Monday 1 February 2016

✪ Playing Hard (New York Saints #4) ✪ Melanie Scott ✪

Baseball fanatic Oliver Shields has had his eye on the ball since he was a kid. Playing for the New York Saints is a dream come true, and making the play-offs is a reason to celebrate years of dedicated field work and batting practice. The season isn't over yet, but meeting gorgeous Amelia Graham seems like a bonus grand slamuntil one night of partying threatens to take Oliver out of the game for good


All work and no play has always been Amelia's motto, earning her a coveted job on Wall Street job and the professional clout she's always longed for. Oliver is a real player
in more ways than oneand a distraction she doesn't need, especially given her dating record. When flirtation turns to attraction so fierce neither one of them can say good-bye, will Oliver and Amelia step up to the plateand give love a chance?

ARC received for an honest review

I have loved the New York Saints series by Ms Scott, and I was more than happy to find out there were more books to come after the stories of the three owners were told.

Playing Hard is the first story about the players of the New York Saints.

We first met first baseman Oliver Shields in the first book, and now it is time for him to find his HEA.

Amelia - Millie - is the friend of one of the newbie players, the guy after Ollie's job. 

Oliver and Amelia could not be more different, and you wouldn't expect the finance nerd to catch the player's eyes in a world of groupies and supermodels.

But that was what made them perfect for each other.  Their relationship was not an easy one - especially for Millie - but I loved being taken on the journey with them.

I loved that we got more of Alex, Lucas and Mal and their ladies from the first 3 books.  I love the banter between them all.

But gah, there were some characters that I really didn't like at all.  Finn (Millie's friend) is a spoilt little brat who needs to grow the hell up.  I just wanted to high five him in the face with my Kindle for the way he treated Millie.  And Finn's sister/Millie's best friend Emma needs to open her eyes and take a good hard look around!

I am really looking forward to more in this series - the next book being Finn's.  Let's hope the Ms Scott can redeem him in my eyes!

I love a sports romance, and Ms Scott has quickly become a must read for me.  And the good thing about baseball teams - players get traded, retire etc all the time, so there is always new blood so she can keep on writing these fantastic stories!


Melanie Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone elses. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is

She also writes dark fantasy and urban fantasy as M.J. Scott.

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