Book Madness Blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
I received this book as a gift

Fear of Striking Out will leave you breathless, bemused, and terrified. The exhilaration and happiness of perfect love is poisoned by a relentless past that threatens every second of ecstasy. The fear is very real and the probability of a disaster looms throughout the story but never once is it hopeless. For Mia, love is the strength that gives her what she needs to fight for her future. For Tate, Mia is the missing puzzle piece he never knew he needed to make him whole. Brace yourself for a lot of tears and even more smiles.

Tate is a sweetheart. He loves hard and has a big heart. Not only is Tate seriously sexy but what makes him so addictive is what a great guy he is. He’s attentive, he’s in awe of Mia’s beauty and doesn’t fail to show her just how much he adores her. Tate has a past, it’s not pretty but he adapted and has become a greater man because of it. Tate has Mia on his mind all the time and the compassion he shows her is incredible. He’s intoxicated by her personality, her beauty, her heart.

My heart broke for Mia, over and over again. Her pain is crushing, consuming and slowly seeps into your soul. Her anxiety, the way she adjusts, avoids, and manipulates her words to protect herself from her ex are true insight into dealing with aftermath of abuse. Mia’s imprisoned by her past and the need to protect others from what she’s suffered. She’s willing to give up her heart, her chance at happily ever after to shield those she loves from danger. It’s powerful and agonizing. Mia is courageous but she can’t forget her past and falls prey to her memories. The depictions of abuse are hard to get through. From the small scenes that show possession, dominance through punches and bruised wrists to the more graphic, Mia’s thoughts are an amalgamation of memory and living in her happiness with Tate to escape these incidents. Mia is not always courageous, she gets scared, she becomes complacent to save herself from a worse situation but she’s never weak. Lyssa Layne did a fabulous job capturing the many parts of Mia and how they war with each other, calling out for her to fight back, to protect herself, to give up and to dream. Lyssa wrote Mia as confident, take charge, and yet hidden beneath this outer persona is a scarred past that threatens to overcome the Mia she so desperately yearns to become.

Together, Mia and Tate have undeniable attraction. Scenes are HOT. They’re all the more heated because of how poignant their emotions are. Each touch is made of love.

The scenes with Mia and Toby. Yeah, I cried…

Asher is a charmer but a slimy one. To an outsider, he’s a golden boy. He’s attractive, successful, charismatic but seeing the way he leers at women, the way he robs Mia of space and claims her as his property, will make you sick. Any bit of attraction disappears and is replaced by disgust. Asher is a vile, despicable human being and not far from psychotic. When he loses control it’s horrifying. Fear for Mia is a shadow that lingers on the edge of her happy moments.

For the most part, the abusive scenes are mild but for anyone who has been through domestic abuse or abuse in general, it might be too much.

The intensity does increase as the story progresses. I appreciated that it wasn’t extremely explicit.

That final scene. Prepare for the ugly cry because OMG the anticipation. That was evil.

The epilogue. My heart. A little sappy but beautiful. Every bit of love is magnified and solidified in simple words that ring with power and truth.

If you’ve read The Right Pitch, Colie and Grant are back and as adorable as ever. This mini continuation of their story is the satisfaction you didn’t know you needed after their story ended.

Fights were too easily resolved and didn’t build up to the level of drama needed to make them feel like a huge deal.

Some sections could have been expanded to show the development of Tate and Mia’s love. It was explosive, they fell fast, and it was a tad like instalove.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50c69d8) out of 5 stars No Strikes with This Home Run March 5 2015
By Ramona Alba - Published on
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Lyssa Layne has gotten another win with the Fear of Striking Out. I'll admit that she got me hooked on romances headlining athletes and I'm definitely not disappointed with this latest release in one of my new favorite genres. And, I got several twists I wasn't expecting as a bonus.

Tate James is the atypical top athlete: he likes the simple life, he hates publicity and fame, and he just wants to concentrate on his game so he can provide for the ones he loves best. So it's not a welcome move for him to be transferred to Los Angeles where everybody goes to gawk at any and all stars. LA seems to be the pits - until he bumps into a brunette goddess at a bar.

Mia is a woman with a past, one she hides well behind a facade of strength and confidence. Yet she, and a few close confidantes, know exactly how fragile her walls are. While her looks consistently get attention - both good and bad - she is smart enough to realize that a free drink or two isn't the best basis for any kind of relationship. Besides, there are some situations which she needs to work out, which could seriously mess up Tate's life as well as her own.

But there is nothing reasonable about their mutual attraction and despite whatever misgivings they may have about their past and present, they fall deeply; first in lust, then in love. The question is, can that love stand up to the secrets that each of them have? Will they survive the fallout?

