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review 2016-02-21 14:52
Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance - Rachelle Ayala

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

 

This is my second time reading Rachelle Ayala’s work. Now when I compare this experience with my first I can say without a doubt that there is no comparison.  My first experience did not leave a lasting impression. However, Playing Catch will stay with me for a long time to come. It is not your typical love story. This story is gripping, emotional and engaging. I should warn you though it is not for the faint-hearted. If you are unable to deal with the topic of abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual then this book is not for you.

 

Playing Catch tells the story of two damaged souls who paths became intertwined with love. Falling in love was never on their agenda.  However, love had other plans. It goes to show that love will find you no matter your circumstances and in the least unexpected place. You just have to be mentally and emotionally prepared to embrace it.

The protagonists, Kirk, and Jeanine both suffered issues of sexual addiction, trust, and love. They were both abused at the hands of the person whom they had placed their trust in. Their circumstances were different, but the end result was the same.  Despite their childhood being damaged, they both grew to become successful persons as far as their careers are concerned.  They both displayed an air of confidence, but beneath the masks lay two emotionally damaged and scarred individuals.  To dull the pain of their past, they indulged in the risky behaviour of having one night stands with unknown individuals. It was during one of their escapades that their paths crossed. Little did they know that this meeting would forever change their lives.

 

The characters were well developed. One can’t help but feel their pain and anguish. There is no way you can read this book and not feel everything that they have been through. I believed the author did a fantastic job of portraying the lives of both characters. Jeanine was my favourite of the two.  I enjoyed watching her rise from the ashes like a phoenix as she overcame the obstacles of her past.  I was glad to see them both come to the realization that they were not to be blamed for what happened in their past.  It was great to see them finally acknowledging they had a problem and taking the necessary steps needed. You can’t help but root for Jeanine and Kirk as you follow them on their journey of self-discovery, healing, and forgiveness.

 

The story was unique and well written. I was pulled in from the very first page. I had a difficult time putting this one down. It’s not easy explaining what this story did to me. One thing I can say is that after reading Playing Catch, you will never be the same. Be prepared to be bowled over. This story is just about love, it’s filled with pain, anger, anguish and tears. This story is filled with twists that blew my mind. I will not say what they are, as I don’t want to spoil the story. You will have to read the book to discover what I am referring to.

 

After such glowing remarks, you may be wondering why not five stars. Well, there was a particular aspect of the story that I could not come to terms with. I found it weird that they went away for therapy for sexual addiction at the same location and not only that, there were opportunities for them to have sex.  How would that help them to overcome their problems?  I would want to think that such a place would have better ways of monitoring their patients. I could be wrong, but that’s just my take on it.

 

I loved this book.  I can’t wait to see what next the author has in her repertoire. If you love romance that will take you on an emotional roller coaster, then I recommend that you get a copy of Playing Catch. Trust me, you will not regret it.

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review 2016-02-19 02:18
Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance
Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance - Rachelle Ayala

Playing Catch is the first book that I have read by Rachelle Ayala and I must say, it was a real page turner!  I really liked the story line between Kirk and Jeanine.  They are two people who doesn’t sound like they’d make a good match, but in reality, they make the perfect pair.  They both have issues that bring them together, however, they end up healing each other in the process of a steamy love affair. 

 

Kirk, a minor league baseball player and Jeanine, a bartender/business owner come together on the precipice of helping each other “score” with the opposite sex.  Neither want to have more than one-night stands.  However, this pact only brings them closer together.  Neither one wants the other to actually “score”; they want each other for themselves.  They both need healing from their sordid pasts, and they find healing with each other.  This is a story about love, honor, family and healing.  Once you start this passionate tale, you won’t put it down until you’ve finished.

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review 2016-02-12 02:02
Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance - Rachelle Ayala

Playing Catch is a novel that kept my interest very well. I frequently found myself guessing what could happen next and wondering what happened in the past for the main and secondary characters.

 

The main characters, Kirk and Jeanine, kept making me think they were crazy due to trying to be each others wingman and wingwomen. From the reader stand point, their chemistry is obvious. I had a feeling that the wingman and wingwomen relationship would end badly. In a way, it does, but it brings them closer together and recognize their own jealousy.

 

There are many parts in the story that take place that I had not seen coming. Those moments surprised me and kept my interest the most. They move the story along well and create a connection between Kirk, Jeanine, and their pasts.

 

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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text 2016-02-09 11:02
New release from Rachelle Ayala PLAYING CATCH. A Baseball #Romance, reviewed by Romance Reader
Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance - Rachelle Ayala

New release from Rachelle Ayala PLAYING CATCH. A Baseball #Romance, reviewed by Romance Reader 'Kirk and Jeanine find their way through their struggles and back to each other. And I really enjoyed the surprise that was waiting for Jeanine when she was ready!'

 

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.

 

Read more on the #book and author here...
http://allromancereader.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/Playing-Catch-Ayala.html

Source: allromancereader.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/Playing-Catch-Ayala.html
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text 2015-02-07 00:33
Just a forewarning

I'll probably be posting many reviews on my feed tonight and tomorrow.  Trying to catch up with updating my main book blog, Goodreads, BookLikes, among my other book communities. I did more reading than writing reviews as of late, so I'll update them steadily.  Happy reading this weekend, all.

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