Announcing Trouble
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time. Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.

Announcing Trouble Details

TitleAnnouncing Trouble
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 5th, 2019
PublisherEntangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)
ISBN-139781640638433
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary Romance

Announcing Trouble Review

  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A spectacular, fun, engrossing read about choices, about taking chances and the consequences of following your dreams: Announcing Trouble is, for me, a 10 out of 5 star novel: truly a stellar read!Where to begin? There is so much I want to say about this fabulous YA story and how pleased I am to have found yet another emotionally intelligent and gifted author in Amy Fellner Dominy.Josie Walters is strong-minded: love had burned her badly and now she is determined to follow her mother’s example a A spectacular, fun, engrossing read about choices, about taking chances and the consequences of following your dreams: Announcing Trouble is, for me, a 10 out of 5 star novel: truly a stellar read!Where to begin? There is so much I want to say about this fabulous YA story and how pleased I am to have found yet another emotionally intelligent and gifted author in Amy Fellner Dominy.Josie Walters is strong-minded: love had burned her badly and now she is determined to follow her mother’s example and never let that emotion dominate her life again.Josie and her mother had willingly followed her father all over the continent, moving from town to town and team to team, to support her father’s dreams of becoming a pitcher in the major leagues. Alas, he never made it to the big leagues, but when an opportunity to play in Japan was offered to him, he decided to go it alone, believing that the stresses of having a family had cost him his life’s ambition. Josie and her mother were left behind, deeply heartbroken and disillusioned.Josie and her mother try to make the best of things and put down roots in a small town. They channel their energies into expanding their skin care business. After the divorce, Josie’s mother “surface” dates, never allowing her relationships to become meaningful. The scars are just too deep for her to take another risk on love – and Josie totally understands this.But then along comes Garrett Reeves, aka Blondie, and Josie has the fight of her life to keep Garrett from breaching the very high walls surrounding her heart. Garrett lives for baseball, but a freakish injury has potentially sidelined his pitching career, so he takes a job as an on-line radio broadcaster, announcing the play by play action at his high school’s tournaments, just to stay close to the sport he loves. When Josie attends a game and hears the guest commentator, Nathan, botch a call on a play, she barges into the media room, gives him a piece of her well-informed mind, and suddenly finds herself giving the colour commentary in Nathan’s place for the rest of the game.Garrett and Josie’s on-air chemistry is undeniable. Garrett is a charming rascal, but Josie is not about to let him storm her defenses. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments during the initial phase of Garrett’s determined courtship of his sassy new partner. Amy Fellner Dominy unabashedly loves a good romance, and this shows in all of her novels. The budding romance between Garrett and Josie is so heartwarmingly captivating. Garrett’s tactics had me howling with laughter in the end. What a guy!!! Way to go, Amy Fellner Dominy! Each of her novels improves over the previous one. I didn’t think she could top A Matter of Heart, but Announcing Trouble is undoubtedly my new favourite!This is not your typical, frothy YA read: Fellner Dominy is intelligent and insightful. Her characters are true to life and the dramas or conflicts in their lives don’t always have happy endings, but her characters all share one marvelous attribute - they are courageous and do not give up on life. They fight to the bitter end, and yes, sometimes they lose and may have to take a different route to happiness, but they ultimately end by winning in the battle of life. I so admire this author and her message. Life is not always going to be easy, but it can still be worthwhile. These are the types of life-affirming stories I prefer to read. So, so highly recommended!My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of this author. The writing style is catchy. Baseball and Josie are a no go. They do not mix. Her best friend has developed a new crush. The no baseball rule is about to take a curve ball. Josies’s dad left them for the love of the sport. That leaves Joise with two things, an outstanding knowledge of baseball and a chip on her shoulder.Garret is an injured player. He’s using his recovery time to commentate the game. His co-presenter is not I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of this author. The writing style is catchy. Baseball and Josie are a no go. They do not mix. Her best friend has developed a new crush. The no baseball rule is about to take a curve ball. Josies’s dad left them for the love of the sport. That leaves Joise with two things, an outstanding knowledge of baseball and a chip on her shoulder.Garret is an injured player. He’s using his recovery time to commentate the game. His co-presenter is not on the ball and Josie cannot resist taking his spot. Being on Garret radar was never her intention. He’s off limits but totally perfect for her. This is a will they/won’t they kind of story. 4 stars out of 5. Enjoyable *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsFor a cold day in hell, it's unseasonably warm.Announcing Trouble hooked me in from the very first sentence. That doesn't happen often. Something about it just clicked with me, maybe because I've been feeling like the world as a whole (and my own world) has taken a bizarre turn, but it's still summer. (But who are we kidding, this bizarre turn started back in 2016.) And it kept me on the line, both with witty banter and some solid girl power.In Announcing Trouble, we have Josie Rating: 4.5 starsFor a cold day in hell, it's unseasonably warm.Announcing Trouble hooked me in from the very first sentence. That doesn't happen often. Something about it just clicked with me, maybe because I've been feeling like the world as a whole (and my own world) has taken a bizarre turn, but it's still summer. (But who are we kidding, this bizarre turn started back in 2016.) And it kept me on the line, both with witty banter and some solid girl power.In Announcing Trouble, we have Josie and Garrett. Josie knows baseball inside and out, but she avoids it at all costs since it's tied to her douchebag, deserting dad. Garrett is a pitcher that's had to step back and focus on commentating ever since an injury. After Josie gets annoyed with Garrett's colour commentator at a game she reluctantly goes to and takes the guy's place, Garrett is determined to keep her around for her great knowledge and their even greater chemistry, both inside and outside of the box. And boy oh boy was this so much fun to read."Walters, you make my heart sing.""Blondie, you're so full of shit."Josie was a delight in the snarkiest way possible. She dished out sarcasm like a pro, and she had no qualms pushing back on Garrett's charms. Girl had more willpower than I would have, let me tell you. Garrett would have won me over very quickly with his warmth, helpfulness, and natural charisma. I'm pretty salty, but I'm also a hopeless romantic, so Josie and Garrett's relationship was right up my street. I could relate to Josie's distrust of certain men while also swooning over Garrett.But it wasn't all sunshine and snark. This book had some pretty hard hits, complete with disappointing fathers and fights with mothers. Josie really had to open herself up to dreaming again, something she'd stopped doing years ago, and for good reason. Garrett really shone here, showing up time and again for her. I cried and swooned and cried some more. There were a few teary chuckles.I did worry about the fact that I don't know much about baseball aside from there being nine innings and three strikes. And yeah, there was plenty of baseball talk going on, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment. It showed that Josie really knew what she was talking about, or at least I'm assuming she did since I have no way of telling. Based off all the people Amy thanked in her acknowledgements, I'm pretty confident it was spot-on.I'm going to try my hand here at some baseball terminology and call this a home run for Amy! This is a must-read for YA contemporary fans who love sports romances, feisty females, and a few tears.