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Monday, April 11, 2016

Calling It by Jen Doyle - Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway

About Jen Doyle

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

CALLING IT is her first book, the first of two which will be published by Carina Press in 2016. It was the winner of The Beacon, the Finish the Damn Book, and the Melody of Love 2014 contests in the Contemporary Romance category, and was also the Contemporary Romance winner as well as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Gateway to the Best contest.

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Guest Post
Why Sports and Romance Go So Well Together

By Jen Doyle

Why do sports and romance go so well together? Let’s just get the obvious out of the way first. I mean, men (and women) at their physical prime, wearing those uniforms that demonstrate that fact so perfectly well? Yep. That’s definitely reason number one.

And there’s the drama, of course. When you’re in the last twenty seconds of the fourth quarter, for example. Or the bottom of the ninth inning, one run down and only one out left. The adrenaline that courses through your body as you watch Gronk* reach out for that nearly impossible catch or as David Ortiz* hits that game-winning home run...

(*Insert your favorite non-Boston related player here. Unless you live in the Boston area, of course.)

But there’s more to it. As I was writing CALLING IT, for example, the idea of an athlete who has excelled at pretty much everything he’s done for his entire life—who’s been revered for most of his career but is suddenly not due to circumstances completely out of his hands—was something I wanted to explore.

A perennial all-star catcher, Nate Hawkins is used to being in control. He’s disciplined in his work, has enough talent and has earned enough respect that a new expansion team is being built around him, and has a personal life that fits his career goals just fine. He’s not one of those billionaires by any means, but given his ranking as one of baseball’s best—and all the perks that go along with it—money is no object and he’s used to getting what he wants. He’s the ultimate Alpha Male. (Well, not counting all those Navy SEALS and special forces guys out there, but that’s another story entirely. Literally.)

Where does romance fit in? Nowhere, according to him. He’s been recently burned as far as relationships go, and very publicly so. What kind of woman could possibly bring him to his knees? (Also literally, which is not another story, incidentally, but for the details you’ll need to read the book. ☺ )

That’s where Dorie Donelli comes in. The youngest of seven, the six older of whom are quite overprotective brothers, thank you very much, Dorie is not one to be bowled over by fame, even when the object of her sixteen-year crush appears in her kitchen. She’s not bowled over by much, in fact, something that Nate finds very appealing. What he also finds very appealing is her competitive streak, even as it makes itself known at the worst possible time.

Sports is all about the rush of the game—and that’s exactly what a good romance should be.
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Review by Suze
Dorie loves sports, especially baseball, and Nate Hawkins is her idol. The last thing she expects is to meet him in person. She's moved away from her family, to a new town for work and she's there to rebuild the library. Nate's home for a while after a terrible accident that might have ruined his career. When one night Dorie's relaxing in her bathtub she finds someone in her kitchen and she has no idea who he is and why he's there. Even though she threatens to hit him Nate immediately likes Dorie, he thinks she's special. Only is dating the man who's the star of all your fantasies a good idea? Dorie tells herself it's only temporary, she's one of Nate's flings and nothing more. They have three weeks together and then she has to forget about him. Can she really do it and what about Nate?
Calling It is a sweet story about a sportsman who needs a break. Nate hopes to spend some time with the friends and family members he's neglected for too long and instead he meets a woman who steals his heart. Nate and Dorie have amazing chemistry and I loved their banter. Dorie can't believe he'll ever really be hers. He's a dream and nothing more and Nate is practically perfect in reality, so it must be too good to be true. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I liked that Dorie is smart and that she's strong. She's also very stubborn and she stands her ground. She's grown up with a lot of brothers and knows how to handle large groups of men, which was fun to read about. Nate needs a new start and with Dorie he seems to get a chance, but it's definitely not an easy one. He has to fight to make things well for himself again and I loved how he never gives up.
Jen Doyle's writing has a good flow. Calling It is a wonderful story. It has all the ingredients of a great romance. I liked the beauty of the main characters, both inside and out, I love romantic stories about sports and the main characters are one hundred percent right for each other. Calling It is a story about true love. I'm a firm believer and enjoy reading about this topic very much. If you like romantic stories with baseball heroes Calling It will be an excellent choice.

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  1. Wonderful review. Thank you for hosting CALLING IT todday!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours