Friday, July 8, 2016

ARC Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre


Moonshot
by Alessandra Torre
Release Date: July 4, 2016
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Baseball wasn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase … he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.

Women started dying.

And everything in my world broke apart.


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Moonshot is such an angst ridden and painful read for me. So painful that it translate to 'What the hell am I doing this to myself?'.

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Ty Rollins, 17, grew up with the Yankees with her father, she is the ball girl, the girl who live and breath baseball. When the the infamous Chase Stern joined the Yankees, she is more than elated and excited, she is over the moon, to finally have the superstar player that she admire in their own team.

Chase Stern, 22, is the baseball hotshot, a reckless risk taker. He couldn't care less about consequences of his action. When one scandal lead him to the Yankees, he is more than happy to be caught bedding a teammate's wife.

At the beginning of the story, I'm not much of a Chase's fan. He slept with a teammate's wife for God's sake, is like going against the ultimate bro code. So when he joined the Yankee and started hitting on Ty, a teammate's daughter, he sounds like a total douche. But... by the end of the story, I change my stance.

Ty, the heroine, oh what can I say about her. Too much. She started off as someone I admire, her love for baseball, her innocence and compassion. I thought she will have something good going with Chase, despite the guy questionable reputation. But I can see Chase's genuine love and respect for her. I can see them being such a lovely couple even though they try to keep their attraction a secret from the team, especially Ty's father. But, just because a misunderstanding that lead to her one time mistake, everything is freaking ruin.

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They have something so sweet and pure going on and then everything become so tainted towards the end. Kill me now.

If I keep a clear head, maybe I try not to blame the heroine too much, maybe show some compassion to her situation. But I'm not being clear headed. I'm feeling too much emotion. I'm so angry. What took place during the second half of the book is even more painful to say the least and I'm losing some respect for Ty, for her cowardice, indecision and what-fucking-ever. Chase isn't a Saint either, but at least I'm still rooting for him even till the end.

As for the suspense that was mentioned in the blurb about women dying, that storyline feel disconnected to the characters. I don't even know what's the point of that particular subplot beside giving an easy out for Ty towards the end. I actually don't want to see her having an easy out, I want her to work for it, fight for it, sacrifice something for it. 

Even though I'm feeling particularly overwhelmed and angry about things that happened here, I can't deny the fact that Alessandra Torre's writing is an awesome as always. She make me feel so much and being anxious to finish the story at one go. But is definitely not something I will want to reread again. Just too painful. Having to deal with triangle and third party is my ultimate pet peeves, that's the main reason I'm going with my rating.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle, Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

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