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The Catching Kind by Caitie Quinn is the third book in the Brew Ha Ha series. No need to worry though, as it can read as a stand-alone. It tells the story of Hailey, an introverted young adult author and Connor, an arrogant baseball player who were forced into a pretend relationship on the whim of their agents. Connor needed to clean up his playboy image, while Hailey needed exposure. The concept, although not unique, made for an interesting read. I enjoyed every moment spent with the characters. The story was fun, sweet and all around enjoyable.
Hailey is an awesome character. The words I would use to describe are shy, funny, sassy, smart and sweet. Despite her shyness, she proved to a heroine with a strong and independent spirit. She is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. This she demonstrated in her interactions with Connor, which was flirtatious and fun. However, she had her flaws. She struggled with self-esteem issues, which manifested when she was alongside Connor.
My first impression of Connor was not flattering. I thought he was a jerk, especially in the way he treated Hailey. Fortunately, he redeemed himself by the time the story ended. Behind his facade of arrogance lay a soul with a heart of gold.
I enjoyed the development of Connor and Hailey’s’ relationship. Their initial interaction may have been unpleasant, but eventually they developed a comfortable friendship as they both realised that they were not what they perceived each other to be. A friendship, which morphed into a sweet romance. Therefore, what started out as a pretend romance to save both their careers became the real deal. They worked well together, which made them perfect for each other despite their differences. I loved how they both navigated each other worlds. They fit into their situations well.
The story aptly demonstrates that life has an uncanny way of throwing curve balls and that things never usually go has planned as Connor and Hailey will discover.
If you are reader who must have steamy sex scenes in your romance, then you may want to bypass this book. To be honest it was a refreshing change from what I have come to expect when I dive into a romance book.
Overall, The Catching Kind was a good read and one I would recommend if you enjoy stories such as these.
Hailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush. Apparently not. When camera-shy author Hailey Tate’s agent loses a bet and brokers a deal, it leaves Hailey in the last place she wants to be: backed into the corner of Publicity and Paparazzi. Now, thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she’s getting the attention she always managed to avoid. Connor Ryan is not only America’s Sexiest Athlete, he’s also the current Bad Boy of Baseball. But when he goes a base too far, management wants to bench him…permanently. One thing he never counted on? Falling for his sweet, fake girlfriend. He’s the guy who can catch anything and now she’s next on his list