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    Double Play by Jill Shalvis
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  • Published: Jul 30th, 2009

jill_shalvisA review by Kati Dancy
Publisher: Penguin
4.25 stars out of 5

Holly Hutchins is a reporter, a darn good one. She’s got a very successful blog that is often picked up by major papers and television. Her specialty is uncovering secrets. And she’s won awards for it. When her boss informs her that her new assignment will be doing a three month series of blogs about the Pacific Heat, a baseball team that is rising in the chase for the Pennant and specifically to see what she can uncover about the team’s secrets. When she meets Pace Martin, the star pitcher of the Heath, she knows immediately that he’s hiding something – an injury. Pace, being no dummy, wants nothing to do with a reporter, certainly not one as nosey, interfering and persistent as Holly.

Holly finds herself traveling with the team, and being given unprecedented access to its players. And as she hangs out more and more with the players, the more she finds herself liking them. And the more she hangs out with Pace, she finds that he is a genuinely good guy. One who coaches an inner city little league team, one who takes her to the doctor after a mishap, one who checks on her and worries for her well being. But it’s not until the Heat hits a losing skid, and are counting on Pace to dig them out of their problem, that the heat between he and Holly really comes to light. Before the game, Pace and Holly share a very hot moment in the shower room of the Heat’s locker room. They have an earth shattering kiss, and Pace goes on to lead the team to a victory. Anyone who knows baseball players know they are a superstitious lot. Next thing you know, Holly must kiss Pace before every game, and each encounter is raising the stakes in their relationship. On top of that, Holly’s investigations into the team are leading to some unsettling discoveries of possible drug use and doping. Will the attraction between Pace and Holly be enough to overcome the secrets he is keeping?

Double Play is a refreshing, amusing romance with lots of flirting, witty banter, and genuinely likable characters. The sexual tension between Pace and Holly is very strong, but well into the book, they still haven’t consummated their relationship. When they finally do fall into bed, the scene is well worth the wait. I enjoyed the fact that neither of character had a ton of angst, and the reasons for the difficulty in their relationship are believable. The road to love isn’t always an easy one, but they seem to come to the realization that they can do it together at more or less the same moment, which was refreshing. I adore books about professional athletes. Ms. Shalvis has obviously done her research, especially addressing the issues behind doping in professional baseball, a topic that is very hot in sports news right now. The story itself is a pleasurable, breezy read that will provide the reader with a tremendously enjoyable afternoon (or more). I highly recommend Double Play as an entertaining contemporary romance.

5 Responses to “Double Play by Jill Shalvis”

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  1. Stacy ~
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 6:42 am

    I adore Jill’s books; their humor, the sexual tension, the heroes who are utterly lickable, er, likable. I love that this one’s about sports. Don’t see enough of those. Love the superstitious angle. Though it’s been done before (SEP, Rachel Gibson), I totally am all for Jill’s take on it. I <3 Jill. She’s an auto-buy for me.

    Great review Miss Kati!

  2. Buffie
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 7:28 am

    Sounds like a great book. Great review Kati!

    I must say that I absolutely love that cover. Yum!

  3. Andrea
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 8:51 am

    This one sounds like a book that I’d really like. Thanks, Kati!

  4. Kim F
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 10:47 am

    I read it and loved it too!

  5. Gina
    on Aug 12th, 2009
    @ 10:14 am

    I thought this book was really good it was funny and a good love story. I cant wait for the sequell to see how Wade and Sam get together. Hoping there be more of Holly and Pace follow up book..

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