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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425228681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425228685
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Jill Shalvis hero is the stuff naughty dreams are made of."
-VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON

About the Author

Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He’s The One.

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New York Times Bestselling author Jill Shalvis wrote RESCUE MY HEART and FOREVER AND A DAY, along with many other romance novels including her acclaimed Lucky Harbor series. The Rita winner and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog, and http://www.facebook.com/jillshalvis for other news.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Judy on July 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Double Play by Jill Shalvis is a perfect summertime read of steamy romance and the love of Americas favorite pastime.

Pace Martin has a charmed life as the ace pitcher for the Santa Barbara Pacific Heat. Baseball has been his whole life but now he may have a season ending injury. To make matters even worse the PR dept. saddles him with a nosy reporter. Pace thinks he can keep Holly Hutchins under control but she is slowly getting under his skin.

Holly Hutchins has a weekly blog that she does stories of national interest. She gets talked into doing one on the baseball team in town. Holly is so out of her comfort zone on this subject but she is willing to learn. Getting ace pitcher Pace Martin to set down for an interview is becoming a challenge. Holly's initial conception of Pace changes with every time she is with him.

Pace and Holly relationship starts with saucy flirting and grows to an all out scorching passion. But someone is leaking secrets to the press and this puts a strain on all involved. Can Holly convince Pace and his teammates that she is not the person that is doing this?

Double Play is the absolute best book to celebrate the boys of summer. Jill Shalvis blends the action on the field with the action off the field seamlessly. She makes you feel like you are right there with the players on the field. The chemistry between Holly and Pace is tantalizing and leaps off every page. Jill Shalvis delivers another winner that every romance reader must have.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like Jill Shalvis for the most part, but this book just didn't do it for me. The story of Pace and Holly was interesting, but didn't capture me and I found myself putting the book down and coming back to it rather than doing a straight through read.

Pitcher Pace Martin is facing a career ending injury and Holly Hutchins in writing a blog that she no longer one hundred percent believes in. These two characters come together and find each other. I really liked Pace's character. He is conscientious, but not boring. Generous, but doesn't brag. He was on the quiet side with a big big heart as evidenced by his generosity with his stalker and the kids he supports in a not so good part of town. Holly I found to be a bit unrealistic in her expectations of trust from Pace and others. She seemed to think she should automatically be trusted even though she was a reporter with a reputation for writing hard hitting stories. I also thought she was a bit of a nag--always on Pace about his shoulder.

This is a good beach read. And if you like Jill Shalvis and are fond of baseball then this book will be one you won't want to miss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lyn VINE VOICE on September 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The great thing about this book is the first half of the book. I love Shalvis's writing style. She engages the reader and has a very easy writing style. I loved Pace from the first sentence of the book and that love only grew throughout the book. Holly was a bit tougher to love.

I love the professional athlete type story line, but in my opinion Susan Elizabeth Phillip's Chicago Star's football series has ruined me for all others. I felt like I had happened across something special when I started this book. Pace and Holly had amazing chemistry and I loved that Pace was experiencing hardships that many professional athletes experience. It made him more human to me and I loved his quick wit. Then, about halfway through things went wrong. Drug use in baseball was explored ad nauseam and Holly turned into a "I'm a reporter and I have to report the news" type of character. The chemistry that had burned between them seemed to fizzle out amongst all the mistrust, injuries, and superstitions.

It's too bad because the first half of this book is as good as it gets!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NancyW on January 20, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed a fair amount of Jill Shalvis books. Her writing style is good, she offers a fairly reasonable plot for her characters even though she seems to always chooses to have her main characters be in their 20's and 30's. In this book, she writes about a 31 year old ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat, a professional baseball team. His name is Pace Martin and he is quite talented and quite driven. Keeping a very low profile, Pace has a heart of gold. I saw him as an ideal hero for this book... Strong. Understated. Generous. Smart and quirky. With his strongly handled past (being raised by a military father and no mother), he possesses the drive to be the best while being humble about it. The heroine is a 28 year old writer that has the knack to exposing secrets. Her name is Holly Hutchins. She, too, is a strong character, but different than Pace. Raised in a poor environment by her mother (who had issues of her own), she is strong in her resolve to be the best at what she does. All it took was for one relationship from a previous assignment that put her in a position to remain aloof from her subject for future projects, but fails miserably at keeping her distance from Pace Martin.

Holly's job was to expose secrets in the professional baseball world and gets her ethics tested. Pace and Holly try to avoid falling in love. There is a trust issue that they need to deal with and trust me... it is not an easy issue to overcome. While the chemistry between Pace and Holly becomes even stronger as time marches forward, the reader can appreciate that this contemporary romance does not go from cold to hot in a matter of a few chapters. There is a fair amount of thought in the tension these two faced.
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