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Peek Inside Swinging at Love

Hotshot outfielder Tristan Murrell’s swing just deserted him, and he needs to fix it before playoffs or the guys will kill him. Alyssa Kaplan’s family batting cage business is going under, but Tristan’s desperate

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Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.


5 stars: "I'm a romance junkie, and Kendra C. Highley is at the top of my list for insta-buy, must-read, and I-need-that-book-now authors! I'm already anticipating her next book. Lovers of baseball, ballet, and a few stolen kisses here and there can rejoice for this story of finding the swing of things, love and otherwise.-Moriah Chavis, A Leisure Moment

5 stars: "From the meet cute to the last inning, Alyssa and Tristan's relationship was wonderful to see develop. They are adorable together. They make each other better and that is always a story worth reading. This book was a grand slam for sure." -Kaitlin Pisechko, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I remember reading about Tristan in the first book, and oh wow if I thought I loved him in the first book, this one is entirely on a different level." -Anessa Suleman, Book Lover

5 stars"There is absolutely no reason for anyone to not like this book. It's a quick, fun read. I love Tristan and Alyssa. The chemistry between them is just . . . Aaah! Love it!" -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven

5 stars: "Swinging at Love was such a fun book[...] I'm starting to love the sports romance books some of the Entangled Teen authors have been putting out." -Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer

4.5 stars: "The story was fast paced and sucked me in from the very start. Tristan was a great character, and I loved how Alyssa fit with him. Together, they were perfect. I also enjoyed how the main characters from book one also played a part in it. All-in-all, a great read." -Michelle Dare, Once Upon an Alpha

5 stars: "Swinging at Love was absolutely adorable!!! I loved Alyssa and Tristan, and their story was perfect! [...] I loved both characters and I adored their story!! I can't wait to go back and read the first Suttonville Sentinel book now!!!" -Ambur Hostyn, Burning Impossibly Bright

5 stars: "[T]his one was pretty cute and about baseball, so really loved that. It was low on the angst and drama and just a lighthearted and hopeful read that had me smiling and thinking about those awkward and shy high school years." -Taylor Bellito, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars"[T]here is never any doubt that [Tristan and Alyssa] are absolutely crazy about each other. They connect so beautifully in ways that are just so sweet and swoonworthy. It was such a delight to read." -Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe

5 stars: "Love this author! Great read - will be reading more from her. Cant wait for her next book!-Michala Robinson, Amazon Reviewer

5 stars: "Swinging At Love by Kendra C. Highley is a definite home run. Readers will fall in love with the wonderful main characters, Alyssa and Tristan. Perfect blend of high school drama; romance; following your heart; family dynamics; and baseball action." -Kristen Cambensy, Victim of Books

5 stars: "This story has all the feels. I read it in a day - couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from this author." -Victoria Bunce, Netgalley Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759299
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 13, 2017
Page Count: 262
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: sports romance, young adult
Tropes: bait and switch, forbidden love/off limits

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By Sam March 11, 2017

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Alyssa's family is in danger of losing their business. Tristan is in danger of keeping his team from the championship due to his batting slump. In an effort to secretly work on his swing, Tristen finds himself at Alyssa's batting cages. Circumstances brought them into each other'... ...more

By Stacee March 12, 2017

I had read the first book in this series and was excited to get the invite to read this one. And it was exactly what I wanted to read.

I loved Alyssa and Tristan. She's smart and stands up for herself and it was so much fun watching her put baseball boys in their place. I loved that some of them... ...more

By Moriah February 24, 2017

*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!**

Kendra C. Highley continues to astound me with her romances. I loved The Bad Boy Bargain, so much so that I admitted that Kyle Sawyer gave Ben Franklin a run for... ...more

By Alison March 08, 2017

Tristan is one of his school's best baseball batsmen but he's having a slump. For some reason he has lost his mojo and nothing he can do makes it better. His best friend Dylan is the pitcher and keeps giving him pep talks but nothing seems to help.

Alyssa's family owns and runs Swing Away, a small... ...more

By Monique March 12, 2017

A non toxic relationship is so hard to find these days, but this book was romantic, sexy and heartwarming all at once!

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me an ARC of this book

I was highly anticipating this book because I loved the first one. Faith and Kyle where adorable and...


By Bette March 12, 2017

Fabulous YA read! I really loved this second book in the Suttonville Sentinels series but is completely stand alone. We do get to see how Kyle and Faith from book 1 are doing. There is lots of baseball stuff in this book but you don't really have to know or even like baseball to appreciate this s... ...more

By Lenore March 12, 2017

4 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

OK, this was a solid next book in the series that I didn't know was going to be a series!! And while I'm a little disappointed Faith and Kyle's BFFs we... ...more

By Shannon March 13, 2017

Swinging At Love is such a cute and sweet read.

Alyssa is not your typical teen girl and I loved that about her! She's a former softball player turned ballerina who works at her parents' failing sports facility. Determined to keep the business up and running, she does all she can to help- somethi... ...more

By Suze March 13, 2017

Tristan is a baseball player. He's a slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels and there's a big chance he'll be team captain after the summer. Tristan has a problem though, he's lost his swing and needs to find a way out of his slump before he ruins his team's chances to win the state championship.... ...more

By Tami March 08, 2017

A very sweet YA romance. The problem resolution was a bit farfetched, but this was a very sweet story.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Kaitlin February 21, 2017

I recieved an ARC from the author for being the first to guess the couple in this book on one of her facebook posts.

I absolutely loved this book. While I greatly enjoyed the banter between Faith and Kyle, I liked the overall story of Swinging at Love more. From the meet cute to the last inning,... ...more

By Erica March 12, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

The adult in me is rating 4 Stars. However, I do believe actual young adults will find this book impossible to put down, with all the addictive, page-turning elements (tropes) on the pages.

Young adult age-range: 13+. Kissing. Mil... ...more

By Aneesa February 27, 2017

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

Oh dear, here we go again. As if Kyle and Faith were not enough in the first book the second one comes out. I actually had no idea this was going to be a series. I remember reading about Tristan in the first book and oh wow if I thought... ...more

By Deniz March 10, 2017

Super cute book!

The sequel of Bad Boy Bargain is just what I expected, well written, cute boys, lots of baseball, interesting girls and plenty of swoon.

I know basically nothing about baseball. I mean I know the basics, but I have never actually watched an entire game nor do I know anything about... ...more

By Hadassah March 12, 2017

DISCLAIMER: I was sent an e-galley of this for my participation in a blog tour with Chapter by Chapter.

More baseball players! That is precisely what passes through your mind when you finished reading Kyle and Faith's story. Hopping right into this book, you're hooked. There is absolutely no reaso... ...more

By Ambur March 09, 2017

SWINGING AT LOVE was absolutely adorable!!! I loved Alyssa and Tristan, and their story was perfect! A girl whose family has a failing batting cage and an outfielder whose in a funk with his swing—perfect!! I loved both characters and I adored their story!! I can't wait to go back and read the fi... ...more

By Taylor March 10, 2017

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for review.

Basically I really liked this book. It's been a while since I sat down and read a teen romance but this one was pretty cute and about baseball, so really loved that. It was low on the angst and drama and just a lighthearted and hopeful read that h... ...more

By Eva March 13, 2017

i adored the first book in this series, the bad boy bargain, so i was thrilled to hear that there would be a second book set in this same world. we got to catch up with kyle and faith, who are still going strong but we get to know some pretty amazing new characters in tristan and alyssa.

i hope th... ...more

By Kristin March 05, 2017

Swinging at Love is a sweet romance story between two teens. Alyssa used to be an amazing softball player but she quit to be a ballet dancer instead. Her family's batting cage business isn't doing so well now that there's a big shiny sports complex in town. Tristan is the outfielder for his high... ...more

By Gata Leitora / Cat reader March 14, 2017

Narrated in third person, Swinging at Love, volume 2 of the series, tells the story of Tristan and Alyssa, two students full of dreams that are going through a complicated phase in life.
He is a dedicated baseball player who is going through a emotional block and can not bounce the balls coming at... ...more

By Samantha March 11, 2017

This was so cute and I seriously love Highley's male leads - Tristan is sweet, genuine, unafraid of being honest even when it leaves him a bit vulnerable, and still strong and sexy. (Kyle, from the first book, is hard to top, but Tristan comes pretty darn close!)

He sounded so tentative, like he... ...more

By Michelle March 10, 2017

4.5 Stars

I loved book one of this series, and couldn't wait to jump into this.

Alyssa Kaplan loves working at her family's business. They have indoor batting cages, but the business isn't doing well thanks to the new sports complex in town. Then one day one of the players on the high school team c... ...more

By D.M. March 10, 2017

This is the second book in the Suttonville Sentinels series. It can be read as a standalone. However, I would recommend you read book one first because I loved it (but it's not essential). The characters; Kyle and Faith from book one (The Bad Boy Bargain) feature in this story.

The series is abou... ...more

By Tara March 13, 2017

I received this ARC for an honest review.

At first, I thought I wasn't going to like this book, but boy was I wrong. I thought the author did a really good job with the cutesie scenes in the book and it was really well written. What surprised me the most, was how interested I was in the baseball a... ...more

By Emily March 12, 2017

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinions.
This was such a cute book! I loved the descriptions and the use of secrecy to really get the feel for the cages and field. The way the two interact is so realistic. The sweetness and hotness that radiates off of Tristan is unbelievabl... ...more

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Kendra C. Highley

About the author

Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to three self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most critical job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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