Called Out

Called Out

by Jen Doyle

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Called Out by Jen Doyle

Jen Doyle is back with another hot and heartfelt home run of a contemporary romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA. 

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything. 

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material. 

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it. 

 

This book is approximately 100,000 words 

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488030567
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/29/2017
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 216,260
File size: 385 KB

About the Author

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and has worked as a librarian, an events planner, and an administrator in both preschool and higher ed environments (some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”). For more information, see www.jendoyleink.com. (Rep'd by Sarah Younger)

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Called Out 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Jack has hurt his best friend, so badly that nobody wants to be around him any longer and he doesn't have anyone left. He's trying to make things right, but he isn't sure he can ever make up for what he's done. Still, his baseball career depends on the person he screwed over and the question is if he'll be given another chance. He's all alone and it's because of one single moment. Will he ever find happiness again? When Lola meets Jack she doesn't want to feel any attraction because she knows what he's done. However, Jack is nicer than she initially thought he would be and he gets along well with her sons. While her children might love him, it's a lot more difficult for Jack to win Lola over. She knows about Jack's mistakes, will she be prepared to give him a shot and will her future look bright again after many years of heartache? Called Out is a wonderful romantic story. Jack has done something many people would consider unforgivable. He's trying to make things right and his attitude is admirable. He's a kindhearted guy who made a big mistake and I wanted him to get back some love and friendliness in his life again. Lola is a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders. She's a single mother and her resilience and fierceness are fantastic. She and Jack have plenty of chemistry and I kept hoping they'd find their happily ever after. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out. Jen Doyle writes about gorgeous athletic men in a fabulous way. Her writing has a nice and easy flow and her descriptions are vivid and lively. Her characters form really special bonds that always manage to make me smile. I like that a lot about her work. She doesn't stay away from the difficult parts of life either and therefore when her characters do find love it's even more amazing. I highly recommend Called Out, it's a terrific endearing and mesmerizing story.
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
About halfway through the first chapter of this book, I realized this clearly wasn’t the first book in the series. There were way too many name drops with minor characters. However, once I got a handle for who everyone was, I really started to enjoy the story. Lola is the local widow with four boys under the age of eight. She meets the hero, Jack, when she gets a flat tire on the side of the road. Jack is a professional pitcher at the end of his career rope. His team is dropping him and the owner of the team willing to take him requires he can the approval of his former best friend, Nate. Apparently in the earlier books, Jack slept with Nate’s fiancee and got her pregnant. Clearly I need to read the other books because the ex-fiancee’s baby was never introduced in the story and we never really find out what happens with that. Nate, having moved on and with a new fiancee (also from previous books) is willing to work with Jack again in exchange for him restoring an old house. Thus, Jack ends up staying in town and constantly in contact with Lola. This book reminded me a lot of Nora Robert’s The Next Always. There’s similarities, such as a widow with all boys living in a small town. However, unlike popular Beckett, Jack is not well liked in the town and has to earn back his respect, both with Nate and his group of friends, which includes Lola. I really liked the interactions between Jack and Lola’s sons, especially with the triplets who he calls “one, two, and three”. It presents a different side of the complicated Jack. Lola and Jack’s relationship starts as giving into attraction but quickly grows from there. We see Lola as a strong and capable mother who sometimes breaks down. What I liked most about the book is that she and Jack are clearly good for each other. Overall, this was a heartfelt and lovely read!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
When Jen Doyle tells a story, it is filled with charming characters you want to get to know personally, it has humor that makes the drama and troubles of the protagonists lives bearable, it has adoration and admiration, sexy scenes that nearly melt the pages, it has friends and family, it has life, loving, and living, even death. There are few authors whose voice as they tell a story mesmerizes my mind, every single time, and I get lost in the pages, in the story, in the lives of characters of the book. Called Out I pretty much inhaled one rainy afternoon, all 100 000 words of it. It is a compelling story of forgiveness, redemption, new chances in life, friendship, parenthood, and most of all it is about learning to love. Lola Deacon McIntire is a widow, a mother of four, a sister, a friend, a business owner. She wears all her hats admirably, she has spunk, attitude, and temper. She would do anything for her family and friends, and she is not afraid to stand up for herself or for her loved ones when the need arises. It was impossible not to admire