In Review: Calling It by Jen Doyle

Posted April 12, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Calling It by Jen DoyleCalling It by Jen Doyle
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 11, 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eARC, 254 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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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 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.


In Review My Thoughts

I do love a good sports romance… even if it’s baseball, which isn’t my favorite sport. The cover of Calling It called my name when I first saw it. Then, once I read the blurb, I knew this book was pretty much made for me. It sounded like it would be cute and swoony. It was that and more.

I adored Dorie and Nate together. They had oodles of chemistry and their banter was top notch. I laughed and swooned my way through half the book. Dorie was a girl after my own heart, what with her career as a librarian and all her sports knowledge. I loved the premise of the librarian getting a chance to meet – and a whole lot more – the big time baseball player she’d been crushing on for years. I’d have been falling all over myself. Dorie handled herself a lot better. 🙂 Nate was super swoony, sexy as sin and, despite media reports, a really good guy. I wasn’t expecting a book with a ton of steam, but Calling It was quite a bit hotter than I thought it would be, which was a total bonus. And Nate’s big, grand gesture? All the freaking feels. ALL. OF. THEM.

Dorie and Nate are just part of the story. I loved Dorie’s wacky family and found myself intrigued by Nate’s teammates. I thought this was a standalone when I originally picked it up, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn it’s actually the first in a new series of standalones. Since I enjoyed the secondary characters so much, I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Called Up this August.

Calling It was a great debut. I can’t wait to read more from Jen!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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“Because a dream doesn’t need walls or a pretty coat of paint. It needs the barest of foundations, a friend (or four), and a spark just strong enough to ignite the flame.”

“I have felt this way before. That’s the problem,” she cried, the anger and frustration spilling over. “I’ve been in love with Nate Hawkins for my entire life. And then… And then you come along and you’re perfect. Like I dreamed it up and there you were. And it’s sucking me in, the thought that you could actually be in love with me.”


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 Chapter, 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").


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