Book Review – Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

by Maryse on July 3, 2016 · 12 comments

in My Book Reviews


Another super-intense love story by one of my favorite authors, with a twisty-twist in the end! It’s twists… and then it kind of twists again. That blurb? It makes a whole lot more sense now.

But the star of this show is definitely the love story. OH WOWWWWWW. An addicting steamy slow-burn, that had me hooked, reading late into the night, falling asleep with the lights on, and waking right back up just a few hours later to continue devouring this love-fest.

Maryse: Oh you guys… the slow burn is palpable in this one. I can feel it, and the butterflies are swirling and it’s a whole load of trouble. *sigh* I love book-trouble.

Lisa: I’m so ready for Monday for this release!

Jennifer: Is this live yet?

Maryse: In just a couple of hours, Jennifer!! :D

This is the stuff made of pure fantasies. Crushing hard on the biggest and hottest baseball star in the major leagues, and him… noticing her right back. But what makes it that much hotter, that much more potent, is the touch of forbidden that sets the scene.

I leaned against the wall, my fingers absently touching my lips. The kiss should have never happened. If my father found out if anyone did, it would be disastrous.

Together, we would only bring chaos.

And then the forbidden takes a whole new angle and ripped my heart out. Twice! Because no matter what, when you’ve met the love of your life, nobody else will do. Let the angst and drama begin!

So what’s it about?

Ty has been raised on the baseball field, her father, a Hall of Famer, now working with the NY Yankees. Her love of baseball knows no bounds, and while touring schedules can be grueling, she follows her father (and the team) happily everywhere they go, even getting a job as a “ball girl” to always be up front and center and on the field.

I would do anything for those forty guys. And they would fight to their end for me. This team was my family, my soul. And I think that was what made everything that happened so damned complicated.

But when the Yankees contract Chase Stern (her favorite player), her life changes forever.

He lowered his voice and put a hand on my shoulder. “I don’t want your hero worship of him to affect…”

I didn’t help the man out. I let him dangle in the Atlantic wind, one struggling father on a limb that was shaky at best.

He swallowed before continuing, “… to affect your judgement. He’s gonna go straight for you, Ty. I know he is.”

I didn’t know what to say, my father’s opinion biased, the likelihood slim of Chase Stern even noticing my existence.

Sure, she’s star-struck, but gets the surprise of her life when he reciprocates the interest.

“I’m not supposed to talk to you.”


“You know.” I waved my hand in his general direction. “Your reputation.”

Oh and what a reputation it is. He IS a bad boy and pure trouble, but he had me swooning HARD. ALWAYS. ALL. THE. TIME. From start to finish, I was in love. And so was she.

Thing is, she’s only seventeen.

And well… life happens. Life altering mistakes, over-reactions, lack of communication, personal drama (all the stuff that we love in our angsty love stories). I want to say SO much more, but I’m sticking to the blurb’s timeline. ;) I even want to mention a few “other favorite” books to give you an idea…of the kind of angst you’re about to uncover, but no. I won’t. I’ll let you get there on your own. *sigh* No worries. It’s best you go into this blindly to truly enjoy discovering all of the delightful discord along the way. No worries. The butterflies will still be swirling in your stomach, and yet your heart will be in your throat as things get crazy.

It wasn’t supposed to be this easy to destroy your life. There was supposed to be moments where you could divert, could pick new paths that would lead back to success. But in this, this was only one path, a giant vacuum that sucked me in, the end hitting my heart with a resounding thud that shook everything, down to my soul.

Oh and boy does it.

Also, amongst the romance drama, a mystery is set in motion as beautiful blonde women, associated with the Yankees in some way (employees or fans) are being murdered, and that’s where the twisty stuff is. Mind you, the romance is the best part of this story, and had plenty of turmoil to hold its own (and takes up about 80% of the book). To be honest, while the reveal was somewhat interesting, it didn’t blow me away near as much as Alessandra’s clever twists usually do.

In fact, I found it to be a bit of a stretch, and just… shrugged it off. To me? This book didn’t need a murder plot, and the way it unfolded, (and the reason behind it all) detracted a little, from my overall enjoyment of the book. Lessening the magnitude of the actual reveal I was waiting (and so scared) for.

I was SO hooked and then… it fizzled a little. No matter. The all-consuming love story is the biggest and best part and well worth the read!

4 stars

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

bev July 3, 2016 at 11:09 PM

Do love a slow burn romance. Still have not yet read this author.

Julie o July 4, 2016 at 4:03 AM

My favorite of hers is the Innocence Series. Brad DeLuca yummm!

Jan July 4, 2016 at 4:44 AM

Bev! I can’t believe you! What the hey?? Get reading now! Blindfolded Innocence and Hollywood Dirt. Must reads. I didn’t enjoy her others as much but those two are great!

I’m most of the way through Moonshot now and those butterflies are there all right. I’m with you Maryse. Loving the love story but wondering why the murder mystery is there, really. That part of the story seems a bit underdeveloped or even unnecessary. I think it would need to be a longer book to fully develop the mystery part. But I LOVE Chase and Ty, both separately and together. I’m nervous about the ending, though….. :-/

*bites fingernails*

Grace July 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

I’m on the fence so I may wait to pick it up later when I’m more in the mood. Did anyone read Bad Teacher? I’m looking for feedback in that one. I can’t tell if I will like it or not so I was hoping others had opinions.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Maryse July 4, 2016 at 8:53 AM

LOL Grace!

Not me, yet…

Maryse July 4, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Jan… did you finish yet?

Jennifer July 4, 2016 at 10:42 AM

The Girll in 6E by her is brilliant but the series is expensive. Highly recommend

Grey July 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

This one is on my list too. Thanks Maryse!!!

Cheryl July 5, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Just finished and agree with your review Maryse. I felt it was kinda a mash-up of her Girl in 6 series-twists/murders with her slow-burn type of romance.

Heard The Girl in 6E movie rights were bought. Would be an interesting movie(s).

Jan July 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Finished Moonshot this morning. Have had visitors staying and not much time to read but everyone gone home now and the house is quiet. I really liked the book. Three and a half to four stars. I didn’t quite like it as much as Hollywood Dirt, but still, it was a really good read and I recommend it. I never know whodunnit in whodunnits, and as per usual I had no idea whodunnit in this one. Total surprise to me, but it all fitted.

Yes, Cheryl, it’s kind of a combo of love story and suspense. I’m not a big suspense fan. Prefer a straight love story. Maybe that’s why my star rating. But it was a very sweet romance, starting when they were young, and continuing on later, after circumstances had intervened. It kept my interest all the way through which is pretty good for me as I have so many DNFs. I loved all the baseball stuff too. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

Holly July 7, 2016 at 1:45 AM

I completely agree Marie. The twist was underwhelming when you consider Black Lies and Tight….. Also thought it was very unbelievable. That said, I LOVED the romance and the angst. Also 4 stars from me!

Angela July 7, 2016 at 8:06 AM

I had a love , hate relationship with this book. Lol. I had so many emotions with it. <3 awesome read !!

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