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“This is sports romance at its best! I was hooked from the first page!” Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author

The Ninth Inning, an all-new standalone sports romance from New York Times bestselling author J. Sterling, is available now!


Cole Anders is in his last season at Fullton State. If he doesn’t get drafted this year, he’ll be forced to hang up his cleats for good. It’s not something he’s ready to do.

To prove he’s serious about his final season, he’s given up girls. No more casual hookups, dates or one-night stands. But there’s one girl who has always refused to give up on him. One girl who has been there since the start of Freshman year. One girl he stupidly assumed would always be waiting for him when he got off the field, no matter how long it took.

Christina’s had enough of Cole pushing her aside for baseball. She’s grown tired of waiting for him to see what she’s known since they were freshmen… that they are good together. She’s finally moved on- for good this time.

Cole has other ideas, but she refuses to cave. It’s not her problem if he wants her now. Too little too late.

There comes a point in your life when you have to stop the incessant merry-go-round and just get off the ride, right? Try telling that to Cole.


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JSterlingAbout J. Sterling

My goal is to write books that you can get lost in and stories that will leave you with a smile and a full heart. If you can forget about the real world while you’re reading and fall in love with my characters, then I’ve done my job. A lot of what I write has real life aspects in it, but that’s what makes the stories so relatable- the fact that they could happen to anyone… and have!

I live in California with my son, Blake. If you can’t find me sitting behind a computer screen, then there’s a good chance I’m sitting in the bleachers of a baseball stadium watching him play. I love traveling to new places, meeting my readers and spending time with the love of my life, my very own second chance romance, who inspires me daily.

I know you have a million books to choose from and I am humbled, grateful and thankful each time you choose to read one of mine, or tell someone else to read them. Thank you.

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What's better than baseball? Seriously, the baseball trope is at the top of my list when it comes to a sports romance. I am almost positive I have not read anything from this author, but I was shocked by how much this author based the book around the actual sport, most authors don't do that. I was also glad to see that this author didn't base her characters off fantasy. Don't get me wrong, the Hero was an alpha when it came down to it, but he actually fit the profile of a real human.

The Ninth Inning was a book that held depth. Depth of emotion, depth of real life-like qualities. I do think the story flowed nicely, but I did dock a star because I felt at times the characters were childish even though the were seniors in college. For the most part the characters faced their feelings head on which I appreciated. There was more than enough drama, that kept this book from being anything but boring, BUT there was plenty LOL moments as well. There was high's and there was low's, but I think was the most important was how these characters wanted to redeem themselves, and redeem themselves they did.

To say there was chemistry, that would be putting it mildly. I mean it was pouring off of the pages from beginning to end. I did enjoy how J Sterling gave us past snippets of the two of them together, instead of all in one swoop. Personally, I think it made the story better, more well-rounded.

Overall, this was a really good story, and I can not wait to see how the rest of this series plays out. Bring on the butts of all butts! I mean come on, we all know baseball players have the best of butts.


~ Ashley

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