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush), Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.   "For most of my life, I loved baseball as much as I loved my dad. Now, I hate it as much as I hate my dad." Joe "Josie" Walters (clearly) hasn't had an easy childhood. Forced to relocate every few years while her father chased his dream of playing professional ball, Josie was used to changing things up and spending lots of time at Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush), Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.   "For most of my life, I loved baseball as much as I loved my dad. Now, I hate it as much as I hate my dad." Joe "Josie" Walters (clearly) hasn't had an easy childhood. Forced to relocate every few years while her father chased his dream of playing professional ball, Josie was used to changing things up and spending lots of time at ballparks. And none of that ever bothered her one bit, until her father threw her a curve ball she never saw coming. Jilted by her hero, a man who chose the chance at the game over her, Josie vowed to never care for baseball -- or its players -- again.Enter Blondie a.k.a. Garrett Reeves, the gorgeous (albeit clichéd) male lead who -- you guessed it -- plays baseball. Well, technically he's injured at the moment, but we'll overlook that for now. Josie stumbles (read: bursts) into Garrett's commentary booth one afternoon while serving as a wing woman for her BFF, Mai, because she cannot handle the crappy color commentary trickling from the booth. Effectively kicking out Garrett's ill-informed commentating partner, she quickly takes over and this crazy ride begins. "I will never get involved with a guy chasing that dream..." "...And I will never get serious with anyone until I'm done chasing." If it was apparent from that adorable cover art, this YA contemporary centers on a budding romance between our will-they-won't-they leads. And I have to tell you, this is where Dominy clears shines. Not only is this novel full of butterfly-inducing banter, but it also accurately conveys the urgency and intensity that can only come from young love the season before high school ends. Beyond the fact that it made me extremely nostalgic for that frenzied time in my life, this sports-themed romance also read more mature than most novels targeted at this age group while remaining realistic and appropriate.Part of Announcing Trouble 's success stems from the fact that Dominy fleshed out these characters with flawed parents, troubled backstories, doubt for themselves and their futures, all while keeping it light (for the most part) and relatable. Balancing these deeper and more serious topics with the punchline humor from the booth and the scene stealing kiddos from Josie's bookstore gig, and you can see why this book was such a joy to read. "If you think about choices for too long, you can end up never making another one again."  Looking past a few minor issues (I'm looking at you Josie's mom), this novel was truly refreshing and exactly what I'm looking for in a summer romance. The characters felt real and left me smiling and swooning. I know you might make assumptions about this novel based off its cover art, synopsis, or publisher, but I'm here to tell you that "you've got to play it out," to see if this is your catch of the summer.All quotes were taken from an advanced copy of this novel and may not match the final release. 
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThere was a famous baseball player from back in the day, who I need to steal a line from, because lately, baseball's been very, very good to me. I have recently read a quite a few fantastic baseball books, and I am adding Announcing Trouble to that list.No lie, I was laughing and wearing a stupid grin for almost the entirety of this book, the other parts, I was wiping a few tears from my eyes. It was a really great emotional experience for me, and I attribute that largely to the Rating: 4.5 StarsThere was a famous baseball player from back in the day, who I need to steal a line from, because lately, baseball's been very, very good to me. I have recently read a quite a few fantastic baseball books, and I am adding Announcing Trouble to that list.No lie, I was laughing and wearing a stupid grin for almost the entirety of this book, the other parts, I was wiping a few tears from my eyes. It was a really great emotional experience for me, and I attribute that largely to the wonderful characters and this fabulous set up.Josie used to love the game, but her love turned to hate, when baseball seemed to rob her of so many things. Enter Garrett, a former star pitcher, who injured himself, but was willing to do almost anything to get back in the game.In an effort to maintain some connection to the sport he loved, Garrett began broadcasting the games at school. Appalled by the terrible color commentary, Josie burst into the booth to show them how it was done, and a stellar partnership began.These two together were a thing of beauty. Their rhythm and the way they played off each other was magical, and this was happening both inside and outside the booth. The banter and chemistry were off the charts fantastic. Though, this book leaned towards the lighter side, it was also quite an emotional story.Both Garrett and Josie were dealing with big losses in their lives. Josie dealt with it by abandoning her dreams and settling, while Garrett was more willing to fight for his. The discussions these two and their friends shared regarding their passions, dreams, and futures were very thoughtful, and it was at times agonizing while I waited to see how it all panned out.Dominy really built the case for why Josie should stay away from Garrett, but my heart was screaming for these two to get together. I was surprised by a few decisions that were made, but in the end, I was left feeling like like a kid in a puppy cuddle - all smiles and warm fuzzies.Quick recap:☑️ Fabulous characters☑️ Adorable romance☑️ Fantastic friendships☑️ Great and loving parents☑️ Smile inducing☑️ Amazing banter☑️ A grand gestureThis book sort of had it all for me, and it was done, in my opinion, really well.I am hard pressed to believe that anyone, who reads this book could resist falling in love with Josie and Garrett. These two won my heart, and I was full-on rooting for them to achieve their dreams and get their HEA.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Liza Wiemer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Amy Fellner Dominy had me turning the pages with this beautifully written YA romance. I don't know much about baseball, but this had me standing and cheering these characters on. WE NEED GOOD GUYS LIKE THIS!! Definitely a winner! If you're looking for a fabulous romance, I highly recommend you get your hands on this book. :)
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  • TSN
