Crushing It

Crushing It

by Jennifer Bernard

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In this sizzling novella in the fan favorite Love Between the Bases series, love is about to throw a serious curveball...

For Hall-of-Famer Crush Taylor, retirement is for sissies. Even owning the Kilby Catfish baseball team has lost its edge. In fact, the only thing that fires him up these days is ice queen Wendy Trent, mayor of Kilby, Texas and official thorn in his side. She thinks he's a player--and she's right. But the stunning, smart, and unattainable Wendy gets under his skin like no other woman.

Wendy hasn't risen to her position of mayor by chance--she's worked incredibly hard to succeed, and knows the pain of being burned. So when the brash, irrepressible, heart-meltingly gorgeous Crush turns his attention her way, she's definitely not interested. Okay, maybe a little...but he'll never know.

Then a brilliant, young female pitching phenom--and Wendy's long-lost daughter--shows up in Kilby. Finally Crush and Wendy want the same thing -- to give Teri a chance at a pro baseball career. Making baseball history would be a home run. Temporarily giving in to their wild attraction in the process? Grand slam.

There's only one problem: falling in love could be the biggest game changer of all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157108397
Publisher: Jennifer Bernard
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Series: Love Between the Bases , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 340,247
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.

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Crushing It 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
Crush Taylor knows how to push buttons. As a Major League pitcher, he tweaked many a batter he faced. And as a man with 3 ex-wives, he clearly hit the wrong buttons in romance. As the owner of a Minor League baseball team, Crush seems to excel as pissing off the media and hometown governing body with his attitude. And there was no governing body he enjoys more to rile up then Mayor Wendy Trent, former beauty queen, present-day ice queen. But when Crush gets a call that he’s made it to the Hall of Fame, Crush finds HIS button pushed. Sure he’s honored to get in, but as Crush finds himself getting reflective about his image and life, he is feeling quite unlike himself. What better way to get on track than indulge in his favorite pasttime of - yep - pushing Mayor Trent’s buttons! Crush Taylor and Mayor Wendy Trent have been secondary, yet important, characters in Ms. Bernard’s “Love Between the Bases” series. There has been a lot of banter between them, with Crush dipping Wendy’s figurative pigtails in the ink well. Now we get to to watch their relationship develop front and center. The readers got a dose of Crush’s backstory throughout the series, but Mayor Trent was a closed book. Stunning, smart and very much alone, Wendy keeps people at arm’s length with a warm smile. When Wendy’s “past” comes looking for her, the calm composed Mayor Trent finds herself on a rollercoaster! I loved this story! Every book in this series was my favorite when I read it, and this one is no exception - “Crushing It” is an apt title! This author is a master at crafting a rich romance tinged with enough conflict and mystery to keep you riveted. Although it is a novella, the characters and plot are so well-written and developed you truly believe that you have read a full-size novel! And although it is part of a series, it works well as a stand-alone story. It was also wonderful to read a story featuring characters that have lived life and “been around the block.” Another fantastic read by an amazing contemporary romance author!
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
Wendy had a disastrous marriage and doesn't let people in anymore. Crush should be on top of the world but he feels like something is missing. Wendy and Crush have been dancing around each other for awhile and finally give into their attraction. I loved Crush and Wendy together!! Crush was so much more than his public image. I adored him! I loved the storyline with Teri! I loved reading about past characters too. I just plain loved this story!
TerriK6 More than 1 year ago
“Crushing It” by Jennifer Bernard is part of the Love Between the Bases series. If you have never read a book by this author, this would be a great one to pick up to give her a try. It can be read as a stand-alone novella although we were introduced to these characters in previous books. Whether you are a baseball fan or not, this book will not disappoint. The two main characters, Crush and Wendy, have lots of chemistry so the sparks are flying whenever they are together. They are both very strong people and I loved the banter between them. “Crushing It” is a fun, quick read that will totally draw you in from the first page and keep you turning the page to the very end. It is definitely a must read!
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
