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From the author of Slow Heat, The Trouble with Paradise, and the Lucky Harbor novels...

Pace Martin is the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat. He's got the arm, the experience and the wins. He's also got the pain, the pressure, and the possible end of his career looming over him. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is writer who sees past his defenses.

Holly Hutchins ...

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Overview

From the author of Slow Heat, The Trouble with Paradise, and the Lucky Harbor novels...

Pace Martin is the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat. He's got the arm, the experience and the wins. He's also got the pain, the pressure, and the possible end of his career looming over him. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is writer who sees past his defenses.

Holly Hutchins knows a good story when she sees one, and the tall, dark and slightly attitude-ridden Pace Martin fits the bill. But when she realizes there’s more at stake than just the win, she starts to notice the handsome broad-shouldered jock in a different light.

Pace and Holly begin a seductive game in which neither wants to drop the ball, but in the face of an unexpected betrayal and challenge, they’ll have to find the courage to swing for the fences…

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“Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She’s my go-to read for humor and heart.” —Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

“Jill Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!”—Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

"Jill Shalvis will make you laugh and fall in love.” —Rachel Gibson, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425271001
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 320,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He’s The One.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    An out of the park grand slam home-run hit from cover-to-cover!

    When you make your work your life and don't allow anything inside to interfere with your goals what happens, basically nothing because life isn't work. Pace Martin has had baseball pumping through his veins for so long he doesn't know how to do anything else was eat, sleep and breathe baseball. The games he has won as the star pitcher for his expansion baseball team or lost due to an off day. When Pace and his single-minded goals meet reporter Holly Hutchins the official game off the field becomes one of control and conquer.

    Holly is dedicated to her career as well as has been assigned the job of reporting on Pace, his team and unearth any secrets along the way. What Holly too quickly discovers is that there are allot of secrets but one truth, this is a team with heart of it in the form of their pitcher, Pace. He keeps the group motivated and moving toward winning a pennant and hopefully the World Series and carries the responsibility right on his shoulder, which is a problem since he may have an injury. Pace will never admit to any pain and knows the lessons his father taught him about staying focused and never losing control are imperative. But can Pace keep this injury to himself or will Holly and her cute investigative nose figure out what is going on?

    Pace wants to trust Holly but when facts about the team that no one should know come to light, the feelings he has for her make him question what her real purpose in his life is? Yet the more time Pace spends with her and realizes that there is a life outside baseball with something beautiful happening between him and Holly he starts to trust. This is imperative because he has fallen in a love reveals itself to be true and everlasting.

    Pace and Holly weather the scandal, injuries and time tested saying of baseball by Mike Schmidt "Any time you think you have the game conquered the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose". Life and love take you by surprise so keep your head in the game!

    I love baseball and Jill Shalvis has captured the true essence of how important this sport is to those that play it and keeps the storyline between Holly and Pace realistic but romantic. Ms. Shalvis knows how to write and each book proves that to her readers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Double Play

    I've seen buzz about this novel everywhere. Having only read Smart and Sexy by Ms. Shalvis -- and being left with a lukewarm feeling once I'd reached the end -- I was a bit skeptical of all the gushing for Double Play. Now I know readers have their favorite authors. If other readers are anything like me, they'll keep buying or reading these favorite authors until something happens to turn their attentions elsewhere.

    Well, allow me to jump on the gushing bandwagon.

    I simply loved Double Play. A good, believable story solidly placed firmly in reality; strong characters who are easy to love and identify with; an amazing balance of sexual tension and romantic spark. And when Holly and Pace have to kiss each other prior to the games because of superstitions and streaks? Yeah, okay, what a sacrifice!

    Being a baseball fan isn't necessary to enjoy this novel. Baseball is simply part of the package, the "meet cute" for Holly and Pace. That the reader is given an insider's view of the sport (again, believable because of Pace's distinct voice) is a bonus. Plus the cast of characters that make up the Pacific Heat -- those boys are having a lot of fun, and they're a lot of fun to interact with in both Double Play and Slow Heat, which I'm reading now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    A grand slam of a book

    Double Play by Jill Shalvis is a perfect summertime read of steamy romance and the love of Americas favorite pastime.

    Pace Martin has a charmed life as the ace pitcher for the Santa Barbara Pacific Heat. Baseball has been his whole life but now he may have a season ending injury. To make matters even worse the PR dept. saddles him with a nosy reporter. Pace thinks he can keep Holly Hutchins under control but she is slowly getting under his skin.

    Holly Hutchins has a weekly blog that she does stories of national interest. She gets talked into doing one on the baseball team in town. Holly is so out of her comfort zone on this subject but she is willing to learn. Getting ace pitcher Pace Martin to set down for an interview is becoming a challenge. Holly's initial conception of Pace changes with every time she is with him.

    Pace and Holly relationship starts with saucy flirting and grows to an all out scorching passion. But someone is leaking secrets to the press and this puts a strain on all involved. Can Holly convince Pace and his teammates that she is not the person that is doing this?