    January 1, 1970
    This has everything I like about YA, and I'm so happy I read it.It has a sports oriented plot, yes, but with a refreshingly and unique angle. Josie seriously hates baseball, and Garrett is an injured baseball player, who might never play again. So instead of focusing on playing the game, it's about them collaborating on broadcasting games.It was fun, adorable and contained some amazing banter between Garrett and Josie. Garrett's charm is of the chart while he tries to gain her trust.☛ I requeste This has everything I like about YA, and I'm so happy I read it.It has a sports oriented plot, yes, but with a refreshingly and unique angle. Josie seriously hates baseball, and Garrett is an injured baseball player, who might never play again. So instead of focusing on playing the game, it's about them collaborating on broadcasting games.It was fun, adorable and contained some amazing banter between Garrett and Josie. Garrett's charm is of the chart while he tries to gain her trust.☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    Original reviewThis book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Chapter by Chapter!Announcing Trouble is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance about Josie and Garrett. Josie has sworn off anything that has to do with baseball until Garrett… He changes everything for her.Announcing Trouble is the first book I’ve read by Amy Fellner Dominy and I loved it! I love reading books about sports with a funny main character an Original reviewThis book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Chapter by Chapter!Announcing Trouble is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance about Josie and Garrett. Josie has sworn off anything that has to do with baseball until Garrett… He changes everything for her.Announcing Trouble is the first book I’ve read by Amy Fellner Dominy and I loved it! I love reading books about sports with a funny main character and a hot interest. This book has everything that I needed and Entangled Publishing never lets me down!I really liked the main characters, Josie and Garrett. Josie is such a funny character, I loved reading in her perspective. And Garrett is so charming, it’s hard not to love him! Josie and Garrett have a flirty friendship even though that Josie wants to keep it ‘professional’. I love that their friendship turned into a relationship because they belong together!I really liked Announcing Trouble, it was hard to put down and I even finished it in one sitting! The story and the characters were amazing, and I cannot wait to read another book by Amy Fellner Dominy!
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute, and fun, and everything I was hoping it would be. Perfect summer read!
  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsAnnouncing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy was so much fun to read. As a lifelong baseball and romantic comedy fan, this book hit all of the right notes.Josie goes to her high school’s baseball game to provide moral support for her best friend who has a crush on one of the players. She hears all of the errors made by the color commentary and steps in, thus providing a very lively meet-cute between Josie and Garrett, an injured ballplayer who’s announcing the games while hoping to make a 4 1/2 starsAnnouncing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy was so much fun to read. As a lifelong baseball and romantic comedy fan, this book hit all of the right notes.Josie goes to her high school’s baseball game to provide moral support for her best friend who has a crush on one of the players. She hears all of the errors made by the color commentary and steps in, thus providing a very lively meet-cute between Josie and Garrett, an injured ballplayer who’s announcing the games while hoping to make a comeback. There’s an immediate attraction between Josie and Garrett and lots of witty sometimes sarcastic repartee between the two on air and off.Dominy does a great job with characterization showing Josie’s confusion over her attraction for Garrett who is totally off-limits because he’s a baseball player and is so much like her absent father as well as Garrett’s need to be judged as his own person.There were so many wonderful facets of this novel. I especially loved Josie’s interaction with the children at the bookstore and Garrett’s showing up and becoming known as the “cookie man.”If you’re a baseball fan and YA novel lover, this one is definitely for you. If you love romantic comedies, you will probably love this one as Dominy shows a deft hand for witty dialogue.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This book was literally every single thing that I love about YA romance.It. Was. Adorable.And sweet.And heartfelt.And emotional in a way that I wasn’t really expecting, but that deeply resonated with me.I was won over immediately by the banter. These are smart, funny, wholly relatable characters. I loved the chemistry between Josie and Garrett. I loved the way they connected and the authentically playful way they flirted, teased, and inevitably fell for each other. I loved how, even when I wante This book was literally every single thing that I love about YA romance.It. Was. Adorable.And sweet.And heartfelt.And emotional in a way that I wasn’t really expecting, but that deeply resonated with me.I was won over immediately by the banter. These are smart, funny, wholly relatable characters. I loved the chemistry between Josie and Garrett. I loved the way they connected and the authentically playful way they flirted, teased, and inevitably fell for each other. I loved how, even when I wanted to give them a good shake, I felt their conflict in my heart. I hurt for them and cheered for them and – not going to lie – swooned like crazy over them. It's not even all about the romance. I also loved the way friendships were portrayed here. Some of the sweetest moments occurred between Josie and Mai. I love a strong sisterhood more than anything and these two were the best. I smiled so hard for almost this entire story. It’s engaging and smartly written and honestly? It felt like good old fashioned YA romance perfection. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend! ~ Shelly, 5 Stars
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! That's no surprise; I love everything Amy Fellner Dominy has written. But it also IS a surprise, because it's (a) centered around sports and (b) is essentially a rom-com, which is not something I really associate with her. It does have the things I do associate with her, though: a great story with characters it's impossible not to love and writing that is second to none.Best of all, it's a sports book the way that Bull Durham is a sports movie: it's a major part of the plot, b I loved this book! That's no surprise; I love everything Amy Fellner Dominy has written. But it also IS a surprise, because it's (a) centered around sports and (b) is essentially a rom-com, which is not something I really associate with her. It does have the things I do associate with her, though: a great story with characters it's impossible not to love and writing that is second to none.Best of all, it's a sports book the way that Bull Durham is a sports movie: it's a major part of the plot, but at the same time, it's just as entertaining for non-sports fans. This was a delightful read and it helped me get over a reading slump. I loved every sentence, and I hope that it's the start of a lot more romances from Amy Fellner Dominy.Highly recommended.
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  • Jamie Lee Zonneveld
    January 1, 1970
    Announcing Trouble is my first book by Amy Fellner Dominy and I really liked it, both the story and the writing. Can't wait to read more by this author.
