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Get a personal chef, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

And then Thierry shows up and Pietro realizes his mistake. Because he knows Thierry. A little too well.

Thierry is the man who told his ex to leave him.

Thierry is the man who punched Pietro and ran.

Thierry...is his ex-boyfriend’s best friend.

But Pietro also knows the man needs a job. An injury destroyed his former career, and Pietro is nothing if not a bleeding heart. Besides, he doesn’t have time to search for a new chef, not with the World Series looming and his team ready to go all the way.

Life gets more complicated, though, when he and Thierry cross a line one night after a lot of wine and several bad jokes. And while hooking up is one thing, Pietro knows the last thing in the world he needs is for his heart to get involved.

Too bad it tends to make decisions without him.

Switch-Hitter is the first book in a fictional MLB series featuring a lonely baseball player with a chip on his shoulder and hope in his heart, a team ready to win no matter what it takes, a grumpy French chef who will defend escargot to the death, and a few bottles of dry red wine leading to the sweetest happily ever after. Each book in the Hit and Run series stands alone, contains no cheating, and has a happily ever after.

©2022 E.M. Lindsey (P)2022 E.M. Lindsey

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Wonderful!

I absolutely fell in love with these men! I think that this trope is one of the best that EM Lindsey writes. This has it all… jealousy, an evil ex, hate to like to love, injury, long term disability, thrills of winning, sweet kisses and more. Cake for dinner? Oh yes!

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MM Sports & Culinary Romance

This was a good read. I really enjoyed both Thierry and Pietro. They were wonderful characters with a ton of depth. This is something I have come to love and enjoy about E.M.'s writing. This story was about overcoming your past and forging a strong future where you would have never thought it even a possibility. Thierry and Pietro both had obstacles they each had to overcome in order to make their lives better for themselves as well as each other. This was a story about forgiveness and when to know that forgiveness for others may be just that, for others. John Solo did a great job on the narration. I really enjoyed the side characters and look forward to reading about Gabriel and Ezra.

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EM knocked it out of the park.

EM Lindsey did it again, they totally knocked it out of the park(hahaha get it). Pietro and Thierry were lovely. I wanted to just love on Thierry after all he’d been through. I loved the way Sarah mothered him and Chris became his friend instead of just his physical therapist. Pietro was so funny. Loud and all over the place at times, but also so kind and there for the people that are important to him.
John Solo did a fire job narrating this story. I love his voice. His gruff, French-accented voice for Thierry was superb. The way he portrayed Pietro was so fun, I loved his inflections he chose for him. Give this book a listen! It is so worth it!

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Loved it

This is one of my all time favorite EM Lindsey books. Thierry and Pietro are amazing characters. They shine in the way they come alive on page and you can really see yourself in both of them. I love John Solo as a narrator, but this wasn't his best IMO. While I think he did these two justice, he missed a bit where it came to Thierry's French. Other than that though, I really enjoyed listening to this book.

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Such a lovely story

The audiobook of this one was just so good. I loved how much the narrator gave life to the characters and how great they sounded. This audiobook was just lovely and it really worked for me.

I just really enjoyed this one. This book was exactly what I wanted to read at this moment in my life and it just really worked for me. Everything about this book was just clicked for me and really worked for me. Reading this book was just a very good time and I really appreciated every seconds I spent reading the book. This one is the case of reading the right book at the right time and damn did it work for me at this time.

If I had one thing to say it’s just that i’m not the biggest fan of stories involving a lot of side characters and I felt like those plot points overshadowed the romance a little, I just would have prefered to see more cute couple moments between the main characters instead.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.**

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Fantastic new sports romance!

I absolutely love a good sports romance and E.M. Lindsey has created a truly amazing one with their new Hit and Run series! Thierry and Pietro are both a little bit broken but have a whole lot of love to give to the right person. Unfortunately, they have not had great luck in finding the right person before they found their lives connected again after a drama filled incident that changed both their lives. I hated seeing both men struggle so much to find their way toward the future they want but the struggle is what made the ending so sweet! Both Thierry and Pietro grow so much as people in this book and it is wonderful to see them embracing the changes they have made to lead a more positive life without whitewashing the events of their past. I loved the theme throughout the story that while people don't really become "better people," those who want to make changes to their life and make better choices are able to live a different way than they have in the past. I loved all the side characters in this book and hope some of them will be getting their own HEA in future books! John Solo is one of my favorite narrators because he is able to bring such life to the stories he narrates. His voice is so soothing to listen to for 8+ hours while keeping you engaged to the story and the characters. I have yet to listen to a John Solo book and be disappointed and I hope he will continue to narrate the rest of the books in the series once they are released. Fantastic new series with really diverse and complex characters and great storylines! Can't wait for the next book in the series!

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Fun and Sweet

I enjoyed my introduction to E.M. Lindsey. Pietro, a bit insecure and bumbling baseball player, and Thierry, a disabled grumpy chef, are a sweet couple. My only issue was that I felt like I was missing something from their shared past.

