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Publisher's Summary

USA Today best-selling author Leslie Pike delivers a delightful romance centering on an athlete and the object of his affection—a single mother.

Memphis Mavericks catcher Atticus Swift has game. On the field and off. Things and people come easy to the baseball player. 

Then why is the woman across the room ignoring him? 

Single mother Charlotte Bay is one-minded. Her focus is on her daughter, Mallory, who bears emotional and physical scars of the past. 

Love, romance, or even male attention is not on the radar.

Sometimes life throws you a perfect curveball.

©2018 Leslie Pike (P)2022 Leslie Pike
  • Series: Swift, Book 1
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  • Categories: Romance

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Steamy Baseball Romance!

Leslie Pike brings the heat and all the heart with The Curve. It’s a wonderful single mom sports romcom. This is a smashing start to a new series! On the surface, Atticus Swift is your typical, unapologetic playboy ball player. Until he meets the enchanting Charlotte who may be the first woman in ages to turn him down. Charlotte is a strong, shy single mom focused on guiding her daughter through the turbulent teenage years. The way Atticus seamlessly fits into their daily lives without overstepping is lovely. Charlotte and Atticus have a charming, flirty, powerful, swoon-worthy connection. Leslie Pike’s storytelling reminds us that kindness, compassion, and love win out over all. The Swift family is a prime example that family comes in all shapes, sizes, and all families are amazing.

“I won’t let this be the end. Ours is a love story.”

I love how sweet Atticus is with Charlotte’s daughter Mallory. After a tragic accident when she was young, Mallory hasn’t had an easy life. Due to bullying and cruelty from other children, Mallory often closes herself off from social settings. Atticus’ guidance in their growing relationship gives Mallory the confidence and support she needs to navigate life at a new school and overcome adversity. Swift family dinners are hilarious. I can’t wait to read more about the Swifts.

The Curve audiobook is a quick and quirky romp. Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are one-click narrators for me. Their performances in this fast-flowing story are flawless. Maxine’s portrayal of the dynamic, steadfast, kindhearted Charlotte is superb! She gives a passionate, endearing, sultry performance in this steamy, funny romance. Joe captures Atticus’ confident, seductive, goofball personality perfectly. His portrayal of the cinnamon-roll ball player will make you swoon. You don’t want to miss this first-in-series audiobook!

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Feel-good, swoony romance!!

The Curve by Leslie Pike was such a feel-good, swoony romance that made my heart super happy! This single mom/ hunky baseball player story hooked my attention right from the start, and I didn’t want it to end! I simply adored every aspect of Atticus and Charlotte’s world in Memphis, including all of Atticus’ family and Charlotte’s daughter Mallory.

This audiobook is narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell, and I just love when these two are paired together. Joe Arden was spot on and super dreamy conveying Atticus’ confidence, charming, and determined sides as he put aside his playboy ways and fell hard for Charlotte. Maxine Mitchell is a decadent delight in her performance of Charlotte. In her narration, you can feel all of Charlotte’s vulnerabilities, love for her daughter, and yearning to let her guard down to love and trust Atticus. The way Joe and Maxine portray Atticus and Charlotte’s instant magnetic chemistry will make you happy sigh.

Overall, I loved this book! If you are a fan of a baseball romance with a hot persistent catcher, a single mom who puts her daughter first, a loving dedicated family, picnics with homecooked meals, a Firefly Ball, costume parties, magical steamy times in the woods (white canopy bed = swoon), tipsy times with Jack Daniels, supporting the ones you love, Memphis Mavericks baseball games, and a HEA that will curve your heart in all the best ways, then you will love Atticus and Charlotte’s story. I am so excited for Brick and Bristol’s stories next in Leslie Pike’s Swift series.

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loved it

I love sports romance. Leslie Pike does it well. You get pulled into the story. She makes you want to be apart of it. It's full of emotions. The narrators were great. Perfect fit for this syory.

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Sweet, Sexy, and Fun Story!

