Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital
LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.
WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?
Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…
Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim is a different take on the usual baseball novel. It doesn’t focus on a baseball player, but on the players behind the scenes. Tom Jameson has owned the Saints baseball team for years. Maggie, Tom’s daughter, was raised with the Saints. A recent college graduate, Maggie assumed she would work at the owner’s office for the Saints. Unexpectedly, Tom sells the Saints to businessman Alex Winters and his two associates Malachi Coulter (Mal) and Lucas Angelo.
The opening of this story sets the tone of the relationship between Maggie and Alex:
Alex Winters. Smiling at her. Wearing the same jeans, expensive white shirt, and gray blazer he’d worn this afternoon when he’d ruined her life. It was a disguise, she’d decided. He wore these clothes so no one would see that underneath it all he was another ruthless suit. But he was. And now he was here. Apparently she’d made the universe’s shit list after all.
Painted against a backdrop of baseball trades, negotiations and press conferences, Maggie and Alex turn up the heat on the baseball diamond. Their chemistry lights up the book, but it's also something Maggie hates. Maggie thinks (and calls) Alex is the devil; no matter that her body positively vibrates around him, this newcomer has stolen her team and her mind, at least, wants nothing to do with him. She only agrees to work with him for the good of her beloved baseball team.
“I’m the devil?” He was grinning at her now. She wasn’t sure why. She’d just told him to go to hell. “Why, Ms. Jameson, are you feeling tempted?”
Despite Maggie’s reservations, Alex becomes the main focus of her days. Their chemistry is undeniable, and the sexual tension between them builds as they work side by side every day. Eventually, Maggie and Alex set up a game plan in order to get each other our of their systems. “Bases” are put into effect as to how they want to venture in their sexual relationship. But Maggie has a hard time putting a stop to the bases—in fact she steals a couple:
He laughed and she froze. Mistake. Do not make the man laugh. When he laughed she forgot he was the devil and just wanted to make him laugh again to get another hit of the wash of approval that skated over her skin at the sound.
The inner dealings of acquiring a baseball team are integral to this story. Maggie is central to the acquisition because having Maggie (the team's unofficial mascot) on Alex’s side would be extremely beneficial for him.
Saint Maggie, as she was dubbed by the media, has been dumped at the forefront of an acquisition she didn’t even want. After having her plans upended because of Alex, she is struggling to find direction after graduation. A woman in what’s typically a male centered area, Maggie has a lot of prove. Alex being sexy, kind and smart is not what she needs right now. His role as villain was cast as soon as he opted to buy the Saints; it’s going to take A LOT of convincing for Maggie to come around:
“I know chemistry when I feel it. And we, Saint Maggie, have chemistry.” He snapped his fingers. "We have that. Which is unfortunate because you’ve decided I’m the devil and I am, as you pointed out, going to be your boss, but that doesn’t alter the face that it’s there and it’s making you very nervous.”
There’s a fine line between love and hate and Maggie is straddling that line. Will she be able to cross that line, keep her focus, and bridge the gap?
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