Book #1 from the series: The Smitten Series

Hard Hitter

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Raelyn DeRose has it all- almost. Great friends, a wonderful- not to mention insanely wealthy- family, and a fulfilling, successful career as one of the best physical therapists around. Her love life, however, is a bit lacking. After a failed engagement, she's on a bit of a hiatus from men, and is definitely feeling the effects of her dry spell. When she catches an article about her childhood best friend and his booming professional baseball career, she can't help reminiscing and feeling as though she may have lost her shot at true love ages ago.

Meet Quinn Casey: Major-League All-Star, hard-hitter, and okay, he's kind of a sex icon. When Quinn finds out he'll be sitting out this season after an injury, he gets called back home to deal with something he thought he'd left in the past. Not only is he confronted with his beyond complicated relationship with his mother, but he's also thrown a curveball when he runs into his childhood best friend at his first physical therapy session. With their history and his new reputation, Quinn knows he's got a lot of work to do if he wants to take his last chance all the way home.

It's obvious after their first run-in that there's still a lot of steam between these childhood sweethearts, but will their newfound passion be enough to make up for their past mistakes? Or will this hard-hitter strikeout on love?

Praise for this book

This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before! The attention to detail makes it seem like you’ve lived this story, or something like it. I laughed, I cried, I felt stressed for the characters. The writing of Kaylee Losey really draws you in! You will be done with it in days and waiting for the next!
First off- this book is addictive! Depending on your reading pace, I recommend setting aside 2-4 days because this book will devour your attention. Hard Hitter is a sizzling hot romance about two lovers who were best friends during childhood, and while a series of circumstances separated them over time, fate brought them back together. Quinn & Raelyn’s is a passionate love that we all yearn for and it’s obvious their fire isn’t burning out any time soon. You’ll laugh out loud, swoon, and maybe want to throw the book across the room at some point- but I mean that in the best way possible. You’ll be feeling all the feels. I highly recommend putting this at the very top of your TBR list, and get ready for what else this new author has coming!
Kaylee Losey is amazing at creating characters that sizzle on the page. I am reading this series backwards and can’t wait to get to the next one.
Hard hitter combines the perfect amount of heat with a great storyline. The characters are amazing - the group of friends you wish you were a part of and the long lost love coming back into your life. I can't wait to see what comes next for all of them.
This book was a great read, I never wanted to put it down! I loved the story line and all the details in which made the book so engaging. I can’t wait for more of Kaylee’s books to come out!
I loved Hard Hitter by Kaylee Losey! This is a story about two friends, Rae and Quinn, who have known each other for over 20 years and been in love with each other for most of that time, but couldn't risk losing their friendship if they didn't work out. The banter in this book is so real-life laugh-out-loud funny. It just makes me smile when I think about the ease between all of the characters and how real their relationships were. It's not rom-com funny, but that's okay. This book could be the ultimate friends to lovers plus second chance love story, and for sure one of my favorites of the year! Both Rae and Quinn have to overcome their insecurities and misunderstandings to get to their happy ever after. I just can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book! Five stars...or more if I could!
Hard Hitter is a sweet, spicy and funny second chance love story that is captivating from the start. And did I mention spice?? It is off the charts!!! Raelyn and Quinn were enthralling from the start. They each have depth and I love seeing that on the page. Each character is absolutely charming. Imagine what they could be like together?!? The key characters around the couple, they were divine!! Her dad is so fun and quirky :) Some of their friends really stand out throughout the book as well. The novel is written in flashbacks throughout the book in perfect timing and I loved it!!! The author worked the past into the present seamlessly. This book was full of passion, anger, happiness and everything in between. This is a book to definitely make time to read. It’s worth it.