Strike Out by Jordan Ford
Series: Barlow Sisters #2
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon
Baseball is her life, but a musician is strumming on her heartstrings. Will they strike a bad chord or make the perfect double play?
Max Barlow never takes her eyes off the ball. With a rare college baseball scholarship up for grabs, she can’t afford to lose focus. But when she accidentally stumbles into the music room on her first day at Armitage High, she can’t help but notice the hot guitarist. And he’s made it clear he wouldn’t mind giving her lessons…
Rock star Cairo Hale has a reputation for being able to play his way into any girl’s heart. But his streak comes to an end with tomboy baseball player Max. While she makes him promise to keep their lessons a secret, it turns out she’s an absolute natural. It looks like Cairo’s generous offer has blossomed into so much more…
Max is torn between her team responsibilities, her newfound passion for the guitar… and her dreamy tutor. When she can no longer balance her double life, Max must make a choice that could change her future for good…
Strike Out is the second standalone book in The Barlow Sisters’ Trilogy, a series of simmering YA contemporary romance novels. If you like endearing characters, love-ballad-worthy chemistry, and a hint of mystery, then you’ll love Jordan Ford’s sports romance series.
Ever since devouring Curveball (Maddie’s story) a couple weeks ago I have been super anxious to get my hands on Strike Out, the second installment in the Barlow Sisters trilogy, because I wanted to see what Max’s story had to hold. All I can say is that I was certainly not disappointed because as always Jordan Ford (aka Melissa Pearl) knows how to deliver a binge-worthy read.
This story is all about following your dreams and discovering that if you put in the hard work that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Max Barlow is the kind of person who always does what is expected of her. Her entire world is turned upside down when the Barlow family relocates to Armitage, California during the middle of the girls senior (Max & Maddie) and junior (Chloe) year. Suddenly she is expected to work overtime to keep her spot on the boy’s baseball team. If her life wasn’t chaotic enough enter Cairo Hale, the rockstar. The chemistry between Max and Cairo is undeniable right from the start, but she continues to fight it because she thinks she needs to focus on her father’s goal – to secure a full-ride scholarship to college (sending three girls to college isn’t cheap). When music starts to invade her thoughts she must decide if following her father’s plan is the best decision.
Max is perhaps my favorite of the three Barlow sisters, although I must admit that I love them all for completely different reasons. Now that I’ve devoured Strike Out I seriously cannot wait to get my greedy hands on the final installment of the series, Foul Play (Chloe’s story), especially after that intense ending!
About Jordan Ford
Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author.
“Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”
Her first series, The Big Play Novels, is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho.
“I’ve totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts.”
Her second series, The Brotherhood Trilogy, delves into romantic suspense and she’s enjoyed delving into more intense stories still soaked in romance.