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Playing the Field: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Seasons
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series are back with the story of a single mom, a hot rookie, and a second chance at love.

Single mother Sonny Miller has spent years avoiding love. A rotten childhood and an even rottener ex-boyfriend left her determined to protect her son—and herself—against the risks of romance. That is, until hotshot ballplayer JP Trudeau swaggers into her carefully constructed life, all sin-with-me eyes and irresistible grin. Sonny can’t help but feel drawn to the sexy, confident man, even as every fiber of her being tells her to keep running the bases . . .

JP is known for being fast on his feet, not fast with his heart. But meeting Sonny and her boy sparks something in him—something he’s never felt before, not from all the cleat- chasers in the major leagues. Sonny may be hell-bent on keeping him at arm’s length no matter what, but this rookie has a plan. To get the girl, he must step up to the plate and convince her to take another chance on love . . . before this game gets rained out.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    If you like the “boys of summer,” you’ll root for these two finally to make it “home.” (Library Journal)

    “an excellent debut novel...a must read for fans of contemporary romance.” (

    “Riddled with sexual tension!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

    About the Author

    Jennifer Seasons has been a lifelong writer and reader. She lives with her husband and four children in the mountains of rural New England. An enormous yet lovable dog and the world's coolest cat keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful new home state, learning the joys of organic gardening, and—if she's lucky—relaxing in her hammock under the trees with a really good book.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1000 KB
    • Print Length: 361 pages
    • Publisher: Avon Impulse (July 23, 2013)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009YM481M
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lovable Hero But a Frustrating Heroine at Times July 30, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    As the second book in the Diamonds and Dugouts series we get to revisit the Boys of Summer as they're on the hunt for the women of their dreams. Playing the Field features an older woman, younger man theme and realistically displays all the issues pertaining to a single mother and the perceptions of what a young man wants out of life. The romance of upbeat and confident JP and the overly cautious Sonny, who's quick to assume the worst, is a slightly rocky one that's both sweet and teeming with sexual tension. From start to finish it's a fun story that had me falling completely for JP while being left frustrated by Sonny at times.

    Sonny is a strong-willed woman who's devoted her whole life to her son, Charlie. She's neglected her own love life to make his dreams come true when possible. She's been hurt emotionally numerous times throughout her life and it's made her completely suspicious of everything that remotely promises to bring her happiness. She was immediately attracted to JP but fought against him every step of the way using her son as a shield. JP did everything to prove himself but Sonny was a hard one to win over. Even when they appeared to be heading towards a HEA she overreacted in a childish way that left me disappointed in her. It took a grand gesture to finally convince her and though their HEA was satisfying, I still think JP deserved a bigger apology from her.

    JP is the ideal hero, charming and sexy. He's young in years but mature in his heart and soul. He knows what he wants out of life and who he wants in it. He's immediately drawn to Sonny and has no problem becoming an instant father to Charlie.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Addition to the Series! July 23, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    When I read Stealing Home earlier this year, I had such a great time. I enjoyed the story, and the characters, especially Mark and the other members of the Rush baseball team. There were a few teammates who really caught my eye, JP Trudeau was one of them. He was a doll, and I knew that I would love him even more in his own book.

    JP did not disappoint in Playing the Field. His is the type of character I always enjoy reading. He was cute, sweet, loyal and charming. That's not to say he was perfect, and boring. JP had enough swagger to keep his sweetheart Sonny on her toes, and me as well. What I loved most about JP, was his willingness to fall in love.

    When JP first sees Sonny, he realizes she is the woman of his dreams. It doesn't matter to him that she is a few years older, doesn't lead a glamorous life, and she has a ten year-old son. With her regular life, Sonny is the kind of woman a lot of us can relate to. I love having heroines that lead the same type of life that I do, and even though I'm not single, I could empathize with her being torn between love and motherhood.

    Playing the Field is not only a love story, but also about two people who must face hard truths about themselves before they can even begin to be a couple. JP has issues with compromise and thinking about someone else's wants over his own. Due to her lack of a stable family, Sonny has severe abandonment issues. With JP, though, she must almost face feelings of inferiority in the face of love with a hot, young baseball star. Then there's motherhood. Sonny must constantly weigh what she wants with what is best for her son. Her continued struggle is realistic, but I will admit to getting frustrated with Sonny more than once.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Romantic followup in the series! January 2, 2015
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    Playing The Field was equal parts sweet, romantic and heart warming. Single mother Sonny has spent the better part of her youth raising her son Charlie after being abandoned by her parents at a young age. She's never had a good parental role model but has managed to carve out a nice life for herself and her son and even started a successful business on her own. The only security she's ever known is threatened when she meets JP Trudeau, the handsome shortstop for the Denver Rush baseball team. JP wants her and will stop at nothing to show her he's serious about having her in his life but he's got a long way to go if he wants to get past all her barriers. Plus it's not just Sonny he has to win over but the ten year old Charlie who is the only man in her life.

    The story of a single mother struggling with abandonment issues while raising her son single handedly is something I can seriously relate to. Having been raised by my mother when my dad bailed I could really get into Sonny's head-space. Her father left her at a young age and her mother left almost immediately after that, leaving her with her grandmother. A cantankerous old b*tch who didn't really want her either. The treasure trove of issues that plagued Sonny is why I loved her character so much. It was like watching my won life unfold before my eyes. Raising her son alone, working hard at providing the basic necessities for Charlie (who, by the way, suffers from Type 2 diabetes) and neglecting her own hearts desires of love and security are all things I watched my mother selflessly give up to raise me and I loved Sonny on that principle alone. She was strong and independent with just enough of a soft side to not be overbearingly annoying.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good easy read. Great follow up to stealing home.
    Published 2 days ago by Janet L. Speer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Older heroine younger hero, so hot
    This is a great series but this one is my favourite. I loved the characters. These are believable people I'd like to know. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Dee Lancaster
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great chemistry and heartwarming story
    I really enjoyed this book and JP seemed like such a hottie and sweetheart! I was a little frustrated w/ Sonnie (the female lead character) because she was more concerned w/ JPs... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Karyn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny hates Saturdays for lots of reasons!
    The reader met JP in the first book in this series, and now he has his own story. When Sonny meets JP, it's like at first sight. Sonny has many issues, but JP wants her anyway. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Barbieheart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Job
    Loved the characters in this book. I loved how J.P, Sonny and Charlie all fit together. Sometimes in a story the kid doesn't fit in with the new relationship that so wasn't the... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Jessica
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying this series!
    I loved the first book in this series and this second release by Jennifer Seasons doesn't disappoint. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Playing the Field
    Playing the Field was sexy, sweet, and endearing. I love sports romance, especially when baseball players are involved. And, I'm really enjoying this series. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by The Autumn Review
    5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Field: A Diamonds and Dugouts Novel
    Very good book and I enjoyed every page hope you out more series like this one for all of us.
    Published 19 months ago by kms
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, enjoyable, easy t read
    This was a quick easy read. The plot was a little hard to imagine, but fun anyway. I did find a few editing issues which takes away from the story. Read more
    Published 20 months ago by S. McFarland
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    This book wasn't what I expected at all. I loved it. I have reed all the books in this series and can't for Jennifer's next book!
    Published 20 months ago by Katie Lynn
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    More About the Author

    Jennifer Seasons is a Colorado transplant. She lives with her husband and four children along the Front Range, where she enjoys breathtaking views of the mighty Rocky Mountains every day. A dog and two cats keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, exploring her beautiful adopted home state.

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