Hailey Tate, author of pre-teen books, hates dealing with media or the spotlight. She is perfectly content to live her somewhat boring life enjoying the quiet of her routine and the friendship of those closest to her. When her agent loses her in a bet due to her “girl next door” image, however, Hailey’s thrown into the limelight in ways she never could have imagined.
Connor Ryan needs an image upgrade. He’s the Bay Boy of Baseball and known as America’s Sexiest Athlete. But some poor decisions and rotten luck have his popularity falling in certain demographics and his team and sponsors aren’t happy. He needs the perfect “good girl” girlfriend to play the part to help his image rebound.
Hailey is definitely not what Connor expected when he first sees her, and he comes off as beyond rude and refuses to even consider working with her, which suits Hailey just fine since she wants absolutely nothing to do with the deal her agent made . . . especially since she can’t see how it would benefit her at all. Connor realizes Hailey really may be his last chance, however, and offers to help her deal with the spotlight as long as she can play the part of doting girlfriend for a month. Neither expected to like one another or become friends. And, they never thought there was any chance of falling in love . . . .
I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, I thought everyone was fairly hard on Hailey just because looking and dressing like a model was not her top priority. I was totally prepared to not like her agent or Connor because they both seemed so shallow and really fed into Hailey’s self esteem issues. However, I am so glad I kept reading. Connor definitely grew on me. Once you see past the image he tries to project, you see he is really a sweet and romantic man man and really a good guy, especially to his fans and those he cares about. I loved watching Connor and Hailey’s trust and friendship develop. Hailey definitely brought out Connor’s protective urges and it was really fun watching him interact with her close knit group of friends.
The Catching Kind ended up being a wonderful surprise of a book. I was really expecting just another sports romance between a bad boy athlete and the girl next door and instead was treated with a book that had beautifully complex and in depth characters and a plot that kept me entertained throughout between the character development, banter between Hailey and Connor, and their relationship ups and downs. I readily admit I bought the follow-up book in this series so I can see what the author has in store next for Hailey and Connor! 4.5 stars
About the Book:
Amazon – http://amzn.to/2njJ09N
Hailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush.
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
About the Author:
RWA RITA award finalist and USA Today Best Seller Bria Quinlan writes Diet-Coke-Snort-Worthy Rom Coms about what it’s like to be a girl and deal with crap and still look for love. She also writes books for teens that take hard topics and make you laugh through your tears. Some people call them issue books. Some people call them romantic comedies. Bria calls them what-life-looks-like.
Her stories remind you that life is an adventure not to be ignored.
Connect with Bria:
Website – http://briaquinlan.com/
Twitter – @briaquinlan