Oh Yeah! Quinn is batting a thousand with this latest book in her Baseball heroes! She has covered all the bases with angst, laughs - so many laughs, but also compassion, tenderness and understanding. I personally feel this has the same vibe I got from The Mother Road, classic Quinn brilliance.
Jason and Dottie are in a league of their own and right of the bat I loved Jason, hard! He is quirky, but oh so loveable. I cherished the way he looked at life and his sensitive side but he could also turn into a bear fighting machine when needed. He wasn't all soft and cuddly, he definitely could take control at the appropriate moments. Dottie was a witchy wench, but in a good way. She, like Jason, had been burnt before with relationships, so work was her dominate calling until Jason walks back into her life. Some would say that Jason is not in Dottie's league, but he pulls out all the stops and at one point, it was like Dottie sent him down to the minors as he tried his hardest to win her over. Of course, watching this all unfold from the bleachers was the gang from college that now all live in Chicago and the guys playing for the opposing team. Knox and Emory from The Locker Room live right across the hall. Carson and Milly from The Dugout are not far away.
There are a few curveballs that impede this couple but with persistence from both of them, it is bought home with a heartfelt epilogue and one hell of a happily ever after. I am not sure why I thought there were only going to be three books in this baseball related series, but I have a strong feeling that we will touch base with Jason's sister Natalie as I feel she has more to tell us, as does Cory - Milly's Ball playing brother. But the one I am most intrigued with is Walker, I am desperate for him to get his own book and know more about why he is so grumpy but appealing. I, for one will be staying tuned and waiting for another home run.
The Line Up is the third book in the series following a small interconnected group of professional baseball players from college to the big leagues. The Line Up is funny man, Jason Orson’s turn to fall in love and have his heart ripped in two... will it be put back together?
It’s hard not to like Jason. From the very first book, The Locker Room, he has stood out as the clown of the group, but also as someone who is using humour to cover a big heart. His propensity to kiss his friends on the lips, despite their protests, is just one example. Funny, yes, but also heartfelt. The boys’ reactions to receiving the kiss – hilarious!
Dottie was perfect for him. She truly appreciated his sense of humour, but as a bit more of a serious personality, she levelled out his tendency to go over the top, whilst at the same time his extroversion made her come out of her shell a bit more.
The Line Up is filled with the humour, heart, and a bit of angst, that I’ve come to expect from a Meghan Quinn book. It was perhaps a bit lighter than the previous two books, but no less addictive.
Meghan Quinn has quickly become one of my favourite authors and her books are on my automatic buy list. I love her ability to blend harmoniously snarky humour, great characters, depth of emotion, a bit of drama, and just a touch (okay a lot) of heat.
The Line Up can be read as a standalone, but if you haven’t read the previous two books, I would highly recommend that you do so. There is so much background information that you miss out on otherwise. This background information is not detrimental to understanding this story, but to have it, makes it a much richer experience.
* I was given a copy of this book by the author. This voluntary review is unbiased and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I really wasn't expecting to get so emotional reading Jason's book. I seriously remember him as the goof of the group. Sure he was sensitive and very comfortable in his own skin and wasn't afraid to show Knox his love. But he was always messing around and having a laugh and I really expected just to giggle my way through his story. And I am going to take inspiration from Jason and say I cried like a teenage girl reading that.
Dottie was such a strong independent woman. She knew what she wanted professionally and she worked damn hard to make it happen so it was hard to picture her not getting stabby at Jason's laid back, easy going, jokester self.
But they complemented each other so beautifully. And obviously having the same friend group helped. Jason with his bubble butt and abs to die for had me more than understanding her crush on him. And the whole dirty talking, alpha side that came out just added even more to his appeal. Because seriously he was the best all round book boyfriend of the whole crew.
And even though I did cry like a baby I still had loads of laughs. And the story kept me well entertained. I really just loved the whole thing. And I am seriously praying that Natalie and Walker are going to get a book because those 2 characters so deserve a HEA. Please Meghan.
I don't really know how to review this one. The main reason? Jason and Dottie drove me nuts most of the time. It's not that I didn't like them. It's just, there were so many little things that irritated me about their situation, or certain things they one or the other would do.
Jason is a really sweetheart, and I liked that. But he was also really annoying at times, because what on earth goes on in his head? He doesn't even know haha. And Dottie, she just frustrated me with her communication most of the time.
These two do work really well together, they were a great couple, just lots of little things annoyed me. And maybe I wasn't partially in the right frame of mind at the time of reading, so that probably didn't help either.
I liked getting back into this world of characters, and I loved getting Knox and Carson and the girls in there too. One really great theme in this series is the characters with such big hearts. Jason and Dottie were no different, and there are some really special things they do in this that highlight that.
I laughed, I rolled my eyes and got frustrated, and I was happy when things finally came together. This one sure takes you on a ride, and its another great addition to this series.
