- Series: The Player Duet
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC (June 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781942832065
- ISBN-13: 978-1942832065
- ASIN: 1942832060
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 495 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
“He kisses me with a clear mind and a full heart.”
WOW! WOW! WOW! This was a gorgeous ending to a beautiful romance. This is the second book of The Player series so you have to read the Player first. But OMG! This book … all the FEELS. I was a blubbery mess at the end but I so LOVE IT! The Catch picked up after Easton found out he had been traded to an unknown team after spending all of his long career with the Aces.
“I love the parts of you no one else knew how to love just as you do me.”
Easton was not medically cleared by his physical therapist / the woman he loves Scout. Naturally Easton felt betrayed and heartbroken as to why Scout made that decision when both Scout and Easton himself knows he was ready. But why did she do it? The reasons are more complicated than what Easton believes in his mind. I have to admit I was frustrated with Easton and his stubbornness. It seems that when there is problem he shuts out everyone including Scout who holds all the answers as to why he was no longer with the Aces. Easton could not rein in his anger so he said some harsh words to Scout which she did not deserve. Easton’s troubles did not end when he left - I really feel bad for Easton - he just could not get a break. Easton has a hard time accepting his injuries and the possibility that he can no longer play ball. This book focuses on the roller coaster of Easton’s career as well as his personal life all a while Scout was standing by his side supporting the man she was falling in love with. I adore Scout for her patience, kindness and unconditional love she has for Easton.
“There are no conditions to my love for you … I want you. All of you. Your flaws. Your mistakes. Your achievements. Your shortcomings. Your love.”
The second part of the book though, Easton totally redeemed himself. Easton has been keeping a huge secret not even his family or his agent knows. I love that the author chooses to discuss a devastating problem that many people deal with. I was in tears reading Easton’s confession. A stubborn moody hero no longer – Easton became this brave, sweet, caring, swoony hero, albeit a bit broken. I understand Easton was dealt sh*t cards with an alcoholic mother, an absent father and no one understands or cares enough for Easton to share his trouble – it’s really sad. Then the author throws in a curve ball about Easton’s dad – I suspect there is some dirty secret going on with Cal but I did not see THAT coming at all.
Scout’s life isn’t all that rosy either with her father the only living relative she has about to leave this earth but Scout always see the world through rosy glasses. She embraces life as it comes and that’s what Easton loves about her. I mean this story really pulled at all my heartstrings. What I thought as a hot sexy sport romance turned into quite a serious, heartwarming and moving story of family, strength, loyalty, and unconditional love. The Catch is an absolute perfect ending to a sexy, romantic and emotional love story. This duet got all the feels – I laughed and cried. My heart breaks and became whole again. There are sweet, sexy, funny, cute and light-hearted moments that make me swoon and smile. The epilogue is lovely – Easton and Scout’s life comes full circle and they found their HEA. Total Bliss!!! K. Bromberg delivered a HOME RUN … AGAIN! A MUST READ sport romance!