  • Isabella - Madly in Love with Books
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Colleen's Conclusions
    January 1, 1970
    This book was adorable, cute and fluffy. It was a good read to read in the summer and I think it’s perfect for fans of Kasie West. I really liked the writing style because it was easy to get into and I finished the book quickly.The characters were also likeable. I loved the enemies to lover trope. This book will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something light and engaging to read this summer.Thank you Netgalley and publishers for the chance to This book was adorable, cute and fluffy. It was a good read to read in the summer and I think it’s perfect for fans of Kasie West. I really liked the writing style because it was easy to get into and I finished the book quickly.The characters were also likeable. I loved the enemies to lover trope. This book will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something light and engaging to read this summer.Thank you Netgalley and publishers for the chance to read this. It was a four out of five stars.
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  • Krystianna
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After reading Announcing Trouble, I can honestly say that I have yet to dislike a book from Entangled Teen's Crush imprint! Announcing Trouble was such a great summer read for many reasons.what i liked: The amount of baseball in this book. As an athlete from a young age, I love seeing sports represented in YA. I also loved the whole backstory with I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After reading Announcing Trouble, I can honestly say that I have yet to dislike a book from Entangled Teen's Crush imprint! Announcing Trouble was such a great summer read for many reasons.what i liked: The amount of baseball in this book. As an athlete from a young age, I love seeing sports represented in YA. I also loved the whole backstory with Josie's father, and how as a reader I kind of had to piece all of the history together throughout the novel until the very end. The relationship between Josie and Garrett. You could just tell how perfect they were for each other from the very beginning, even though Josie fought against it because of everything she had been through. They worked so well together, whether it was with broadcasting, helping each other out with their future career ideas, or just hanging out. GARRETT. I literally loved him to pieces. I preferred the chapters that he was in over ones that he wasn't just because I loved reading parts with his character in it so much. I really felt for him too, with his injury and wanting to come back. It was a very realistic representation of high school/college sports injuries. How quick of a read it is! Since it is a contemporary, it was a very quick read. I read it in a matter of a few hours. It'd be perfect if you're looking for something interesting and engaging but not too heavy! In my reviews, I usually have a "what I didn't like" section, but I honestly can't think of anything for this book! Actually, maybe the fact that it's a standalone? I'd love to hear more from these characters, and maybe even see what life after high school is like for them.If you're looking for a great contemporary with engaging and unforgettable characters, then Announcing Trouble is the book for you!You can follow the rest of the tour here.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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  • Lindy
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts:Announcing Trouble was a fast-paced, cute, and sweet story layered with humor, depth and emotion. It was a story that made me smile, laugh, swoon, and tear up. It made my heart hurt for the female lead Josie, and made me adore the male lead, Garrett.Josie use to love Baseball. It was the way she bonded with her father, and a passion that they both shared. However, he ended up abandoning her and her mother, so that he could chase his dream without strings attached. Since that fateful My Thoughts:Announcing Trouble was a fast-paced, cute, and sweet story layered with humor, depth and emotion. It was a story that made me smile, laugh, swoon, and tear up. It made my heart hurt for the female lead Josie, and made me adore the male lead, Garrett.Josie use to love Baseball. It was the way she bonded with her father, and a passion that they both shared. However, he ended up abandoning her and her mother, so that he could chase his dream without strings attached. Since that fateful time in her life, Josie's pain, and anger, turned in to a hate for everything that had to do with the game. She decided to prioritize practicality over daydreaming, and has agreed to go in to the essential oil business with her mother when she turns eighteen.Josie's Best friend Mai, has a crush on cute baseball player, Anthony, and drags Josie to a game. While there, she is appalled by the horrible color commentary. When she storms the booth, she meets Garret, injured star pitcher, who currently broadcasts the games to stay connected to the sport he has such a passion for. Eventually, with much persistence, he convinces Josie to be the new color commentator. I loved how in sync Josie and Garret where when they would broadcast the baseball games. They played off of each other, and the flow was seamless, fun, and entertaining. When these two were together there was a lot of push and pull. Garret was such an amazing guy, that no matter how hard Josie tried to resist him, it was futile. Both Josie and Garrett suffered from family emotional baggage. Josie had a broken heart and a lot of anger from being abandoned by her father, and my heart broke for her. Garrett and his father didn't see eye to eye, regarding his dream of being a baseball player.I enjoyed the secondary characters, and am hoping that Mai and Anthony will get a story of their own. Mai was a fun character! She was quirky, blunt, intelligent, driven, and a very loyal friend to Josie. The things that would come out of her mouth had me cracking up constantly! Character growth and life lessons were abundant in this romance! The ending of the story was perfect! I loved every moment of how it played out. There was a lot of smiling, sighing, and swooning on my end, and it was the cherry on top of an already wonderful read!
