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Summary

Cole Anders is in his last season at Fullton State. If he doesn't get drafted this year, he'll be forced to hang up his cleats for good. It's not something he's ready to do.

To prove he's serious about his final season, he's given up girls. No more casual hookups, dates, or one-night stands. But there's one girl who has always refused to give up on him. One girl who has been there since the start of freshman year. One girl he stupidly assumed would always be waiting for him when he got off the field, no matter how long it took.

Christina's had enough of Cole pushing her aside for baseball. She's grown tired of waiting for him to see what she's known since they were freshmen - that they are good together. She's finally moved on - for good this time.

Cole has other ideas, but she refuses to cave. It's not her problem if he wants her now. Too little too late. 

There comes a point in your life when you have to stop the incessant merry-go-round and just get off the ride, right? Try telling that to Cole. 

©2020 J. Sterling (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 21-04-21

Cole & Christina

Oh I loved listening to Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon bring these amazing characters to life,
This is an unbelievably sweet and endearing romance. Cole and Christina have a past that takes them on a journey to a happily ever after that was worth all the bumps in the road. I adored this book.

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  • C. Y.
  • 05-10-20

Play Ball!

This is the first book I have listened to by J. Sterling. The baseball theme caught my attention since I love the game (Yea, Oakland A’s). Cole and Christina were two very likable characters. Erin and Jason did an excellent job voicing them and bringing their characters to life.

This was so well written that I could actually feel the chemistry of them together. Cole would be a great catch because he plays baseball and is very thoughtful. I love how open the door for her and is gentle towards her. Some parts of the story made me sigh. I want a guy like Coke, ha ha.

I laughed and cried listening to this. Cole’s relationship with his dad is just so sweet. I feel in love with all the characters with the exception of one.

I totally recommend this book!




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  • John
  • 22-04-20

Really good book

It’s been to long sense I have listened to a book from Jenn. Really really enjoyed it. The narration was awesome as always. Thanks for another great book

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  • JujuBee
  • 20-01-22

Tepid overall

Plot had potential, just spoiled by repetitive lag in the middle of the story. Besides the MC’s relationship drama, the tension portrayed between teammates vying for a spot on the field was intense. I found the “business of baseball” portion of this story more interesting than the romantic relationship.

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  • Linda
  • 09-01-22

I loved it

when I first started this story it's just a baseball story. the writer made me laugh, had me talking to the reader. and crying. it was great.

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  • Aongelic
  • 03-07-21

I Love Everything by J Sterling

The Narrators are so funny. They definitely add flavor to the already great story.

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  • Lisa M Skwarlo
  • 04-09-20

Baseball Romance

The Ninth Inning by J. Sterling is book 1 of The Boys of Baseball series. This book brings some older characters in as background and I'm here for it. This book transported me back to my own college days. I related with Christina very much.

This audiobook is narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke. Their voices bringthe characters to life and really get the listener invested in the story.

Christina and Cole have been friends all through college. He's the baseball star and she's his friend, sometimes with benefits. He's trying to keep focused on his rising future and doesn't want a cleat chaser to muck it up. He trusts Christina but wants to keep her at arm's length, sometimes, to not damage their friendship.

This book gets the relationships of college students right. It's a book with laughs and feelings.

I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

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  • TALIA
  • 22-07-20

A really good book

Ok I don't do spoilers but if you like baseball and love romance then you have to read this book. All the characters are good with the exception of one. Love Jason Clarks and Erin Mallons voices these two could read the phone book and it would be wonderful.

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  • Jr. Astronaut's Mom
  • 03-06-20

Loved this romantic story!

This was so enjoyable to listen to. Great character development! Characters are likeable, human, and full of emotion!

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  • Angie McGuire
  • 15-05-20

Love these narrators

This book was AMAZING!! Loved the story. Loved the narration. I always feel that listening to a book where the narrators can make you fall in love with the characters the best reading experience, and this one didn't fail me. It's a must read/listen