The Locker Room: A Baseball Romance Worth Stepping Into

If you haven’t heard the buzz around campus about the legendary locker room, let me fill you in. It’s said that bringing a girl into this sacred after-game domain will lead to a walk down the aisle. According to superstition, one wild encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams guarantees she becomes your wife. Yes, baseball players can be ridiculously superstitious, believing in the mystical powers of the locker room. But not all players buy into these beliefs, including our protagonist.

When the girl he’s fallen for rejects him, he starts questioning his perspective. Is it time to change his ways? Perhaps he should extend a coveted invitation to the locker room. The burning question remains, will she accept?

It’s a bit bittersweet for me to rate this book below 4 stars because, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The protagonist, Knox, was a fantastic hero. At first, he seemed a little too jock-like, but as the story unfolded, I grew to adore him and felt he deserved a better outcome. The first 80% of the book had me convinced it would be a 4-4.5 star read, but then came the last portion – and unfortunately, it left something to be desired. That being said, if we focus solely on the first 80%, it’s not a terrible book. It serves everything I love about Meghan Quinn’s romances: sizzling chemistry, playful banter, wonderful friendships, heart-stirring romantic moments, and steaminess galore.

The chemistry between Emory and Knox was palpable from the start. Their initial encounter, although a bit awkward, had its funny moments. I admired Emory’s decision not to rush headfirst into love with Knox, especially after being burned in a toxic relationship. She took the time to find herself again, no longer sacrificing her own desires for someone who cheated and manipulated her. Emory was relatable, a bookworm studying Library Sciences, hardworking, and an all-around sweet girl-next-door.

At first, I had reservations about Knox because he came across as the typical jock, using crass language. But as I got to know him better, my perception shifted. I couldn’t resist falling for his soft-heartedness, his willingness to embrace romance, and his profound love for his mother. Knox’s attempts to woo Emory were unabashedly cheesy, yet utterly swoon-worthy. His friendship with Carson and Holt showcased their vulnerability and ability to have heart-to-heart conversations without fear of compromising their masculinity.

Emory’s cautious approach to their relationship was understandable and allowed her and Knox to build a strong friendship. Their chemistry was off the charts, even before they officially became a couple. The romance had a slow burn, but fear not if you’re seeking steamy scenes—the passion between them is scorching hot.

Sadly, as the story progressed, Emory became less likable. She unfairly judged Knox based on her ex’s actions, failing to see that he was the complete opposite of that douchebag. She also transformed into a whimpering heroine, constantly in tears instead of communicating her feelings with Knox.

Most disappointingly, the last 20% of the book didn’t work for me. Without giving away spoilers, certain decisions made by a character and an unexpected time jump hindered my enjoyment. There wasn’t enough time to explore the aftermath or process their history before everything returned to its picture-perfect state. It felt like unnecessary conflict tacked on for the sake of drama, and it left me frustrated.

Despite my reservations, I did enjoy Carson’s story in the second book of the series, so I look forward to giving the third book a chance. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint!

Have you read “The Locker Room,” or is it on your TBR list?

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