Review: Training the Home Run King by Asa Torrance

trainingTraining the Home Run King

Author: Asa Torrence
Publisher: Indie (July 28, 2019)
Kindle edition, 178 pages
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He comes with a reputation, and a killer swing 
Kai Hiromoto, the hottest player in college baseball.
And as fate would have it, my new roommate.
They call him the Home Run King for more reasons than one.
He always scores, and it’s not hard to see why.
He’s sexy, charming, and has a body like a god.
And as the player I’m assigned to train, he’s totally off-limits.
Even if the chemistry between us has me questioning everything.
We both know he’s destined for more than this small town.
The question is, can I work Kai’s body without getting feelings involved?
Letting my guard down could lead to the best fling of my life.
Or the biggest heartbreak.

First she steals my room, then she steals my heart 
That gorgeous, green-eyed girl who just hustled me out of the master bedroom?
Turns out I’ll be seeing a lot more of Jenna Arbor.
Not that I’m complaining.
She’s just made it a lot harder to focus.
I’ve got one semester left to prove I can still hit, and get signed.
The plan doesn’t include hooking up with my trainer, even if I can’t get her out of my head.
But what do I do when she suddenly seems interested?
All I know is being in close contact with her makes me want to revert back to my old ways.
Charm, seduce, and conquer.
That’s the old playbook, right?
Only thing is, she makes me feel like I just might want something more.


Rating: 3.5 stars

This is a really cute New Adult romance. I see people keep calling it YA, but they’re in their final year of college so, like, by definition that’s New Adult… THIS IS A DEMOGRAPHIC PEOPLE. It also deals with really classic New Adult themes of growing up, finding your own path, what you’re going to do after college and with the rest of your life, what’s truly important to you… It’s got some great messages, along with a really cute romance.

Kai used to be a player, but he had an injury that sent his entire life into upheaval and made him grow up some. The ML in a lot of sports romances seem to tend to be total alphas (often alphaholes), but that is just not Kai at all. He’s a total cinnamon roll, so if you like your heroes sweet and gooey, this one’s for you!

I didn’t love the heroine (whose name I can’t remember at all, ahh! SORRY!), she just fell really flat for me. Her interaction with Kai were the best thing about her, and even then they did have a bit of a cyclical thing where they kept having the same or similar problems over and over – like, I thought we’d resolved this, sweeties? If she’d been a bit more memorable and had more of a personality (besides drinking box wine) I’d probably have been more invested in the book overall. Still, it was a fun read.

An ARC of this book was provided by the author for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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