Playing the Field (Diamonds and Dugouts Series #2)

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The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series are back with the story of a single mom, a hot rookie, and a second chance at love.

Single mother Sonny Miller has spent years avoiding love. A rotten childhood and an even rottener ex-boyfriend left her determined to protect her son—and herself—against the risks of romance. That is, until hotshot ballplayer JP Trudeau swaggers into her carefully constructed life, all sin-with-me eyes and irresistible ...

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Overview

The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series are back with the story of a single mom, a hot rookie, and a second chance at love.

Single mother Sonny Miller has spent years avoiding love. A rotten childhood and an even rottener ex-boyfriend left her determined to protect her son—and herself—against the risks of romance. That is, until hotshot ballplayer JP Trudeau swaggers into her carefully constructed life, all sin-with-me eyes and irresistible grin. Sonny can’t help but feel drawn to the sexy, confident man, even as every fiber of her being tells her to keep running the bases . . .

JP is known for being fast on his feet, not fast with his heart. But meeting Sonny and her boy sparks something in him—something he’s never felt before, not from all the cleat- chasers in the major leagues. Sonny may be hell-bent on keeping him at arm’s length no matter what, but this rookie has a plan. To get the girl, he must step up to the plate and convince her to take another chance on love . . . before this game gets rained out.

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Editorial Reviews

FreshFiction.com
“an excellent debut novel...a must read for fans of contemporary romance.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Riddled with sexual tension!”
Library Journal
Sonny Miller and her son, Charlie, are a team of two, and that is how they both plan on keeping it. Sonny insists that she is not superstitious, but Charlie knows better (especially when it comes to Saturdays). Saturdays are only for cleaning since things like breakups and abandonment are the only memories of Saturdays that Sonny has. But when Charlie joins a Little League team, Sonny has to break out of her routine to attend Charlie’s Saturday games. The next thing you know, Charlie has Sonny at a fundraiser for the Colorado Rush professional baseball team (on a Saturday) and the Rush superstar shortstop, JP, starts making all sorts of plans to fill Sonny’s weekends. Ego and bravado are perfect and perhaps required for a sports professional but can certainly cause problems in romance (especially with a protective single mother).

Verdict Fans of Luanne Rice will appreciate the complexities of the family and life dynamics and their impact on new romance in this latest series entry from Seasons (after Stealing Home). Recommended for sports lovers and romance fans in general.—Heather Lisa Maneiro, Minnesota State Univ. Lib. Moorhead
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062271471
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Diamonds and Dugouts Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 356,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Seasons has been a lifelong writer and reader. She lives with her husband and four children in the mountains of rural New England. An enormous yet lovable dog and the world's coolest cat keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful new home state, learning the joys of organic gardening, and—if she's lucky—relaxing in her hammock under the trees with a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Good

    Good book, but I didn't love it like I did the first book in the series. The main female character annoyed me. I'll probably still buy the next book....there were fun teasers on what's to come with Cutter's sister mixed through out this story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    Lovable Hero But a Frustrating Heroine at Times

    As the second book in the Diamonds and Dugouts series we get to revisit the Boys of Summer as they're on the hunt for the women of their dreams. Playing the Field features an older woman, younger man theme and realistically displays all the issues pertaining to a single mother and the perceptions of what a young man wants out of life. The romance of upbeat and confident JP and the overly cautious Sonny, who's quick to assume the worst, is a slightly rocky one that's both sweet and teeming with sexual tension. From start to finish it's a fun story that had me falling completely for JP while being left frustrated by Sonny at times.

    Sonny is a strong-willed woman who's devoted her whole life to her son, Charlie. She's neglected her own love life to make his dreams come true when possible. She's been hurt emotionally numerous times throughout her life and it's made her completely suspicious of everything that remotely promises to bring her happiness. She was immediately attracted to JP but fought against him every step of the way using her son as a shield. JP did everything to prove himself but Sonny was a hard one to win over. Even when they appeared to be heading towards a HEA she overreacted in a childish way that left me disappointed in her. It took a grand gesture to finally convince her and though their HEA was satisfying, I still think JP deserved a bigger apology from her.

