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Double Play (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jill Shalvis
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Original edition (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425228681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425228685
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 27 Sep 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this book. It was the first Jill Shalvis book I've ever read and have since read three more. I don't know how she does it, but Jill Shalvis makes you fall in love with the characters -it kind of creeps up on you and you have no idea how it's happened. The main characters are a great blend of realism and fantasy - not the perfect guy (as we know he doesn't exist) but pretty damn close to what we all want in a man that it's impossible not to love him. The story focuses on the Heat baseball team, with this book in particular following Pace Martin, star of the team. Holly Hutchins, reporter, is trying to get an interview with the elusive athlete and, true to form, annoys him and eventually wears him down, he falls in love with her, etc, etc. What's great about this book is that even though you eventually know what's going to happen, you still can't put this book down. Great read the first time I read it but have read it again since and I still fall in love with Pace all over again, every time. Well done Jill. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL 29 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a real keeper I loved every word, Holly is a reporter who is going to write a series of articles on a baseball team the Pacific Heat. Her first target for interview is Pace Martin the Heat's famous pitcher, Pace is tall broad shouldered and stunningly gorgeous, he certainly does not want to be interviewed by this reporter even if she is kinda cute, but very tenacious, all he cares about is baseball that's all he is about and he is not giving anyone the inside scoop on his private life.but very gradually they start to get under ones others skin.after being caught kissing Holly in the shower room followed by a big win Gage the teams manager insists pace kisses Holly before every game. The slow building of Pace and Holly's relationship was very well done the twists and turn of the plot fleshed out the story making it essential reading I could not put this book down, in one scene Pace and Holly are painting a room together this was one of the most erotic scenes I have ever read.the sexual tension between Pace and Holly literally sizzled of the page. This book is often compared to See Jane Score, not always favourably, in my honest opinion this book is the winner. Can't wait to read the next book Slow Heat (Berkley Sensation) which is Wade and Sam's story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 19 July 2011
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My summary of the book - Pace has a bad shoulder which he tries to work through so when a reporter starts hanging around and asking questions it is the last thing he wants. Holly is there to do a feature on the team and the sport but she finds herself drawn to Pace and tries to crack his thick exterior to find out more about him. Soon they are drawn together and the team's superstitions bring them a lot closer. Rumours and scandal affect everything where Pace and Holly have to fight for what they believe in.

Thoughts on the characters - Holly is a tough woman who is always looking for secrets and finding out the truth which makes her have trust issues. When she meets Pace he certainly is her match as he also has trust issues and doesn't give anything away. Both of them can't deny their attraction to each other and after sharing a kiss before a game the team becomes superstitious and throws them together again and again. Holly manages to find another side to Pace who comes across tough but he does have a soft side and that is what she falls for and Pace also helps Holly with her own trust issues and make realise there is other things out there instead of writing about secrets.

Overall thoughts - This is the first book I have read of Jill Shalvis and really enjoyed it. The interaction between the pair is amusing especially when they are thrown together before each game where the action gets hotter and hotter. I will definitely be getting more books from this author and can't wait to read the one in the series.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand slam of a book 9 July 2009
By Judy - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Double Play by Jill Shalvis is a perfect summertime read of steamy romance and the love of Americas favorite pastime.

Pace Martin has a charmed life as the ace pitcher for the Santa Barbara Pacific Heat. Baseball has been his whole life but now he may have a season ending injury. To make matters even worse the PR dept. saddles him with a nosy reporter. Pace thinks he can keep Holly Hutchins under control but she is slowly getting under his skin.

Holly Hutchins has a weekly blog that she does stories of national interest. She gets talked into doing one on the baseball team in town. Holly is so out of her comfort zone on this subject but she is willing to learn. Getting ace pitcher Pace Martin to set down for an interview is becoming a challenge. Holly's initial conception of Pace changes with every time she is with him.

