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Double Play - Jill Shalvis
Series: Pacific Heat #1
Published by: Berkley, on 7 July 2009
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 282, Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
Getting to first base is a cinch...But getting home will take a grand slam...
Pace Martin is the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat. He's got the arm, the experience, and the wins. He's also got the pain, the pressure, and the possible end of his career looming over him. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is writer who sees past his defenses.
Holly Hutchins knows a good story when she sees one, and the tall, dark, and slightly attitude-challenged Pace Martin fits the bill. But when she realizes there's more at stake than just a win, she begins to see the jock in a different light.
Pace and Holly begin a seductive game, but in the face of unexpected betrayal and challenges, they'll have to find the courage to swing for the fences..
Double Play has delicious romance, anticipation and longing, but it also has some mystery, lots of sports and a dash of intrigue.
From the start, I really enjoyed both Pace and Holly, they were passionate about their work, and never let anything get in the way of doing the job they were paid to do… until they met each other and the attraction between them was strong, if somewhat reluctant. Holly is following The Heat through several games of the baseball season, and her speciality is ferreting out secrets. She can see why Pace has been on the covers of both sports-magazines and others in the past, besides being very good looking, he also has charm and is an intelligent man with whom she enjoys talking about a lot of things.
As Pace and Holly get to know each other better, both of them start to change, very subtly. Where there was only time and love for work before, there might just be room for something else now. Double Play is mostly light-hearted, even when it deals with doping in the sports-world, how hard it can be to deal with the media, and fans who may take their hero-worship a little too far. Seeing the two main characters open up a little bit, and their development throughout the story made it seem very realistic, and the slow burn of their romance was very well done.
Written in past tense, third person point of view, I was getting more of Pace and his feelings than Holly’s, and seeing things from Pace’s perspective was really good. There are some good dialogues as well, and of course, Shalvis’ trademark humor shines through as well.
If Pace Martin had the choice between sex and a nap, he’d actually take the nap, and wasn’t that just pathetic enough to depress hi. but his shoulder hurt like a mother and so did his damn pride.
If she had a penis, she could just walk right in and interview him in his element. Not that she wanted a penis. No thank you, they were way too much trouble.
He wondered if it gave her a headache, all that carefulness. She was certainly giving him one, and given the pain he was fighting in his shoulder, that was saying something.