her, and the fire for life she has. A smart, passionate lady with a beautiful soul. Jack "Ox" Oxford has mastered the ice cool cover image he hides behind. He learned at the early age that to show emotion leads to trouble, to have personal expectations will lead to disappointments. He was made to believe he is not worthy since he was a young boy, and the message was honed in at every opportunity through his life. Yet inside there is a deeply feeling, vulnerable, kind man with a big heart. I felt for Jack. The more I got to know him and about him the more I liked him. He really is an honest, solid man. I loved his moments with One, Two, Three, and Si, the kids, talk about swoon worthy hero! And I adored Jack and Lola together, the way they center each other, the connection so palpable it was obvious to everyone around them, the feelings that were growing and taking a strong root, the newness of it all for Jack, it was sweet, it was ardent, and it made me smile. The foundation of the story is one event, a mistake Jack made, that had a tsunami kind of ripple-effect on everyone's lives on a very large scale. While I absolutely loved the story I kept expecting more information, details, of the life-changing moment and the results of it. Because if I was to believe that Jack is the man that I saw behind the walls, the man he developed to be through the story, he would have been dealing with the results of the devastation he left behind. I am trying not to give out anything away and still say why I had so many questions in my mind as I finished this story and why did it not have a perfect score at the end - I felt a major issue was nearly ignored and left hanging. Called out hit all the emotions while I was reading it. There was laughter, sighs, smiles, triumph, tears, pleasure, frustration, grief, and heartache. It is an entertaining and captivating story, well written with a fluent flow and witty dialog. ~ Four Spoons
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I read the first book, Calling It, and fell in love with Doyle’s writing.  She delivers down to earth, regular people who are engaging and interesting but not too full of drama.  Their problems seem normal and relatable, and you finish the book feeling like you just made friends.  In Called Out she once again givers her readers characters that they can fall for and a story that captivates.  If you read Calling It you remember Jack because he was Nate’s best friend … until Jack slept with Nate’s fiancé … and got her pregnant.  If you haven’t read it, don’t worry – Doyle makes sure you know all about it  :)  But what we didn’t get before were a lot of details and no we get Jack’s side of the story!  And I feel so bad for the guy.  His childhood, while privileged, was awful.  His parents were (and still are) emotionally abusive, so Jack has a hard time truly valuing his worth off the baseball field.  He’s never really let himself get involved, with anyone.  Until Nate.  And he screwed it up, publicly and big time.  Now he’s going to do what he can to at least salvage his career because he doesn’t feel like he can really expect anything more.  Lola is struggling to raise four boys on her own but she has a great support system of friends and family.  And that includes Nate.  So being attracted to the man who treated him so terribly is definitely not something she wants.  But as she spends time with Jack it gets harder and harder to resist him.  Especially when she finds out there is more to the man that the cold demeanor he’s shown the world.  Mouthy, flirty, sexy Jack is so much fun.  And he just loves getting under Lola’s skin, which is such a hoot.  She’s not afraid to give back, though, which is fun as well.  But it's when Jack’s secrets and fears start coming out that we truly start to understand the man.  That’s when he steals our hearts. Emotionally-driven but humorous and fun, Doyle delivers a powerhouse romance that's the perfect summer read. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I highly enjoyed this book. Jack is looking to making a comeback in his baseball career and find some forgiveness/redemption for the horrible thing he did to his best friend. Lola is just looking to survive single motherhood, but Jack calls to her. A more unlikely pair Lola and Jack, but when you see them together it's not so strange as it seems. Lola sees in Jack what others overlook. When Jack is with Lola's boys total swoon worthy material. I thought it was beautiful the way Jack grows as a person in this book. I highly recommend this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Filled with lots of laughs, plenty of turmoil and some hot, sexy fun! I really enjoyed this book, and would have rated it even higher, but there was a major issue with the plot. One particular thing was mentioned that was a really big happening … and we were left hanging without knowing what ever came of the issue. Normally you could overlook that somewhat, but in this instance, it can have a major change in how we feel about the person’s character and our overall like or dislike of them, so it was a big letdown that it wasn’t addressed. Jack “Ox” Oxford never thought the day would come that he’d be driving into small town Inspiration, Iowa trying to track down his ex-best friend to ask for a favor … a favor he doesn’t deserve and can’t believe he has the nerve to even ask for. He’s temporarily waylaid by a damsel in distress … and what a feisty temper she has! Lola McIntire doesn’t need some man ambling his way along to fix a flat tire for her … especially THIS man! What is he even doing here when no one in town can stand him? As grateful as she should be for someone offering her help, the overly stressed single mom isn’t willing to roll out the welcome wagon to this man … she just wishes her wayward body realized that!