I just loved and really enjoyed listening to The Curve! I am a huge fan of Leslie Pikes’ writing style, and she definitely did not disappoint on this one. She managed to pack so much emotion and detail into a shorter story. There is lots of love, laughs, and low angst. The story of Atticus and Charlotte is super sweet and fun! Atticus, the star MLB catcher who is injured (typical playboy) meets Charlotte, a single mom to a teen girl, Mallory. Atticus is thrown off his “game” as Charlotte was not falling for his charms. He had never, ever had to chase a woman before, but there was just something special about Charlotte that made him be persistent in pursuing her. Charlotte who’s sole focus is being the best single parent to Mallory. She is just instantly attracted to Atticus but is hesitant on acting on those feelings. The chemistry between them is undeniable and off the charts smokin’ hot! Their sexual tension, the slow burn, was very romantic. I love the pace of their relationship. I especially loved the relationship that Atticus and Mallory developed to. Him helping her with a personal situation , giving her advice, and eventually winning her over. Then the relationship between all three of them progressed as they started to trust each other.
Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell do a beautiful job narrating. It definitely is not a secret that these two are my absolute favorite narrators. They are my 1-Click, never think about it duo! #RideOrDie. They both did not disappoint in this! Joe did a fantastic job portraying Atticus so well. From the cocky, self-assured athlete, charming, funny to the absolutely adorable voice he uses when he is at a costume party. 😅 That will stick in my mind for a while. Maxine is just perfection as always. She just has the perfect voice for each and every emotion that Charlotte has. She is just so calm and soothing to hear. She portrayed Charlottes soft, shy side, her “wild” moments (que Jack Daniels ) and her character growth like a boss. She is just the best!

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Great story

I really enjoyed this audiobook. First there is the story which has depth and feeling and a lesson to be learned. Atticus and Charlotte have chemistry but they are also living life and there are issues they have to weave their way through which is true for all of us. I also enjoyed Mallory's character. She has suffered but finds her way with Atticus' help. I loved seeing her grow and learn about how to deal with life issues.

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell were great to listen to. I loved it from start to finish.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.

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Amazing Romance with Awesome Narrators ❤️

This was a fun, sexy romance with no angst. I love the story of Atticus and Charlotte and couldn't stop listening until I finished the entire book. Charlotte is a strong single mom raising Mallory and not looking to be in a relationship until Atticus comes into her life. Their story is beautiful and I just loved Atticus and his family! They are a funny and lovable group of people. Joe and Maxine are awesome narrators and were perfect for the story. This is a must listen! I can't wait to listen to the next book!

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I loved it!

This is the first book in the Swift series. Wow! I loved it! Atticus and Charlotte's story is so sweet and heartwarming! Atticus, a charming playboy, is such a good man, caring and supportive. Charlotte is beautiful, strong, and caring. They are perfect together. Charlotte's daughter Mallory is a beautiful teenager, strong, and resilient. The story is well written and engaging. Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell did an amazing job with the narration. They are perfect as Atticus and Charlotte. I enjoyed it! Looking forward for more in the series.

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Definitely a home run!

This was my first Leslie Pike book and it was a mostly light-hearted, low-angst sports romance. Atticus is a major league catcher recovering from an injury when he meets Charlotte, a single mother working two jobs to support herself and her teenaged daughter, Mallory.

The attraction between Atticus and Charlotte is instantaneous, but she’s wary of letting men into her heart and Mallory’s life who may not stick around. Atticus isn’t known for long-term relationships, but when it comes to Charlotte he can’t stop himself from wanting more. It’s not long before they give in to their growing feelings.

I especially loved Mallory’s journey as she learns to overcome her fears, stand up to bullies and build her self-confidence.

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell give cheeky yet earnest performances as Atticus and Charlotte and the rest of the characters in his quirky family. This story was a quick, sweet treat!

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Fabulous narration for a quick, fun stand alone

Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden did a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

The Curve is a cute, fun, quick listen and you don’t have to know much about baseball to enjoy the story. Charlotte is a single mom with a teenage daughter, and I liked that the author included some parent-of-a-teenager struggles as well (especially regarding the way kids treat each other). There was some advice given to the teenager that seemed questionable to me, but it wasn't the only advice and the situation turned out well so I look at it as a bonus topic to discuss with book club members.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and the opinions here are my own.

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Sweet, Heartfelt and Sizzling Romance!

What a sweet, heartfelt, sizzling romance! Atticus Swift was enjoying the single life as a professional baseball catcher. When he met Charlotte Bay, a devoted single mother to a sweet but scarred young teen, his whole world shifted. Sparks ignited between them instantly, but Charlotte holds back choosing to focus on her daughter, Mallory, and helping her feel safe and happy. Atticus can't explain it but is determined to get to know them both. I loved the way the relationship between all three of them grew organically as they learned to trust each other, building a strong foundation, along with the sizzling, slow-burn sexual tension between Atticus and Charlotte. Atticus really made me swoon as he took his time with them both. Charlotte is a great mom who puts her daughter first and Mallory reflects the strength and resilience of her mom. The family gatherings were hilarious and added so much warmth, and tenderness to this story as well.
I always enjoy the narrations by Joe Arden, and Maxine Mitchell. They did an incredible job bringing this heartwarming and sizzling story to life, immersing me in their world, and making this fun, heartfelt, and sizzling romance even more irresistible!

