THIS BOOK... OH MY WORD! Okay, let me tell you something, it's very rare that Jessica and I agree on a book. We are totally different readers. And this, Moonshot, was one that we both fell CRAZY, HEAD OVER HEELS, IN LOVE with. It's a must read. A 6 star FAVORITE for me. We can't recommend it enough. It's unforgettable. The feels hurt so good. Really. 

Title: Moonshot
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: Alessandra Torre
Release Date: July 4, 2016!

Baseball isn’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.
"Together, we would only bring chaos." 

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre is a stunningly heart wrenching read. A 6 star, jaw dropper that had me on the edge of my seat, invested and affected by the characters. Angsty from start to finish, I was immersed in a world of feels where I loved, hurt, cried, smiled, wanted and yearned deeply. 

Chase and Ty owned me. From forbidden love, to heart break, to a romance that spans the test of time, to the suspenseful, mystery and second chance elements, Alessandra crafted a Sports Romance so complex it was down right enthralling.

I don't even like baseball and yet I found myself riveted by everything--the sport, its players, the dynamic of the organization and the fans who go to the games. I didn't expect to be left so shaken by the story itself. In fact when I got the book, I thought it was going to be a lighter romance. LOL! Ridiculous. That's what I get for going in COMPLETELY blind. At about 25% I was so BLOWN AWAY by the story, I decided to go back and actually read the blurb. 

EMOTIONALLY EXPLOSIVE, Moonshot is packed so full of raw heart, it's close to EXPLODING. Alessandra brought to life all kinds of emotions from first love flutters, to regret, guilt, betrayal and undying need. 

I couldn't get enough. 
I mourned the end. 
And I don't think I would have ever been ready to be done. 

Even now, weeks later after finishing, I find this the easiest review to write. This novel is crystal clear in my head. A vivid memory that's left a powerful, long lasting impression. I can see it, every scene, every tender moment, every second of heart searing passion, and every moment of potent, soul shattering pain, need, and love. Ty and Chase are simply unforgettable and their love story is absolute perfection!!! 

Ty Rollins is the ballgirl for the NY Yankee's. Her father is a world famous pitcher (a closer) for the team, destined for the hall of fame. Baseball is Tyler's world, it's in her blood. Her mother died when she was young and so a life of travel with her Dad was in the books. She lives for every moment of the game, though. She relishes it. These players, the Yankee's, are her home, her family. And she loves them, like they love her. 

Chase Stern is a ballplayer with a very very bad boy streak. Destructive, he gives no fucks about anything or anyone. With a career on fire--destined for greatness--but a personal life on a one way ticket to destructive-ville, he finds himself traded from LA to the NY Yankees. Chase is a womanizer and Frank, Ty's dad, knows it. He knows Chase could spell T.R.O.U.B.L.E for his baby girl. 

But Ty isn't worried about falling for Chase, or that of Chase falling for her. She's 17. He's a 22 year old famous ball player... **insert wide eyed expression*** But, when Chase shows up and takes one look at Ty, he's more than enamored. AHHHHH.... **breathes deep**

"First loves were supposed to be flimsy and temperamental. They were supposed to burn bright and fade fast. They weren't supposed to stick. They weren't supposed to eat away at a man's heart, his capacity for life." 

This story is multifaceted. Not only do we get this indescribable romance, but we have a murder mystery aspect as well. It's complex, deep, turbulent, and passionate. The feels are vibrant and long lasting. They hurt, oh so freaking good. My heart was stolen by this story and these characters. From beginning to end, I could hardly take a breath, I couldn't get enough. Alessandra's writing is hypnotic, seamless, perfect in every way. And this book is going to claim your heart and become a favorite on your reading shelf. It's down right PERFECTION. A must read of 2016!

Angie's Rating:

Moonshot is a sexy, forbidden friends-to-lovers/second chance sports romance with an edge-of-your-seat suspenseful element. Go ahead and read that again... I'll wait. Yes, it is all of those things, but it's woven together seamlessly and deliciously by Alessandra Torre's stunning writing style. This story is intense and complex and unpredictable and so unbelievably addictive, but it's fluid and superbly executed in all of its layered perfection. 

Ty Rollins might be considered the girl next door if "nextdoor" was Yankee Stadium. Her dad is a pitcher and she's spent her formative years as their ball girl, traveling with the team, the players and staff her pseudo-family. Chase Stern is a rising baseball star, his unparalleled athleticism warring with his impulsive behavior to make for the quintessential bad boy with a notoriously marred reputation. He's the guy you'd never take home to daddy because daddy is his teammate and you're 17 and he's trouble. If the dynamic between this sexy baseball star and the teenager he's got in his sights doesn't SCREAM delicious, forbidden romance, I do not know what does.

Moonshot took me right back to my youth. First love, first heartbreak, that vulnerability and naivete that only exists in your teen years when you feel THOSE feelings for the first time, those first moments of fear and nervousness over sharing something intimate with someone else. And there's no pain quite like your first broken heart, the first time you feel betrayal, the loss of first love in the most unexpected, confusing circumstances. Torre superbly illustrates such a wide range of poignant emotions as the unpredictable romance between Ty and Chase evolves over time. 

This story was such an unexpected tumultuous roller coaster ride. I didn't know whether to scream or cry or swoon or cry more. The sexual tension builds so exquisitely, but the push and pull that comes later is maddeningly brutal. There are moments within these pages so shattering, I felt breathless, moments so frustrating, I could cry, moments so sweet, my heart could burst. This is one of those books where I found myself rereading sentences over and over again because they were so beautifully simplistic yet so heavily emotional all at once. I've probably said it with every single Torre book, but I'll say it again... her writing has never been more beautiful than within these pages, her storytelling never more polished and brilliant than in this book.

Moonshot embodies everything a sports romance was ever meant to be. It's the perfect blend of romance, sex, conflict, drama, and angst against the backdrop of America's favorite past time. There is something magical, something beautiful, something profound about the legacy of American baseball. Baseball is its own entity in these pages. This isn't just a story where an author puts her bad boy in a cute uniform and calls it a sports romance. This is a story where these characters are fully immersed in thid life, living and breathing the game. The love of the game is just as fervent as the epic love story woven through it.

Moonshot is so well developed, so perfectly paced, so exquisitely layered, I COULD NOT STOP READING. It physically pained me to put it down to go to work, to sleep, to do anything but be completely consumed by baseball, by Chase Stern and Tyler Rollins, by their broken world of love and pain and longing. What an addictive, spicy, unpredictable storyline. What a beautifully written, angsty, tumultuous journey these characters take. What a book! Seriously, what a damn fantastic book this is. Alessandra Torre knocks it out of the park with Moonshot. Game over, lights out, hands down my favorite book from Alessandra Torre to date.

Jessica's Rating:

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven 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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