Bottom of the Ninth - Jami Davenport

Bottom of the Ninth

By Jami Davenport

  • Release Date: 2016-10-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings


Three sports.
Three broken brothers.
Torn apart by tragedy and forever bound by traumatic pasts.
Thrust together once again when their paths cross in Seattle.

This long-awaited story of the third Wolfe brother introduces the Seattle Skookums baseball team.

Zeke Wolfe, the man who's written off his entire family, rescues a young woman and three children on a stormy Seattle night. Before he knows it, he has an instant family and a fake fiancé he's certain he doesn't want.

Paisley Madison dreams of having a real home for herself and her sister's children. When a handsome baseball player drops into her life, she knows a gift when she sees one and hires herself as his assistant.

As their business arrangement turns into something much more personal, Paisley and Zeke's pasts threaten to destroy their precarious hold on love. Can they conquer their demons and embrace a forever love, or will they run from their pasts and abandon their future together?

Read the first two Wolfe Brother's books:
Melting Ice (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)--Isaac's story
Blindsided (Seattle Steelheads Football)--Tanner's story


  • Boss/employee turned fake romance but the attraction in this sports romance isn’t quite so fake

    By Miss P L P
    Bottom of the Ninth is a sports romance mixed with a single aunt who has taken custody of her sister’s three children. The book incorporates a down on her luck woman with a rich baseball player but both have experienced traumatic childhoods. Starting off as a boss/employee romance it turns to a fake romance but things aren’t quite so fake. The book completely captured me from start to finish with the strong plot and likeable characters. As a big fan of sports romances, this book didn’t let me down with expectation after loving the sound of this from its blurb and knowing Jami Davenport’s work already. Also, be assured, it can be read as a standalone despite being book 6 in the series; I personally haven’t read any of the previous books in this series. Zeke and Paisley have an incredible attraction and chemistry as these two people with tough pasts find themselves having to face up to the poor hand life has dealt them but finding that maybe together things may finally improve for both. There is an instant attraction but as the book progresses it turns to a steady build up of the relationship between them before things get rather heated. The dual perspective helped develop and create these complex characters further and I personally loved reading both Zeke and Paisley’s interactions with Paisley’s two nieces, Sophie and Sadie, and her nephew, Brayden; the kid’s playing an integral part of this story. Bottom of the Ninth is a well written sports romance that is steadily paced. The book has a good balance with enough drama and tension that bubbles along throughout to keep things interesting and the reader guessing to how thing would work out, including some surprising events at the end of the book that unravel the final underlying issues raised over the course of the book. Only thing that bugged me a little was how worried Paisley was regarding her circumstances and how public they behaved; just felt a little contradictory. Not a big thing but a niggle. In terms of the sports elements, I can’t comment on the accuracy of any baseball details talked about or described as I don’t follow it personally; as a novice, it read fine the small references and could easily enough be followed. However, don’t be put off if you aren’t into sports because the book is so much more than that and very easy to follow along. Personally, I loved that we got an epilogue that left you feeling fully satisfied with the HEA and that all ends had been tied up. Overall, if you are looking for a brilliantly written contemporary romance or sports romance, definitely give this book a read. I really enjoyed it. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.