Title: Calling It
Author: Jen Doyle
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Nate and Dorie
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
"Sexy and sweet and packing some serious heat. CALLING IT is a debut home run." ~ Marina Adair #1 national bestselling author of Summer in Napa
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 while she's wearing 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 befalling 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.My Review:
I knew going into this book that this was a debut novel for this author and the entire time I read it, I was stunned. This is... simply put... one of the best, most well thought out contemporary romance books I have read in a long, long time. I adored this story and the characters were amazing. I wanted to crawl into the book and become friends with all of them.
Everyone who reads my reviews knows that I adore sports romance books, but this one went one step higher...it's a sports romance (hero is a pro catcher) AND the heroine is a librarian. Aww...I loved it so much. But that's not all there is to love about this book.
Nate is a 33 yo catcher...reputedly one of the best in baseball, but when the book begins he's coming off the worst 6 weeks of his life. His fiance was cheating on him and they were in a horrific car accident. It left him without a fiance, with a bum knee, and rumors about what actually happened that have him reeling both professionally and personally. So he goes home...and finds Dorie living in his apartment.
Dorie has fantasized about Nate Hawkins her entire adult life, but when he breaks into her apartment, she doesn't have her glasses on so she has no idea who he is. She can't see anything except he's a big guy. I loved her so much. She has six older brothers. She knows how to hold her own with big, alpha males and doesn't let anything intimidate her (at least on the surface). Inside she's filled with doubts and worries...her fantasy can't really happen. That just doesn't happen to people like her. She's a librarian...enough said.
But it is happening and Nate is falling super-fast. His issue...he can't convince her that he's really all-in with them. He can't get her to commit in believing in them. Gah...I loved this story so, so much!!
But while the romance was so totally swoon-worthy, that wasn't all this book had going for it. No, there was so much more. See, Nate is part of a group of five guys who are called The Dream for winning the state basketball championship in high school. These guys are all still really close and I'm hoping they all get a story. There are also all the pro sports guys who show up in the story. Did you see when I talked about Dorie being the youngest with six older brothers? She's grown up as a sports fanatic...the scene with her playing poker with them was classic. She was so much the perfect heroine. I loved her so much.
But that's also why Dorie and Nate are so perfect together. He grew up with a passel of sisters. She has all those brothers. They just get one another. And the dialogue and the action within the story all works so perfectly. Like I said when I started this review, I am STUNNED that this is a debut book for this author. She honestly couldn't have written it any better. I cannot wait for the next one. This author just became an auto-buy for me. I can't wait for more, but in the meantime...YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.