Playing for the Save

Playing for the Save

by Rachelle Ayala


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ISBN-13: 9781545411896
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2017
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a USA Today bestselling author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes big-hearted. She writes sweet and funny stories, and believes in the power of love and hope. She is the winner of multiple awards, including the 2015 Angie Ovation Award for best Multicultural Romance with Knowing Vera and the 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award for best Christian Romance with A Father for Christmas. Christmas Stray was awarded the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Award and A Pet for Christmas had an Honorable Mention. In 2017, Playing for the Save won Readers' Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.

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Playing for the Save 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Playing for the Save by Rachelle Ayala is book four in the Men of Spring series, a well-crafted romance that will delight fans of Nicholas Sparks. Meet veteran relief pitcher, Ryan Hudson, a professional baseball player who keeps to himself and who doesn’t want his life entangled in any way by a woman or a family. Jamie Rush is a single mom committed to the care of her two boys, one of whom is autistic. She works very hard to provide for them, without the support of her ex-husband. She is the kind of woman who wouldn’t like her already difficult life to get more complicated with another relationship. But things change when her two sons “win a day” with baseball player Ryan Hudson. A powerful bond seems to happen between the baseball icon and the kids, and although she can’t trust him, Jamie can’t help but fantasize about him. On his part, Ryan feels an irresistible attraction for the devoted mother, but can he muster the courage to face it? Here is a story that captures the finest feelings of humanity, exploring themes like solitude, motherhood, autism, and love. Although I haven’t read a previous book in this series, I found this one complete and masterfully crafted to read as a standalone story. The themes — sports, being a single mom, solitude, love, and courage — are so beautifully woven into the plot that readers are well-informed as much as they are entertained. The pace is steady and the writing is filled with insightful and emotionally charged passages. Playing for the Save is a novel for those readers who enjoy love stories that are well-fleshed out, with characters that are real and memorable. Rachelle Ayala has won a place as one of the best storytellers to feature on my library shelves.
Stacey06 More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read sports books but when I do they have to be well written and Rachelle Ayala does just that. I have not read the previous books in the series but I had no problem reading it as a standalone but now I am probably going to go back and read the previous ones since this was well written. A very enjoyable read that was heartwarming and an emotional read as well. Rachelle Ayala has a way with her words and pulls you into the story. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put this story down. I really enjoyed reading about Jamie and Ryan. These are characters that you can really enjoy reading about and like. Ryan was sweet and I liked him the whole way through the book. Jamie I really liked as well felt sorry for her at times but she was a strong woman and I was rooting for these two. Rachelle Ayala is one great author I will always recommend. She never disappoints a job well. Can't wait for more. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MissyTanner More than 1 year ago
Playing for the Save (Men of Spring Baseball, Book 4) by Rachelle Ayala Is there anything sweeter than a big, muscular guy playing with kids? In Playing for the Save (Men of Spring Baseball, Book 4), Ayala tells the story of Jamie and Ryan. Ryan is a pro baseball player and Jamie is a newly single mom with two young boys, one of which is special needs. Ryan knows all about autism. He knows what can trigger episodes of panic, how to stop the panic, signs and signals that no ordinary person would know without inside knowledge of the disorder. Jamie is scared to let anyone inside her world. She has a controlling ex-husband, a special needs son and a lot more worry than she deserved. When Jamie and Ryan meet, it was an ordinary day, meeting fans and spending a day with the kids as a promotion. Ryan realizes almost immediately that the younger son, Drew is special needs knew that they had a kinship. Ryan was special too, but Jamie had no idea how special he was until she was so smitten, there was no walking away, not that she would have. The joy, happiness, and protection that Ryan brings to Jamie and her family is so heartfelt. This love story that Ayala tells in Playing for the Save will stay with you for a long time and you won’t soon forget.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I am a huge baseball fan (GO CUBS GO!) so I knew when Playing for the Save showed up in my mailbox I could not pass up reading it. I devoured it. I loved the baseball aspect but the family ties were what won me over. This family was not “normal” Drew was a little boy with autism and Ben was living with a younger brother with autism. That changes the dynamic of any family. Jamie is an amazing mom. As a single mom she deals with every tantrum, every success, and juggling two boys all alone. Then she meets Ryan and her world changes. She has support, love, and someone to help her get through her life with enjoyment. Her problem was that she didn’t know how to relinquish control of her life. Ryan is amazing. Not only is he a talented closer to his baseball team but he understands better than most about Drew’s autism and what it entails with the day to day raising. He doesn’t hesitate to date Jamie and take on her children. Not only does he date her but he includes Ben and Drew in their plans, introducing them both to new experiences. The only hiccup I felt while reading was the ending. I won’t give it away but it just didn’t work for me. Maybe I am just too much of a baseball fan to believe that it would happen like that. This is the first book I have read of the Men of Spring series and am excited for more. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Ayala books are amazing! I read quite a few of her books and have loved everyone of them. All them have a great capturing story and kept you hooked from the beginning. I couldn't wait to read Playing for the save. Ryan and Jamie have a story so special and heart tugging then add in Jaime's boys, Ben and Drew, and you have a story you can't get enough of. Jamie is a single mom with two young kids, one with Autism. She has an abusive and manipulative ex husband who makes life difficult. Her son Drew with autism takes up most her life but she is an amazing mom to both her kids. Ryan is a pro baseball player, a star pitcher. He has tried his whole life to live a normal life and hide his diagnosis of autism. He has such a huge heart and when he meets Drew and Ben they are inseparable. Drew and Ryan help each other and understand each other in ways no one else ever can. It is so sweet to see them bond. This story is full of action, suspense, love, and emotions. I loved the ending! Definitely an amazing story and book. I recommend this book if you love a great love story. Rachelle did it again! Check out this book today and you will be glad you did.
