Feature book: The Devil in Denim
Maggie grew up in a baseball family, a very big baseball family. Her father owned the New York Saints and when his wife died, the whole team embraced Maggie, giving her the loving support she needed. Now she’s ready to embrace her heritage and take control of the family franchise. She’s studied and worked hard. But the dream is shattered when she finds her father has sold the team to three businessmen, the most infuriating and upfront man being Alex Winters. The Saints were Maggie’s world, her life, and now she’s left wondering if there is any place for her in the new world of baseball.
Maggie is furious with her father for not even talking the decision over with her. She’s been involved all her life and suddenly he’s not discussing it and not around. And the very sexy and manipulating Alex Winters might want her to stay, but Maggie is not content to remain a token figurehead, to be displayed on the whims of the new owners. But what else can she do? The running of this club is what she has worked towards and now she’s not sure what to do with her life. Just to complicate matters even further is her attraction to Alex, a mutual attraction it seems, although Maggie has to wonder if it’s all just a little too convenient. It’s all to the advantage of the new owners to have Maggie onside.
Alex Winters knows it’s going to be a battle to take over the Saints baseball team and build a successful future with them. It will be much easier to win them over if ‘Saint Maggie’, as she is affectionately known, will work with them. But Alex is also well aware that Maggie had ambitions of her own and they did not include her father selling the team and leaving her high and dry. He did not anticipate his strong attraction to Maggie either. When plans go awry and there is a chance he and his partners could lose the bid, he needs to remain focused on winning over majority support. If he has Maggie onside it will go much easier but, despite their mutual attraction, Maggie will not be won over easily. It might be better to ignore the personal side and deal with her in a professional capacity. But that’s easier said than done. Working in close proximity to Maggie makes it all the more complicated.
What an enjoyable story! I’m not a sports fan and certainly not of American baseball of all things, but it doesn’t matter, the baseball is there, but the story is about Maggie and Alex and a battle for a team and love. What a clever storyteller. I’m also entrenched in her MJ Scott fantasies. Not sure how she does it all, but there’s no doubt Melanie Scott is one very talented lady. I’d suggest you go read her. 🙂
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article by 28 January 2015 will go in the draw to win the book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Vicki J.)