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  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books Books that have to do with sports are kind of my jam, so it was fun diving back into the young adult world with this contemporary romance from Amy Fellner Dominy. Also, it's the perfect time of year to read a book about baseball! Even though, I'm sorry this sport is so boring to me still! Sorry, I'm not sorry. I was immediately hooked with this novel because I just loved the banter between Josie and Garrett. It made my little This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books Books that have to do with sports are kind of my jam, so it was fun diving back into the young adult world with this contemporary romance from Amy Fellner Dominy. Also, it's the perfect time of year to read a book about baseball! Even though, I'm sorry this sport is so boring to me still! Sorry, I'm not sorry. I was immediately hooked with this novel because I just loved the banter between Josie and Garrett. It made my little black heart sing. The dude was super charming so no wonder Josie finally gave in to doing the color commentary for the baseball games with him. That was a really fun part of it.One thing that did bother me a lot was how both Josie and her mom were so adamant that he was wrong for her just because he played baseball. Like not every guy is going to be like your dad. I understood it, but at the same time, it really irritated me because it just felt like the point kept getting beat into the reader after a time. I also wasn't really a fan of how Josie basically wanted a partner that was dedicated to her completely, but that she didn't have to be dedicated to them. That is just not fair. She turns it around in this book, but parts of her character just rubbed me the wrong way here. I did enjoy that this book talked a lot about looking to your future and what you really want out of that. I think it's a really hard thing for teens to figure out, basically because they don't really even know themselves yet. Josie thinks she has it figured out, but does she really? I enjoyed that about this.I flew through this book and really enjoyed it, but some parts irritated me. Still a solid book.*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley from Entangled Publishing. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightful teen romance involving baseball, baseball players - and a young lady determined not to have anything to do with baseball players after her baseball playing father left to follow his baseball playing dreams, abandoning her and her mother. Oh, did I say it has a lot to do with baseball?Josie Walters had shadowed her father and loved everything to do with baseball until he chose to follow the game rather than her. Now she's determined to keep herself safe and never have anythin This is a delightful teen romance involving baseball, baseball players - and a young lady determined not to have anything to do with baseball players after her baseball playing father left to follow his baseball playing dreams, abandoning her and her mother. Oh, did I say it has a lot to do with baseball?Josie Walters had shadowed her father and loved everything to do with baseball until he chose to follow the game rather than her. Now she's determined to keep herself safe and never have anything more to do with the game that had been her life. All that changes, however, when she agrees to go to watch a game to support her best friend who has a crush on one of the team. Listening to the commentary on the match she can't believe how many mistakes one of the commentators is making. She marches into the booth and lets him know just how inept he's being - and inadvertently ends up commentating instead of him. She's working alongside Garrett Reeves, a baseball pitcher who has been sidelined because of a serious arm injury and the rapport and banter make them a winning duo. Can she put aside her prejudices against athletes and work with him in an attempt to win a competition or should she let her head rule her actions and get as far away as fast as she can?This is a story filled with great banter, plenty of humour and a growing romance. There are great characters, a determined hero and a heroine who learns to open her heart again. She has her safe life plans, with no risks and plenty of rules whilst he has lots of options but nothing certain. Can she learn to let fate intervene or will she keep her heart safe by keeping it locked away? It is an engaging, entertaining, fun and light-hearted read, just right to escape into when you want to relax.Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book via NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion after choosing to read this book and enjoying doing so.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a light and easy read; it was sweet and had me hooked from the very first page.Josie and Garrett were written beautifully! Josie has no interest in baseball at all after her father left her for the game, Injured Garrett lives for baseball and dreams of pursuing it as a career; when an opportunity arises for Josie to call games alongside Garrett she is hesitant but she soon finds herself enjoying it and also spending time with him.Josie was quick-witted, stubborn, determined and a h This book was a light and easy read; it was sweet and had me hooked from the very first page.Josie and Garrett were written beautifully! Josie has no interest in baseball at all after her father left her for the game, Injured Garrett lives for baseball and dreams of pursuing it as a career; when an opportunity arises for Josie to call games alongside Garrett she is hesitant but she soon finds herself enjoying it and also spending time with him.Josie was quick-witted, stubborn, determined and a hard worker; I absolutely adored Garrett and how persistent he was, he was cocky and also quick-witted, the banter between them was fantastic. I adored them booth and couldn't help for a HEA for them. They stole my heart.The baseball aspect was written well, I am clueless so was a little lost initially but it was all done very well and you can tell that the author knew alot about baseball.The side characters were brilliant! Mai especially was the perfect best friend and I would love to read a book from her perspective. Josie's mother was a little frustrating, I felt that she was holding Josie back from happiness because of her own personal experience. All of the characters felt genuine.I love the message behind the story, follow your heart and take risks. It was written beautifully and I will definitely be picking up more books by this author.Thank you to Entangled Publishing via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Announcing Trouble.
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  • Garden Of REden
    January 1, 1970
    **OFF THE CHARTS****CASSIE'S REVIEWAnnouncing Trouble came out of left field for me and I am so glad it did. I chose to sign up on a whim seeing it was a YA romance with baseball elements and I was intrigued from the first scene. Rather than focus on characters who actually play, we get almost all of the baseball action through the commentating booth. I haven’t come across a sports romance that dealt with the sportscaster type and that made this book new and exciting.Josie would be the more scor **OFF THE CHARTS****CASSIE'S REVIEWAnnouncing Trouble came out of left field for me and I am so glad it did. I chose to sign up on a whim seeing it was a YA romance with baseball elements and I was intrigued from the first scene. Rather than focus on characters who actually play, we get almost all of the baseball action through the commentating booth. I haven’t come across a sports romance that dealt with the sportscaster type and that made this book new and exciting.Josie would be the more scorned and broken of the two, mentally, but her smart mouth and quick wit stole the show (quite literally in the opening scene). Her battle of choosing her pride over the game she knows she has denied loving since her dad walked out was tricky and heartbreaking to witness, but out of it came character growth I feel like I only get in YA novels. It was fulfilling to see her chase her dreams by the end.Garrett. His drive to succeed in whatever he does is unmatched. Honestly, it is more than drive; it is straight-up tenacity. His charming ways will have your face smiling and your heart laughing. He is confident, but never really shown as cocky which was a nice surprise.This book is refreshing and will fill your soul with a delight only coming-of-age novels can.
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  • diana
    January 1, 1970
    This review is originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.It's official. I've just found the cutest, sweetest and most adorable book I'll most assuredly read over and over again. I've read tons of YA contemporaries so finding one that really stands out is rare. But holy shit, this book was EVERYTHING. I have never loved anything as much as I love this. Josie and Garrett stole my heart from the very start. The banter, the chemistry, the humor- it was everything I needed. I mean, yes sure, I unders This review is originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.It's official. I've just found the cutest, sweetest and most adorable book I'll most assuredly read over and over again. I've read tons of YA contemporaries so finding one that really stands out is rare. But holy shit, this book was EVERYTHING. I have never loved anything as much as I love this. Josie and Garrett stole my heart from the very start. The banter, the chemistry, the humor- it was everything I needed. I mean, yes sure, I understood next to nothing about the baseball stuff but the way the author wrote about it? The way Garrett's passion and love for it oozes through the pages? The way Josie makes it seem so exciting even when she keeps on saying she hates it? It made me want to know everything there is to know about baseball. I now believe you can love something without even understanding it. Because man, do I LOVE baseball now. And yes, I now have a new appreciation for sports broadcasting. Not only did this wonderfully heartfelt book put the biggest smile on my face, it also made me fall madly in love with its amazing cast of characters, addictive writing and obsess over two perfectly matched characters with intoxicating chemistry. I honestly don't know what else to tell you but trust me when I say you should absolutely, most definitely read this. (And then we can swoon over Garrett together. Because holy shit I AM IN LOVE.) Can we get Mai's book next please??I received an e-arc via Netgalley to read and review.