Pace and Holly relationship starts with saucy flirting and grows to an all out scorching passion. But someone is leaking secrets to the press and this puts a strain on all involved. Can Holly convince Pace and his teammates that she is not the person that is doing this?

Double Play is the absolute best book to celebrate the boys of summer. Jill Shalvis blends the action on the field with the action off the field seamlessly. She makes you feel like you are right there with the players on the field. The chemistry between Holly and Pace is tantalizing and leaps off every page. Jill Shalvis delivers another winner that every romance reader must have.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 25 July 2009
By Deborah Verlen - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like Jill Shalvis for the most part, but this book just didn't do it for me. The story of Pace and Holly was interesting, but didn't capture me and I found myself putting the book down and coming back to it rather than doing a straight through read.

Pitcher Pace Martin is facing a career ending injury and Holly Hutchins in writing a blog that she no longer one hundred percent believes in. These two characters come together and find each other. I really liked Pace's character. He is conscientious, but not boring. Generous, but doesn't brag. He was on the quiet side with a big big heart as evidenced by his generosity with his stalker and the kids he supports in a not so good part of town. Holly I found to be a bit unrealistic in her expectations of trust from Pace and others. She seemed to think she should automatically be trusted even though she was a reporter with a reputation for writing hard hitting stories. I also thought she was a bit of a nag--always on Pace about his shoulder.

This is a good beach read. And if you like Jill Shalvis and are fond of baseball then this book will be one you won't want to miss.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts out with a bang and ends with a thud! 9 Sep 2010
By Krista Lyn - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The great thing about this book is the first half of the book. I love Shalvis's writing style. She engages the reader and has a very easy writing style. I loved Pace from the first sentence of the book and that love only grew throughout the book. Holly was a bit tougher to love.

I love the professional athlete type story line, but in my opinion Susan Elizabeth Phillip's Chicago Star's football series has ruined me for all others. I felt like I had happened across something special when I started this book. Pace and Holly had amazing chemistry and I loved that Pace was experiencing hardships that many professional athletes experience. It made him more human to me and I loved his quick wit. Then, about halfway through things went wrong. Drug use in baseball was explored ad nauseam and Holly turned into a "I'm a reporter and I have to report the news" type of character. The chemistry that had burned between them seemed to fizzle out amongst all the mistrust, injuries, and superstitions.

It's too bad because the first half of this book is as good as it gets!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted baseball romance 8 July 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An All Star pitcher for most of his major league career, Pace Martin knows he is nearing the end of playing baseball; his playing through injuries speeds up his retirement. Currently, he has a bad shoulder that requires either extended rest or surgery before it becomes permanently damaged. Still, Pace knows his team Santa Barbara Pacific Heat needs him as their ace while they make a playoff run.

Although she prefers otherwise, reporter Holly Hutchins is assigned to interview Pace and expose team secrets. He has no patience for a journalist while she has no time for an adult playing a kid's game. However, both are attracted to one another from the first at bat. When the secrets make it into print, his teammates blames Holly, but Pace knows his beloved is highly ethical. The reporter and pitcher plan to expose the leak who obviously is someone inside the clubhouse.

This lighthearted baseball romance is a fun frolic filled with thrilling play that also showcases the extreme pressure on athletes and those who cover the players to perform now; Pace especially understands what was done before quickly becomes yesterday's news. Fast-paced throughout, fans of sports romance will enjoy going to the ballgame as this tale is a nine inning romp.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very forgettable... 21 Sep 2010
By Subway Reader - Published on
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I didn't hate this book, but I didn't like it either. I didn't understand why Pace & Holly were into each other in the first place. There was no chemistry or connection between them & the next thing you know they're making out. Pace has a very bland personality & can't seem to make up his mind about how he should react to major changes in his life. Even the way Holly is described physically is very middle of the road & she seemed like a sad sack. How am I supposed to root for either one of these people when I can't even decide why they should be together in the first place?

That being said, even though it was a very slow start the story eventually picked up & even threw in some personal angst & heat to give the relationship more development & credibility.
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