This is the first time I've listened to narrator John Solo, and he did a fantastic job of making each character distinguishable. I enjoyed his narration and plan to seek out more.

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Thierry and Pietro's Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

Based on the events at the beginning of this story, I was skeptical EM Lindsey would convince me Pietro and Thierry could ever go from enemies to a HEA. However, through skillful seeding of the MCs thoughts about each other throughout, Lindsey has fashioned a completely realistic and altogether delightful romance.

With an unrivaled ability to create outstanding differently-abled and true-to-life characters, Lindsey offers readers a glimpse into traumatic spinal injury and ADHD with Thierry and Pietro respectively. Both men believe they don’t deserve love, but move inexorably toward it nonetheless. The slow-burn from enemies to eventual lovers, accompanied by stellar character development, make this book a stand-out.

John Solo is honestly one of the best narrators of M/M romance. Solo's distinct voices and fabulous acting never fail to immerse the listener into the story.

I listened to this audiobook courtesy of Gay Romance Reviews, from whom I requested a free review copy. The opinion I’ve posted here is wholly voluntary.

Recommended.

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Good listen

I really like this story. Pietro and Thierry both have their struggles in life. I love how they came together. They supported each other and help each other through the tough times. I definitely recommend this book.

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Switch-Hitter....No Hitter

I'm uncertain where to start on how much I wanted to love this story but really, it felt as if it was all over the place, thus really making it hard for me to finish.  Nonetheless, I pushed through and finished listening to it. I've read books by E.M. Lindsey and I have heard John Solo and have enjoyed his narration but Switchhitter was a no hitter for me.  For starters, I'm not keen on the single names, maybe that's me being petty but the solo names left me uninterested in the characters, whom at first I thought were well written but fell flat in the chemistry department.  I could appreciate the challenging obstacles and troubled past but it just led me to believe that Pietro and Thierry were not truly attracted to one another, or at the very least share a connection that wasn't an ex.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that yes they're well written characters but just not for each other. 

As for the narration, I think John Solo did a great job; I love how narrators differentiate between characters, giving them more of a real feel to it, that he was actually Thierry and Pietro.  I didn't have a problem with him narrating, just a problem with the story.  Although this is a MM Sports Romance, it lacked romance, at least for me it did.  The few romances it did have, I didn't feel like they had a connection.  Overall, I enjoyed John Solo and because of that I endured the story, so I do not see myself continuing this series. Happy listening all! 

I received a copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews, and this is my honest review.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 05-02-22

Emotional story

Switch-Hitter is the first book in the series and for me it was the first book by E.M. Lindsey.
I was absolutely won over by the characters, as Pietro is lovable guy who stands by his friends no matter what. I also liked the getting-to-know-you story, which was so different from how you usually think of it. And by the time they meet again after getting to know each other, a lot has happened and they are both trying to get their lives back on track.
I enjoyed the story and was quickly captivated by the action. The chemistry between Thierry and Pietro was compelling and I liked how they dealt with the current circumstances.
If you like enemies to lovers stories, you should definitely listen to this audiobook.

John Solo did a good job, giving the characters different voices and bringing the story to life. Only Thierry's voice wasn't quite my cup of tea.

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  • Anne M
  • 05-03-22

Wonderful narration

Story = 3.5 stars rounded up

As a wheelchair user I was eager to read this. It's nice to see for a change. The author was very respectful and accurate in the portrayal. This was a well written book.

I did go back and forth on what to rate this though because on the one hand it is a very slow paced story. Like glaciel and the same topics are rehashed over and over again. I kept waiting for the plot to progress. On the other hand given the characters past history and Thierry working through his life changing injury it was understandable. I would recommend this to anyone that doesn't mind a very slow burn romance with little heat and not really any angst. Just an overall ok story about enemies becoming friends and a very reluctant MC learning to love himself again and learning he deserves love and overcoming his insecurities. I did really enjoy both of the MCs and the overall plot. It just didn't wow me.

Narration = 5 stars

John did a phenomenal job with this one. The accents were believable and the voices suited each of the characters. The distinct voices made knowing who was speaking clearly noticeable. He expressed all the emotions wonderfully and brought the story to life. It was a pleasure to listen to. I'm not always a fan of John's work cause he can sound older than most MCs but this was fabulous work.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 05-02-22

Switch-Hitter

E.M. Lindsey continues to write strong and emotional book’s about characters with disabilities.
Switch-Hitter is a M/M baseball romance that starts of as an enemies to lovers but is soon resolved.
A good listen for your credit.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 05-02-22

Another enjoyable book

I enjoy E.M. Lindsey books. I especially loved the On the Market series. I love how she writes disabled characters who live their lives as if they are just regular ordinary people – which they are. We, as a society, need to be more accepting. As someone in this book points out – it’s shouldn’t be remarkable when someone who is deaf or blind or an amputee plays baseball – it should be the norm.

