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Playing Without Rules Audiobook

Playing Without Rules: Men of Spring Baseball, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father.

Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister.

Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret.

Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

©2015 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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    A D. 26/10/2017
    A D. 26/10/2017
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    "Sweet Second-chance Sports Romance"

    Brock and Marsha's story is a loving, second chance baseball themed romance that touches on a few hard subjects including physical abuse and its potential effects. Marsha and Brock do not have the problem of falling in love. In fact love seems to exist naturally between them. But romantic love isn't enough when they struggle with trust and honesty with each other as well as with themselves. It is only when they find the confidence to address their issues that they have a chance of building a life together.

    Rachelle Ayala writes multi-dimensional feel-good romances that often include realistic issues. Her characters make mistakes and are flawed but her stories are always hopeful. The audiobooks are just about long enough to explore some of the issues and situations but not so long that the plot drags.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lo 22/10/2017
    Lo 22/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Second Chance Romance"

    This is a second chance romance, which is a really emotional listen. This is a very well written and well developed story, which draws you in straight away.

    The chemistry between Brock and Marcia is great, they are real and relatable.

    Tor Thom and Charley Ongel did a great job narrating and bringing the story to life.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Adriana B
    USA
    19/10/17
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    "Emotional second chance romance"

    This was an emotional listen. I enjoyed listening to it, although, I found it a bit hard to connect with the main character. I could understand why Marcia did not tell Brock she was pregnant but I found a bit odd the way Marcia treated her daughter. Brock left and she stayed in her hometown. I assumed everyone would have seen her pregnant and would have known she had a daughter. I found it strange her daughter did not call her mom. It seemed she was hiding her daughter from everyone.

    Narration was ok and brought the story to life. Tor did an excellent job narrating, but for some reason, I think Charley sounded a bit detached
    From the story.

    I enjoy Rachelle Ayala’s writing. The book wraps up nicely with a HEA and no cliffhangers. There is some drama and some sweet moments. It is a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Romance
    Seattle, WA
    13/12/17
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    "The truth always has a way of finding the light."

    The truth always has a way of finding the light.

    This is Book 1 of 4 in the Men of Spring Baseball Series by Rachelle Ayala, and currently only 2 available in audio, but the rest are due soon!

    Being the first in the series, this could be read as a standalone. I personally would suggest starting with the novella.

    Sex Warning:
    Author’s Heat rating is Steamy: Sex and lovemaking shown with naughty words for body parts. Love and lust intertwined, but couple is monogamous.

    ♥ Story ♥
    This is a tale of second chances. If you are into those kinds of tales, then you are going to like this. As a mom, I can relate to wanting whats best for your child. I didn’t quite agree with some of Marcia’s actions, but could understand the logic behind her choices.

    Marcia Powers told a lie four years ago over a miscommunication and has been running from it ever since, despite never leaving her small town. The holes she digs for herself just keep expanding, as all lies do. Bianca is the one that truly suffers in the wake of her mother’s delusions of grandeur.

    Brock Carter did what the love of his life asked of him and left town to pursue his baseball career. He wanted to make himself worthy of her heart. Now he’s back, and determined to claim his dream, but Marcia doesn’t want him to have anything to do with her or her “little sister”. A child that just happens to be close in age to the time frame he left town, but that thought never occurs.

    I had more feels for Brock and the other members of Marcia’s family than I did for her. She is a sloppy stack of pancakes on a good day, and she is a bit of a hypocrite. Luckily, the extra personalities balances everything out. There is a sneak peek at the end for Book 02, Playing Catch and it is quite amusing. I can’t wait!

    ♥ Author ♥
    Rachelle Ayala really brings the drama with this story! But don’t fret fans, there is hot steamy goodness too.

    ♥ Narrator(s)♥
    This whole series is voiced by one of the best duos out there! Tor Thom & Charley Ongel deliver again! Their performances make you love a character as much as you want to smack them for being an idiot.

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    Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brandie
    Washington
    01/12/17
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    "2nd Chances"

    1st off- Narration was awesome! Great voices, production- no complaints.