Humber More than 1 year ago
Being a single Mom raising children is a tough job, and it is even tougher when you are raising a child with autism. This book is insightful, baring emotions along the way – life struggles, love, and resilience. I love how this book is written. This is my first time reading the work of Rachelle Ayala. Very impressive! It is certainly a story that readers can relate to on a personal level. I would recommend this novel.
JaneenLP816 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story! Rachelle Ayala is a new to me author, but you can bet I will be reading more! While this is definitely a love story, there is so much more to it than that. She really delves into a lot of issues and awarenesses that are so prevalent in today's world. Would definitely recommend!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Ayala has written one of the most sensitive and heart warming novels I have ever read. It encompasses what single, divorced Moms have to endure day after day--couple that with extreme emotional abuse from her ex and raising and loving a child on the autism spectrum along with a child who is not on that spectrum. How Jamie copes is amazing. Then Ryan Hudson comes into her life. He is able to connect with and help both her sons and her--but she is scared to death. He is not about to give up, but there are a lot of hiccups along the way. That EX is nothing but trouble and downright dangerous as you will read. Ryan Hudson makes the save of his life. How does Ryan know how to do all this? You will have to read this wonderful book to find out. Anyone with a heart should read this book!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
What I like most about Ms. Ayala's stories is that she's not afraid to inform while entertaining. She puts her heart and knowledge into her work and that's what keeps readers coming back. With Playing for the Save, the draw for me was the message of positivity and hope that radiated from every page. Jamie has not had an easy time with a jerk of an ex, and a child that can be difficult but also one of the brightest stars in her sky. She wants a chance at happiness but is aware she carries around a duffle bag of baggage. Can a surprise win for her two most prized possessions, give her the family she's always wanted? Ryan and Jamie were far from perfect. Each had regrets and insecurities to work through, but if given half a chance they could be perfect for each other. Haul out the Kleenex. These characters not only will break your heart but open your mind as well.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Ayala is an author that writes with the heart and soul. This book is something special that should be cherish, not only is a good romance but also a awareness of autism and special disabilities. Jamie is a single mother who struggle every day with raising her kids (one is autistic) and by meeting the baseball player Ryan Hudson she discover new ways to face life and her sons upbringing. This book has a way of showing Ryan and Drew special bond in such a sensitive manner that is heartbreaking. Everybody should read such a special book.
Cowgirl2Fireman More than 1 year ago
What an incredible refreshing love story that touches on a topic that many have heard of but don’t truly know about to life. The author did a great job with the aspects of the autism spectrum that I would think she either has been effected by this personally or did a lot of research. She did a great job in portraying all the little things that most people take for granted and don’t realize that individuals with autism face on a day to day basis. This story walks you through the struggles of a mom that has to cope with parenting a child with autism while dealing with an overbearing egotistical ex-husband and spreading her attention between her sons and learning to find love in a relationship. Playing for the Save will give you hope, love, tears and smiles as you delve into a story that will capture your attention. Rachelle Ayala has written a book that kept my emotions on a roll from the beginning to the end. It definitely draws on your heart strings while at the same time will twists your emotions all over the place. I was drawn into this book from the very start and could not put it down. So many emotions put together in one book that causes an emotional overload. You will finish this book with faith and hope in love along with a sense of loyalty and compassion for people that give up everything for love. I recommend Playing for the Save if you enjoy reading a book that gives you hope and love and will keep your attention from start to finish.
GrannyLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters and story flow. Very entertaining and hard to put down. I voluntarily review this book from n ARC.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Playing for the Save by Rachelle Ayala. Although the fourth book in the Men of Spring Baseball series it is a standalone story and can be read without reading the previous ones. This story gives us a peek into the challenging life of a single mom with two young boys, one being autistic. It was not easy for Jamie Rush dealing with all of their demands and getting no help from her ex-husband. She is less than excited to spend a day with ballplayer Ryan Hudson when her sons win a day with him. After meeting him she realizes that there is a definite attraction between the two. Ryan has his own secrets and is unsure of sharing them with Jamie. Then there is all the interference and trouble caused by Jamie’s ex-husband. In the end, Jamie and Ryan fit together like a ball caught inside a well oiled and loved mitt. I can definitely recommend this fun and entertaining book to all readers. The characters were well written and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. I can’t wait to see whose story is next in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
PJ52PF More than 1 year ago
Baseball in season and how players train even when they are off season they still need to stay in condition to make it through Spring training. Ryan has had to overcome some struggles but when he meets Jamie and her sons his life is about to change. Autism is a hard topic to talk about if you have no knowledge and it is still a touchy subject but this story shows some of the struggles parents go through, well written.