Loved the humour throughout The Lineup, mostly due to Jason, he's a pretty funny guy. I haven't read the previous standalones in this series yet, but now I'm going to - The Dugout will be next, as I really liked Milly in The Lineup ( and The Dugout is her book ).
Jason is a genuinely good guy - loves his family and devoted to his charity The Lineup. He's funny, and very open and friendly. And then there's Dottie. Dottie comes across as hard and closed off personality wise, but really she's just wrapped herself in layers upon layers of protection due to her confidence within herself being shaken from a previous relationship. I really enjoyed her character across the story, she comes across as super snarky but the reader just knows there's a softer marshmallow centre in there somewhere.
Lots of emotions to be felt reading this book - I smiled, laughed, almost cried towards the end, and then of course Jason made me laugh again. A fun ( mostly ) read.
I just adore Meghan Quinn books, and The Lineup would have to be one of her best. Jason was the most wonderful and delicious male character I think Meghan has ever written. He is also ridiculously hilarious. I can’t even pinpoint one thing in particular that made me laugh it was obviously a combination of his words, his actions and especially his over the top emotions that had me falling in love with him. He was definitely my favorite character but Dottie was also incredible in this story as well. I think with her stressful job she needed Jason’s lightness in her life. I really do hope Meghan writes more baseball romance novels as I have loved every single one of these books. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
I like this series it’s cute, funny and enjoyable. Whilst Jason was seriously annoying at times he was adorable, funny and had such a big heart. He was just what Dottie needed since she was so tense and serious. It was great seeing Dottie again, I liked her in The Locker Room.
I liked that we got to enjoy all the friends from the previous books though I thought it was completely ridiculous and hypocritical that Emory commented on not letting previous relationships affect this one... I mean seriously!! If you have read The Locker Room about Emory and Knox you will understand.
Do read The Locker Room first then The Dug Out then this one.
They are a cute funny couple and this is worth a read.
I LOVED JASON!! He is a sweetheart, big teddy bear with the best butt in baseball. *sigh* He's an annoying, charming and sensitive guy and cannot handle Dottie not 'liking' him, so he goes out of his way to change her mind. Dottie is a ball busting boss babe and her old crush feelings on Jason from college resurface when he's traded to Chicago and they have mutual friends. One feeling Jason doesn't wear on his sleeve is that he’s a HOT AF alpha in the bedroom *fans face* This book's is a slow burn with funny AF outbursts from Jason along with the sweetest things. He's my new book boyfriend. Read this book now to make him yours too!!! 5/5 for Meghan yet again!! I'm loving this baseball series!! Fingers crossed for Natalie and Walker next!
The Lineup is book 3 in the brentwood baseball series and follows Jason and Dottie and although these books can be read as standalones to truly appreciate these characters I highly suggest reading The Locker Room and The Dugout first
This is a book that will make you laugh so hard you will have tears in your eyes, then it'll rip your heart out and make you cry for a whole different reason but ultimately you will be left smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside thinking Jason what have you done to me. It was deliciously slow burn, incredibly steamy, with a good mix of angst and some insane laugh out loud moments
The best way to describe Jason is to use words from Dottie herself 'Oh my God. Why is he such a moron? An adorably sweet moron. A moron that keeps tempting me to laugh'. He is loud, obnoxious, funny, has no filter but is also kind, warm, sensitive and so damn loveable and I hear he makes the best potato salad you will ever eat
Dottie is the defitnion of a Boss Woman. She is career orientated, strong, distant at times, doesnt hold back but is also vulnerable, sweet, loyal and caring
I loved this story so much and I'm constantly amazed at how Meghan keeps hitting it out the park with the dialogue in her stories, by far these books have some of the best dialogue and funny scenes ive ever read and I can't wait for more stories especially Holt and Cory
This book is going into my top 10 favourites of the year
I really, honestly, TRULY, did not expect any book to top Knox’s (it’s been my fave for ages, and I’ve reread it multiple times!!) ... but goodness me, how can you NOT love the adorable, gorgeous and sensitive babe - with the most glorious bubble butt - that is Jason?
This book had me laughing from the very first line. I kid you not! It was such a refreshingly fun, quirky and outstanding story that has you crying from laughter then swooning the next minute!
Jason and Dottie, truly owned my heart. Jason is a sensitive, big, muscular, dorky - and oh so loveable all-star batter. He loves to cook, cuddle, gossip, squeals in terror in the dark, cries when he watches romcoms...and is an absolute “animal in the sheets”. How can you not fall in love??
Then we meet the beautiful, powerful and fiercely strong Dorothy - or “Dottie”. She’s a powerhouse, and a bombshell in designer heels, the total opposite of Jason, she has her bullet proof walls up, with a frosty and icy exterior. Seeing her walls slowly begin to melt and crumble was a gem to read.
I won’t spoil too much, but you definitely won’t regret this read by MQ, it’s one of the sweetest and funniest novels I’ve read in a very long time, and now I can’t wait to go find myself my very own Jason!