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Playing the Rookie Audiobook

Playing the Rookie: A Men of Spring Novella

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Publisher's Summary

Jessica Song is tired of being a good girl, staying in a relationship well past closing time. Fresh from a breakup, she takes a walk on the wild side as a sports events intern.

Baseball rookie Jay Pak Ahn has been burned one too many times by good girls, especially his cheating ex-fiancée. When he meets wild Jessica, he throws away all caution to enjoy her to the fullest.

Jessica and Jay agree to a week of enchanting, starry-eyed dates and wild, unrestrained sex to get their exes out of their systems.

Their pasts collide, exposing the secrets in Jessica's heart and threatening Jay's position on the team. Jessica must leave her disappointment behind while Jay has to decide whether Jessica comes before baseball. What will they sacrifice to turn their fling into true love?

©2014 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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    A D. 06/09/2017
    A D. 06/09/2017
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    "Funny, sexy and sweet... a romantic homerun!"

    If you are looking for a quick, easy, sexy and sweet sports themed romance, this is it! Jessica and Jay's story is funny and charming but also reflects some of the insecurities of young love and past heartaches. I particularly enjoyed Jessica's somewhat cheeky inner goddess, who can be vocal at inappropriate times. Despite being short, Rachelle Ayala has managed to incorporate twists in the plot. The story also includes some subtle Korean cultural nuances which adds depth to the characters. Overall, an easy to listen to and enjoyable audiobook!

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Nadine
    JIM THORPE, PA, United States
    31/07/17
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    "Breaking an asian stereotype!"

    A FUN read...with lots of laughs and heat. I couldn't get enough of the inner dialog / antics of Jessica's inner goddess...These two have an instant connection but have a few things to work out before they can come together.

    Great Listen...worth the money...YES!

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HeatherY
    30/07/17
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    "A Home Run!"

    Jessica is spending a week as a baseball spring training intern, trying to find a new man to erase the memory of her ex. Rookie pitcher Jay arrives for training, burnt by his cheating ex-fiancee. When they meet, sparks fly and things heat up.

    This was a quick spicy listen with interesting characters! Jessica had a hilarious inner goddess that primps and preens, and I could just picture her sitting on Jessica's shoulder like a little bad angel. It made for some funny moments. Jay and Jessica had an instant steamy attraction, and it was believable. I'm ashamed to say I can't think of another book I've read with Korean main characters, it was a refreshing read.

    The narration style was another first for me. It's read by both a male and female narrator. During Jessica's chapters, the female narrator reads and the male narrator speaks Jay's lines, and vice versa. It only took a paragraph to get used to it, and the narration was so seamless and well done that I really liked the style. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. This book is a great way to spend a few hours with a smile on your face!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isha Coleman
    MI
    24/07/17
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    "Genius!"
    Would you listen to Playing the Rookie again? Why?

    Playing the Rookie is every thought I've ever had but been afraid to say. It's original. It's charming and it's entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Playing the Rookie to and why?

    Speed Dating by Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase . Both are bit neurotic, a tad chaotic but that blend of unconventional craziness is what makes them hard not to fall in love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where Jessica conversed with her inner goddess. What an adorable way to highlight her insecurities. It allowed me to see her as more than just a character on a page. She came alive. Easier to relate to and connect with.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What captivated me was the dual dialogue. At times it was confusing and even downright amusing but it was the perfect way to allow these characters to stand out.


    Any additional comments?

    To tempt a reader an author has to grab their attention. Author, narrators, story and characters managed to band together and do so in a humorous and heartwarming way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frances Cristina
    Juneau, Alaska, USA
    14/08/17
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    "Entertaining"

    This is a quick read from a baseball themed series. I have read two others in the series. I'm normally not into sports themed books but I have truly enjoyed this series. The players tend to make cameos in each others books which enhances my investment in the series.

    This story involves Jessica, a spring training intern, and Jay. who has come to the US as a rookie to start spring training. There is a spark but will it ignite love or just passion?

