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Playing Catch – A Book Review

On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn’t need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She’s learned the hard way that the one who cares more is the one who gets hurt—and the last thing she can handle is getting hurt, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.

Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy—they don’t call him “Catch and Release” for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures—until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him.
Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman to wingwoman friends without benefits relationship, he’s surprised she accepts.

The no benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry together. But despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they’re anything more than friends.

Everything changes when Kirk discovers his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from.

Trigger Warning: The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father and has flashbacks.

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“A truly extraordinary story that fearlessly demonstrates the transforming power and the breathless wonder that love can bring to a life in need.” – Amber on Goodreads

“I couldn’t put down this serious story about love overcoming all.” – Chantel on Goodreads
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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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I’ve read many books by Rachelle Ayala and am never disappointed with these novels. I will say, though, that I was shocked at some of the content in the book. I did think it was all handled very well. Ayala does not shy away from tough issues. In Playing Catch, Ayala deals with both the foster care system to a small extent and sexual abuse on a larger level. Both are dealt with in a sensitive manner and, while you may want to turn a blind eye to these issues, society needs to acknowledge that they exist and help fix the problems creating the issues.
Jeanine and Kirk are very similar. What neither of them realize is they have a shared very important person in their pasts. Jeanine would like to never see this person again. Kirk, at one point in time, looked up to this person and had great respect for this person. When they find out this connection, will it make their relationship even harder?
I enjoyed the back story of professional baseball with Kirk as a player recently traded to Phoenix. I have always been a sports person so this story caught my attention immediately because of the baseball aspect of it. The story, the friction between Jeanine and Kirk, the friends they both have kept me reading until the end.
I strongly suggest picking up Ayala’s Playing Catch.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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