    The book itself was a nice story about 2nd chances. This 2nd chance was a bot different being a child was involved and the father had no idea. The emotional journey both went through took a toll them. This is their journey to the HEA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catrina P
    25/11/17
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    "Playing Without Rules "

    Rachelle Ayala delivers another emotional story!

    Marcia and Brock had something special, but everything fell apart. Marcia kept her secret that she was pregnant and Brock went off to follow his dreams of being a ball player. Now 5 years later he's back and wants to try again with Marcia. Can they move beyond their past issues and all the secrets to finally have their happily ever after?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isha Coleman
    MI
    08/11/17
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    "Walk off the page and into your heart."

    Rachelle Ayala is one of the best kept secrets in romance.  Her stories blend heartwarming with wise and make a heavenly noise.  Playing Without Rules is all over the place.  With it's worst kept secret and it's hard to resist characters, the stage is set for unforgettable.  What brings it up to magically is the dueling talents of Tor Tom and Charley Ongel. The characters walk right off the page and two step into your heart.  

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B
    27/10/17
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    "Playing Without Rules"

    Another emotional, touching story by Rachelle Ayala that held my interest.

    Brock and Marcia have a second chance to be together if they can get past the secret between them.

    The story deals with the sensitive subject of abuse and how it effects their lives as they learn to overcome the past and the decisions they make. It is an emotional, story but also has a touch of humor and romance.

    Listening to both the male and female narrators was new for me. I think they both did a good job at telling this story. The male voice gave me goosebumps, but it seemed like his parts were done in bits and pieces and inserted into the audio and didn't flow smoothly. But, that being said, I enjoyed listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NancyB
    Minnesota
    23/10/17
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    "Emotionally Intense."

    This well written and preformed story is another in a long list by this author that provides us with hours of entertainment and enjoyment. This story handles serious topics as well as how to deal with them as an adult. The characters are complex. The storyline moves quickly. I love that this series is being offered in audio format, to me this brings the personalities to life. This authors work is always worth the investment of your time and money!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PATRICIA
    Pittstown, NJ, United States
    16/10/17
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    "Hitting it out of the park again!"

    I have fallen in love with this series of baseball players. This story introduces Brock and Marcia. They were high school sweethearts with big dreams and an abundant future. At least that is what they thought. When Brock leaves for his baseball team, and then comes back 5 years later, he is sure of his feelings and can't wait to get back together with Marcia. But will it be that easy? The two of them have things to deal with. Again, Rachelle Ayala amazes me with what she can include in a short novel. This one includes second chances, domestic abuse, death of parents, dealing with anger, single parenthood and aiding aging parents. These are all handled elegantly so that you don't even realize they are all being addressed in this story of happily ever after. I love how she can do that!

    With this great story, Ayala uses the talented team of Tor Thom and Charley Ongel. They are able to take this book and convey the hurt and frustration that Marcia feels, the fear and anguish that Brock feels and together the love that this couple has for each other. Another well performed story that the narration will bring both tears and smiles to your face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowplay
    15/10/17
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    "Heartbreaking and Unforgettable"

    I feel in love with this story filled with hard fought and well deserved love. The characters surprised me throughout the story because there was so much more to their depth then you originally assumed. They had a mind of their own and a strong will that took the story through many twists and turns. I was hard pressed to be pulled away from the wonderfully entertaining and beautifully captivating performance of the narrators. They are an incredible pair that worked flawlessly together and gave the story so many more dimensions then the print version alone. My heart was completely and utterly lost the magnificent heart and soul that made these wonderful characters come to life. What an exciting and unforgettable adventure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darcy
    Upper Marlboro, MD, United States
    31/01/18
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    "The baseball player and the bartender "

    Brock is back in town! He is a baseball player who left 5yrs ago for the Minors. He left behind his fiancée...little did he know he left behind more. Now he’s back and his ex-fiancée, Marcia, is hiding a huge secret. Brock is trying to rekindle his relationship w Marcia but she’s resistant. There are outside forces working to keep them apart. When the secrets are revealed, will their relationship survive?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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