    JP is the ideal hero, charming and sexy. He's young in years but mature in his heart and soul. He knows what he wants out of life and who he wants in it. He's immediately drawn to Sonny and has no problem becoming an instant father to Charlie. He's immensely good interacting with Charlie and though he longs to jump Sonny's bones he understands she's gun shy and is willing to take their relationship slowly. Watching him woo her makes him even sexier as he shows a sweet and caring side in his dealings with her, right alongside the overpowering sexiness that radiates off him. His grand gesture was especially endearing though unnecessary as their falling out was clearly Sonny's fault. It just shows how important she and Charlie are to him that he was willing to take the steps necessary to bring them all back together.

    This story brought a smile to my face as JP and Sonny were a delightfully compatible couple. Their sexual interludes were steamy but not too hot. The majority of their time together was spent getting to know each other which allowed us to get to know them. Not only do we get to meet a wonderful main couple but we get glimpses of the other ball players who are all charming and sexy themselves. I can see many wonderful stories still to come in this series as these players are to die for. Barring my momentary unhappiness with Sonny I found this story a wonderful read and can't wait for the next installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    great read

    Second book in the series I have read and love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    I'm a huge fan of Ms. Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series. Base

    I'm a huge fan of Ms. Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series. Baseball players are always a favorite and this series has had me hooked since STEALING HOME. This book is still sexy and fun, but I really loved the genuine emotion between JP and Sonny. She's such a great mom to Charlie and I really believed that she just wanted to protect him - even if it meant not trusting someone with her heart again. I won't give anything away, but you'll definitely be rooting for Sonny and JP!

    Book Three - THROWING HEAT - is on it's way soon and I can't wait. Leslie and Peter - finally!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    very good story, my favorite in the series!

    very good story, my favorite in the series!

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    Posted March 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Good series

    Enjoyable book, Sonny is a little to insecure making her hard to enjoy, JP has some Ego issues but together they are fun to read about. Not as good as the first in the series but still nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    good

    Good follow up to the first book. It makes you look at life a little differently when you have kids and are single. I loved how JP put himself out there for Sonny and her son. That must have taken a lot of courage to dance like that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    LOVE this series!

    Can't wait for book 3!!

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    Playing the Field was sexy, sweet, and endearing. I love sports

    Playing the Field was sexy, sweet, and endearing. I love sports romance, especially when baseball players are involved. And, I'm really enjoying this series.




    Going to into this book, I loved JP. He's the rookie on the team, so he's a bit younger than the others. Even though he's younger, he is really mature and responsible. Plus, JP has a heart of gold. When he meets Sonny, he's instantly attracted to her. She's not like the typical groupies. And, she has a son. In fact, her son brought them together in a way. 




    Sonny hasn't been in a relationship in years. She had a terrible childhood and her son's father left her stranded. So, she's settled into a life with her son. She's never made time for relationships, because they've never been good for her. Then, she meets JP. She's definitely attracted to him, but she isn't at all interested in his lifestyle. She feels like starting something with him could hurt her and more importantly, she doesn't want her son to get hurt. But, they can't stop their attraction and JP shows her time and time again that he is the guy for her. 




    Overall, I enjoyed Playing the Field. I'm not sure what exactly I expected going into this story, but what I got was a sweet romance with some spicy times thrown into the mix. This series has been a lot of fun so far and I can't wait to share my thoughts on the third book, Throwing Heat, which will post later this month. 




