Welcome to My Book Snack's stop for the Caught by You book tour!
Today I'm featuring my ARC review, an excerpt, and the tour giveaway.
Title: Caught by You
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Series: Love Between the Bases #2
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Love comes out of left field in the second novel in USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard's sexy baseball-themed series...
Months of alternately flirting and bickering with Kilby Catfish catcher Mike Solo just turned into the hottest kiss of Donna MacIntyre's life—and that's a major league complication. Any hint of scandal could keep her from getting her son back from her well-connected ex. Then Mike comes up with a game-changing idea: a marriage proposal that could help win her case—even as it jeopardizes her heart.
Mike hasn't been able to get the gorgeous, gutsy redhead out of his fantasies. The least he can do is fix the mess he helped create. Yet their engagement is quickly becoming about a lot more than doing the right thing. Because after swearing he'd never risk love again, Mike has found a passion that puts all his emotions in play, and a woman he'll go to bat for again and again.
Source: e-ARC from publisher
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent
Loved, loved, loved Mike and Donna’s story!
After reading All of Me, I knew right away that I wanted to read Caught by You. Why? In book one there was some serious spark between Mike and Donna, and I was excited to learn that book 2 of the Love Between the Bases series was going to be their story!
In the first book we didn’t get to know much about Mike and Donna, but they did exchange plenty of playful banter. I could just feel that the chemistry between these two would be intense if they ever got together. Mike Solo is the Kilby Catfish catcher who adheres to a self-imposed vow of celibacy during the baseball season. Can he resist the temptation of the sassy redhead that is Donna MacIntyre? I love that Jennifer Bernard teases us a little in chapter 1. The tension is deliciously sweet and leaves you immediately wanting to read more.
Mike and Donna both have things going on in their lives that are tough road bumps to overcome; however these two will make you root for them from the start. Primarily, Mike really wants to help Donna in her fight for custody of her son, so he comes up with a pretty wild idea. Who doesn’t love a hero with such good intentions? When you find out what he’s done in his past, you’ll be smitten with Mike even more!
I just adore how Jennifer Bernard weaves a story. I liked Caleb and Sadie from the first book, and we get nice updates on them, but I think I loved Mike and Donna’s story a little more! Plus, I was so curious to see how things would go with Mike’s vow of celibacy possibly getting in the way. He takes the vow pretty seriously, and there are unexpected twists! Filled with on-field action, heart, steam, and even surprising, funny scenes, Caught by You will make you laugh and cry in a very good way.
He ran a hand through the rough curls at the back of his head. “I have to confess something.” His Catholic-boy conscience had been tugging at him this whole time. “Only a couple of those library books are mine. Mostly they’re my neighbor’s. He’s house-bound, so I pick up books for him.”
Amusement lit up her little heart-shaped face. “Your confession is that you don’t read big piles of books, and that you go to the library for your neighbor? I’m crushed. I was thinking there was a secret genius hidden inside that ripped body.”
“Maybe I was trying to impress you. We’ve been dancing around each other all season. Don’t you want to see if there’s anything to this chemistry?”
Her eyes widened. “Here? Are you trying to add public indecency to all those fines?”
“Just a kiss. One kiss. There’s nothing indecent about a kiss.”
She considered that for a long moment, while a pleasant tension rose between them. Finally she seemed to make up her mind. She took a step forward, brushing against him.
“Nothing indecent, Priest? I’ve got news for you.”
“There is if you do it right.” And she lifted her mouth to his.
Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.
~*~ TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY ~*~
Five Winners will receive a Love Between the Bases Print Bundle including, ALL OF ME and CAUGHT BY YOU.