Crush Taylor and Wendy Trent have been dancing around each other during the past several books about the Kilby Catfish. I was wondering what it would take to get the outrageous manager of the Kilby Catfish and the beloved mayor together. Wendy knows Crush is deserving of that player reputation and doesn't want to give him the time of day, even though she wants nothing more than to give it to him. Crush has been happy living up to his reputation, until he gets the call saying he's being inducted into the baseball hall of fame. He allows himself to go on as bit of a bender and wakes up the next day at a local park since the Catfish stadium was locked up tight. That leads him to the discovery of Teri Dimitri, a fabulous young pitcher. Who also happens to be Wendy's long lost daughter. This novella had a lot of great storylines woven together to make up this fabulous novella.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Mayor Wendy Trent and Catfish owner Crush Taylor have been circling each other over the entire course of Jennifer Bernard’s baseball series. As a longtime fan of Suzanne Brockmann’s I have learned to appreciate, if not love, the slow burn between two characters. Over the earlier books, Bernard gave us just enough to ship their HEA, but not enough to take them across the line into being a couple. Crushing It takes them the rest of the way and give us what we’ve been waiting for: their HEA. Even more than the slow burn, I love older heroes and heroines and this novella packs that in spades. Part of what was fun about watching Wendy and Crush circle over the earlier books was that they were older. Crushing It is everything I hoped it would be. I hope this isn’t the last time we visit with the Catfish, I know there are more adventures to be had. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This is another well written, page turner by Ms. Bernard. I loved the addition of a female ball player. She created a freshness in the baseball element. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and heroine being older. Being over thirty myself, I would love to see authors use more older main characters. This is a must read for fans of Ms. Bernard. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Love these two!! Kilby Mayor Wendy Trent has worked hard to get where she is, and has worked hard to cultivate her impeccable reputation. The only fly in the ointment has been Crush Taylor, former MLB pitcher and owner of Kilby's Triple-A team, the Catfish. Crush's reputation as a Partying Playboy has kept any random thoughts of attraction under wraps. When Crush's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame results in his meeting a female pitcher his feels has a chance to make history. His decision to mentor her and get her a try-out for the Catfish is only made sweeter when he finds that it is the search for her birth mother, who also happens to be the Mayor, brought her to Kilby. He has always wanted the opportunity to muss up the always perfect Mayor Wendy. United in the desire to help Terri succeed, Crush and Wendy start giving in to their mutual attraction, which Wendy is fine long as it is a secret. As they get to know each other, Crush finds that he is tired of sneaking around but how does he convince the Wendy to give him a chance to prove himself? This was a highly entertaining story of two very enjoyable characters. They have already accomplished so much in life, it was fun to see two "older" characters discover that they still have time for a HEA. It was also fun getting to know two people who, in private, are very different from the image they project. This novella is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone story. If you haven't read the rest of the series, this will definitely make you want to go back and pick them up. Jennifer Bernard writes characters with depth and her stories are always fun and engrossing, and this novella is no different than her full-length novels. I highly recommend it!
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Crushing It was absolutely fantastic!!! Jennifer Bernard crushed this fan-requested novella about Crush Taylor and Kilby Mayor Wendy Trent. Refreshing to read about a couple who's not in their 20-30s. The story was fun, sexy, and with a wonderful HEA? SWEET! I loved the ending and the glimpses of some of the previous characters in the series. And Teri was awesome too!