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I am a big fan of the authors and have read all the books in the series. This is story #3 and is very much a continuation from the first book,Calling It starring Nate and Dorie. In that book Nate comes back home after his fiancee sleeps with his best friend/teammate and gets pregnant. He meets Dorie and falls in love and they live happily ever after until where this book starts. Jack is the guy slept with his besties fiancee and then got her pregnant. He has had a really bad year since and was a baseball teammate of Nate's but now he is teamless and friendless and has found a team, Nate's team but he can't get signed unless he makes peace with Nate. So thats how he ends up asking Nate for forgiveness. On his way into town he runs into Lola, who is the sister of Deke(book 2 in the series) and Nate's close friend. So they start out more from a place of hate then attraction. Lola a widowed mom to triplets and and 8 year old, Silas. Silas loves Jack and so he loves meeting him. Nate agrees to forgive jack is he stays and helps to fix up this house he owns, what Jack doesn't know is that it is Lola's house. So while working on it they get to know each other. And thats all I am spoiling on this book. The story really answered the question of how and why Jack did what he did. Which I really liked. But it does not answer one glaring question and that is what happens with the ex fiancee's child. Its Jack's child and it is a year later so the child must have been born but its not even mentioned if it was a girl or boy or anything about the child. Which would have made more sense if jack did not spend so much time time with Lola's kids and specifically Silas. Aside from that I really enjoyed this story about Jack and Lola falling in love. Lola has ALOT of baggage but so does Jack. They were a very fun couple to watch fall in love and I especially loved seeing Nate, Dorie and Lolas kids were a lot of fun.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this one!! I've enjoyed each book in this series but I think this might be my favorite. Lola and Jack are great characters and Lola's four little guys add so much to the story. This is a wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness, and finding new love when it's least expected. The story is very well written written and I think you will love these characters as much as I do. I highly recommend this one.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Through the rain, anger, bitterness and heartache Lola and Jack found each other. Called Out is a close up look at redemption. A second chance story that revolves around a washed up baseball player seeking to mend fences as he strives for a chance to relive his glory days. Jack is a work in progress that lands at the feet of his happy ending when he meets Lola. Lola is a single mother with a fearless spirit and her own painful mistakes to bear. The greatest obstacle each faces is forgiving themselves as their lives move forward. Ms. Doyle mixes moments of insight with humorous delivery and emotional storytelling as she creates a masterful story of maturity and romance.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Called Out, Jen Doyle Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  Carina: what I love about Carina books is they have a happy ending, eiother a HEA or a HFN, and thats what I want in a romance, an escape from realisty into happy times, a way to leave todays probelms behind and disappear into a world where things go wrong but end well.    I've got to start this review with a gripe though :-( One thing that really bothered me about this story. We're told Jack screwed over his best friend and work colleague, and has been given the cold shoulder by everyone since. What he did was dreadful, a total no-go thing to do to your best mate but I kept thinking, maybe there's something we're missing? There are some details that mean what we think happened may not be quite that way perhaps? **see edit at end** Equally there were complications, something results from that act that gets left open. That felt weird to me, I can't understand why it wasn't dealt with, why Jack would have not acted upon what resulted, or again maybe there's something I'm missing. The Jack we know from this story would not have just done nothing, would have acted, stepped up, not just left things hanging.   Without giving it away its hard to say what happened, maybe it resolved spontaneously, but it felt very strange to me, and was hard to match with the Jack we came to know. I love this kind of book, enemies to lovers, and there was some serious chemistry between Jack and Lola, some scorching sensual scenes that are page melting. Lola, I so felt for her, devastated after her husbands death, left with four small boys, she's kind of running through life on autopilot, and anything that affects that fine tuned organisation she has is disastrous. So she's not in the best mood when she meets Jack. Her boys though - he's one of their idols. Jack's actually a really good guy, though his background leads to him to deny that, to think he's like his parenst and incapable of love. Yet the things he does for Lola show us otherwise and how he is with the boys, (one, two and three...and four the later addition!!) well, that's heart melting. We meet up with the gang again, I loved Dorie and Nate from the first book, somehow missed out on book two, but its the same great group of characters, who've known each other for years, who feel so real. Its another story I loved, that pulled at the heart strings, made me laugh and feel tearful all within a few pages sometimes. Its a great summer read, one for when you're feeling a little down and want something to make you smile and feel really good at the end.     Stars: four and a half. I have to take off a half star for that huge, unresolved issue, the thing that's such a catalyst for the story and yet gets left hanging. ( but may not be in final version) ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers   ** that may have been only in ARCs. Seems debut had her losing the baby. Hopefully thats clear in final version**