This amusing story will have the reader smiling often, but it also has a serious side. Even non-sports fans will find this look at baseball, and the pressures on all the people involved, intriguing.
Pitcher Pace Martin is the key player if his team hopes to make it to the World Series, so he has no patience or time to baby a bum shoulder. Reporter Holly Hutchins doesn't want the assignment to interview Pace, but her boss gives her no choice. Neither is getting what they want -- until they discover that what they want is each other. Too bad Holly's main job as a reporter is to ferret out secrets, and Pace's team seems to have a number of them. As the rumors begin making headlines, Holly gets blamed, though she's not the source. She and Pace must put their attraction on hold to find out who the real leak is. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)