Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy [ARC REVIEW]
Publisher: Entangled Teen Publishing
Publication Date: August 5th 2019
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.
When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.
But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.
ARC provided by Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“It makes sense that when she finally decided to fall in lust, she’d fall hard.”
This book is the perfect example of the kind of stories that made me fall in love with romance growing up. Told through the heroines perspective, Announcing Trouble, follows Josie through her last semester as a high school student–her future all planned out for safety, comfort, and absolutely no baseball. But when her best friend gains a crush on one the baseball athletes, Josie finds herself not only the new color commentator for the baseball team, but also questioning her future plans and wondering if there is room for her fellow broadcasting partner, Garrett.
I ate this book up in one sitting. That is how good it is. I was head over heals in love with not only our hero (who is better than A1 steaksauce) but also for the voice of our heroine. Dominy does a fabulous job of getting us connected and invested into the life of Josie to the point of where we understand her struggle of choosing whether to love or hate baseball. There were many times throughout the novel where I wish I could jump in and just give that girl a hug, solely because of the amount of things she had to deal with–to which I related hella hard too.
Not only is our heroine someone that was easily connectable and relatable, but so was our hero, Garrett. Literally he is everything you want in a YA love interest, cocky, witty, and a complete gentleman–ya girl was swooning from the moment he stepped onto the scene. One of the biggest traits that I appreciated from him, was that no matter what he never gave up on his dreams–no matter who or how many people tried to deter him (which was an ungodly amount). His love of baseball and determination to be apart of it in any capacity spoke volumes to me, and if possible, made me love him even more than I already do!
“It’s my job to maker her listen. I’ve been given a sacred task to guide these people into the future.” “You’re taking this valedictorian thing too seriously.” “It is serious. I want to leave these deviants with advice they can use.”
Though this is a contemporary romance, Dominy weaves a theme of self into the story that I think is deeply important for the target audience and even to my age group. Throughout the novel, Josie struggles with going on the path that makes sense and what everyone automatically assumes will happen. She previously never gave herself the opportunity to sit down and ask herself what would she want to do with her life? What calls out to her. I absolutely adored the way Dominy handles this theme and how she carries it subtly throughout the novel, letting us naturally follow Josie’s thought process and gradual self discovery. I have no words except–YASSSSSS.
Announcing Trouble is a clean, fluffy, and deeply resonating contemporary romance, that enchanted me with its funny and charming characters, and their witty banter. A highlight in my summer reading, I highly recommend anyone who loves a good romance to pick this up, and I dare you to not get swept off your feet.
Huge thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.