Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Life of Inches

Title: A Life of Inches
Author: Douglas Esper
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 260
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age/Sports Fiction

Ryan Kelly and Woodie Wodyzewski always fight for every inch. Whether on the baseball diamond, the basketball court, or even the dance floor, these two friends are true competitors. When Ryan beats Woodie in a bike race because Woodie has the misfortune to be hit by a car, he seems to have won. But the beautiful girl who crashes into their lives is worth far more than any trophy. Molly De Leon knows all about winning, and nothing will keep her from her goals. Ryan and Woodie have been vying for Molly since the day they met. How can she possibly choose between them? Woodie has a complicated family situation and she desperately wants to help him through his misery and confusion. A little on edge with a temper, he’s the bad boy in her life who reminds Molly a lot of her mother, a powerful politician she’s grown up watching bend men and women to her will with a simple smile. Ryan, on the other hand, is very close to his parents, grounded, and has a good sense of humor. He’s not your typical jock; he’s a safe, reliable pick, and a constant in Molly’s life—that is, until his injuries lead him down a destructive path. Molly realizes it’s time to make a decision… But how can she risk losing either one of them when they both own a piece of her heart?

My Impressions: 
I love baseball, so given the chance to read a book about baseball, in any form, is right up my alley. Ryan and Woodie are characters. They have been best of friends for as long as they can remember and are both super competitive, even when it comes to love. One fateful day they both cross paths with the most beautiful girl they have ever seem and instantly fight for her attention and of course to claim a victory over the other guy. Molly is not like any girl they have know. She is a beauty that is also just as competitive as the guys and soon the 3 forge a friendship that takes them on a ride none will ever forget.

I enjoyed watching these two fight and compete over everything from girls to baseball to who can get to the next location the quickest. This whole book was fun, fast paced, roller coaster of a ride. Just when you think you got the 3 of these main characters nailed down, something sneaks up on you and rips the rug out from under you. The author does an amazing job with the character development all the way through to minor characters. You feel for these guys, you root for them, share in their set backs and heart aches and get swept up in the pure emotion of what baseball and love are all about.

I can easily recommend this book to anyone that loves a great coming of age book coupled with some romance, determination, competition and the great American sport of baseball. Personally I cannot wait to read more by this author!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Books.

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