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Crushing It, by Jennifer Bernard, is the fourth book in her Love Between the Bases series and is a novella. The hero is Crush Taylor, owner of the Kilby Catfish, a triple A baseball team in Kilby, Texas. The heroine is Wendy Trent, the mayor of Kilby. Crush meets up with a young girl, Terri, who is throwing practice pitches at the local park. He sees that she has the talent and ability to make it to at least Triple A, if not higher, if he works with her and coaches her. Terri is looking for her birth mother who happens to be Mayor Wendy. Wendy has many secrets in her past, which she doesn’t want the town to know about. She tells people that Terri is a young relative who is visiting. Wendy is afraid of going public with her attraction to Crush which hurts him as he really care for her. He sees that there is more than the great sexual attraction between them. As he gets to know more of Wendy’s past, it seems he understands her better. Add in a freak out by Terri in her first Triple A debut as a backup pitcher, Wendy blaming Crush for pushing Terri too much, and Crush blaming himself before each of them can figure out where they belong in each other’s lives. This was a fun and entertaining story with likeable characters that you want to support and cheer on hoping for that happy ending. I loved the way Ms. Bernard brought humor and sexy into this story. The characters were well written and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book, and all others previously written by Jennifer Bernard to all readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
judyrudy More than 1 year ago
Crushing It is Jennifer’s Bernard’s fourth book in her Love Between the Bases series. I really enjoyed seeing Mayor Wendy Trent and Crush Taylor’s story. I sensed the immediate connection Crush had with Teri (Wendy’s long lost daughter). I liked watching Crush pushing his relationship with Wendy through Teri. Even though Wendy fought their relationship, neither gave up. I felt the pain Wendy endured as she divulged her marriage and how she dealt with the after effects of leaving her husband, Manuel. Can Wendy and Crush find their happily Ever After? You’ll have to read it and see. This was a quick book that I read in one sitting. I highly recommend reading Crush It. I’d like to disclose that I voluntarily read Crushing It and am providing a fair and honest review.
wantabeefcake More than 1 year ago
I honestly think (for me personally) this was the most anticipated book ever. And Ms Bernard didn't let me down. Crush Taylor and Wendy Trent burnt up the pages in the newest installment of the Love Between the Bases series. Both so stubborn and so very much alike but when they finally gave in...holy smoking hot! They tried so very hard to stay away from each other. But it just wasn't possible. Their attraction to each other was way to strong to stay apart. The introduction of the female ballplayer was so unexpected and very welcome. It gave more depth and a twist to their story. Once I started reading, I flew through the book. It was too good to put down...I just couldn't stop reading. Thank you for another home run! Hoping there are more stories to come. But I think this ranks in the top 5 of Ms Bernard's books...and might be hard to top!!! Job well done!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Crushing It by Jennifer Bernard.....This was a Grand Slam for me, Jennifer Bernard hit it out of the park. Crush and Wendy are so perfect for each other an fun to watch the story unfold. Nobody tells baseball stories better then Jennifer Bernard. This is a must read or any book by this author. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fun addition to the Love Between the Bases series! Crush Taylor is the sexy silver fox owner of the Kilby Catfish and Wendy Trent is the very serious Mayor of Kilby. These two have had a love/hate relationship for a while now but the attraction that burns between them is about to spark a fire between them. Crush stumbles upon a young woman with an arm that could put some major leaguers to shame. He wants to see her playing in AAA ball. A place no woman has made it too. It happens to turn out that this girl is the daughter Wendy gave up for adoption long ago. As Teri and Wendy get to know each other and Crush works with Teri to get her ready to play minor league ball the dynamics in the relationship between Crush and Wendy begin to change. Will these two commitment phobes be willing to risk it all?? Don't miss this one. It's a great read and I definitely recommend it.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting a book featuring Crush and Wendy about their combative flirting and I got it! Thank you Ms. Bernard! This is a stand alone in the great series of Love Between the Bases featuring the Kirby Catfish. I really adore this series because it gives me a few of my favorite things.. Small Towns, Baseball Players, and of course so great writing. I thought it was very refreshing to have some "older" characters find love. Crush is in his 50's and Wendy is in her 40's and they can still heat up a room. Seeing another "softer" side of Wendy was great and learning a little bit about her past that made her the strong organized women that she is today. I loved the dialog between Crush and Wendy and the off-the-charts heat. Another thing that I absolutely loved was Teri ! A female pitcher... Heck Yeah! I hope that maybe Teri will get her own story in the future. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next with the Catfish.
