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Playing Catch: A Baseball Romance by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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Editorial Reviews


"... took me through the feels. While it's sizzling, the story digs deep with topics not easy to hear or read about. I applaud Ms. Ayala for getting down to the nitty gritty and writing this touching, intense story." - Nikki Lynn Barrett
"Lost innocence and a jaded past collide in this heartwrenching and angsty tale that will leave you breathless and longing for love." - Corissa Palfrey
"An amazing story of love, strength, and surviving abuse." - Leanna Wallace
"A wonderfully written masterpiece which takes you to a dark side." - Terri Merkel
"Very gripping story will have you thinking all the way through." - Kris Woltzen
"An extraordinary story that fearlessly demonstrates the transforming power and the breathless wonder of love." - Amber McCallister
"A story that shows that true love can overcome everything, even child abuse and sex addiction." - Angelica Berglund
"Couldn't put down this serious story about love overcoming all." - Chantel Rhondeau
"A great book that I couldn't put down and kept me white-knuckled wanting more the whole time." - Deborah O'Connor
"The beauty of Rachelle's story is that no one is beyond redemption." - Evelyn Nathalia
"Will two broken souls have the capacity to heal each other's wounds? Find out in Rachelle's darkest story ever." - Jessica Cassidy
"A well-written story that will tug at your heart strings." - Lillian
"Overcoming abuse and addiction is a very difficult topic to discuss. Good job!" - Maria C.

From the Author

Writing Jeanine's story was deeply painful, yet cathartic. When I set out to write about this dark topic of parental sex abuse, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was Jeanine, the character, who was scarred and thought she'd found a way to operate stably in her life--seeking one night stands to validate herself while avoiding her underlying issues.

Along came cocky Kirk Kennedy, the catcher with the golden instincts. He can read pitchers, batters, and base runners with ease, but when it came to one mysterious blonde, he was stumped.
Aren't you glad Kirk decided to look beneath the finely made up veneer? Because I know for a fact that all of us are hiding things because we're afraid that if they only knew, they would not love us, accept us, or be our friend. But the paradox is, it is only when we open ourselves up to be our most vulnerable, that we know we are truly loved.
Dear reader, I sincerely hope that you too are truly loved.

Character Notes:
Jeanine Jewell appears in Playing Without Rules as Marcia Powers Carter's best girlfriend.
Brock and Marcia, as well as little Bianca, have their story told in Playing Without Rules.
Cameo appearances by Jay Pak Ahn and Jessica Song from Playing the Rookie.
And of course, that ol' Ryan Hudson was in both Playing the Rookie and Playing Without Rules as a minor character. Who thinks he deserves his own love story told?
Note: each baseball romance can be read as a standalone, but this is the publishing order:
1. Playing the Rookie (Jessica and Jay)
2. Playing Without Rules (Marcia and Brock)
3. Playing Catch (Jeanine and Kirk)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1745 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523729945
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amiga Books (January 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I dont know where to start about this book more than that this is not like any other love story I have ever read.This has not one, but two very heavy subjects even if both is about sex. I felt angry, sad, upset and discused when I read the book and I think that you cant read this book without feeling anything. It do get to you and I read this as an on nighter and well I couldnt sleep after due to images of what I read appearing in my head. This book really got to me and I am still thinking about it and how it effects me.

The book is very well written and you can feel how real it is. There is so many people who suffer from this things and this book really shows their lives and, I think, how they feel and still the book may make them feel better and give them new hope. It really shows that love is stong and can overcome the most horrible things if you just are willing to try and fight for it.

I can say that this book is not for the weak minded people who want a sweet story, it is much much more than that. This is a really heavy subject where love is a part of it, what keeps it together. No matter what I am gonna say will sound wrong right about now, because I really enjoyed reading the book and I am really really inlove with the book and the story even due to how horrible the events is, specially the child abuse. I am now talking about how the book is writen and the story and how it is all linked together and makes the reader feel and cry. I am happy that there is different types of love stories and not the sweet once we normally read. We or maybe I should say I, need other kinds of stories too and this is what makes the scale even.

I really can recommend this book to other readers but I also need to warn about that it is graphic and will upset the reader in so many ways.
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Intense, deeply moving, and romantic are the three phases that come to me when I think about Playing Catch. Even knowing that the heroine was involved in sexual abuse, I was still shocked at the depth of damage it can do to a person. In the beginning of the novel both Jeanine and Kirk come across as the total douche bag player out for only their own pleasures. Both think they are winning life until they meet each other and then their worlds come crashing down.

I really like Ayala's writing style. She manages to make a very sensitive subject approachable and reprehensible at the same time. Not many authors would be able to share the story of sexual abuse in a manner that doesn't come across as inappropriate.

Playing Catch centers around a minor league star catcher and a no-nonsense business owner. Both are intensive careers, but do not define the characters. I really liked how Jeanine worked hard to overcome her past. The one thing I didn't like was the ending. It felt rushed and glossed over.
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I am going to warn anyone with emotional triggers this story deals with Child abuse and rape, I will add that it is well written and handled tastefully with a happy ending.

Jeanine appears to be a strong independent woman. She is part owner of a Bar with her best friend Marsha and is supermodel beautiful. All men want her which makes it easy for her to have her one night stands. She has rules. She never plays in her home territory ( her bar or the home team), she never sleeps over, never brings a man into her home, and never sees him twice. Everything is fine. Until she meets Kirk doing the same walk of shame she is.

Kirk has his own issues and never sees the same woman twice, doesn't want a family or children because he doesn't want to chance bringing a child up like he was, left at baby sitters while his parents have flings. Until he meets the beautiful Jeanine and wants to know what makes her tick.

This is a fabulous story of two broken people finding each other and falling in love. It is not instant love, but a slow burn that has many obstacles. There are lots of twists and surprises. Some rather shocking.

I will say one thing threw me off. There were a few things that happened towards the end that threw me off and I would have liked a little more on that. It didn't really have a bearing on the story was just a couple characters and also Kirks brother. There was a mention od Marsha and Brock getting treatment and I am like where did this happen and why was it brought up? The story seemed to get rushed at the end. Other than that it was awesome.

If you like strong women, baseball players, stories dealing with surviving child abuse and emotional abuse, and a great love story this is for you!
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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.
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