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The Lineup by Meghan Quinn

The Lineup Book Review

Meghan Quinn delivers a laugh out loud rom-com with The Lineup. Jason, the baseball player perfectly illustrated on the book cover, is one of those characters you’ll remember.

The character role reversal threw me at first, but once I got into it, I became a Jason fan. By “role reversal” I’m referring to the fact that Jason has a whole lot of stereotypical woman in him. He’s emotional, cries easily, loves to talk about his feelings, loves to cook, cares about the presentation of said food.

Then there’s Dottie, his sort of opposite. She’s a no tear, has her own chef, all about work kind of lady. I’ve definitely read many romance novels where she’s the hero to a T. She might be a bit difficult to like, except her long-time besties help to round out those soft edges and we see the heart underneath the shell. 

One thing about Jason. That cover image with the hair and necklace is spot on. And that towel image! So many times in the book we hear about THE towel photo. And, I do love it when the book cover plays out on something in the book, and especially when it nails my image of the hero. But, no matter how many body descriptions of Jason I read, I couldn’t shake my image of having a thicker middle. Maybe it’s just his love of food, maybe it’s the bubble butt, but I kept expecting him to say, “Baby, I love your hands on me, but please don’t grab the love handles.” It’s probably all in my head. In my mind, baseball players’ physiques are one step above golfers’.

As the book progresses, Dottie softens a bit and re-prioritizes. And Jason, well, he’s kind of perfect. Like, amazingly perfect, funny and while he loves the challenge Dottie represents, he falls in love with the woman no other man has taken the time to discover. So, it takes a while to get there, but in the end, Quinn delivers a warm happy HEA. 

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