Recovering from a shoulder injury that could end his career as starting pitcher of the New York Empires, Drew MacIntire comes to Silver Bay for solitude and privacy from the media frenzy his surgery has created. After he dances with the beautiful baker, Baylee, at his sister’s wedding, his heart not only wants baseball back, but a future with her as well.

Baylee Nelson is settled into her simple, small town life in Silver Bay with her young son, Casey. When Drew saunters into her bakery intent on asking her out, she can’t help but be thrilled. He’s handsome, sexy, kind, and also takes interest in Casey. Baylee knows she needs to keep things casual. She and Drew live in separate worlds, and she needs to keep her focus on her business and son, but Drew didn’t get to the top by giving up easily.

Drew and Baylee are falling hard, but with spring training approaching, it seems like the third strike for their future… Can their love withstand the media glare and challenges of a long distance romance?

Titles in the Silver Bay series include:  Return To Silver Bay – Loving Kate – Saving Drew

Title:  Saving Drew
Series:  Silver Bay #3
Author:  Lara Van Hulzen
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 24, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Saving Drew is a touching romance with a touch of instant love, a special little boy and two adults who are so strongly attracted to each other yet there are issues to be dealt with.

I feel any time a special needs character is introduced into a story the author has just upped the bar a bit and needs to be able to portray them in a realistic, relatable fashion.  I have a son who is physically challenged, so I notice things that might slip past some readers.  I understand we’re talking fiction not real life, but it’s those small touches that have us accept characters as real life-like people we can identify with in some fashion.  Casey stole my heart.  His situation, his father’s reactions are not that unusual unfortunately.  This amazing child was part of the story, and it showed.  And that mattered… to me.

Baylee and Drew were a delightful couple.  That feeling of being right for each other does happen in life, some of us are fortunate to know almost from the beginning that we’ve met that just right person for us.  A popular sports star, the long distance, the time apart, the press, the fans, the new business, all the everyday normal, that is far from normal for most of us all play a part in Baylee and Drew’s romance.  They have things to deal with, and they do it as a couple (for the most part) and realistically.

I enjoyed my time spent with Drew, Baylee and Casey very much.  I believe Saving Drew is a romance that anyone who loves a good love story would enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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