    I connected more with Jessica. I loved her inner goddess scenes.I liked Jay but just couldn't get into him as much. At first I thought it was because he is a male character. However I have read a few books by this author and this was the first time I had difficulty. Then it dawned on me it was the point of view. I think because each of them had their own narrator, Jay being written in third person was what threw me off. I don't believe I would have noticed as much if I were reading it on my Kindle.I enjoy the look into Asian culture. One of my favorite things about Ms Ayala's books is that I learn something while I am being entertained. She has a way of combining humor with respect in teaching us about different cultures and situations. It is a wonderful gift that helps bring harmony to a battered world.

    This book is for mature readers. It is a heated romance that uses mild but somewhat explicit wording. I was listening and had the gardener hooked. I have a small Sitka Rose bush outside my window. He took over 2 hours to trim it, normally he is done in 15 minutes. I guess that is proof this book can be enjoyed by both women and men, Ha!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Keli M.
    12/08/17
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    "Another book knocked out of the park"

    Yet another grand slam written by Rachelle Ayala. This is a wonderful novella. I loved listening to it. I haven't ever listened to a book that was narrated by 2 people, and it kind of threw me in the beginning, but I did enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catrina P
    12/08/17
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    "A cute story with a bit of sizzle"

    Playing the Rookie was a quick listen, and the story was well worth it. Jessica and Jay's story was not exactly what I was expecting. There were a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming! I also loved how Jessica's conversations with her inner goddess brought a touch of humor.

    The interactions between the two narrators, Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, was spot on!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda
    04/08/17
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    "Funny and sexy story"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked this story about Jay and Jessica. They meet in an unusual and hilarious way. I won't spoil it since you will have to hear it for yourself. Jessica has an inner voice that gets her into trouble a couple times when she tries to talk back in her head but accidentally speaks out loud. Jay is Korean and is brought to the US to play pitcher. Jessica, part Korean, is an intern for the summer baseball camp. They do have an attraction to each other but circumstances and misunderstandings keep them apart. I really enjoy Rachelle's way of bringing in different races to her stories. This was an interesting and enjoyable audio book with the narrators doing just their own parts. I really liked Charley Ongel and Tor Thom and would like to hear more from them. I highly recommend this book. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowplay
    26/07/17
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    "Sweet and Sizzling"
    Where does Playing the Rookie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While this is a short story, it packs a huge and potent punch. This is not a story to walk away from thinking there is nothing there in such a short book. What you find within these pages is a story that will break and blossom from with your heart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing the Rookie?

    The most memorable moment was when Jay pushed Jessica past her fear of heights as she worried for him as he went bungee jumping. He pushed her to her limits and then beyond to see her blossom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the last one of the book where both Jay and Jessica let themselves indulge in the love that each held and nurtured for the other. They let their hearts lead the way to each other and into the unknown future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A time that moved me in particular was when Jessica was willing to do whatever she could to help Jay whenever he was held in jail and everything in his life put in jeopardy even after he Jay told her he wanted nothing to do with her.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is wildly entertaining and delightfully full of surprises! You don't want to miss out!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NancyB
    Minnesota
    26/07/17
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    "Lots of story in a little package!"

    This was a short listen, yet there was a lot of story in that time. Yet full disclosure I listened twice! This one's ending is one of those didn't see that one coming! So when I got to the end and got over that No Way moment I went back and started over with a new appreciation of the characters motives and enjoyed it all over again! Loved the narrators!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • B
    03/09/17
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    "Playing The Rookie"
    What did you love best about Playing the Rookie?

    The story is unique and I like how the author adds humor, interesting story line and info on Asian culture.


    Have you listened to any of Charley Ongel and Tor Thom ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first performance I've heard from these two narrators. They were great! I really enjoyed having both male and female reading their parts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the parts when Jessica's channeled her inner goddess here very humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachelle Ayala always brings us a good story. I found this one to have a perfect blend of humor, surprises, touching moments and enlightened us on some Asian culture and traditions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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