Heavy Hitter: A Novel (Paperback)

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The beloved New York Times bestselling author of Birds of California hits it out of the park with this smart, sexy, thrilling take on the celebrity-athlete story—a funny, sizzling, ripped-from-the-headlines romance between an international pop star and a major league baseball player who thought his best days were behind him.

Taylor and Travis. Jennifer and A-Rod. Marilyn and Joe. When a professional athlete and a megawatt star fall in love, the world is obsessed . . .

With four chart-topping albums, Lacey Logan is a superstar whose life no longer feels like her own. Her every move is photographed, videoed, and dissected online, and her carefully curated Instagram feed studied by fans worldwide. To maintain her privacy, Lacey skillfully controls her narrative, showing fans and paparazzi what she wants them to see.

But when Lacey discovers her boyfriend is hiding two devastating secrets—a bad cocaine habit and a pregnant girlfriend—she begins to lose confidence and control of her own story. Then big-shouldered baseball player Jimmy Hodges, a former Rookie of the Year when Lacey was in high school, walks into the bar where she’s venting to a friend. With his shaggy beard and unfashionable button-down, Jimmy is the opposite of the picture-perfect guy Lacey thinks she wants. Soon, sparks fly and inhibitions go out the window when Lacey dares to take some chances.

Lacey and Jimmy are polar opposites. But could this be the forever after they both need?

About the Author

Katie Cotugno is the New York Times bestselling author of Birds of California and Meet the Benedettos as well as eight novels for young adults. She is also the coauthor (with Candace Bushnell) of Rules for Being a Girl. She lives in Boston with her family.

Praise For…

"Author Katie Cotugno — who plumbed the joys and pains of celebrity romance in her novels Birds of California and Meet the Benedettos — brings us this ripped-from-the-headlines version of a delicate romance that’s guaranteed to hit different" — People

"This book feels like candy in the best possible way: delicious, addictive, and impossible to put down. Heavy Hitter is a celebrity romance that’s both joyfully escapist and achingly real — Katie Cotugno is at the top of her game. A smart, sexy confection.” — Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times Bestselling author of The Ex Talk and Business or Pleasure

“Though their chemistry is immediate, how will they build a relationship when they’re rarely in the same time zone? Cotugno answers that question with some creativity and plenty of spice and gives readers a tantalizing peek into the world of the rich and famous, with both the perks and the downfalls illustrated in painstaking detail. Readers won’t be able to resist this charmer.” — Publishers Weekly

"Compulsively readable...A must purchase." — Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063393950
ISBN-10: 0063393956
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English