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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review - Curveball by Mariah Dietz

Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.

Would history repeat itself?


Release Date: 18th May. 2017 

Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.

My life proved his theory as fact.

At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.

Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.

Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most situations.

My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.

My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in both our lives.

But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh round of heartbreak.

Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.

Would history repeat itself?
Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?


Curveball… curveball… curveball… it’s not about that I’m a girl (well, maybe this is a valid cause too), but I didn’t know what the hell it is exactly. So, because it was obvious that the notion was not used literally (at least it was what I hoped to) I started to read not the book, but some explanations on the net. Of course, I have "understood" all of the technical details, but I’m leaving these for you to manage. In the “urban dictionary” it’s defined as “A particularly difficult issue, obstacle, or problem” OR “to surprise someone with something that is difficult or unpleasant to deal with”. The important part is that this baseball move or throw (or pitch?) is a tricky one and one that could bring the winning. And now we could talk about our book.

Love at the first sight could be a false signal, a passing fancy or a true love. It could get problems or that perfect HEA about all the girls (and boys if they are man enough to admit it) dream. In Curveball we get all.

Mrs. Dietz hides in a clever way some life tips for the young girls and gives hope to the burned (by the flames of first love) ones. Life can throw you some curveballs, but the score (aka HEA) is known only at the end of the game. Till then, everything is possible. So, learn your lesson, but enjoy the ride.

Do not give up! Maybe you’ll be lucky to find a guy like Coen (the main male character) and like Ella you’ll win the game. Maybe you’ll get a charming story, developed in a sweet romantic pace. Like Ella’s. A romance in which:
  - you’ll still have to read people around you and find out their real feelings
  - a firefighter comes not only to save you physically, but also emotionally
  - is a hot (and not the dumb type) firefighter
  - you’ll still be surprised by one or other twist of events
  - you’ll keep for yourself the amorous details, but evince the deepness of your emotions
  - “the man” will fall and fight for you and for your kid
  - there are enough things to make you smile or frown

And, albeit if you already have your HEA personal story you still can read Mrs. Dietz’s Curveball. You’ll adore the journey it offers despise of the expected ending – I know I did and I’m not even a true fan of (contemporary) romance stories.

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About the author:
Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.

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