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Moonshot Paperback – 4 July 2016
Torre's contemporary romance is a true hit. -- RT Book Reviews Hollywood Dirt was the real thing--pure contemporary romance at its finest. Effortlessly told, entertaining, and so very swoon-worthy. It's not to be missed!!!--Kim Karr, New York Times bestselling author PRAISE FOR THE GIRL IN 6E:
The Girl in 6E uniquely twisted and captivates from the beginning. The premise is entirely original, as are the characters and the pacing. The main character may be a cold killer, but inside is a woman with a soul who sacrifices everything to keep from unleashing herself on the world.... Torre has written a beautifully warped thriller that will be staying with this reviewer for a long time to come.―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! (4.5 stars) A.R. Torre's The Girl in 6E lifts the veil on the dark, erotic world of camming, but the book contains so many more surprises than that. At the novel's core, a tender heart beats, and the increasingly suspenseful pages fly by as its deepest secrets are revealed. This is a taut, edgy, thrill ride, powerfully gripping and impossible to turn away from. --David Bell, author of Never Come Back and Cemetery Girl An incredible debut. Gritty, unique, primal, full of angst, oddly feminist, and right up my alley. The Girl in 6E deviates from formulaic romance to deliver something truly special and worthy of praise and attention. A dark soul like me isn't often surprised by controversy or taboo subject matter, but this book delivers and I'll be reading more A.R. Torre books in the future. Kudos! --CJ Roberts, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dark Duet Dark, edgy, and thrilling in a completely unexpected way. --Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Inside Out series
About the Author
Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage. She also writes under the name A.R. Torre.
- Publisher : EverAfter Romance (4 July 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 406 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940941784
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940941783
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 2.54 x 24.13 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 310,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes this story so good, is the intense connection between Chase Stern and Tyler Rollins. Chase Stern, baseball player extraordinaire, was traded to the Yankees due to his inappropriate behaviour off the field. Tyler Rollins, a minor, who's father is the all star closer for the Yankees. Together their love is forbidden and doomed. My favourite line of the book - He scowled. “Life is a series of stupid decisions interrupted by luck.” Their relationship is hidden in the dark, kept safe from prying eyes. Until one tragic night everything they built was lost by mistakes and misunderstandings. In an instant their lives are ripped apart.
Ty moves forward with her life becoming Mrs. Grant, married to Tobey Grant and the Yankees. Her life changes from the ballgirl on the field supporting the team, to the woman in a suit found in the sky box. She's learned to love Tobey. Their passion for the game has brought them together.
Then out of nowhere Murders are committed and connected to the Yankees. They have to win the World Series to stop further deaths. They needed to replace their weak man and so they do with Chase Stern. He has to be the key to winning and stopping a serial killer.
I was tormented by this story, I had to sneak in the next chapter when possible. I needed to know, I needed closure! Ty is loyal to a fault. I loved her, I hated her, I loved her. The story is written in short chapters, which made it pace incredibly well. It kept the story flowing and only increased the intensity of the book. The ending was a complete surprise, bringing everything to light. 5 Yankee Stars....
“Moonshot” by Alessandra Torre was such a highly anticipated book for me. I had heard about it for such a long time that I could not wait to read it. I found it to be quite enjoyable. I do love Alessandra Torres’ imagination and storytelling. She has always had a way of making stories enthralling, yet so unique and “Moonshot” for me was no exception. It was such a riveting love story and suspenseful murder mystery set on the backdrop of America’s favourite pastime, Major League Baseball.
Tyler (Ty) Rollins is the daughter of the New York Yankees infamous closer, Frank Rollins. They have a very special bond and are extremely close. Ty lives and breathes baseball, everything from the dugout to the stadium to the clay. It is the greatest love of her life. She is part of the team, “one of the boys.” Baseball has been her everything since the death of her Mother when she was seven and went to live with her Dad; becoming a Yankee ball girl. She is home schooled and never misses a game. She even travels with the team to all their away games.
“The kiss should have never happened. If my father found out, if anyone did, it would be disastrous. Together, we would only bring chaos.”
When Ty is seventeen, she meets NY Yankee new recruit Chase Stern. He is an amazing ball player and everything the Yankees need in order to make and win the playoffs. Frank is not too impressed about the Yankees newest recruit and warns Ty to stay away from him. He has a bad reputation and is perceived as a womaniser and player, due to his most recent indiscretion that occurred whilst at his last team.
“I wanted to yank off his shirt and wrap it around my head, surgically affix it to my face, and smell just that, forever, even if it made me an elephant man freak in the process.”
Ty and Chase have an instant connection and nothing was going to stop the feelings and desire that each other were developing. Any seventeen year old girl who is warned by her father to stay away from the “bad boy” is clearly going to disobey him. Frank may as well have thrown her into his arms himself, it was inevitable.