    Double Play is the absolute best book to celebrate the boys of summer. Jill Shalvis blends the action on the field with the action off the field seamlessly. She makes you feel like you are right there with the players on the field. The chemistry between Holly and Pace is tantalizing and leaps off every page. Jill Shalvis delivers another winner that every romance reader must have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    the world of baseball is the background for this series. this p

    the world of baseball is the background for this series. this particular story is about a writer, holly, and a star pitcher, pace. she needs a story, and he doesn't want to give it. this writer has a way with words and she can put them together so you feel you are in the story. the characters are so well presented that you feel you know them personally. the romance is tastefully written, and you just want to cheer them on. there is an attractrion but both have issues to be resolved, and jill shalvis does it with heart. this is a story you won't want to miss!!

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    Pace Martin the the current "it" guy in baseball. As t

    Pace Martin the the current "it" guy in baseball. As the ace pitcher for the Pacific Heat, a young expansion team, he has numerous fans, many of them women who want everything he has to offer, just not him. While he lives and breathes baseball, he does enjoy helping in the charities the team supports, as well as helping coach a rag-tag team of kids learning baseball. 

    Holly Hutchins is an ace reporter. She's known for her blog series which digs deep into her subjects, ferreting out secrets. She's always loved her work, her life of traveling the country for her stories. However, when she gets to Santa Barbara for her summer series on the Heat, she realizes she wants, needs to settle down, to place roots. 

    When Pace and Holly meet, it's a a game neither know how to play. He's intrigued by her, but mistrustful of her being a reporter. She's instantly attracted but knows it will not go anywhere.

    I've been seeing Jill Shalvis's name everywhere I go lately so I only decided it right to finally pick up a book of hers. While perusing my To-Read shelf on Goodreads, I came across Double Play. I remember it being recommended to me because of other sports related books I've read in the past. Luckily my library had a digital copy of the book so I said, why not.

    Why not, indeed, is definitely a good thing in this case. I loved this book, really loved it. Pace is a great hero. He's tall, dark and ever-loving sexy. He has just the right amount of arrogance to humility that makes him not only likable, but realistic. 

    Holly is a take no nonsense kind of woman. She has to be in her line of work, digging deep in her subjects for the secrets. Luckily, she does have a moral compass which points North, so she always tries to do the right thing, even if someone ends up getting hurt, including herself. 

    The relationship between the two is definitely heated. I really enjoyed all the superstitions surrounding the two before the games. It was funny in a way, but apparently neither really minded. I really loved how the two would come together for the kids Pace was coaching as well. It was super sweet and heartwarming. 

    The way baseball was portrayed in the book was great too. I used to love the sport when I was growing up, even if I'm more into football nowadays. I think everything was accurately portrayed as it should have been, especially the more controversial topics of steroids and stimulants.

    Overall, Double Play is a good book. There's just the right amount of heat and and humor for there to be something for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Great

    This is a great story. It is easy to like all the characters, even the ones that are a little shady. Holly and Pace make a great couple, you root for them, but also relate to their doubts. Love the baseball aspect. If you are looking for a great fun fast romantic read, this is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Second Book in a Series

    Another good book by Ms. Shalvis... This one has more active characters... A baseball catcher from the wrong side of the tracks, the publicity director of a team, his alcoholic father and the sad young nephew of the publicity director... Again, not a story you need to be a baseball fan to enjoy... Lots of rich human interest in this one... You will undoubtedly need a tissue in a place or two but well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A must read !!!!!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Love this book but everything I read by Jill is great

    Love this book but everything I read by Jill is great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    I loved this book!

    Jill Shalvis comes through again with her wittey humor and love for romance!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    10/7/12

    10/7/12 Charming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Amazing##

    Jill comes through again. Her writing is always entertaining. The lead characters had great chemistry although i would have liked it better if she didn't constantly describe the heroine as average in shapeless clothes. Call me shallow, but i like pretty people when escaping reality. Can't wait to read wade's story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Grand slam!

    Review by Mary: An out of the park grand slam home-run hit from cover-to-cover!

    When you make your work your life and don't allow anything inside to interfere with your goals what happens, basically nothing because life isn't work. Pace Martin has had baseball pumping through his veins for so long he doesn't know how to do anything else was eat, sleep and breathe baseball. The games he has won as the star pitcher for his expansion baseball team or lost due to an off day. When Pace and his single-minded goals meet reporter Holly Hutchins the official game off the field becomes one of control and conquer.

    Holly is dedicated to her career as well as has been assigned the job of reporting on Pace, his team and unearth any secrets along the way. What Holly too quickly discovers is that there are allot of secrets but one truth, this is a team with heart of it in the form of their pitcher, Pace. He keeps the group motivated and moving toward winning a pennant and hopefully the World Series and carries the responsibility right on his shoulder, which is a problem since he may have an injury. Pace will never admit to any pain and knows the lessons his father taught him about staying focused and never losing control are imperative. But can Pace keep this injury to himself or will Holly and her cute investigative nose figure out what is going on?

    Pace wants to trust Holly but when facts about the team that no one should know come to light, the feelings he has for her make him question what her real purpose in his life is? Yet the more time Pace spends with her and realizes that there is a life outside baseball with something beautiful happening between him and Holly he starts to trust. This is imperative because he has fallen in a love reveals itself to be true and everlasting.

    Pace and Holly weather the scandal, injuries and time tested saying of baseball by Mike Schmidt "Any time you think you have the game conquered the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose". Life and love take you by surprise so keep your head in the game!

    I love baseball and Jill Shalvis has captured the true essence of how important this sport is to those that play it and keeps the storyline between Holly and Pace realistic but romantic. Ms. Shalvis knows how to write and each book proves that to her readers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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