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Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Catcher and the Lie by Rita Oberlies



The Catcher and the Lie by Rita Oberlies
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (170 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

One player works extra innings to make Abby break her own rules about love.

After a year of personal and professional upheaval Nick Valente is in the market for redemption, not temptation. Getting involved with any woman, especially smart-mouthed Abby McCabe, is simply not in this player’s game plan.

Experience, mostly bad, has convinced Abby McCabe that she has a special gift for finding men who can’t help falling out of love with her. Getting close to a man, especially one who plays the field professionally, is sure to add another loss to her emotional score sheet.

As summer heats up an unexpected spark turns into a flame. But fear of getting burned winds up putting two strikes in their relationship. With Nick on the bench, it’s up to Abby to turn the game around. Trusting this man with her heart could deliver the biggest save of her life—or the biggest error she ever made.

Will they strike out or end up with a homerun?

I don’t know anything about baseball, but that is in no way an impediment to enjoy “The Catcher and the Lie”.

However, I firmly believe the story could have been called something else, more along the lines of Mixed Signals or Confusion Galore. The lack of communication between the main characters and the issues that both of them go through is what drives the story forward and provides our conflict.

On the one hand, we have handsome Nick. He carries his past like a ton of bricks and this bars his future. On the other hand, we encounter Abby. Deep inside she’s sweet, but she’s got a lot of lack of self esteem which she covers up with a razor sharp tongue.

Both characters are attracted to each other from page one like opposite poles on a magnet.

They snap at each other, they banter; they are jealous, sad, angry and confused. Overall, they are tight-lipped and they stop themselves from saying what they feel countless times, which results in getting me on edge, wondering when they’re going to get together. I admit to a certain amount of frustration based on the utilzation of this as the main conflict and wanted to shout, "Just talk to each other!".

Ms. Oberlie repeats several times during the novel, “someone sending mixed signals her way”, “he had mixed feelings”, “he was sending all sorts of mixed signals” …it almost drove me nuts with anticipation, waiting for our characters to finally set the record straight.

The allure of the characters, the setting up of the story, and the romance behind it all build a novel that kept me turning every page keenly and the ending left me with a fulfilling sense of satisfaction.

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