The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Kendra C. Highley)

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.

I think I’ve outgrown most YA entangled romances… or maybe I’m not in the right mood at the moment? But the fact is, I couldn’t quite maintain any interest in this book, and it took me a lot to go through it.

I’ve now read several books by this author and I quite enjoyed them, so I enjoyed the writing on this one too. It just didn’t quite grip me. I did like how different the two characters felt, but I thought something was missing there, and I couldn’t quite connect with either Dylan or Lucy. They were plenty different though and their voices were distinct and I appreciated that.

The romance just really came out of nowhere though. Like I said, they were complete opposites in term of personalities, so I was excited that they didn’t get along at first, the chemistry was there and the spark too. But after that first clash, they gave in right away to their attraction and everything was very mild from then on, and extremely fast. WAY WAY TOO FAST.

I did enjoy the role of Lucy’s little brother, Otis, he had a big personality and he was so funny. But overall the book felt very meh to me, with a plot that left way too much to be desired, characters not 100% formed, and a romance that could have been great, but just didn’t get there.

I’m sorry I didn’t enjoy this one more… if you’ve liked the series so far, I do hope the book works better for you than it did for me.