“There was right, and there was wrong, and there was love. And love trumped it all.”
Things soon take a turn for the worst and Chase and Ty are torn apart. I’m actually not going to go into much detail of the events that occur, because the mystery is a big part of the story and I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say that Chase is once again in the midst of a media controversy.
I should say, that when I read a book I’m quite particular about what I like, I have my own weird idiosyncrasies; don’t we all! For me, I only like books written in the first person, from the characters point of view as otherwise I find it difficult to relate to the characters and therefore don’t enjoy the story as much. Moonshot was written from Ty’s point of view, but was written in the third person’s point of view (authors narration) when it came to Chase. I personally didn’t like that. I’m sure there is a reason as to why Alessandra Torre wrote that way, but because of it I just didn’t feel that pull and connection with the hero that I yearn for when reading a romance. Having said that I still found it compelling and loved that it was unlike any story I have read before. It was unique with a mix of love, passion, desire, forbidden love, angst and suspense. -
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Ty is a 17 year old, travelling with her coach dad and the Yankees. Chase is their new star player, emphasis on the player. One of the elements of this book I enjoyed was the penning of Ty as a young woman, I don't recall an AT book with a young coming of age feel before and this was written in a very tangible, fresh way. Equally, I enjoyed the passing of time. But don't get too comfortable, because an abrupt halt, twist and turn is just around the corner, and again and again. This is well known Torre territory but I can never see these things coming and I love this so much. I had no idea where these characters would end up but I certainly enjoyed the journey.
The tension and angst was almost unbearable at times, I took a few breaks to cope with story developments and twists. This doesn't draw away from the enjoyment, but sometimes I just need to pause to ease the tension. There were some appealing side characters in this book, Ty's dad, the dog and Tobey (yes, I do mean Tobey). All in all, this was cleverly weaved together with strong writing.
This is really difficult for me to review because it just went somewhere I totally wasn't expecting and I don't think the blurb signals it either.
Tyler Rollins has literally grown up with baseball. After her mother's death Ty spends her time with her father, the legendary closer Frank Rollins, and the New York Yankies. As an unofficial ball girl its her job to get the team anything they want/ need: an inhaler; lucky bat; or a girl's phone number.
Chase Stern is the bad boy of baseball, a golden star on the field he is a nightmare off, his latest escapade? Having an affair with his team-mate's wife and then punching said team-mate in the face when he catches them. That got him canned from his team and the Yankees pounced.
It's a foregone conclusion, a seventeen year old baseball-mad girl and a twenty-two year old sporting God, especially when Ty is more interested in Chase's athletic performance than his performance between the sheets.
This is the first half of the book, exactly what I expect from Alessandra Torre: well-written, well-researched (ok, she might just be a super baseball fan); intelligent characters; and great dialogue.
Some of the chapters are prefaced by writing by a sports commentator which hint that there is more going on, and so it transpires. The second half of the book is set four years later when New York is gripped by a serial killer who seems to be killing young blonde women, their deaths somehow linked to the Yankees. People have speculated that the killer only strikes when the Yankees lose their chance at the World Series and so the team are desperate to win this year.
Although we were made aware in the blurb and from the introductory commentary that there is more to this book than some NA romance the abrupt change of focus still came as a bit of a shock. I'm not a great fan of serial killer novels but this was the background to the relationships between the characters and I was certainly kept guessing right up to the moment that the big confrontation occurred.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes baseball, NA, serial killers, New York and true love.
I was hooked within the first few chapters and had such a massive soft spot for Chase the minute I read about him.
When Chase first sets his sights on 17 year old Ty his world is flipped upside down in a way he would never expect.
Full of twists, turns and drama this book managed to keep me drawn right into the story not wanting to put it down. Absolutely love Ty and Chase together!
Moonshot is all about main characters Chase and Tyler. Tyler is a daddy's girl and a huge baseball fan - which is also because of her superstar father. When Chase Stern joins the team there is an instant and electrifying chemistry between Chase and Tyler and as the story unfolds Alessandra throws in some great and unexpected plot twists which are sure to keep you hooked on every page of this forbidden romance.
The story is in two halves. The first half is set in 2011, four years before the second half, and focuses on the beginning of the relationship between Chase and Tyler. I really enjoyed reading the first stretch of the story with Tyler as a young woman just finding her feet when it comes to boys and relationships. This part of her life is something everyone will be able to identify with in some way and the chemistry between the two characters, and the angst that the idea of their relationship needs to be kept a secret creates is electric! Misunderstanding leads the characters in separate directions and we rejoin them 4 years later when they come back into each others lives.
I thought I had this story all planned out, but no. The author has thrown in some great plot twists and the pace of this story is relentless. I flew through it finding myself hooked and with the added suspense of the drama surrounding the club I couldn't wait for the story to unfold!