Hard and Fast

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Harlequin Blaze

Release Date: August 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Sportswriter Amanda Wright has moved from her hometown of Dallas to Los Angeles to take over the sports column for a popular newspaper. Growing up with a father who practiced sports medicine, Amanda has been around sports her entire life. The first official assignment of her column leads her to the Los Angeles Rays locker room and Brad Rogers, their star pitcher. Amanda is a bit star struck but knows she must be professional for the players to take her seriously. It is during this first meeting that Amanda guesses Brad’s secret. After her first story is released, Brad calls to offer his congratulations and they make plans to meet after the next game so that Amanda can obtain an exclusive interview. She knows she should be careful and not get involved with the sexy pitcher, but her fluttering heart refuses to listen.  

Brad Rogers’ contract is up for renewal. Since getting bad press for an argument not of his making, he has had to play nice. Meeting the new sports writer Amanda Wright after a winning game, Brad feels the immediate attraction. When Amanda questions him about what he has been hiding from the public and his coaches, Brad experiences real fear; one word from Amanda could end his career. Brad calls her after her first column and offers her an exclusive, hoping that she has yet to reveal what she knows.  


Amanda and Brad are cautious with each other, each maintaining their own agenda. While Amanda has been ordered to get to the bottom of a possible drug enhancement story, Brad is determined to keep the team’s rookie pitcher away from her and the line of fire. Neither takes into consideration the only other outcome of being with each other—falling in love. When the last pitch of the game is thrown, will these lovers bat a thousand, or will forces beyond their control strike them out?


When I saw that HARD AND FAST was a romance set around baseball, I knew without a doubt that I had to review this book. As a huge fan of baseball and former college baseball groupie, I settled in for what I hoped would be an eye opening and entertaining read. Brad Rogers could be any big name pitcher worrying about his career. He loved his mama, he loved baseball, and oh how he loved Amanda. Sexy and sinful combined with smarts and attitude made a winning character. If I liked Brad, I have to say that I loved Amanda. Bold, sassy, and so much sports knowledge in one small package was great to see as a female lead. She was often unsure and sometimes experienced self doubt in her abilities, but in the end she realized what was important.  


HARD AND FAST just solidifies my opinion of Lisa Renee Jones’ writing ability. She creatively brings to life the wonderful characters of Brad and Amanda. Add in the sleazy persona of Amanda’s sports writing rival and I was enthralled. I love when an author can keep me so focused on their work that I forget everything else. I emphatically recommend reading HARD AND FAST. It is definitely a home run in my book!



By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Natasha Smith

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