Calling It

Jen Doyle
Calling It
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Carina Press
Release Date
April 2016
Contemporary Romance

Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he's not sure what to think...except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.

Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she'd get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less in her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he'll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won't get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.

For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn't just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Alissa Davis

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
187 people found the following review helpful
CALLING IT is a supercharged read filled with more chemistry than I've read in a long time! It's the perfect companion piece to the start of the baseball season!

Baseball player Nate Hawkins just needs to get away. Between the car wreck that happened after learning his buddy was boning his fiancée and the press questioning his spring playing ability, he's fed up. Returning home to Iowa seems like a good idea, and finding the most stunning, half naked and soaking wet woman he's ever seen, wielding his own baseball bat and living in the apartment his sister was supposed to be living in? Best. Idea. Ever.

Dorie Donelli is sure one of her gazillion brothers sent this dude to break into her house and scare her, but when she finds out its Nate freaking Hawkins? She's dying here! She's had the hugest crush on him since his rise to fame as part of the famous basketball "Iowa Dream" team in high school. And the more time the two spend together, the more they realize there's some seriously REAL heat building between them. But Nate can't seem to convince Dorie that what he's feeling isn't just lust. It'll take some major league moves for Dorie to believe their fling isn't just her own "dream."

I'll admit, my first thought on CALLING IT was that Dorie's reaction to finding a strange man in her new apartment in her new town was highly suspicious. Thankfully, Ms. Doyle won me over with witty banter, insane chemistry and delicious sex scenes that had me drooling and googling yummy baseball players for some book boyfriend inspiration (and staying up faaaar past my bedtime for the elusive "just one more chapter").

Dorie. What can I say about Dorie!? She's probably one of my most favorite female MC's ever! With 6 older brothers, she's able to banter wicked sports stats with the most famous sports figures in the world, yet totally embraces her femininity. A huge bookworm who's killer at trivia yet able to beat a man twice her size at an arm wrestling contest. In contrast, Nate has all sisters, so he has an insight into women that most men wouldn't. He's sweet, sexy and totally jaded until Dorie gut punches him and he falls. Hard. It was sooo fabulous! And the SEX, woooomama the sex! The library, the hood of a million dollar car…it was all fuel for fantasies for a long time! This book is quite long, and the plot nothing that really hasn't been done before, but somehow Ms. Doyle's fresh writing just lit a fuse that I didn't want to end. I'm in awe that CALLING IT is her first novel. She absolutely killed it!

Bottom Line: I can't find much specific information on this new and sexy series other than that another book will be out later in '16, which is making me desperate for more of the Iowa Dream, the Chicago Watchmen and even the Donelli clan!! Well played, Ms. Doyle!
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