Listen, Pitch

Listen, Pitch

by Lani Lynn Vale

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Rhys Rivera is the star short-stop for the Longview Lumberjacks. Many know him, even more love him. He has a pretty face, a quick smile, and an air of danger about him that everyone seems to adore.

He's not known as the bad boy of baseball for nothing.

It all started with his father, who decided to be a criminal mob boss, then die.

Fortunately for his uncle, Rhys wants absolutely nothing to do with the family business and runs before anyone can figure out which way is up.

By the time his uncle, the successor to his father's criminal empire, thinks to look for him, Rhys has made too big of a name for himself to be taken out quietly, and he wants to keep it that way.

Fast forward eight years, and Rhys is living life one breath at a time, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. That shoe coming in the form of a nosy neighbor who has no idea just how hot she is in her mail carrier uniform.

Her sweet little body and positive outlook on life make him want to laugh at how naïve she is when it comes to the way of the world.

The harder he tries to stay away, the weaker he seems to get, until one day he decides to put his morals on hold long enough to satisfy his cravings.

One time is all he needs--or so he tells himself.

But then two pink lines change everything, and all of a sudden, he doesn't have just himself to worry about anymore.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161697719
Publisher: Dixie Wardens, Inc.
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: There's No Crying in Baseball Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,004
File size: 257 KB