While this isn't a sequel to a previous novel, it's intertwined with The Right Pitch's main characters Grant and Colie who become good friends with the couple, mostly because Tate is traded to the team where Grant has taken an active retirement as pitching coach and Colie is therapist. It's not necessary to read it beforehand, but doing so would give a better understanding of these two now supporting characters. Grant's actions, in particular, would seem logical and expected, given the kind of man he is.

I do understand Mia's fears and also why she had been pushed in that direction in the past. There's a lot of strength in her that is admirable, combined with her ability to adapt and make the best of any given situation. I especially like that scene where she talks to Tate's dad and is able to voice what's on her mind. So many future problems and misunderstandings taken care of because she wasn't afraid to speak!

Tate is a full-blooded alpha but maybe a tad too possessive for my tastes! There's nothing Mia can do about what's already happened, right? The fact that she chose to stay with him despite everything she's been through should have been enough to assuage him on how she truly feels. But, he is human and is all the much more real because of his faults.

The beautiful, welcoming James family adds so much emotion to their story. It's heartwarming how they treat Mia and admirable on how supportive they are of Tate. It's a blessing that they have a foundation like this to fall back on.

I'm sure there's another book in this non-series coming soon, what with how this ends! Perhaps another player on the team after Fear of Striking Out, Lyssa Layne? Please?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5458198) out of 5 stars Great Stand Alone novel! Feb. 27 2015
By chrissycf - Published on
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I picked this book up and was unable to put it down until I finished it! This is an amazing story of over coming your past, love, and finding your strength.

I fell in love with Mia and Tate’s characters and the chemistry they had between them. Their first meeting was something that definitely left an impression on each of them, and the next day when Tate finds out the mysterious woman from the bar is his new realtor he is besides himself.

I loved how their friendship grew throughout the beginning of the book, and their games of truth or dare. Even though they didn’t see much of each other, they always made time each day to talk to one another and get to know one another. Problem is, Mia is hiding something from Tate and is scared to death to tell him about it. When she gets the strength to tell him, she changes her mind once he says something to her regarding a similar situation.

As much as I loved Mia and Tate’s relationship and story, I wish Mia would have been more open with Tate. I think a lot of things would have been different if Mia would have explained what was going on with her ex. He is not a nice person, and I know she was trying to get away, but how Tate feels for her, I think he would have been with her every step of the way.

The ending of this book was amazing. It had me in tears and I was so happy to see there was an epilogue because I wasn’t sure if I could have handled how the last chapter ended. Tate and Mia’s love story is amazing and I really enjoyed this book. This was the first book of Lyssa Layne’s that I’ve read and I look forward to reading many more books from her! If you’re looking for a steamy stand alone that has an amazing story, definitely pick up Fear of Striking Out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5456ef4) out of 5 stars NO fear of striking out with this book by Lyssa Layne! *pun intended* ;) Feb. 25 2015
By DawnD - Published on
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Shortstop, Tate " Hunk-a -li-cious" ( I might have given him that middle name :) James has been traded from Milwaukee to L.A. He is not a happy camper, to say the least. That is, until he meets the lovely Mia. As soon as their eyes lock, it's like a magnetic pull. Tate begins to think that relocating may not be so horrible after all.

Buckle up and get ready for all the twists and turns their story takes you on. There are so many facets that I appreciated, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

This book is a stand alone with no cliffy. *yay* Although, Grant and Colie from, The Right Pitch, who I adore, were woven in seamlessly. You certainly don't need to be a baseball fan in order to appreciate either of these books, so don't let that stop you. There is just the right amount of reference to it, while more importantly, focusing on the emotional journeys each character experiences. I absolutely loved the other supporting characters! Okay, maybe all but one, who I loathed, but he was instrumental to the plot. The only downside is that I wanted more! Knowing Lyssa Layne's writing, I'm sure I will see them again in her future books.

I give this book 5 baseballs, ummm, I mean 5 stars! :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50522dc) out of 5 stars ... before you pick this one up because it totally sucks you in Jan. 15 2015
By LivingOnBooksAndCoffee - Published on
Format: Paperback
Make sure you clear your schedule before you pick this one up because it totally sucks you in! Tate is totally book boyfriend material...then you add in Toby and oh my goodness!!! LOVE!!!

Having Grant and Colie in the story was a brilliant move on Lyssa Layne's part (P.S. if you don't know who Colie and Grant are you haven't read The Right Pitch - to which I say - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??) Anyway, seeing those two pop up was awesome because they turned out to be the perfect supporting characters and exactly what Mia and Tate needed.

The 'someone from their past' was a lot less likable, but in a very love to hate sort of way and he certainly served his purpose by bringing out different sides of the main characters we'd never have gotten to see otherwise, letting the reader get to know them on a much deeper level.

With Lyssa I always know going in, I'm going to need my tissues handy, but after I was done sitting on the edge of my seat with my heart nearly in pieces, I got my happy ending so I'm a happy happy girl!!