For a star of the Columbia Gems baseball franchise, sustaining a cruel and deliberate injury on the field isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being accused of steroid use puts a permanent seal of death on Tag Gentry's bright career. Chef "Skye" Schuyler is hired to prepare Tag's meals during his recovery, but didn't plan on falling for the man as hard as she did in the process. When Tag's jealous ex-lover pulls a vindictive stunt that implicates them both in the steroid scandal, Skye's budding catering business is literally blown to bits by the resulting public outcry. The womanizing Tag has fallen just as hard for her, but can he convince Skye, or even himself? Her fiercely independent nature and sense of betrayal won't allow her to feel the way she once did for him, and it will take more than his money and his lame proposals to change her mind or rebuild her trust.
I was attracted to this book because of its sport theme, but because it is the last in a series, much of the sport side of the story seemed to have already happened in previous instalments. Mask of the Queen (a title that makes no sense at all to me) does sketch out enough of the past events for it to stand on its own, but the motivations and backstory of the characters seems to have lost a little lustre by the time this part of the story takes place. The characters are now dealing with the aftermath of these events and how they resolve their issues both on and off the baseball field.
Despite these few shortcomings, the writing style is entertaining and kept me reading until the end.