For years, Kami Garrett traveled with a women's professional rodeo circuit before a serious injury took her out of the arena. She's content giving horseback riding lessons on her great uncle's ranch in Surprise, Arizona. She grew on baseball, but refuses to hook up with a pro ball player and end up divorced like her mother. So why does she want to date a cocky young ball player who breezes into town for Sprint Training tryouts?
Bryan Miller's dream is to become a pro ball player. Since he caught his first fly ball, he has been coached by his father to believe it. When a stunning horseback riding instructor invades his world with conflicting ideas, he's instantly smitten. Kami challenges him on every level until he's forced to face the truth. He pushes back until she confronts her own fears. Can their love grow with such strong opinions between them?
Surprise Love - eBook
A HOME RUN HIT!!
KamiÃ¢ÂÂs first impression of Bryan as she watched him hit a home run showing off with a cocky strut around the bases was that he looked like Ashton Kutcher, her favorite actor crush. Her cousin Mindy, who was a bit nervy and ornery, decided she would introduce Kami to Bryan just for fun. AndÃ¢ÂÂ¦she did, much to KamiÃ¢ÂÂs embarrassment! BryanÃ¢ÂÂs best friend Will, another ball player, stepped into the conversation and Mindy immediately began to flirt with him causing Kami much consternation about this entire developing situation. Bryan and Will were attending spring training for the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona hoping to be picked for the team.
Backtracking a bit Ã¢ÂÂ Kami was still recovering emotionally from a tragic accident that happened while she was performing on her horse during a rodeo. The bones had healed physically, but she felt responsible for the death of her father. She had insisted he be there for her performance that day, which became doubly horrific for her because he was killed when his airplane crashed on the way there. Considering herself now orphaned, her mother had passed away earlier; the only family she had left was Uncle Jay and Mindy. The cousins lived together in a trailer near their Uncle Jay on his ranch.
Each character Michelle Sutton wrote into this story has problems of their own. The story isnÃ¢ÂÂt all moonlight and roses in the romance section, particularly for cousin Mindy who suffers from a bipolar condition for which she will not take her meds; and is promiscuous without guilt. Kami worries that MindyÃ¢ÂÂs attitude could be a serious deterrent to BryanÃ¢ÂÂs developing affections for her. Kami suffers from PTSD over being sexually attacked when she was sixteen combined with guilt over her fatherÃ¢ÂÂs death and self esteem issues. KamiÃ¢ÂÂs dad had been a professional ballplayer, which caused bad memories from a lonely childhood and wasnÃ¢ÂÂt sure about her relationship with Bryan. Bryan feels oppressed by his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs demanding control that he be a professional ball player.
MichelleÃ¢ÂÂs ability to build a well crafted story with surprises and a few shocks is highly impressive. She pulls off realistic characters with qualities and faults that keep the reader focused on several stories at one time. Ms Sutton is blessed with writing integrity and good Christian morals that glorify the Lord and mix a good flavor for reading.
Personally, not much of a baseball fan myself, the annual rodeo was always a big event in my hometown. There were many emotions in the story to which I can easily relate and feel compassion toward. Surprise Love is a definite interesting read and Michelle Sutton has hit another home run!
May 3, 2013