He didn’t think coming home would mean falling in love

Calvin Ramsey returns to his Texas farm home after being released from his team, an unexpected surprise sure to tarnish the family baseball legacy. But when he finds a sexy stranger acting as the temporary caretaker for his childhood home, all thoughts of baseball disappear.

She won’t fall for another player

After losing her savings to a swindler ex-boyfriend, Josie Vance moves to Last Stand to start fresh where no one knows her unhappy past or the con that bankrupted her. But her peaceful healing time evaporates when the homeowner’s son arrives and throws himself into life on the farm—and charming Josie. She can’t risk an affair that draws attention to her or her past. Especially not when the public’s fascination with the baseball-playing Ramsey clan is at an all-time high. Can she keep her secrets, her low profile, and her heart too?

Titles in the Texas Playmakers series include — The Perfect Catch

This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town)

Title:  The Perfect Catch
Series:  Texas Playmakers #1
Author:  Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance
Published:  May 9, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Getting to know the diversity of families living in Last Stand, Texas has been an adventure, one that isn’t over yet but I’m loving meeting the people who make up this small Texas town.  THE PERFECT CATCH brings us the Ramsey family, with a narcissistic famous baseball father who pretty much shaped his sons after his own ambitions and one daughter who left home over a yet unknown conflict.  It was easy to love the grandfather who although grumpy at times loved his land, his ranch which now has become a farm/orchard and only wanted to be able to pass his legacy down to his grandchildren because his son wants nothing to do with his heritage.  The father is a piece of work (and that’s being polite) who now lives his life through his sons by belittling their efforts on the field and his always needs to be the center of attention attitude – could not stand “daddy”, and wasn’t expected to.  Cal is the oldest son who has had a successful career in the big leagues right up until a not so great season has him unexpectedly cut from the team.  To say that Cal is reeling as he heads home to Last Stand is an understatement.  And once he arrives home, things are going to get even more unsettled and interesting.

Josie broke my heart early on.  She’s had a rough life with an overdemanding, nasty mother who took advantage of her over and over.  Josie made the mistake of trusting the wrong man, of believing in dreams that turned into a nightmare.  She’s left home looking for a fresh start where no one knows her past or the troubles that might be following her.  She’s found peace, purpose and breathing space watching over Cal’s mother’s home, her bees, her gardens, and her dogs.  Now, suddenly, she’s faced with a very suspicious handsome man who sets her heart pounding.  Falling for him is the last thing she should be doing as it could be the downfall of new dreams or the best thing to ever happen to her.

THE PERFECT CATCH is a heartfelt romance between two people who have issues to be dealt with and are preoccupied with the mess life has handed them.  I enjoyed watching them banter and dance around each other as they worked their way from cautious to looking for something permanent.  The parents (one on each side) are the bad guys in this story and circumstances will make or break this couple apart.  I was caught up in another family from Last Stand and am definitely looking forward to learning more about the rest of this family.  If you enjoy a romance that touches your heart, gives you characters to loathe and others to cheer for then you’re going to enjoy this beginning story in the Texas Playmakers series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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