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Meet Braxton Smith in this new enemies to lovers romance.

Dating the hot athlete? Yeah, been there, done that...

Braxton Smith.

Cessna University’s baseball captain.

Naturally talented.

Sinfully gorgeous.

And exudes enough arrogance to fill a stadium.

That same cocky attitude is what landed him in my anonymous gossip column.

Believe me, I, Cara Gonzalez, don’t want anything to do with him.

But he’s everywhere.

In my class.

In my dorm.

In my mind.

I left this type of drama back home.

Transferring to Cessna University is my chance for a redo.

And regardless of his rock-hard abs and panty-dropping smile.

Arguing with an athlete isn’t one of my goals.

My instincts betray me, though.

This attraction feels different.

Stronger.

I have no choice but to stand my ground. 

Because this time, I’m afraid I’ll not only be hurt.

I’ll end up gutted.

Book one in the Cessna U Wildcats series, Swinging Strike is an enemy to lovers, standalone romance. If you like sexy, hot baseball players, buy Braxton Smith today.

©2020 Kimberly Readnour (P)2020 Kimberly Readnour

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  • AudioObsessed
  • 15-06-2020

Overall 3 1/2 STARS

Enemies to lovers, well sort of of. Cara starts off disliking Braxton based on the fact he's a baseball player and some conclusions she has come to without knowing him. I have to admit I liked Braxton right away but Cara not so much. I found her to be a hypocrite at first. They both have past relationship issues and drama that they deal with throughout the book. Overall I enjoyed the story and it was because I was team Braxton! Lots of great side characters.

Narration was great! The male narrator is new to me but has the perfect college age voice. 5 STARS for both.

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  • Kimberly Williams
  • 28-06-2020

This book was AMAZING!

I usually don’t do the sports type books, but I took a chance on this one. I can say that I had zero disappointment! This book kept my interest an entire 9 hour car ride and I spent the first few hours of my vacation listening! My husband was even all in it! Braxton and Cara’s banter made me laugh so many times and was honestly my favorite part of the book!

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  • JLPG
  • 23-06-2020

Take me out to the ball game...

I'm not much of a sports fan so it's funny to me how much I do enjoy sports-centered stories.

Listening to this on Aubile was the best because Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley were incredible at bringing this story and characters to life.

I liked the writing style. Cara and Braxton were both annoying and lovable. You do find yourself shaking your head over how stubborn especially Cara is to move forward. Of course, given her back story you can see its logical for her to be more sensitive to guarding her heart. I thought the romance between them was electric.

All in all I enjoyed this and do recommend it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-06-2020

Wanting more!

This is the first book I've read/listened to by Kimberly Readnour. I really enjoyed this book and didn't want to pause the story. It was well written with a great storyline. I became completely invested in all the characters. I was not ready for Braxton and Cara's story to be over. I hope we get more of them in the future. I will follow through with reading/listening to the rest of the books this series as well as look for more from her.

Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley were excellent narrators. Their performance was spot on and made this book run like a movie through my head. They were so easy to listen to for longer periods of time. Great voices, great performances.

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  • NovelMomma
  • 16-06-2020

Great listen! I can't wait for more!

I love sports romance, so I have pretty high expectations when I start one. I really enjoyed this one! It was my first Kimberly Readnour book, but it definitely won't be my last! I originally grabbed it because I really enjoy Sarah Puckett's narration, but the story really kept me captivated and Chris Brinkley did a great job as well.

As a baseball fan, I loved that there was a decent amount of baseball talk and references to keep the sports aspect of it going, but even a non-fan will be able to listen to this book and enjoy Braxton and Cara's story. They had strong backstories, explosive chemistry, love, and enough conflict to keep things interesting. There were also great side characters that have me hoping for more from this series on audio soon!

And the audio is top notch! Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley did a fantastic job becoming these characters. They brought all the emotion, all the chemistry, and all the energy these characters needed. Once I started listening, I had a hard time hitting pause!

If you are looking for a baseball story that has heart and heat with great narration, this is definitely one I would recommend trying out!

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  • Richard Nixon
  • 15-06-2020

Hit it out of the park

I received this audiobook from @theflockvipreviewteam the narration team on this book is amazing. You instantly feel connected to the characters just through the narration. The story itself is a becoming of age college romance. Right off the bat you feel a connection with each character. I would enjoy to listen to the other characters stories as well if a series is developed. I enjoyed the sports romance and the strong female lead. It is refreshing to not have a man rescue the female characters. This story allows them to grow together and I hope their story continues.

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  • Amanda C
  • 11-06-2020

Great Sports Romance

I absolutely loved this. I expected to enjoy it but it outdid my expectations.

Cara and Braxton were great characters. I love how focused on school she was and that she didn't let anyone walk all over her. Both characters have past baggage and secrets but they learned and grew throughout the book.

Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley did a fantastic job to bring this story and characters to life. She's one of my favourite narrators and I think he complimented her very well.
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  • Amanda Anderson/Beauty.and.the.bookies
  • 11-06-2020

loved!

I really loved this audio! This is a first time author for me but I am excited to listen to more books in the future! definitely ready for Lexi and Shannons books.
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  • sherry Christenson
  • 11-06-2020

Great enemies to lovers

This book had be me seriously addicted! Right from the very start I was completely invested in both Cara and Braxton. This is my first Kimberly Readnour book but not my last , she creates real charachters and I really enjoyed her writing style. Sarah Puckett is amazing as always as was Chris Brinkley. So glad there will be more in this series
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  • Shannon Mc
  • 10-06-2020

Great Sports Romance! Loved the Narration...

