4 stars. I liked this, I could have used more "steam", but as far as great friends and lovers--great read. I enjoyed Penny, wish we could have gotten more from the other "stray girls". There was humor and you could definitely feel the emotion between them. Xander had such a rough start and parts of it for him were more than heartbreaking for me. Chris's drinking was killing me...their horrible coach, the whole pressure, the way they dealt with it--the whole 3rd home game of the month thing--just awful. But they were consistent with each other and so fantastic together and they had such a great support system from the people that really matter. Loved it. Would definitely recommend it and would read more from this author.