I don't usually read Harlequin Superromances. They're too long and don't have nearly enough sex. But I make exceptions for uncommon stories, and I'm glad I read Out of His League. The sports romance isn't uncommon, of course, but the prickly, antisocial heroine is, and I really liked this exploration of an introvert figuring out how to open herself up to another person - a very public person at that.
I really liked how long it took for the couple to admit their attraction to each other, and then how it took a few false starts to get on the same page once they did.
All the family stuff was extraneous for me, but I get that's what SRs are about, so I won't criticize the book for working within its category. That being said, I wish there was more after the final chapter, and after 300 pages, I probably shouldn't. So a bit less family, and a bit more relationship detail after the resolution, and this would have been a big hit for me. As it was, I'd give it 3.75/5, but I'm rounding up because I love prickly heroines and the nice guys that fall in love with them. Parry got that dynamic just right.
A couple of things rankled me, but they're nitpicky, and not about the story:
* The cover photo - his hair is WRONG - and this isn't the first time I've made this complaint about a Harlequin Superromance. Their cover art department needs a talking to. In this case, the hero's hair is referenced repeatedly throughout the story, it's a plot point. GET IT RIGHT.
* At one point the hero talks about playing ball across the U.S. and in "Toronto, Canada". Harlequin is a Canadian company. Their style guide should ban such references. It's a world-class city. Enough to reference it as "Toronto". Or not, and just say "Canada". But not both. It's weird.