Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Tour: Playing Catch by Rachelle Ayala (Review, Giveaway)

Welcome to Playing Catch Book Tour!

Playing Catch

by Rachelle Ayala

Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook & print, 338 pages
January 26, 2016 by Rachelle Ayala

On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn’t need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She’s learned the hard way that the one who cares more is the one who gets hurt—and the last thing she can handle is getting hurt, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.

Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy—they don’t call him “Catch and Release” for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures—until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him. Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman to wingwoman friends without benefits relationship, he’s surprised she accepts.

The no benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry together. But despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they’re anything more than friends.

Everything changes when Kirk discovers his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from.

Trigger Warning: The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father and has flashbacks.

"A truly extraordinary story that fearlessly demonstrates the transforming power and the breathless wonder that love can bring to a life in need.” - Amber on Goodreads
"I couldn't put down this serious story about love overcoming all." - Chantel on Goodreads

My Thoughts

The beauty of Rachelle's story is that no one is beyond redemption.

Playing Catch is one of the best book Rachelle had ever written. It has all of the feels and you will just fall in love with the two characters. While reading it, I got into the emotional rollercoaster and I just feel like crying along Jeanine's side. Even though I dislike the way she dealt with her past but somehow I understand how she felt. She is a very strong woman even though she though she is not.

Kirk is totally arrogant man that knows what he wants. At first, I don't like the way he acted but after this event (just read to find out), I totally love him.

The message in this story is really deep and it had been one of my memorable reads (and that's saying a lot). If you want a real life story, here it is. Two of them had their fair share of broken family so some difficult scenes are expected along the way.

Rachelle was really brave to bring up the topic about child abuse and this is the plus point in this book. I was a bit hesitant at first because it brought up so many feelings. It was scary and powerful yet it gave the book its characteristic.

I really recommend this book to anyone that loves baseball romance with characters of heavy past.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. 

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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  1. Oh my, I could feel my heart pull just reading your review x

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I do love anything from Rachelle so this is a treat😄