Release Blitz & 2 Reviews: HardBall by C.D. Reiss

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HARDBALL by CD REISS

Release Date: March 29th

Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Praise for HARDBALL:

“Dash Wallace is a dirty talking, sexy professional baseball player who falls hard for the girl next door, but beware… your heart will take a beating as you watch him struggle with sticking to all he’s ever known at the risk of losing the best thing that ever happened to him. Hardball is one of those books that will suck you in and won’t let you go unt
il you devour every last, juicy bite.”

Sawyer Bennett, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Fiery hot and enticingly realistic, CD Reiss’s captivating writing, complex characters and explosive love scenes make Hard Ball an irresistible modern day romance.”

Katy Evans, NY Times Bestselling Author

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What it’s about:

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Hardball Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Google

Meet Dash Wallace: http://dashwallace.com/

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Guest Review from Jeanie

☆➹⁀☆☆ 5 Stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

Dash Wallace is THE Boy of summer for 2016

I’ve finally figured out C.D. Reiss’ superpower. It’s not her ability to create musical, haunting prose that begs you to whisper it like a prayer. It’s not the way that Los Angeles takes on a voice and character all its own. It’s not the way she seduces us with her characters. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Her superpower is taking a trope, turning it inside out and creating this utterly beautiful, unique moment. She’s done with the Billionaire Dom, the Mafia Don, the Box Office Heartthrob, and the Party Girl. (Admit it. Jonathan Drazen had you saying “Christian who?”) Well, you can add Hotshot Jock to the list. Hotshot Jock with one of the sexiest names to roll off your tongue. And speaking of tongues – his is gifted – in sooo many ways.

Here’s the thing about Dashiell Wallace.

He was physically perfect. Six two and a half. Proportioned by DaVinci and sculpted by Michelangelo. In the middle of summer, he rolled up his sleeves and the roped muscles of his tanned forearms twisted and tightened when he handled the ball. This perfection was apparent on the TV whether he was standing still of flying through the air. Nothing got past him. The space between second and third was his domain, and three Golden Gloves into his career, Dodger pitchers made it their business to make sure the batter pulled left, and the opposing batters tried to thread the first base line for all it was worth just to avoid him.

 He was magical. And there he was. In uniform. Three feet away from me, looking at my face to shoulders to breasts to hips with sky-blue eyes and black hair even more perfect than the TV could contain.

Hard Ball, Christine Reiss’ latest release, takes us into the Dodger’s dugout and the world of Dash Wallace, their elusive, reclusive superstar shortstop. A media enigma, he crosses paths with Vivian Foster, a grade school librarian chaperoning her underprivileged students on a field trip.

A librarian in slacks and a bright yellow hoodie, wearing sensible black flats on the winter grass of a park field. No makeup. Glasses. Baseball clutched in unmanicured fingers.

Not my usual, to say the least. But I could see her body under the clothes, and the way she went off balance when she pulled a kid away from a collision with another one had a certain sexy grace. Her voice didn’t screech. Her laugh was like a purr. The first thing I imagined was pinning her under me, holding her hands over her head., immobilizing her while she came. My fingers tingled when I hands her back the ball. Weird.

One stolen mitt later, and Dash’s world is turned topsy-turvy which, for a ritual bound, superstitious ball player, is disastrous. Or is it?

At its essence, Hardball is the story of a good man – a kinky, sexy, dirty, poetry spouting one who is too smart for his own good, so much so he can’t see the forest for the trees (sometimes literally), and is burdened with an almost debilitating case of ADHD – and a soft but strong woman who helps him find a new way forward without sacrificing herself and the things she holds dear when his extremely orderly life slips towards chaos. Their courtship, and it is an epic courtship despite protestations to the contrary (and the dreaded EXPIRATION DATE), is full of fun, laughs, poetry (!) and some down and dirty, highly imaginative sex – Dash’s bag of tricks is bottomless.

Dash and Viv are lighter and more flirtatious than most of Ms. Reiss’ other couples but don’t take that to mean they’re frivolous or two dimensional. I adored them. It was such a struggle not to strangle Dash as he continued to refuse to see that the solution to the chaos in his life came wrapped in a bright yellow hoodie. And Vivian – GAAH! I loved her soft, quiet strength. Her mix of innocence and worldliness is the perfect foil for Dash’s sometimes naïve bravado and kinky imagination. He’s a guy no woman would say no to – and Vivian did just that!!!

It’s a magical, uncontrived yet realistic story full of real life people who are messy, contradictory and complete with baggage. I couldn’t put it down and by the end, I had a perma- grin.

If you love your romance flirty, fun and with a slow burn, Hard Ball is for you. As always, the slow burning fires burn the hottest – and when Viv and Dash come together it’s no exception. Their first kiss sparked a white hot fire that never faltered. I absolutely adored this story because it never, ever loses its sense of joy and lightness – even when Viv and Dash are dealing with some pretty serious obstacles. It’s the perfect Spring Break beach read and a great escape from all that is serious, dark and sad in the world. Prepared to be wooed – right out of your panties. But don’t worry, Viv has a closet full she won’t be needing 😉

It’s a grand slam plus one!

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 Review from Jules:

☆➹⁀☆☆ 5 Stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

HardBall by CD Reiss is a charming, sweet contemporary sports romance with some heat. I love the combination of sweet and spicy, and Reiss’ has balanced the two for the perfect game…I mean book.

I fell in love with Reiss’ characters; they are lovable, realistic, and totally relatable. Vivian is an elementary school librarian with a generous heart and a penchant for baseball. She and her fabulous stepdad are ardent Dodgers fans. He is a generous, kind man who is the perfect male role model. His relationship with Vivian is enviably loving and supportive.

When Vivian meets Dashiel Wallace during a school field trip, both their lives are turned upside down. Dash is the elusive, reclusive star shortstop for the Dodgers. He is the quintessential studly athlete. I swooned over Reiss’ descriptions of Dash ‘s athletic prowess and features. Dash, #19, is easy on the eyes, but there is so much more to him. A guy with Dash’s swagger who talks about books and can quote classic literature will undo me every time! What made Dash absolutely delicious was not his seeming perfection, but all his foibles. Reiss’ characterization of this man hit home with me.

HardBall is a pitching dual. It’s all about skill and strategy. The plot is well paced, and Reiss doesn’t rush the layered development of characters and relationships. Reiss did not shy away from showing her characters inner demons and struggles—whether they eventually overcome them or not. The story dynamics and chemistry between all the characters is engaging. Reiss’ always makes me care deeply about her characters; she has also filled my fictional little black book with delightful book boyfriends. Pay careful attention to the descriptions of Los Angeles and the Dodgers’ empire, because it is almost as good as taking a tour of the town.

I loved the structure of the story. It is told in dual point-of-view narrative, and Reiss’ incorporation of late night text messages between Viv and Dash—replete with the typing symbol, “ {…}” is engaging and au courant. I felt the characters anticipation as they stared at their phone screens anxiously waiting while the other typed out their response.

Does Reiss know baseball? Yeah, she does! Her descriptions of the shortstop to second plays are poetic. This book was written by a smart, romantic, woman who is also a fan of baseball. I really enjoyed this enchanting, sports romance; it brought a lot of smiles to my face, a couple chuckles, and a bizarre desire to watch some men in snug white pants run around a grassy field. With HardBall, Reiss’ has hit for the cycle.

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About the author: CD Reiss is a USA Today bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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