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  • 05-16-22

Sweet and spicy start to the perfect series

This fabulously fun and flirty sports romance by the amazingly talented Ms Leslie Pike and is a perfect short and sweet story that is packed full of heat.
I was completely captivated right from the very start and fell hard and fast for Atticus Swift, a catcher for the Memphis Mavericks who is out of the game recuperating from an injury. Atticus is used to women falling at his feet so when he tries to get a woman’s attention at an event and she pretty much ignores him, this only piques his interest in her even more. And despite his brother Brick warning him off her, Atticus is drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
Charlotte Bay is a seamstress, hairdresser, and single Mum to a thirteen-year-old daughter Mallory, who has been struggling with her confidence so has drawn into herself as the result of a terrible accident left her both physically and mentally scarred.
Seeing not only Atticus and Charlotte’s relationship not only blossom and bloom into something very deep and loving was beautiful but the way he took Mallory under his wing and the bond he formed with her too was extremely moving.
Narrated by the insanely talented, powerhouse duo Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell. Every time I see these two paired together, I let out a happy, contented sigh as you can always guarantee the story and characters are in safe hands and my goodness, they perform out of their skim as Atticus, Charlotte, and sweet Mallory.
If you love a baseball romance with a hot, hunky catcher, a single mum who is totally devoted to her daughter, gorgeous family picnics, Firefly Ball with magical, romantic steamy times on a white canopy bed in the woods under the stars, drunken fun with a bottle of Jack and the most perfect HEA, then you’ll want to grab yourself a copy of this asap.
I can’t wait to see what Leslie has in store for the rest of the Swift Series when we get a peak into Brick and Bristol’s lives.

Leslie Pike is fast becoming one of my favourite authors after falling in love with the Lyon Family Series and Ms Pikes’ beautiful writing style. I am super excited for more from this incredibly talented lady.

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  • Alex
  • 05-04-22

Bored and disconnected.

This is #1 of the Swift Series and I am sorry to say that it left me cold and for some reason I just couldn't connect with the characters.

Atticus is a baseball player who breaks his arm and sees Charlotte across the room and that's it. She, on the other hand, is a single mum and is reluctant to have an affair with him.

I found it weird that her 13 year old daughter who didn’t like going out due to being scarred and having been bullied suddenly meets Atticus and this isn't mentioned again.

I found the story too unbelievable, so sadly I won't be continuing with this series.

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  • Rubi Rodriguez (Rubi's Bookshelf)
  • 05-03-22

Loved it

What an enjoyable listen! Book 1 in the Swift series and it hit my single parent love right away. I especially enjoyed how Atticus falls in love with Mallory also. That ending had me swooning. I loved it so hard. At first, I thought I was going to get a semi-sweet story but man that steam was anything but. I had to fan myself to get past it. Oh, my. Charlotte is one strong heroine and I loved her. Her strength as a single mom had me from the get go. There was even a point where I wanted to cry so bad, so you could say this story really hits all the emotions in one amazing roller coaster. I highly recommend and can't wait for more Swift siblings!

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 05-03-22

Great listen

I really enjoyed the book, the story was good, great pace, it doesn't drag much, and little drama is involved. I loved that what started as a challenge and something just for "fun" for Atticus it soon turn into something he wanted more that a good time and he starts doing everything he can to make Charlotte give them both a chance to explore what they can have together. Charlotte is a strong and independent woman and I liked that she doesn't let Atticus fame or "scandals" affect her and doesn't jump into unnecessary conclusions making drama of it, instead she just asks Atticus about it, being able to make their relationship work and growth.

The narration was amazing, both Joe Arden and Maxin Mitchell did a fantastic job with this story, they're amazing narrators that never disappoint with their performances.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 05-02-22

Short, sexy, but not easily dismissed

Since it’s only a novella, everything is speeded up, so instalove it is. But at least the author takes her time and Atticus actually has to work to convince Charlotte to give him a chance.

Mostly, it’s because Charlotte is a single mother and her daughter is her priority. It doesn’t help that Mallory is a teenager with a physical flaw that make her a victim of bullying. It’s always a mystery how an author will deal with a heavy topic. Sometimes, it’s barely brushed. Here, the emotional burden of bullying, both for the victim and the people who love them, is well treated, and heartwrenching. I felt for that girl. And the author goes as far as offering solutions, all coming from people supporting each other while taking a stance. Powerful.