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  • Becky Rendon
    January 1, 1970
    Announcing Trouble... "Annnnnnnnnnd next at bat is Josie 'Safe' Walters. Josie comes from a baseball family. She really seems to know her stuff. Watch how she takes a cautious step back, 'Safe' at all times. No risks for this girl!But on the mound we have Garrett Reeves, some of you may remember Reeves was pulled for an injury. We are definitely going to be watching him for weaknesses or any changes in his play. " " 'Too right,' says a higher pitched voice. 'Reeves is definitely a wild card for Announcing Trouble... "Annnnnnnnnnd next at bat is Josie 'Safe' Walters. Josie comes from a baseball family. She really seems to know her stuff. Watch how she takes a cautious step back, 'Safe' at all times. No risks for this girl!But on the mound we have Garrett Reeves, some of you may remember Reeves was pulled for an injury. We are definitely going to be watching him for weaknesses or any changes in his play. " " 'Too right,' says a higher pitched voice. 'Reeves is definitely a wild card for Walters. They've never been up against each other before. Who will come out the victor? Will it be Safe at bat or Reeves rocketing it from the mound...?'"Only one way to find out ladies and gents, but I can promise you regardless of the victor, you will be guaranteed a good game and a big smile!
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Josie hates baseball because her father left her for the sport. Now she’s accidentally back in baseball calling games with Garrett an injured player. Josie’s life plans do not include falling for an athlete.ANNOUNCING TROUBLE is a cute, yet predictable story. Girl hates boy. Girl loves boy. I always enjoy Amy Fellner Dominy books but ANNOUNCING TROUBLE distracted me with anger for Josie. Her mother was horrible reinforcing the abandonment she felt to further create distrust in her daughter. Rath Josie hates baseball because her father left her for the sport. Now she’s accidentally back in baseball calling games with Garrett an injured player. Josie’s life plans do not include falling for an athlete.ANNOUNCING TROUBLE is a cute, yet predictable story. Girl hates boy. Girl loves boy. I always enjoy Amy Fellner Dominy books but ANNOUNCING TROUBLE distracted me with anger for Josie. Her mother was horrible reinforcing the abandonment she felt to further create distrust in her daughter. Rather than encouraging reunification, her mom trashed her dad and any dreams Josie had that had any risk. I know her mom’s behavior came from a place of pain, but she treated Josie more like a girlfriend than a daughter who had a right to her own life. If not for the distraction I’d have rated ANNOUNCING TROUBLE higher.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy a five-star read that will have you shouting from the booths. This is such a sweet romance, it has got it all in the story, the banter and teasing as we as the ticking just make this such a good read. Garrett has a love of baseball that leaps of the page, it gives you a passion and makes you take note not just of the game. When you add in the announcing competition and the will they wont they aspect of the story and you have the makings of a really great Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy a five-star read that will have you shouting from the booths. This is such a sweet romance, it has got it all in the story, the banter and teasing as we as the ticking just make this such a good read. Garrett has a love of baseball that leaps of the page, it gives you a passion and makes you take note not just of the game. When you add in the announcing competition and the will they wont they aspect of the story and you have the makings of a really great story.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Maybe 4.5 stars. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It's typically hard for me to rate a contemporary YA romance above 3 stars, but this one hit it out of the park (couldn't resist that--haha). And there's just something about sports books that always draws me in, despite my lack of enthusiasm about sports in real life.Josie and Garrett are fantastic, individually and together. They complement *I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Maybe 4.5 stars. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It's typically hard for me to rate a contemporary YA romance above 3 stars, but this one hit it out of the park (couldn't resist that--haha). And there's just something about sports books that always draws me in, despite my lack of enthusiasm about sports in real life.Josie and Garrett are fantastic, individually and together. They complement each other and make each other better. At one point Garrett tells Josie that she challenges him, and it's obvious that it goes both ways. They work well together and have a good give-and-take relationship.I've had a nice little streak of books lately in which the male protagonists have been genuinely good guys, and Garrett is one of those. He's happy, friendly, kind, persistent, sweet. Yes, he's sort of cocky, but he's more humorous about it than serious, even though he knows he's good; he doesn't take himself too seriously. He's sincere in his apologies. I loved seeing him with his mother; even that brief interaction gave a lot away about their relationship. More YA books should have positive parent-child relationships.Josie is quite different from Garrett in many ways--much more reserved in her willingness to open up to and trust in people, for example. Not that I blame her, with what she went through because of her father when she was younger. But she isn't completely hardened, and she is quite good with children (Garrett is, too). I really enjoyed her sarcasm.Something particularly great about this book is that it's not full of overblown high school drama. There are no mean girls out to get Josie so they can be with Garrett. There's no love triangle. There's no big misunderstanding because some girl was touching him and Josie just happened to look at the wrong moment. You know the kind of stuff I'm talking about. This book has none of it. The obstacles Josie and Garrett face are believable to me. She hates baseball and doesn't want anything to do with baseball players because of her dad. Garrett loves everything about baseball and is trying to find a way back in the game despite having messed up his pitching arm. Obviously a relationship between them is going to be problematic, right? But again, it's realistic.Supporting characters varied in their development. On one end, there's Mai, who is really a stellar best friend for Josie. And then there's Avi, who I didn't even realize was a boy until like 60% of the way through the book.Thank you, Amy Fellner Dominy, for writing a YA book with no sex in it.How it ends: (view spoiler)[Garrett convinces Josie to give their relationship a chance. She shows up at his last training session with Kyle Masters, prepared to show him her application for the ASU broadcasting communions program, when she discovers that he's actually been training as a hitter instead of a pitcher. She gets mad and accuses him of lying to her, and she leaves. She decides to help him fix his curveball problem (same as her dad's), knowing that it will give him a way back into baseball. She breaks up with him, but he doesn't accept it.He manages to get a lot of people in her life (his friends, her friends, the parent of one of the kids in her book group at work, her mom) to tell her about people who were told they didn't have a chance and then were very successful because they wouldn't give up. She finally realizes that she doesn't want to give up on him, and he's not going to give up on her. He's not her dad.She places three roses on his stool in the booth for the last game: yellow (apology), white (forgiveness), and red (love). They reconcile. I love that he calls her out on this: "You don't want to follow me, but I'm supposed to chase you." Honestly, I felt that way the entire book! She decided not to go into business (or broadcasting) but to go into education instead. She'll be helping the baseball coach with the summer leagues. Garrett is going to Tucson to play baseball, but they're both determined to make it work between them. They won the broadcasting competition. (hide spoiler)]Note: Some swearing, including 2 f words. A few sexual references, but no sex (thank you).
