Stardust, Texas Series, Book 3
Wilde writes a lot of different series and I have yet to read all the books in one of them. This isn’t a personal choice, but if the publisher doesn’t send me the books, I find them at my library and we rarely have all the books in a series. As they age, or get read multiple times, they tend to get ugly and we weed them (send them to the great big bookstore in the sky.)
Case in point, this third Stardust, Texas novel is my first in the series. Stardust is a fictional small town a couple of hours outside of Dallas. Axel Richmond is a pitcher for the Dallas Gunslingers, and dreams of pitching for the Yankees, which I can sort of understand at the baseball level but have a harder time understanding any Texan wanting to move to New York. I lived in the Dallas area for a few years and never met anyone who had anything good to say about New York. But I digress.
Our hero, Axel, has a serious shoulder injury that so far has not responded to physical therapy. His team of coaches, doctors, and PTs are trying to talk him into an experimental surgery that has no guarantees. The Gunslingers have a new PT on staff, the beautiful but mysterious Kasha Carlyle and she disagrees. They acquiesce and allow her a week of therapy but if there is no improvement, bye bye job and hello surgery.
Axel moves to Stardust and stays at his coach’s house and he is putting the moves on Kasha, but she is determined to maintain her professional distance despite her attraction. Meanwhile, Kasha finds out she has a half sister with Down’s syndrome living in a group home, and she wants to take guardianship of the orphaned young woman.
Lots of challenges in this romance but also some really sweet moments. Both Axel and Kasha have a lot of baggage, and as the physical therapy starts to work, they form a real attachment to one another. Plus the magic hope chest that the Carlyle sisters have been passing down to one another as they marry says that Axel and Kasha belong together, and who can fight magic?
4/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde. Avon (April 26, 2016). ISBN 978-0062311436. 384p.