Calling It, the debut novel for author Jen Doyle, is a sweet and sexy story with fun characters and charming banter. The sudden yet simmering attraction between the leads starts from the beginning, even though they come from different worlds. A small-town librarian, Dorie is interesting, intelligent, wary, and funny. Hero Nate Hawkins is a famous baseball player with deep roots in said small town, who has returned when shadows are cast over his limelight. After going through some emotional upheaval, Dorie is like a reviving breath of fresh air for Nate. Both characters have complicated and intriguing families and histories – case in point Dorie has six older brothers! Let alone Nate’s slew of sisters that pop up from time to time. These are characters I wish we actually got to spend some more time with. While I enjoyed the concentrated focus on the main characters, I thought the sub-characters could have used some more page-time. I have a feeling they will make appearances in subsequent books!
The idea of meeting one’s childhood crush is played out in this novel. An avid sports fan, Dorie has had a crush on Nate Hawkins for years! She handles meeting him in a very realistic fashion and lives out the fantasy, expecting it to stay just that. A kind of dream. Her resistance to pursue something deeper or longer with Nate is understandable and creates the basis for their conflict. I would have liked a touch more tension, perhaps with Nate’s ex. Overall, Calling It is a sexy and fun light read!
Dorie Donelli is breaking free of her overbearing brothers and starting fresh in the small town of Inspiration. As the new librarian, she has been tasked with renovating the broken library and it’s a task she is eager to accomplish. Excited to start her new life, but still feeling a little homesick, she is caught completely off guard when a stranger unexpectedly enters her home and throws her life a curveball. Because it’s not just some stranger! It’s the famous catcher Nate Hawkins. The same Nate Hawkins whom she’s had a crush on since she was in middle school!
Nate Hawkins has returned home to lick his wounds and heal after a terrible car crash, a broken engagement, and an injury that could threaten his career. The sweet and sassy little librarian renting his sister’s place is a welcome surprise and distraction. But Nate quickly realizes that his relationship with Dorie is more than just the fling she thinks it is. The question is whether or not he can convince her that, when she’s determined that what they have is temporary. That they couldn’t possibly fit in each other’s worlds. And that their relationship would best remain a good memory, like a very nice dream.
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.
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