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  • Angel - Angel Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I received an earc of Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy from Entangled Publishing: Crush via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book. I didn't hadn't heard too much about Announcing Trouble but it when it came up on NetGalley, I knew that I needed it. Announcing Trouble follows Josie Walters as she tries to get through her last year of school. But when her best friend convinces Josie to go to a school baseball game I received an earc of Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy from Entangled Publishing: Crush via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book. I didn't hadn't heard too much about Announcing Trouble but it when it came up on NetGalley, I knew that I needed it. Announcing Trouble follows Josie Walters as she tries to get through her last year of school. But when her best friend convinces Josie to go to a school baseball game everything changes. Josie can't handle how the game is being called and crashes into the room, to greeted by Garrett Reeves. Garrett has now somehow convinced Josie to join him calling the games and everything heats up. But Josie once convinced herself that she didn't just not like baseball, she hated it. Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy was just so much fun. I loved reading it. Josie and Garrett were fantastic together and the book left me with a massive smile on my face. It just gave me all the feels.Josie was a really interesting protagonist. She wasn't the easiest character to get along with at times, but that doesn't mean I didn't like her. Actually, I really enjoyed her. Josies 'faults' are what made her real. I felt that Josie was an honest character and that really drove me into the novel. The reader gets to know more about Josie throughout Announcing Trouble and I think that her character development was fantastically executed. Slowly throughout the book, the reader finds out what happened to Josie. And in a way what made her cold, and I thought it done really well. Everything wasn't thrown to the reader at one shot, instead, it was slowly given to us. Garrett was such a fun character. I could talk about him all day. After an incident left him out of the baseball season and potentially out of baseball forever, Garrett needs something to do. And calling the baseball games is the closest that he can get. Like Josie, Garrett's character development was fantastic and I loved getting to know more and more about him. He is a really interesting character and it broke my heart seeing him suffer at times. The romance in Announcing Trouble was totally adorable. Seriously I adored the way that Garrett pushed Josie our of her comfort zone, but not in a bad way. He wanted her to have fun, to be herself and not let her past take over her life. Both Josie and Garrett were totally adorable together and just made me melt. I loved their interactions, their teasing was just so good. I did feel that there might have been a little too much angst for me. And I would have loved it more if they talked to each other just that little bit more. But, other than that they were great together. There are a lot of themes that are reoccurring throughout Announcing Trouble. And family and friendship are just some of them. Both Josie and Garrett didn't have a great way of growing up. Both of their dads weren't the best and it took a lot out of both of them. But I think that Josie took her dad leaving the hardest. And this is really shown through her characterisation. And while I love seeing amazing family dynamics, broken ones are also so important. Overall, I really enjoyed Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy. Josie was a fascinating protagonist and I loved getting to know her and her life. Garrett was an absolute sweetheart that just made me smile. And together they just made my day. While an emotional read, it's also very beautiful. Fellner Dominy creates characters that are real and strong. They show the power of standing up for yourself and finding different ways of getting where you want to. There was amazing banter, a fantastic friendship group and an adorable romance, which made Announcing Trouble seriously a great read.  Trigger Warnings: Abandonment,  Family Separation. 
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  • Samantha || Fictionally Sam
    January 1, 1970
    "It makes sense that when she finally decided to fall in lust, she'd fall hard." This book is the perfect example of the kind of stories that made me fall in love with romance growing up. Told through the heroines perspective, Announcing Trouble, follows Josie through her last semester as a high school student--her future all planned out for safety, comfort, and absolutely no baseball. But when her best friend gains a crush on one the baseball athletes, Josie finds herself not only the new colo "It makes sense that when she finally decided to fall in lust, she'd fall hard." This book is the perfect example of the kind of stories that made me fall in love with romance growing up. Told through the heroines perspective, Announcing Trouble, follows Josie through her last semester as a high school student--her future all planned out for safety, comfort, and absolutely no baseball. But when her best friend gains a crush on one the baseball athletes, Josie finds herself not only the new color commentator for the baseball team, but also questioning her future plans and wondering if there is room for her fellow broadcasting partner, Garrett.I ate this book up in one sitting. That is how good it is. I was head over heals in love with not only our hero (who is better than A1 steaksauce) but also for the voice of our heroine. Dominy does a fabulous job of getting us connected and invested into the life of Josie to the point of where we understand her struggle of choosing whether to love or hate baseball. There were many times throughout the novel where I wish I could jump in and just give that girl a hug, solely because of the amount of things she had to deal with--to which I related hella hard too.Not only is our heroine someone that was easily connectable and relatable, but so was our hero, Garrett. Literally he is everything you want in a YA love interest, cocky, witty, and a complete gentleman--ya girl was swooning from the moment he stepped onto the scene. One of the biggest traits that I appreciated from him, was that no matter what he never gave up on his dreams--no matter who or how many people tried to deter him (which was an ungodly amount). His love of baseball and determination to be apart of it in any capacity spoke volumes to me, and if possible, made me love him even more than I already do! "It's my job to maker her listen. I've been given a sacred task to guide these people into the future." "You're taking this valedictorian thing too seriously." "It is serious. I want to leave these deviants with advice they can use." Though this is a contemporary romance, Dominy weaves a theme of self into the story that I think is deeply important for the target audience and even to my age group. Throughout the novel, Josie struggles with going on the path that makes sense and what everyone automatically assumes will happen. She previously never gave herself the opportunity to sit down and ask herself what would she want to do with her life? What calls out to her. I absolutely adored the way Dominy handles this theme and how she carries it subtly throughout the novel, letting us naturally follow Josie's thought process and gradual self discovery. I have no words except--YASSSSSS.Announcing Trouble is a clean, fluffy, and deeply resonating contemporary romance, that enchanted me with its funny and charming characters, and their witty banter. A highlight in my summer reading, I highly recommend anyone who loves a good romance to pick this up, and I dare you to not get swept off your feet. Huge thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.
