Calling It

Calling It

by Jen Doyle

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ISBN-13: 9781459294325
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/11/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 550,557
File size: 1 MB

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 (Rep'd by Sarah Younger)

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Calling It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars! A top playing baseball catcher goes home during his off-season with hopes of straightening out his life. Though who he finds to help him along the way is the one woman that he can't seem to get enough of and who doesn't want anything more from him other than a fling? Can he prove to her that they'll be able to last? This hilariously drama filled contemporary romance was unexpected yet has a "down to earth" feel to it too. I enjoyed the build-up this plot has, while I was thoroughly entertained by its characters. It’s a wonderful baseball romance that reminded me a bit of Ms. Tan's “The Hot Streak.” Like Nate (Nathan), I LOVED the way he met Dorie (Lucinda). They have a light hilarity between them that carries through this novel and draws its readers into their relationship even more. Yet, it was their intense connection that moved me and had me rooting for them from the beginning. My only wish was that the last four chapters were written better so I could've liked Dorie more. I understand she was scared but she took the drama to a level that it really didn't need to go. Nevertheless, I DO recommend this novel for those wanting a unique contemporary baseball romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews -- read more of this review and TWO TEASERS on my blog: --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spent the morning in bed listening to the rain and reading this awesome book. Well written, practical but still fantasy. My new book boy friend, and now I need to get the rest in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dorie and her strength thru the story. The way Nate is really just a small town boy with a big heart.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
Really cute. I loved Dorie and Nate. I devoured most of the book, and then hit a reading slump. But I'm so happy I finished this one finally. Can't wait to read the next book.
GwennieGwen More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Jen Doyle, but it will not be my last!! Great new series centered around a group of guys that have been friends since high school. They were known as The Dream.....a tornado destroyed their small town and this group of guys went on to win the championship in basketball.....their story was known around the country. Nate didn't pursue a career in basketball, but chose one in baseball instead. Now one of the most sought after catchers in the majors, Nate has an accident resulting in injury that leaves the media and even Nate himself questioning whether Nate will be able to play again. Needing to get away from her overbearing older brothers, Dorie leaves Boston for a job offer in Inspiration, Iowa....home of The Dream. Dorie fell in love with Nate and The Dream as a teenager. Fate has thrown Nate and Dorie together. Can Dorie separate her teenage adoration/obsession with Nate the teenager from the man Nate is now? Can a girl who just wants a small town life and the guy who plays major league baseball have a chance at happiness?
GypzeeGirl More than 1 year ago
I seriously could not put this book down. I laughed out loud at the interaction between Nate and Dorie. Their chemistry was smoking hot, their banter funny, and their path to each other endearingly sweet. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and love, love, love baseball! This is a must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New author I just discovered and really enjoyed this book!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I highly enjoyed this one. I was sucked in right from the beginning and loved the first meeting between Nate and Dorie. I laughed a lot while reading this. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. This book hooked me originally because Nate is a baseball player. Nate is going through some rough stuff and Dorie is taking a big leap moving across the country for the next chapter in her life. She's always had a crush on Nate and now she gets to meet him the flesh. Nate's big romantic gesture will win everyone over. I really liked Dorie. She tells it like it is. Her family is awesome and funny. She's a librarian which is wicked awesome. Great story with engaging characters.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! An explosive debut book by Jen Doyle! It's sweet, it's fun, it's way sexy! I laughed out loud on more than one occasion, totally enjoyed it, and will definitely pick up another book by this author when it comes out. When MLB catcher Nate Hawkins finds himself in the middle of a media scandal while trying to recover from a serious car-accident, he decides he needs to get away from the madness and heads home to Iowa. He's got three weeks to try to achieve some calmness in his life before he has to report back to Chicago for spring training with his team. Librarian Dorie Donelli has had a huge crush on Nate since she was 13 years old, but never expected him to show up unexpectedly at her apartment. Once the initial mix-up is straightened out, neither of them can ignore the major attraction flaring between them. Can Nate convince Dorie that this is not just a temporary fling between them?
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Sweet, fun and sexy - a great read especially for baseball fans! Nate has been Dorie's dream man for so long, she's not sure how to deal with the real man in front of her. This leads to commitment issues on her part that keep Nate on his toes. They had great chemistry to go along with the romance and I loved the friendship that developed between them as they fell in love. Their friends and family were a great supporting cast and I hope to see more of them in the future. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I like that Doyle has Dorie as the one that is running – usually it’s the guy, so it is kinda refreshing. Although I have to be honest, most of the time I don’t like the way the girl is portrayed when she’s hesitant to get involved, but Dorie actually makes a lot of sense. I wish she’d been a little more open to communicating her concerns but I can totally see how I wouldn’t if I was in her shoes :) When you meet your famous high school crush and find him to be even more attractive in person, how are you to resist … but then again how are you to truly believe that he could want you long term when you are just an average Jane? Celebrities live in a world that most people can’t even begin to understand and trying to figure out how to live there too would be hard for almost anyone. So I totally get why Dorie would believe that it can’t work ... and why she’s willing to take whatever time she can get with Nate. Nate is made even more attractive by the fact that, even though he seemed to have forgotten it for a while, at heart he’s just a small town guy. He’s lost his way a little and as part of that he lost contact with those that are important to him. But a personal crisis sends him home and