    Favorite quote:
    ~"Enough worrying. At some point you have to just let go and let yourself experience. You have to let life happen. It's not all bad."-Loc 2145

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

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    In Playing the Field (Diamonds and Dugouts #2) by Jennifer Seaso

    In Playing the Field (Diamonds and Dugouts #2) by Jennifer Seasons, Sonny Miller and her ten year old son Charlie have been a team his whole life. Being a single mom is tough but it's better than bringing a man into her life only to have him break her, or worse yet, her son's heart. She won't put him through the heartache and abandonment she dealt with from her parents while growing up. So that's why Sonny has built up a wall around her heart and has focused instead on making a strong, safe home for them on her farm in Colorado. Her organic goat cheese business is taking off now and Charlie is doing well with his type 1 diabetes so it seems things are finally on an even keel. When she takes Charlie to a charity event featuring his favorite pro baseball player, JP Trudeau, the fact that it is on a Saturday should have tipped her off that it would be a weird day. She has had bad luck on Saturdays her whole life...therefore she usually stays home and cleans that day. But Charlie absolutely loves baseball and she can't deny him the opportunity. Imagine Sonny's surprise when she feels an instant connection as she first looks JP in the eyes. He makes it clear that he feels the same pull between them. She has no idea what a gorgeous, famous ball player would see in her and waves it off as him just being nice to her where she's a guest at the event.

    Fate pushes them together yet again when Sonny and Charlie win a raffle to have dinner with JP. Her expectations of how he will act are way off the mark. She thought he would be full of himself and not pay attention to her or her son, but she has to admit he's down to earth and listens intently to everything Charlie rambles on about. Even when they are interrupted by fans during their dinner, JP takes time to give them his complete attention and seems grateful for their interest in him. Sure he seems very self assured and can be a bit cocky, but Sonny can see he has a good heart despite his fame. He scores major points with her when he gets Charlie a temporary job as batboy for his team. She worries that her son is becoming too attached to JP though and wonders what will happen if things don't work out between them. She's never had a man treat her so well or has felt so taken care of before. If only he wasn't in the public spotlight, she might feel more comfortable with the situation. When JP begins to make decisions before consulting her, Sonny takes offense and feels her tight family unit being threatened. So she backs off and holds JP at arms length. She refuses to let him explain until he makes a grand gesture of his feelings for her and her son. Is it too little, too late? Or should she take the plunge and commit to a relationship with him?

    He caught her eye and their gazes connected, held. Something sparked, but before he could explore it she broke contact and looked away, her face a little flushed."

    Colorado Rush shortstop JP Trudeau is enjoying his time meeting fans at their local diabetes charity event when he spots a breathtaking woman in the crowd. He can feel the electricity in the air between them when they lock eyes. Sonny's ten year old son Charlie turns out to be a huge fan of his and JP uses that to his advantage to chat with her. He makes it as clear as he can to Sonny with people milling around, that he is very interested in her. The opportunity for JP to have dinner with Sonny and Charlie proves to be a turning point for him. He seriously enjoys the time he spends with her son and can see himself as part of their family unit. Even though he's a pro baseball player and is only in his mid-twenties, he knows he wants a relationship like his parents have: they're best friends who can talk about anything, who challenge each other, yet at the end of the day still have a spark they can't hide. Sonny is obviously interested based on her reaction to their stolen kisses, but she's had bad luck in previous relationships, so JP has to earn her trust and help her feel comfortable with the decision to pursue their feelings. Unfortunately his fame interferes, along with his ego, and he inadvertently pushes Sonny away. He has to find a way to earn back her trust. He simply can no longer imagine his life without her and Charlie in it.

    This is the first book I have read by Jennifer Seasons, but it definitely won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and found it engaging and very quick to read. Sonny was absolutely charming...she was selfless, witty, sarcastic, strong and very loving even though she was leery of bringing a man into her and Charlie's lives. JP was also a great character. I mean, a pro baseball player with a heart of gold who has a sexy swagger but is completely genuine? Come on! Even though he made a few mistakes along the way, he completely redeemed himself. (Be ready to both laugh and shed a tear when you read that part.) Definitely recommended for all you contemporary romance lovers out there.

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