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  • MMill
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsJosie's dad is a baseball player who chased major league success throughout her entire childhood, and he ended up leaving her and her mom behind because making it to the bigs meant that much to him. Since he left, Josie has avoided anything at all to do with the sport. But then her best friend talks her into being her wing woman at one of their high school's baseball games, and Josie overhears the students doing the announcing and commentary. One of them is pretty good, but one is just 3.5 StarsJosie's dad is a baseball player who chased major league success throughout her entire childhood, and he ended up leaving her and her mom behind because making it to the bigs meant that much to him. Since he left, Josie has avoided anything at all to do with the sport. But then her best friend talks her into being her wing woman at one of their high school's baseball games, and Josie overhears the students doing the announcing and commentary. One of them is pretty good, but one is just embarrassingly terrible so Josie steps in and takes over. It turns out that despite her best efforts to erase everything about her dad and his betrayal, she remembers everything he ever taught her about the game he chose over her. And she and the main announcer, Garrett, put on a great show together. He's the team's injured pitcher who turned to commentating as a way to stay in the game until he makes his comeback. He's handsome and cocky and way too charming for his own good and there's no way she'll fall for any of that and make the same mistakes her mom made with her dad. Garrett is chasing the same dream her dad was. She needs to keep her distance and protect her heart. But when a broadcasting competition gives her the opportunity to announce at a Arizona Diamondbacks game (meaning she'd make it to the bigs when her dad never did), she just can't resist...the gig or the guy. Will trying trying to beat her father at his own game mean breaking her heart all over again?I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've read some YA sports romances that are kind of wooden, but the characters felt genuine and real here. I liked all of them. Josie's best friend, Mai, especially had a hilarious personality with quirks that were memorable and endearing. I do wish we'd gotten to know more about some of the guys on Garrett's team...they weren't as well-developed. There's more to this book than just baseball, too. Josie and Garrett are both dealing with a parent disappointing them and all the ways that has affected their relationships with others. They're also trying to decide who they want to be in the future...who they "should" be or who they MUST be. They both have a lot of options and making concrete choices and taking steps towards one path means stepping away from another, which can be scary. I liked that this book was more than the romance and more than the game. It was about real life, too.This was a fun read by Amy Fellner Dominy! I'm hopeful she might follow up with a second book about Mai's journey in college (hint, hint!). ***Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!***
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  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In need of a color commentator for the high school baseball games, Garrett Reeves is at a loss. Until Josie Walters literally storms into the broadcasting booth and his life. Sarcastic, smart, and quick, she's exactly what he's been looking for. Too bad she doesn't want anything to do with him or the sport. Josie Walters lost her smile Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In need of a color commentator for the high school baseball games, Garrett Reeves is at a loss. Until Josie Walters literally storms into the broadcasting booth and his life. Sarcastic, smart, and quick, she's exactly what he's been looking for. Too bad she doesn't want anything to do with him or the sport. Josie Walters lost her smile for baseball a long time ago. So when Garrett Reeves starts hounding her to say yes to being his broadcast partner, his talk of baseball brings with it memories that Josie would soon rather forget. But Garrett is persistent and realizing that the gig could benefit them both, she agrees. Even easier than transitioning back into the game is her instant connection with Garrett and how well they mesh and flow in the booth and as the games heat up, so does the chemistry between the two. But Josie is guarded for a reason when it comes to baseball and when Garrett gets an opportunity to get back onto the field, life is seemingly about to repeat itself, leaving Josie a casualty in its wake once again.I absolutely, positively adored Announcing Trouble! When the writing is so clear and vivid that you can see the movie playing in your head as you're reading, I am there for it all day.Josie is such a great character. She's understandably guarded, but she doesn't whine about it or beat you over the head with her "feelings". She's a head strong, mature senior in high school who has post-graduation all planned out. So she's obviously thrown when realizing that Garrett has become a factor in her future and finds herself at a crossroads with what she truly wants in life and forces her to put herself out there.Garrett made himself at home immediately - with Josie, on my favorites list, and in my little YA heart. Even though he was a high school senior athlete with a side of cocky, he was so charming, sweet, and passionate! The lengths that he went to to fight for Josie were absolute perfection to his character and endeared me to him tenfold. More of him, please and thank you!The messages behind the story - fighting for what you want, taking risks, and living life without fear of what life may bring were tremendous and seamlessly woven into the plot.Also loved the fact that even though this is a high school contemporary with angst and how those can be hella loaded with pettiness, childish behaviors, mean girls, unnecessary drama, etc.,etc...welp! There is none to speak of here! And while those have their place, it wouldn't have worked here. And the story's not boring! How amazing is that?! Ya'll, this might be the most mature contemporary I've ever read and that is a huge, shining compliment!Announcing Trouble certainly threw me a curveball as I was not expecting to love it as much as I do! If you need a break from the mind-numbing repetitiveness cycle that today's contemporaries can often fall into in favor of substance and meaning, this is your new jam!
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