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Title: Curveball
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and
tragedy in humor.
My life proved his theory as fact.
At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town
to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in
Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of
blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.
Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most
My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.
My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my
son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man
who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and
the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in
both our lives.
But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only
friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh
round of heartbreak.
Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.
Would history repeat itself?


Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?
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“I don’t watch TV at night…” Her voice drifts off, and I know it’s because she realizes I’m going to ask why.And I do.

“You’re going to laugh.”


“It’s because I can’t hear things.”

“What kinds of things are you trying to hear?”

“I don’t know. Strange noises and things…”

“Strange noises?”

“Do I need to spell it out for you?” She’s trying to sound annoyed, but I can hear the smile in her voice.

“Apparently, because I have no idea what you’re talking about. What kinds of strange noises are you going to hear? I usually turn my TV up to block out all the strange sounds like the neighbor’s kids and the lady behind me that sounds like Fran fucking Drescher.”

“You know who Fran Drescher is?”

“My mother was a big fan of that stupid show she was in. Stop changing the subject. What are you listening for? Hayden won’t sneak out.”

“What if someone breaks in?”

“You’re not serious.”

“Of course I’m serious!”

“What do you do all night?” I ask.

“Work,” she admits. “Well, usually I clean, and then I work.”

“I’m coming over.”

“You can’t.”

The panic in her voice doesn’t make her sound upset about the idea, but afraid.

Is it because she likes me?

“Why not?” I ask.

“It’s like nine o’clock.”

“Are you about to turn orange and sprout a stem?”

“That and I’m not wearing a bra, if you must know.”

“So put it back on.”

“You don’t understand. That’s like saying put your jeans back on.”

“I am in jeans,” I lie just to get a reaction out of her.

“What is wrong with you?” she cries.

“What’s wrong with jeans?”

“They’re stiff and uncomfortable. Wearing jeans all day is basically equivalent to walking on sandpaper. But at least you guys have pockets that will actually hold something larger than a thimble and don’t ride up your ass.”

“If your bra is riding up your ass, we have bigger fish to fry than being afraid of the boogey man.”


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Aubrey’s Thoughts~~ 
5 out of 5 ‘Pleasantly surprised’ Stars

This is the first time I am reading a Mariah Dietz book and I have to say that I was loving it.

The single mother with a raging case of anxiety? Its soooooooo relatable. I found myself identifying with the heroine more as I read the book.

The book revolves around Ella and her young son, Hayden. And of course the super sexy Coen. Yum. But Ella moves back to a town where she doesn’t really want to live but does anyway so that her son can know his father. The circumstances that revolve around Ella and her story were very relatable. She was young and became enamored by a much older man; only to find out that he was married. (Scumbag) And after she became pregnant, she tried to be the grown up by moving closer to him in an effort to maintain the father/son relationship. I feel like her motives were plain and simple but she also had a super unhealthy relationship with the father of her son. Letting him walk in and out of her life like a revolving door? Yeah, that was only going to last for so long.

Coen. Oh man. He was so sexy and instantly made me think that he was a keeper. I like how he tried to deny his attraction to Ella at first. He rationalized everything under the sun until he could no longer fight it. He was a good guy right from the start and made the book that much more enjoyable.

This book was a “closed door sex’ kinda book. While I am not a total perv, (see what I did there?) I will openly admit that I’m usually a little turned off by these types of books. Sometimes a girl just needs a little something extra, you know? But what I can also admit, was the story was just THAT good that I truly didn’t mind the “closed door sex.” I LOVED the story, the characters…..it just didn’t need that in this story. This was truly a sweet contemporary. And at the end there were some plot twisters that I was saying “Oh no!” and “Oh no you didn’t!”

A great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Happy Reading!!

Author Bio

Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world. Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created. 

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.

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