This was my first book by the author and I was hooked from the start with the story line, which I found very engaging and the characters who I really liked.

Cara has sworn off guys in general, but definitely baseball players after the fiasco that was her last boyfriend. She recently transferred to Cessna U and is focused on her studies and staying out of trouble, until she catches the eye of none other than Braxton, Cessna U's star babseball player of all people. Despite turning down his many advances, he is relentless and she eventually gives in when she sees that maybe he isn't the average steretypical playboy jock.

The book is full of a bit of drama as Cara finds herself keeping some secrets which never ends well, and both main characters have some baggage from their past relationships that causes their interactions to go haywire from time to time. Their chemistry is definitely off the charts HOT though!!!

I was slightly frustrated at times that a lot of the drama in the book could have been avoided with some basic communication and it made them both appear pretty immature, but overall I really enjoyed the book. I think Braxton was overall pretty swoony.

I enjoyed the author's writing style and look forward to checking out more of her work. Sarah Puckett did an amazing job as Cara. I think she is very enjoyable to listen to and is quickly becoming one of my favorite female narrators. This was my first listen by Chris Brinkley and I also relaly enjoy listenening to him and think he did a great job as Braxton. I would definitely like to listen to more of his work as well! #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 15-06-2020

Well worth the wait

I have been wanting to listen to this book for a long time. OMG! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. The book was well written. The characters were multi dimensional, the situations were realistic. The dialogue was well done. I loved the narration. Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley did such a fabulous job in bringing this book to life. I was captivated from the beginning and was not able to put it down at all. I started it on Sunday morning and got all my chores done in record time. This book was well worth the wait and a fabulous listen. Kimberly Readnour is becoming a favorite author for me.

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  • Ally WLbooks
  • 15-06-2020

Hot New Adult Sports Romance

This is my first book by Kimberly Readnour and I loved it! It was fun and entertaining! Cara and Braxton have hot and sizzling chemistry! I love the different ups and downs that come with college and sportsbooks and this one made me super happy!

Sarah is one of my favorite narrators!! Chris also did a superb job narrating!

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  • JuttaS
  • 28-05-2020

Enjoyable listen with great characters

The more the story progressed the more I liked the characters and got sucked into their world. Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley do a fantastic job bringing all the characters to life. I love the way they add so much to the story. The things that happened made me chuckle at times, and then at others I just wanted to grab the two of them and smack their heads together, lol. Really enjoyable listen.

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  • 💜SarahBookNerd💜
  • 15-07-2020

love love love

Loved this story. Cant beat a sports romance and this was an amazing one?! Lots of twists and tyrns that make you want to headbut the wall but totally worth it?!

loved the narrators too. they made the story feel real!

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  • PradaInPink
  • 22-06-2020

Great sports romance

I love a good sports romance and this one definitely didn’t disappoint! There was plenty of back and forth between the main characters and they truly worked for the relationship. I found myself screaming at both of them at times for their lack of communication and jumping to conclusions but that’s true for real relationships too so I appreciate the candor. The narrators were great as usual, can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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  • Dektolia
  • 22-06-2020

Great Narration

Listen to the Audible version. The dual narrators kept me engaged in the extended story, Like a real relationship, there wasn't just one obstacle to overcome. There was a little more angst than I was hoping for, but there were also times that they talked through issues so that I wasn't completely frustrated. I would have liked to give the story 4.5 stars.

This is a stand alone/first in series, but at the beginning of the story I felt like there were other events summarized that happened in another book. It seems be related to the Bad Boys Redemption series, so I've added that to my TBR list. I would recommend Swinging Strike to contemporary sports romance fans.

I've listened to stories performed by Sarah Puckett before, so I had high expectations for her. Chris Brinkley was new to me, and he also did a great job. I always appreciate having two narrators for dual points of view.

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  • angeljoy
  • 21-06-2020

swinging

Love reading romances. Love it when the alpha male falls for his girl. good read and romance.

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  • Jan M
  • 20-06-2020

Jealousy, Secrets, Humor

Swinging Strike by Kimberly Readnour is great! I loved how the author wrote the characters, the tension, the chemistry, and the attraction. Both Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley were great bringing the characters to life. One could feel their emotions. Audiobook Obsession thank you for this great recommendation! I loved it!

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  • Gwen
  • 20-06-2020

Dating the hot athlete!!

Cara has sworn off athletes. Her latest experience was awful. Then in comes the new Babe Ruth embodied in a gorgeous ensamble. But one misunderstanding leads both into chaos. Braxton is way too charming but Cara isn’t falling for it. Their relationship builds on lies. Will they make it? You have ro listen to this book, it’s lovely and you cheer for them to finally get together. The narrators are awesome, they give such life to the characters.
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  • Cindy
  • 15-06-2020

Swinging Strike

This is my first book by Kimberly Readnour but it definitely won't be my last. I loved Swinging Strike. It is a college baseball romance with an interesting storyline and likable characters. This is a standalone but I can see several of the baseball players having stories of their own to tell which I can't wait to hear. Plus this appears to be a spin off of another baseball series that Kimberly wrote that includes Cara's brother AJ which I will be listening to as well. I really liked both Cara and Braxton even if they both made some questionable decisions leading to big misunderstandings and sometimes angsty situations. If you're looking for a sweet sports romance, then I highly recommend this book. Sarah Puckett and Chris Brinkley both did an amazing job bringing this story to life.
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