Book Review – Curveball by Mariah Dietz

by Maryse on February 11, 2019 · 2 comments

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This one just ‘caught my eye BIG time a week or so ago as a new release. TOTAL blurb jolt!!! eek And it appears it was actually a re-release, ’cause I had a bunch of our book-buds jump in and say they read this one last year and loved it. :D

Maryse: OMG I WANNA READ THIS!! Sounds like unrequited love/super-angsty awesomeness!! SHE’S FINALLY FALLING FOR SOMEONE, BUT HER BEST FRIEND FELL FOR HIM TOO…

Heidi: So good!

Brenda: Oh I loved this book so much <3 love all her books

Jessica: It’s really good! I read it last year and still think about.

Soooo… it’s an oldie but goodie and I’m thrilled to have read it. I’d say it has almost a “Devney Perry” feel to it and it was right up my life-trouble alley! Yep! It has just enough tension and issues to keep me reading and wondering where it would all go. Various things that had me hooked, and stressing, and swooning. Everything in here was my catnip.

  • An affair with a local “hero” that lands our heroine in the role of town “pariah” (and he gets to remain the “hero”)
  • a child from said affair, so she’s stuck there (and her child has health issues).
  • Unrequited love and heartache. She’s still not over him.
  • a new guy in town (hot firefighter that comes to her son’s rescue a few times). No matter how jaded she is about love she’s feeling butterflies, but…
  • her very protective (and beautiful) best friend is also falling for that firefighter (and they live right next door to each other)… OH. OH. Eeeeeeep!!

I went into this one stressed on so many levels (which I LOVE) and had an idea where it would eventually go, but was still on edge anticipating the inevitable angst and trouble looming.

“Are you interested in him?”

I cut her search off. There’s a long pause.

“I . . . No. Maybe? . . . I don’t know.”

“All I hear are lies.”

And it did not disappoint. Why? Because it actually surprised me a few times and even made my stomach hurt for her.

“I am over him,” I reply automatically.

She doesn’t argue. We both know I’m not. When you give your heart away, there’s no way to fully get it back. Pieces will be left behind, lies will drill holes, deceit will cause cracks, and the feeling of being unwanted will create a doubt that your heart was ever whole.

I struggled with the heroine at first (she’s seriously jaded when it comes to meeting someone new – to the point where I felt bad for some of the men she didn’t give a chance to),

“Who have you blacklisted?”


….but overall… I “got” her.

Cheryl: I did read Curveball. Not as angsty as I thought it would be and the friend relationship is part of that reason. Good read, but could have slapped the h a few times- somewhat of a broken record with her reasoning. Also wasn’t surprised about a twist. Still a good read.

Right there with you, Cheryl. Although that twist DID surprise me!

I started wondering if… I… er… maybe something… else? And I thought maybe… about that one *ahem* character. Good things? Bad things? Wrong impressions? But yeah. Was it going to… go there instead? Was I hopeful for that? What did I want now?? I was suddenly open to a few possibilities and…

And then SURPRISE!!!! eek Whoa.

The title makes so much sense on a literal and figurative level. Some excellent curveballs, indeed. Best of all? One that I didn’t see coming at all… that had me gasping. And one that I’m still wondering about (or suspicious of).

I wonder if there will be a part 2? It DOES NOT end on a cliffhanger, but it did end with a few somewhat open-issues that still worry me (LOL! As if these are real people – but yes I’m worried!!), and I’d love to explore those further.

4 stars! <— I may have roared in fury. mad Also cheered… eventually. ;) Definitely swooooooooooned. I enjoyed this one BIG time!

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Erin M February 13, 2019 at 8:47 PM

Reading this now and really enjoying it. You said in a post it’s Devney Perry-ish and that sold me. It so true! I’m almost done at 80%. I love Hayden and Shakespeare especially.
I’m going to check out more by this author.

Maryse February 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM

YAY Erin!!!!! I’m glad I wasn’t imagining the “feel” of the writing style and storyline. :)


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