On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn't need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She's learned the hard way that love is about control and manipulation - and the last thing she can handle is letting herself be vulnerable, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.
Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy - they don't call him "Catch and Release" for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures - until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him.
Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman-to-wingwoman, friends-without-benefits relationship, he's surprised she accepts.
The no-benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry. Despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they're anything more than friends.
Everything changes when Kirk discovers someone from his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from.
Trigger Warning: The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father and has flashbacks.
Jeanine and Kirk are both "catch and release" people with their sexual encounters - one time with someone and they never have another with the same person. Both have an attraction to each other but are afraid to commit and don't want it to be a one and done relationship. Jeanine has problems from childhood sexual abuse from a foster father which is sometimes hard to hear about but it's good to know she's working on getting through her feelings. Kirk had problems with his overbearing mother. Rachelle Ayala keeps delving into hard situations and educates us with ways to overcome these problems. The narration of Charley Ongel and Tor Thom is wonderful. I really like the dual narration and it brings the story to life more.