I loved how Atticus acted with Mallory. She wasn’t just a way for him to seduce her mother. He really liked her, and wanted the best for her. And, like any parent, hovering between wanting to protect their child, and teaching them how to be strong on their own while letting them make their own mistakes. Not exactly a book about what parenting entails, but close enough.

No, the real focus of the story is of course the romance between the playboy athlete and the single mother. And it was a sexy story, right from Atticus’s solo scene.

The narrators were well cast. The female narrator’s trembling voice was perfect for Charlotte’s emotional breakdowns, while the male narrator gave the right energy for Atticus. Short, sexy, but not easily dismissed, it was a nice listen.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 05-02-22

Loved this book!

I was gifted this book via an Aural Fixation competition and this is my voluntary review.

Book one of the Swift series by Leslie Pike focuses on Baseball star Atticus who plays baseball for the Mavericks. He's completely enamoured by hot single momma Charlotte when her kid Mallory goes to get her baseball signed. He's got to know more about this beautiful woman with the shy scarred covered daughter. A second chance romance is the farthest thing from the hot single mothers mind. Charlottes been used to being her kids entire everything, mum, dad and grandparents. Its always just been the two of them since Mallorys father opted out years ago, shes reluctant to trust her heart to this warm, protective & obsessive handsome man.

This story was very well written, and expertly narrated by Maxine Mitchel and Joe Arden.
I really enjoyed it.

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  • Zelda Car
  • 04-25-22

She’s h3llfire & holy water

I loved that Charlotte, with no interest in baseball, ends up the object of Atticus Swift’s attention. Charlotte is a single mom to Mallory, a really special young teen. Loved the characters, who were brought to light by the fabulous narrators Maxine Mitchell & Joe Arden. A great, heartfelt story all around.

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  • Ms RD
  • 04-20-22

What a journey!

Loved loved loved this book!
It’s a book about a MLB player, a mum and her daughter. Atticus & charlottes journey is so lovely and heartbreaking all at the same time. Kids can be so cruel but this is a story that tackles in a great way!
So worth your time to listen! Live a sports romance!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-19-22

Homerun!!

Leslie Pike writes romances that make it impossible not to fall in love with the hero. Just in time for the start of baseball season, this gem is released and I am totally in love with Atticus Swift! Yes, even injured, the playboy has moves. And when he sees single mother, Charlotte at an event, he is immediately taken with her. She does whatever it takes to keep the man at arm's length, but he eventually worms his way into her life along with her daughter, Mallory. And our fun begins. Atticus is sweet and caring, and despite his reputation, has truly won my heart. Charlotte is guarded and rightfully so. I love her mom instincts and how she puts Mallory above everything. Mallory has had it tough, and the relationship she is forging with Atticus is just what she needs. Pike writes the story with a compassion for Mallory, but doesn't take it too easy. It feels real and just the kind of story perfect for a weekend listen. I love it!

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell once again use their incredible chemistry to create Atticus and Charlotte. Atticus is a little arrogant, but Arden is able to keep him in line with his inflections, keeping him real. Charlotte is guarded and Mitchell brings her in this way with her nuances, but we are able to hear the change by the changes in her voice. What a team, it is a wonderful listen.

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  • BellaReads
  • 04-19-22

Sweet, short and provided all the feels!

This is a single mum and sports star romance centring around Atticus and Charlotte. Atticus is the famous catcher in his baseball team and Charlotte is the single mum, whom at the beginning doesn’t even know a thing about baseball. There’s instant attraction between both parties at the beginning, but they both lead such different lives, so getting together would be very complicated.

(What I liked about the book) Atticus’ characterisation was unexpected, but I love it. I loved how he loved Charlotte and took care of her. I also loved his new found friendship with her daughter, Mallory. Their friendship came together very authentically.

I was especially impressed with how Mallory’s issues were handled in the book. Although the book is mostly low angst, it also dealt with some heavier topics surrounding Mallory’s bullying both online and in school. This didn’t just affect Mallory and Charlotte, but it also affected how Atticus would fit into the family.

Honestly, the entire relationship between Atticus’ family and Charlotte’s family was adorable; I loved how the entire family came together. The banter was such fun. This book was honestly just soo cute.

This is the point where I talk about my dislikes and any thing I feel could have been improved. But, I don’t even think I have any dislikes about this book. It was honestly perfect (it even got upgraded to my favs bookshelves).

I really, really loved the narration. Narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell, both narrators did an excellent job. The voices were perfect, I honestly could listen to them all day. The complemented each other very well.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It provided all the feels and I highly recommend it, especially the audiobook version.

I was provided a free audio copy of this book. However, all opinions shared are my honest thoughts about this book.