Playing Catch, A Baseball Romance by Rachelle Ayala, 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

This is a sports romance but so much more.
Kirk Kennedy has a lifelong dream of playing pro ball. As much as he believes he is also professional league with the ladies, he will not let a relationship interfere with his larger dream.
His screwed up childhood is also a great reason to avoid personal, intimate relationships.

Jeanine Jewell is a product of the foster care system. The dark, seedy side of the system.
Abandoned by her mother at only a couple months old, she grew up doing whatever she could to survive. This takes an unspeakable emotional toll.
She barely has a friend in life and the one she is closest to has complicated troubles of her own.
She also happens to be Jeanine's business partner.

A very complicated and emotionally tumultuous novel that will pull you in and keep you turning pages. It will put you through an emotional ringer. 
When you think things may get worked out, everything gets so much worse!

About the author
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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  1. Definitely sounds like a book you could become lost in.

  2. Thanks so much for your review. Glad you liked the twists. :)


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