CALLING IT                   JEN DOYLE

Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he's not sure what to think...except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.

Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she'd get to meet her fantasy man in person--much less while she's wearing her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he'll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won't get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.

For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love...if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn't just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.

         Nathan Hawkins, a catcher for the Watchman a recent free agent change.  But in a blink of an eye his whole world was turned upside down.  Exactly like the car he was driving in did when he injured his knee.  It was not clear right away so it was hitting the media in a blitz that was horrible for his career.  Not to mention his fiancĂ©e at the time was in the car and had lost her baby for she was pregnant.  It was not his but in fact his best friends from the team he was just traded from.
     She ends up publicly breaking up with him which of course was a bomb shell but it was fine with him.  Especially since she cheated on him.  The other firebomb from it was that since normal practice is to take a breathalyzer, which he gladly did, since he had not been drinking.  Yet, that was causing speculation without cause to say that it was Nate’s fault that a young boy was hurt along with his mother.  His new team with management was taking the high road.  He was on his own.  The radio and TV jocks were having a field day.  He needed a change.  It was time to go home to Iowa. 
     He knew it had been two years since he had really been home or connected you know really connected with his friends and family.  Basically since he gotten together with Courtney.  Not that he blamed her for it he was a big boy and that accident was making a lot of things clearer.  As he was thinking things over he saw flashing lights in his rear view mirror and then the loud speaker blows out words that make him laugh.  It turns out to be an old friend from high school Tuck he hadn’t seen him in thirteen years.  They caught up for a bit and then Tuck asked so where are you planning on staying you did call ahead now didn’t you?  No, he said just over to his mom’s he said.  Well told him he might want to find another place that his mama has a sleepover he had been told.  When he was asked who he said he didn’t want to know and neither do you.
     Having three sisters Nate knew he could stay with them but one he paid rent on one of their apartments, Fitz.  He lets himself in it’s so late but music is playing in the bathroom and a casserole is on the oven.  As he is hunched over eating, coming out of the bathroom yelling, “Tommyyyy!”  But she stopped dead in her tracks because you see since she never expected company since she had just started this job.  She was from Boston.  All her family was there all six overly protective brothers with keys.  So surprise visits she expected at some point but come on it had only been three weeks. 
     But this wasn’t Tommy without her glasses or contacts on from being in the tub she couldn’t see who it was but by the build she knew it wasn’t him or really any of her brothers but it was a lot like the guy, pro baseball player Nathan Hawkins, she was just fantasizing about and using those jets for.  Okay change in subject.   So she says, “Which one of my brothers sent you to check up on me?”  Which he had no clue what she was talking about.  When he says great casserole.  Was he laughing?
     When the guy spoke he had a smirk to his voice and said, One, sorry about the casserole it was great though.  Two, I don’t know your brothers.  Stepping back a few steps she reaches for the bat that was left by her landlord that has a brother who is a baseball fan collector.  She picks up the bat and by the way she has a perfect stance but doesn’t know her robe has not come undone, then ask who he is?  He points to the bat and say DB and she says what?  He says again on the bat DB.  Then he says Fitz moved out?  She says Fitz is my landlord.  He’s like yeah my sister, then she saw similar dynamics.  She said sit tight she went and got dressed put on her glasses and called Fitz about DB and yes he was telling the truth.
     When Fitz wants to talk to him she goes out and his back is to her and she tells him Fitz wants to talk to you.  When he turns around he looks defeated.  But she is about to have a heart attack because he is really Nathan Hawkins.  She hands him the phone turns and walks to her room to start changing the sheets.  Her fantasy since she was thirteen is now sitting in her dining area.  When Nate saw her in her glasses he gets twice as hard than when her robe opened up.  Especially, when she took the perfect batter's stance.  Are you kidding me she is a fantasy to all guys.  He was a goner.
     This was a perfect mix of family saga which I love and love story.  You have two people who have the same end game but different ideas on how they will be affected if something should go wrong.  Hearts and feelings are exposed and all kinds of funny.  I give this 5++++ stars.  Provided by  Follow us at:

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