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.
Kirk and Jeanine both have a very interesting view on sex. They're both exclusively into one night stands (or basically "a couple hour stands"). They enjoy their short time with another person and walk away, never to look back.
In fact, they meet in a hotel hallway while both sneaking out of other people's hotel rooms. But for some reason, they both keep thinking of the other, and it's more than chemistry. Are either of them willing to change their rules and let someone into their hearts? Can they move beyond friendship into something more?
This book is not your typical romance. It's not flowery and romantic, it's gritty and real. In fact, it may be too real for some because of lots of flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse. However, it is very well written and showcases what could be a very real struggle between two people.
This story has lots of twists and turns, along with several small mysteries thrown in. Even though some parts are difficult to read (because of the content), I literally didn't put it down once I started it!
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"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
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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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