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"Crushing it" is written by Jennifer Bernard, and it is part of her Love Between the Bases series. It can be read as a stand-alone novella. It features Wendy Trent and Crush Taylor. Crush Taylor just found he's going to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame! He celebrates by getting drunk and sleeping on the Kilby Catfish field. When he wakes up, he befriends Teri, a young female pitcher. He sees potential in her, but what shocks him is why she's in Kilby, Texas. Wendy is the mayor of Kilby. She's always poised, but she's thrown for a loop to discover Teri is her long-lost daughter. She wants to get to know her daughter, but it's hard for Wendy to talk about her past. Crush and Wendy may bicker a lot, but there's that attraction and chemistry. They can no longer deny it, and they are hot! What does bring them together is Teri. They want her to succeed because they know she's capable of having a pro baseball career. Will Teri be able to pursue her baseball dream? Will Wendy and Crush have a chance at a happily ever after? This was a fun, short story to read! I've been anticipating Wendy and Crush's story since we were first introduced to them, and this story did not disappoint! I was smiling and constantly laughing at the banter between those two, and I enjoyed watching Teri's progression as she pursued a chance at a baseball career. Jennifer Bernard wrote another winner!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Just when you thought baseball seasons was over, Jennifer Bernard has hit another home run out of the park with Crushing It. I have been wanting to have a story of Crush, owner of the Kilby Catfish and his secret crush of Mayor, Wendy Trent. Oh, the secret that Wendy has hid from everyone will finally bring Wendy and Crush closer together or tear them apart. A great book of romance, did I say hot! and plenty of baseball is the perfect read in the off season of baseball. Oh, how I love my romance and baseball. I highly recommend this book!!
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Crush Taylor. Sexy hunk of an “older” man. I will admit, I have a huge (I’m going to say it) crush on Crush! It was such a great read: heartwarming, silly, heartbreaking, and fun. Crush and Mayor Wendy Trent have been in previous books however this story truly stands alone. What an amazing man Crush is, even though he doesn’t often show who he really is…until Mayor Wendy begins to see a different side to him and how truly “deep” he is. Of course, Wendy also has some issues to work thru, starting with basic trust: in herself and in Crush. I won’t recap the story but there are big surprises; read it for yourself, you won’t regret it! Ms. Bernard really writes a great story, incorporating the baseball theme, so that even if you don’t like sports, this series is SO very good. Besides, who doesn’t like hawt guys in uniform? Seriously, great read that is funny and touching. It was also so good to see Crush and Wendy get their HEA.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Kilby Catfish Coach Crush Taylor receives a phone call saying he’s been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Although he’s very pleased, he doesn’t like all the hoopla that goes around that kind of thing. That evening he gets very drunk, and passes out on the baseball field, to wake up to a young woman throwing a baseball, and throwing amazingly well. Teri Dimitri is just passing in town, she’s looking for someone, and Crush offers to drive her. Teri is so good that Crush decides to polish her game, and he’s hoping that she be the first woman to make it to Triple A. Mayor Wendy Trent does everything she can not to tarnish her spotless public image, how will she handle the fact that Teri is her biological daughter? Wendy has always fought for women’s rights, and she makes Teri her personal crusade: she will help her daughter to achieve her dream however she can. Crush is a huge complication though, him being always around; he rattles Wendy and while they’ve exchanged too many barbs to mention along the years, she just can’t ignore the sexual sparks anymore. Jennifer Bernard sure packs a punch in the novella CRUSHING IT! Finally, Crush and Wendy acknowledge what Wendy had tried to ignore, as the Ice Queen burns up the sheets with the retired Playboy Pitcher! It’s great to see a real, sizzling romance between older adults: Wendy is 43, and Crush 51, and a fabulous romance it is as well; they’re both great characters, together and separately, and there are interesting turns to their romance. But the baseball story is phenomenal! Teri is just fabulous, and not stereotypical in the least. She sounds like a 21 year-old, she acts like one, she is passionate about the game; you cannot help to cheer her on. There is also a rather daring plot twist from Ms. Bernard. And we get to see a bit of the players from the team, and their banter has not mellowed. CRUSHING IT is another exceptional story by Jennifer Bernard, filled with vibrant baseball images, complex and engaging characters with terrific backstories, and sizzling sex scenes with two alpha personalities; the book is over before you know it. A perfect game for Jennifer Bernard! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.