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The Catch (The Player Duet) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 29, 2017
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“It was a perfect storm of coincidence…”
So, Easton and Scout’s story continues in The Catch and we pick up with them right where we left off. K Bromberg left us in limbo and this is a book that I have been anxiously anticipating since I finished The Player. The Catch is chock full of K Bromberg’s trademark angst and emotion, the course of true love never runs smooth and these two still have a lot to work through. Honesty is always the best policy and with twists and turns aplenty there is never a dull moment. Faster paced and utterly engaging, this was a book that I couldn’t put down.
“Just when I felt like everything was falling apart, I’m beginning to wonder if maybe they were finally falling into place.”
Beginning with the repercussions of Scout’s last-minute decision in The Player, Easton’s trade was inevitable. Easton is automatically angry and despondent that the team that he had dedicated his life and career too are all too quick to dispense with his services. Loyalty counts for nothing in this game, it is all about the bottom line, underhand deals and management with no scruples.
“I need to step back and think about what will make me happy for once. Me! The only one who will be left.”
Scout was put into an untenable position, damned if she did and damned if she didn’t. The wrath of Easton was expected but his lack of giving her the benefit of the doubt hurts. It is at this juncture that these two really develop as a couple. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that.
“There will come a day, son, when someone will love the parts of you that no one else knows how to love. That’s when you know they’re the one for you.”
Who can you really trust? It seems no-one is in this book and everyone has skeletons in their closets, hidden agendas and are only out for what they can get for themselves. K Bromberg took this book to places I didn’t expect and while those skeletons come tumbling out, a plethora of emotions came tumbling too. From anger, to empathy, to love, my emotions were all over the place and as per usual K Bromberg had those tear ducts working overtime. The character connection and dialogue was on point, the plot full of the expected and the unexpected and it is this that keeps those pages frantically turning.
“Clear mind. Full heart, Scouty-girl. Never forget that.”
This book though was all about Easton and Scout’s personal journey and growth both as individuals and as a couple. The baseball setting also brought its own problems and I loved the insight into the mechanics behind the scenes. The ruthlessness is forever apparent and causes many of the curveballs that this couple face along the way.
“…It’s your heart I love. It’s your ability to open up to me even when you don’t want to. The man you are makes me want to be a better woman, too. So, I’ll give you time to think and be alone when I really don’t want to as long as you understand I want you. All of you. Your flaws. Your mistakes. Your achievements. Your shortcomings. Your love.”
As I said in my review of The Player this duet has been a huge reminder of why I fell in love with this authors writing in the first instance. Chemistry, emotion, wordy words, sentences filled with love, longing and romance. While this premise has been done before K Bromberg made it her own with her signature writing, intense character connection and emotion by the bucket load, I loved it.
“Everyone deserves some pretty in their life regardless of the scars they bear.”
The Catch continues the story of Easton Wylder — a mega star baseball player, who lives and breathes the game. Baseball is his religion, his reason for living, his everything until an injury sidelines him. Scout Dalton, daughter of legendary sports trainer, Doc Dalton, steps into her father’s shoes to rehab Easton’s busted shoulder. Both Easton and Scout bleed baseball, and soon their passion for the game is secondary to the passion they have for each other.
Easton and Scout are noble characters, and in The Catch, they continue to be, as together they dodge the wild pitches life throws at them. Especially Easton, who reveals himself to be the kind of man any parent aspires their child to become, the man every woman wants to father and raise her child, and the kind of person you want as your best friend for life.
Credit author K. Bromberg for cleverly salting The Player (Book One of the Player Duet) with clues that turn out to be major plot twists in The Catch. And while The Catch is in the genre of sports romance, and the story plays out the baseball/life metaphor beautifully, make no mistake, this story is incredibly romantic. Easton will make you swoon. The sexual chemistry that envelops Easton and Scout is ever present. And there is always, always in the background, the distant but clear cheer of the crowd.
Bromberg’s writing style is a pleasure to read. This story has no fillers, no extraneous characters — just solid writing. Again, allow it to speak for itself — here’s Easton’s tragically addicted mother, Meg, in a moment of clarity and love — speaking to her son:
“There will come a day, son, when someone will love the parts of you that no one else knows how to love.”
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The Catch is a fitting conclusion to The Player — I was left satisfied, but with the desire to have the ability to peek into Easton and Scout’s life far, far down the road. There is an Epilogue that brought tears to my eyes, and I am just going to have to be satisfied with that bit of generosity from Ms. Bromberg.
The perfect summer read, especially if you are a member of the Church of Baseball, I give The Catch, specifically The Player Duet, my highest recommendation. You will not be disappointed.