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cover58702-mediumHailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush.

Apparently not.

When camera-shy author Hailey Tate’s agent loses a bet and brokers a deal, it leaves Hailey in the last place she wants to be: backed into the corner of Publicity and Paparazzi. Now, thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she’s getting the attention she always managed to avoid.

Connor Ryan is not only America’s Sexiest Athlete, he’s also the current Bad Boy of Baseball. But when he goes a base too far, management wants to bench him…permanently. One thing he never counted on? Falling for his sweet, fake girlfriend. He’s the guy who can catch anything and now she’s next on his list.

This is the first of Quinn’s Brew Ha Ha books that I’ve read (are you surprised?) but once again it didn’t matter.  And once again I’ve decided I’m missing out on something great.  While Hailey & Connor’s story can stand on its own, this group of friends and their amazingly talented creator are sure to bring a great deal of awesomeness to all of the books

I found The Catching Kind to be as sweet as the muffins served at the coffee shop the series is centered around.  Hailey is that perfect mixture of cute girl-next-door awkwardness.  She’s smart, funny, and caring but a little unsure of herself.  Throw her into a world populated by the oh-so-confident Connor and lets the chaos reign. 

Quinn makes it obvious that you can’t trust everything that is seen about the famous (and infamous) but she doesn’t overdo it.  She lets it flow naturally as Hailey gets to know the real Connor.  They develop a very realistic relationship, one based on an unlikely friendship but a solid one nonetheless.  Although we don’t get Connor’s inner thoughts, it’s obvious that if she lets herself believe Hailey could have something great with the reformed playboy – he definitely protests a little too much 🙂

Fun and quirky, with a lovely enemies to friends to lovers plotline, The Catching Kind made me smile, especially the typically Connor ending!  I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Quinn’s work.

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