The Sweetest Game by J. Sterling
If you haven't read the first two books in this series: The Perfect Game and The Game Changer, I highly suggest you do that before continuing on to The Sweetest Game!
The Sweetest Game is the final full length novel of The Perfect Game series by J. Sterling. (sad face. but lucky for us, Jack is never really gone, since he hangs out on facebook and twitter.) It picks up at a major life event in Jack and Cassie's life. (music and bells and cuddling and.. just. it's important, okay?) This story follows Jack and Cassie through the next stage in their relationship, where Cassie learns more than she thought she ever needed to know about being in a relationship with a MLB player. I mean - come on, she's been doing this since college, she's got it down right? Wrong.
Jack doesn't know who he is without baseball, and up until this book, he's never had to find out. He's always had it. It's always been the one place that he could escape to. What happens if he's forced to find out who he is without the game? Will he lose everything he's working for while trying to find himself? Will he go completely postal? (that answer is an obvious "yes" if you know Jack Carter at all.) The point is, this book tests the strong bonds of a relationship that's been through hell and back. Just when you think that there's not anything that these two haven't been through, there's a ball out of left field that hits you slam in the eyes so hard that you can't help but cry. (like that baseball analogy? I do.)
How these two cope with those things, is inspirational. It's funny, it's sad, and it makes you want to be a better communicator, a better problem solver, and a better person in your current relationships.
We also get to see a little more of Dean and Melissa and I really love reading about them. Rumor has it that we're gonna get a novella that gives a little more insight to Dean and Melissa and their completely bipolar relationship, so let's cross our fingers for that!
It's really sad to say goodbye to Jack and Cassie. Sterling does an amazing job at making characters seem very realistic, and because of that, I feel like I can pick up the phone and call them. They're just so real to me, and the only person you can credit for that is Sterling. I love her characters.... like. a lot. So, if you haven't, pick up the whole series and get lost in a world of baseball butts driving girls nuts.
You won't regret it.
If you've read the whole series and you're sad and you miss Jack, I have good news! He's still around. Remember: you can find him on facebook and on twitter if you start having withdrawals. (oh yeah. Jack Carter for always and forever.)
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Don't forget! You can come meet 3/4 of the grownupfangirl/ohthebookfeels staff plus (and let's be honest, this is the part that matters) ALL of these amazing authors, including Jenn Sterling in Nashville in just under 3 weeks. HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP!
Yaaaaaa. Griffin Peterson is playing a gig after the signing, too. Holy Crap. (I already said that, didn't I?)
You can also check out THIS POST for even more fanfare about this Nashville event!