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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


When I started reading this book I thought it was about the usual--a man and a woman who fell in love in spite of not wanting to. Well it was, in a way--but it was way more then that. The man, Kirk was a player with the nickname Catch and Release. Yes, he was a catcher in the baseball team he was on---but that nickname came from the fact that he would only have one night stands and NEVER see that woman again. Janine, part owner in a bar was also only into one night stands. They meet one night as they are leaving their respective "dates" in the hallway of the hotel. They end up talking and the similarities in their outlooks---well they supposedly remain friends after some hot and heavy almost sex in the ally way behind the bar Janine owns. Of course Kirk is finding it difficult to believe that a woman really didn't want him--and Janine is trying her darndest to convince him and herself of this fact. The chemistry was definitely there!

Then the story starts getting really interesting as it begins to delve into why Janine is the way she is. She has been trying to hide her background all her life. What happened to her as a child will break your heart. Kirk it turns out didn't have it much better---then there are the two men stalking Janine--then her "father" is released from prison.

Can these two get over their sex additions and learn to love and trust after a lifetime of hiding everything from everyone and even themselves? It gets rocky for a while there (just as you think maybe all will be well). There are a couple of twists at the end which you definitely will not expect. Come to think about it there are a couple of major twists throughout the book. This is definitely NOT your usual chick lit--but is so worth picking up and reading. I highly recommend it--for adults only.



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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



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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31 comments :

Joely Smith said...

Haha YIKES NOT a book to leave on the table if you have young ones around who can read hahah.
Sounds alright, I mean I do like the premise of a woman NOT wanting marriage and happily ever after from the get go as women tend to be so typically written. I do feel this trend however is changing which is good. I can imagine already some of the reasons why both of them would be the way they are. A lot of the time when I read reviews like this I want to read the book even more just to see if the author wrote it the way I would have, or imagine it to have been written.
Great write up on the book! Thanks!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I would prefer crime and suspense over romance novels. However, I have read so many good reviews about Rachelle Ayala's books that I have to get one to read. My friend talks non-stop about her Rachelle Ayala book collection!

Sharon Martin said...

Sounds like these two really do have a lot to work through and not just physically ;-)

Myrah Duque said...

I love reading reaviews like this! It pushes me to go read the entire book. I love romance novels. Heard so many great reviews about Rachelle Ayala.

Parenting Patch said...

I am not really big into sports. The athlete who comes to mind, however, is Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She has asthma but still does sports, which was a huge inspiration to me as a kid because I have asthma.

Maria Long said...

This sounds like a spicy book. I enjoy these books when I am away from the kids.

Emily Endrizzi said...

No, I don't really follow sports so I don't have a favorite sports star.

Debra Richardson said...

Very thorough review. I'm not normally a big fan of romance novels but your review has intrigued me and now I'm going to go buy the book. Thanks!

bxcrochet said...

I used to read romance novels all the time! Did one sounds good and I love the cover ;)

Michelle F.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I have a friend that really enjoys romance and steamy fiction. This sounds like it would be right up her alley.

Deb PelletierC said...

No sport star at this time, in the pass I liked 1 or 2 sport stars.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I really like the plot twists in this book. I've always been a big fan of novels and romance so I know that I would also enjoy that part of the story.

Donnica Smalls said...

Interesting. I've got my 2016 reading list set, but I have a friend that might like this.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like a love story I would love to read indeed and it does sound more interesting than the normal love stories. I love how you do the reviews to hook people. Great job on the review and the cover looks delicious too. lol

Nicole Escat said...

Sounds interesting :) I'm a fond of reading romance novel and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm going to check these out and see.

william gossage said...

I'M not that into sport but like babe ruth

Crystal said...

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I could see how things could get a little spicy. I'm not normally into books this steamy, but I can pretend I'm just in it for the baseball.

Ave T said...

I like to read some romance novels once in a while and this book sounds like a great read for summer and vacations! Will participate in the giveaway too!

Samantha Pierce said...

Great review - and thanks for the giveaway!

Becki S said...

Looks like a good story with a fun plot line. Thanks for sharing!

Emily Rose Thrasher said...

Very awesome review and it made me want to read this book! Thanks for the trigger warning.

Kasee said...

I do not have a favorite sports star. But I enjoy reading sports stories!

Holly @ Woman Tribune said...

I love when a good book sneaks up on me and exceeds the expectations I had for it at first.

Rachelle Ayala said...

Thanks, Miki, for the review. @Parenting_Patch, I too have struggled with asthma all my life. I used to fantasize about running as fast as Florence Griffith Joyner. She was my favorite track star. Obviously, I could barely make 8 minute mile at my fastest and nowadays, I'm probably at 12 minute miles.

But love athletes and all they go through with, the pressure, stress, as well as being a role model. Kirk is a baseball catcher, and what I didn't realize until I started researching his position was that a catcher is the heart of the team. He is skilled at reading people: batters, pitchers, base runners. He has an intuition that he has to react to in a split second, and when he met Jeanine, he knew something was wrong, even though he couldn't put his finger on it right away.

I guess technically, the hero didn't HAVE to be a baseball player. He could have been a business man or a doctor or a fireman or anything, but in this story, it worked out perfectly because of his spidey senses and ability to read a situation and a person.

Thanks for all your comments, and best of all luck on the giveaway.

Rachelle

jean602 said...

Manning quarterback

jean602 said...

Manning quarterback

Sherry Compton said...

Entered wrong tweet info for 2/16
Correct URL is
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Sherry Compton

Mai T. said...

My favorite star is definitely Muhammad Ali. He was certainly sport’s first and greatest trash-talker; the first to truly take advantage of television’s mass-reach; and in terms of sheer impact, popularity and entertainment value worldwide remained untouched until Michael Jordan. As a historic figure, no sports star even comes close.

Laura said...

I don't actually have a favorite sports star. I definitely watch enough sports with the hubby, but couldn't tell you the players names.

slehan said...

I'm not interested in sports and don't have a favorite person.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

tiago rosado said...

i like Nico Gaitan nÂș 10 in my home club,and i like him because he does magic whit the football and its amazing to see!!!

 
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