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.
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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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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