Pietro is an adorable character. He’s a professional baseball player with ADHD. As someone on that spectrum, I could totally relate to what he was going through. He’s tried to adapt – as we often do – and some strategies are more effective than others – totally a relatable situation. What he does have is a scummy ex-boyfriend. Blech.

Thierry has had a rough go of it. He was a bodyguard to Pietro’s ex-boyfriend and believed the man cared for him. When Thierry’s shot, however, and paralyzed, he discovers who his really friends are. Recovering in Colorado, he finds himself needing to get a job. Rehab is expensive and he needs to start covering some of his costs and not relying on family. What does a former bodyguard do? Become a chef, of course.

Except the only man who’ll hire him is the man he once punched in the face.

An auspicious beginning if ever there were one.

Yet it works. Thierry works hard to get Pietro to eat something other than raman noodles, and Pietro shows he’s capable of forgiveness. And when his team is in contention, everything sort of falls into place. Of course there has to be a dark moment, a grand gesture, and a lovely epilogue. I happily got all three.

John Solo did a great job of narrating this story. There are more books in the series and I can’t wait.

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  • Gwen
  • 05-02-22

A home run for love!

A sports, slow burn, enemies to lovers romance. This is not a typical story, where the MCs meet cute, this was a hit on the face meet up. I enjoyed the characters and how sensitive some themes might be but are covered with style. Pietro is a great guy, willing to help a friend no matter what. The only thing I think might have gone better is the voice for Thierry but it wasn’t that deterring. Good listen 🎧

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 05-01-22

A Change Of Lifestyle

MM, Hurt/Comfort, Sports, Contemporary, Romance. First book in the series, reads as a stand-alone. Great characters with a not so cute meet story, a lot has changed since their last meeting. A great story which I've really enjoyed, brilliantly narrated by John Solo. Great to have a book whose main characters have disabilities. Guaranteed HEA.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 04-30-22

Such a great listen

I loved the characters in this book, they have depth and personalities that you can believe.
Pietro and Thierry have a difficult past including a violent alteration.
They meet up again after Thierry is shot.
Can they even speak together after their past violence?
Loved that they cast John Solo as the narrator as he did a wonderful job with this book. Although I did speed up to 1.25 on audible.

Switch-Hitter
Hit and Run, Book 1
By: E.M. Lindsey
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: Hit and Run, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min

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🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧Narration
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Read at 1.25 speed on Audible

I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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  • Amelia
  • 04-29-22

A sweet, emotional romance

I wasn't sure I'd like Pietro after reading Gabriel and Ezra's story, but he surprised me in this audio. Yes, he was undoubtedly the famous, somewhat cocky athlete, but Pietro was also a dedicated and hard worker, disastrous cook, and man who didn't always know how to express his feelings. All those little, unexpected facets of his personality were what made Pietro so lovable to me, and it's why I ended up rooting so hard for his and Thierry's romance. I honestly didn't know if either of them could move forward from their messy, tangled up past, but much to my delight they settled into something warm and peaceful and happy together. With so much going on in both Pietro and Thierry's lives, I kinda expected their romance to be a whirlwind affair, but the reality was so much better than that. They drifted together slowly, after relearning how to trust each other and lowering their walls, and the safe space it created for both of them was wonderful to experience. They may not have had that impulsive, lusty drive to rip each other's clothes off all the time, but if anything I felt their desire more in the intentional way they expressed it when they were at home. For a long time I didn't know if either man would be brave enough to put into words what their hearts knew to be true, but after interference from multiple well-intentioned friends (and some not so friendly influences), they did finally make the leap.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • L.D.
  • 04-28-22

Home Run

Switch-Hitter is the first book in the Hit and Run series, a contemporary series featuring hot baseball players and their sweet love stories. Except, Pietro’s love story starts off as anything but sweet. The last time Pietro saw Thierry, the man had punched him in the face. Now, things are different. Thierry’s life has completely changed and he finds himself as Pietro’s personal chef. Not unexpectedly, there’s more than dinner that cooks up between the two of them. What once was resentment is now a tender love. The story was so engrossing and completely sucked me in. I was very invested in Pietro’s and Thierry’s happy ever after.

The audiobook was narrated by the fabulous and wonderful John Solo. John is a fantastic narrator who can just whisk me away into the story immediately. I love his voice and how he embodies all the characters. Plus, the audiobook quality is superb.

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  • Bookoutbelow
  • 04-27-22

Looks like another amazing series from Lindsey!

A start to another great series by EM Lindsey. It's a (former) enemies to lovers tale (they get over the enemies part really quick so it's pretty light), with two men who are just trying to get their lives together. Full of love and passion, I was rooting for these two from the start and really enjoyed their chemistry. It's definitely sports light, not a huge sports read, but just enough to get an alternate reality view into an athlete's life. I listened to the narration by John Solo and thought he did a phenomenal job. Even with the accents, everything was top notch and kept me fully engaged with the story.