it doesn’t take him long to remember who he really is … and to fall for the feisty new librarian. Convincing her though might be the hardest things he’s even done but he's willing to man up :) Even though we spend most of our time focusing on Nate & Dorie, there are a lot of supporting characters that Doyle gives us just enough of to be intriguing. There’s a lot of backstory that I’m still curious about but considering that Nate is the first of 5 in his group I’m sure I just need to be patient and wait for the rest of the books :) Plus, if she’s up to it, there are Dorie’s brothers and Nate’s teammates … all of whom are just begging for a HEA of their own! Doyle handles the average girl/hottie celebrity thing amazingly well and to me their struggles are real. I was rooting for them to figure it out every step of the way - from that first absolutely adorable meet-cute to the fantabulous ending (one of the places it seems a little farfetched to me, but fantabulous nonetheless). And I just found out that this is here first book. With interactions that pop, characters that intrigue and writing that just flows, I definitely can't wait to see what she brings next! (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
PolishedBookworm More than 1 year ago
All-Star catcher Nate Hawkins finds himself in the middle of a media frenzy following a terrible car accident and his canceled engagement. Hoping for some peace and quiet in the few weeks before training camp opens, he escapes to his hometown in Iowa. He was expecting to find his sister staying in his apartment, instead, he finds the straight from the tub–nearly naked– new town librarian, Dorie Donelli. *It should be noted that Dorie's full name is one of the best I've come across, I won't spoil the laugh-out-loud reveal* Without her glasses, Dorie can't tell Nate Hawkins from Derek Jeter – and Nate isn't in a hurry to fill her in on his celebrity identity. When she's seeing clearly, Dorie respects Nate's privacy and manages to (barely) internalize her fangirling. Nate and Dorie eventually settle in for a long night of food and conversation. Their comfort and ease with one another only emphasize their underlying mutual attraction. Both are disconcerted by the fact their new friendship progresses so quickly without Nate's full identity being revealed. Luckily that plot point didn't last too long or cause any overblown reaction. Dorie fantasized about the Nate Hawkins for so long, she finds herself unable, and unwilling, to accept the real Nate would actually fall for her. Keeping Nate a fantasy, and their burgeoning relationship a mere "fling," Dorie thinks that she can protect her heart. Nate, however, does fall quickly and unwaveringly in love with Dorie and through most of the novel tries to convince her of the certainty and depth of his feelings. "You say I'm going to get tired of this. I say maybe I've waited my whole life for whatever this is." Nate's dedication (and unerring sense of romance) are heartwarming – and their adventures between the sheets are just plain hot. Most non-fictional men would have given up after Dorie's repeated (and repeated and repeated) assertions that their relationship had no future. After leaving her large loving family in Boston and moving all the way to Iowa on her own, Dorie used up most of her risk-taking. Taking Nate Hawkins into her bed? No problem. Letting him into her heart? No way. Her stubborn refusal to explore her feelings could have proved annoying if it had lasted much longer. Author Jen Doyle definitely hits a home run in her first at-bat with her debut, Calling It. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun ) Jen's a fresh and welcome new voice in the romance genre and I look forward to reading more from her soon!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book, so I was really excited to read it. Dorie and Nate are adorable together. Their banter is fun and their chemistry is off the charts. I loved seeing the story from both of their POVs. Every scene with her family and his sisters was hilarious and the trivia scene might have been my favorite. Sure, Dorie constantly trying to push Nate away got old, but the overall story is cute and the grand gesture is one of the best. I hope there are more books in this series, because I'd love to see more of these characters. **Huge thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I love sport romances and Calling It by Jen Doyle is an exciting addition to the trope. This story completely pulled me out from my melancholy funk and left me smiling from ear to ear. With the exception of some subplot repetitiveness, I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. Dorie Donelli is a smart and exciting character. She recently relocated from Boston to Inspiration, Iowa, for the opportunity of rebuilding the town's library from the ground up. She is beautiful, loves baseball, and her older brothers are very protective. She has always crushed on baseball superstar Nathan Hawkins, and boy is she surprised when he walks into her new apartment, with the use of his personal key. Because Nathan is so talented and popular, his private life is not his own. He is a very kind man and the media loves to turn the happenings in his life into amazing untruths. So he returns to his hometown of Inspiration, for a little rest, relaxation, and to reconnect with his family and friends. Meeting Dorie is the icing on the cake and after a very short time, he is madly in love with her. However, convincing her of that is quite a monumental task. I love baseball, and this book put me right in the center of it on a professional level. This is a sweet and sexy story that kept me thoroughly engaged from the very first chapter. Dorie and Nathan are hot in the bedroom and I loved the way Ms. Doyle created their scorching heat. This book has a wonderful ending that I will remember for a very long time to come. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars I really enjoyed Calling It. The storyline was entertaining & the characters were likable and relatable. Nathan/Nate and Dorie were fun, sweet, they had a great connection and their chemistry was smoking. I enjoyed watching their romance develop, loved their banter and how they would interact together. Nate was such a sweetheart, he made me laugh, swoon and I knew he was the perfect man for Dorie. Dorie was smart, witty and gave as good as she got. I seriously had fun watching these two fall in love. Overall Calling It was a fun, sweet and romantic read that will leave you with a heart full of happy feels. Looking forward to reading more from Jen Doyle in the near future.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Adored this one! As a debut novel this one definitely hits it out of the park (sorry had to)! Nate and Dorie were absolutely adorable and the push pull of their relationship was highly entertaining. The secondary characters, specifically Nate's sisters and her family were hilarious. After everything seemed to come so easily to Nate it was fun to watch him have to work hard at convincing Dorie that what they had was more than a fling. The dual POV's made this perfect. Understanding where they were both coming from and what they wanted made the story that much more interesting. Can't wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend this one.