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Listen, Pitch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's 177 nook pages filled with action, steamy loving, humor, sadness, and just an over all good third book to this series. It has a little bit of baseball and mafia thru the story, which made it a bit different from the two previous books. It is a really good story, can not wait for more.****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story in this series. The cover model is excellent to look at as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not what you expected. Listen, Pitch is a classic Lani Lynn Vale book. Rhys may be a baseball player, but he's more like one of the MC or SWAT guys. Totally alpha, totally willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves from those who wish to do them harm. Henley's great. She may not have had a lot of breaks in her life, but she doesn't let that get her down. She gets her HEA with Rhys. Loved it. Now about Joker. He's starting to become a lot like Silas. A story that you really want to read and can't wait to see who changes his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all of the books by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Unusual characters and storyline. Thanks Lani.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Listen Pitch was a little different than what I expected. Not bad, just different. The baseball is still included by way of Rhys' teammates, a couple of practices, and a handful of game highlights, but this one is primarily about Rhys' past coming to call. So, the angst here isn't really in the romance, but it certainly affects our couple in a big way. There were a couple of things I didn't quite understand, like why Rhys went to such lengths to hold onto money he didn't actually need. Other than revenge for things that happened in his past, it just felt like unnecessary danger. That aside, the romance between Rhys and Henley was absolutely delightful. They're both lovable characters and just seem to fit together. The story is filled with ups and downs for both of them, including loss, danger, and even separation, but they're both strong and determined, and the author does a wonderful job of showing that. On the whole, this one is a good addition to the series and quite the enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listen Pitch is the third book in the There’s No Crying in Baseball series and each can be read as a standalone, but who wouldn’t want to read about these Texas Lumberjacks men and watch them fall to their knees when it comes to these women who drive them batty, but they can’t stay away from either. You will see Rhys and Henley make a cameo appearance in some of Lani’s other books so if you have read her other books in this series or one in the Simple Man series (even Bear Bottom) than you kinda have an idea of how they are, in reality, we don’t know Jack! Wowzer! Is what I’ll say. Grab this book if you are a fan of Lani, if you enjoy baseball and some mafia madness. Rhys is known as the bad boy in baseball and comes from a bad family. He wants nothing to do with that life and thinks he left it all behind him. Well maybe, maybe not. You will have to read the story to find out. You will fall in love with him and your heart will melt when it comes to a scene with his security guard and Henley. Trust me on this! Speaking of Henley, can I say that I love that we got a character like this. This shows us that anyone can be loved and that there are still people out there who see what’s inside the person not just on the outside. The danger, the chemistry, men in tight pants and the story in itself hooks you and leaves you yearning for more of these characters. Pink lines, mob lines, foul lines you name it we got it in this book! I will continue to say this, there is not a book that you will not love by this author and I cannot wait to see with she takes her next story and series.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
This story reminded me more of the 2nd book in the series than the first one. It is another favorite of mine, though. I like that even though it was a baseball story, we also got a little bit more than just the sports romance, there was some mafia storyline thrown in as well. I'm not really a mafia romance reader, but this one didn't go so far into that as to make it completely that type of story. There was lots of drama and romance and steaminess. But I also loved the funny moments. Like when Rhys and Henley are at Rhys's sister's hospital room when she's giving birth. That was hilarious! Not to mention finding out about the surrogates, and then the actual pregnancy and what Henley shouted at Rhys for that one. At first I tried to place everyone from the other stories, because I do remember, kind of, the accident that Rhys was in. Soon enough, though, we got into where we had Furious George and also Wrigley, characters I loved in the earlier books. I loved the detail of Henley being deaf, and how perfect and seamless it fit into the story. I loved that Henley had her little 90s Porn fascination. Although it seems as if maybe that would have come out later in the story for her and Rhys to enjoy or laugh about. I read a little excerpt at the end that is about a guy named Tyler, and he is a cop, so I kind of wonder if he is Henley's brother Tyler that we meet in this book? I hope so, because the excerpt from that one sounds like one that is good. I've already marked it on Goodreads. Definitely give this series a try!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
Listen, Pitch is quite the intriguing name for Henley and Rhys’ story because it becomes more than apparent that both of them have a few people in mind who they’d like to tell off, and in some ways, that’s exactly what they do the further into the story readers go, which is where things go a little off-kilter and a lot out of control. Henley Cree is quite a fiery yet positive thinking woman - one who always puts others ahead of herself and one who has distorted self perception that Rhys is more than happy to correct for her because as much as Henley sees herself as defective is as much as Rhys sees her as being everything he’s ever wanted but never knew he needed. I love how Henley owns her quirkiness, embracing her eccentricities, even though, sometimes, it’s extremely difficult for her to do so. Rhys’ nickname as the ‘bad boy of baseball’ seemed ill-fitting due to the where and when readers are introduced to him, and while there’s mention of his past activities in Chicago, he left that life over 8 years ago, and he has no desire to ever return to it, so I felt like I didn’t really get a full picture of why Rhys received that moniker; I needed a little more background into who Rhys was before the accident and before a certain beautiful neighbor got in his face about the noise and then was found at his bedside when Rhys finally came back to the land of the living. Rhys’ uncle is the perfect antagonist because his actions and the lengths that he’s willing to go to are so over the top and somewhat unexpected. Rhys’ uncle is a cruel and vindictive man who lives his life according to his own rules, to hell with anyone or anything else. The things that he did to Rhys’ dad and continues to do to Rhys and Rhys’ sister, in order to keep them in line, absolutely paints this man as the menacing bastard he is. So it makes complete sense to me why Rhys goes the route he does and doesn’t allow his uncle to steam roll him. Is this decision more dangerous, absolutely! Readers see that firsthand, but part of Rhys’ transformation, if you will, needs to come from his own personal revelations and his uncle is responsible, along with his parents, for Rhys’ warped sense of love and relationships, so before he can move forward with Henley, in all the ways that deep down he wants and needs to, Rhys must deal with his uncle’s threats as well as the series of actions that his father laid out for him to claim his dirty mafia money - money that Rhys doesn’t need but he sure as hell isn’t willing to let his uncle take it off his hands. I really liked how Lani Lynn Vale explained why Rhys has been somewhat safe from his uncle’s maniacal plans. The idea that Rhys’ stardom continues to save his life makes sense; Rhys is a high profile professional athlete, so he’s in the spotlight, not only for his baseball skills but also due to his physique and his personality. If anything happened to him, it would be well publicized, meaning the person or people behind it would be easily apprehended, so his uncle needs to find less pronounced ways of trying to kill him.
Jennifer_e911 More than 1 year ago
After I finally got control of my tears, after finishing Mess Me Up, I wondered about Rhys. We got glimpses, but nothing that really told us who he was, what was driving him to be who he was. I knew there had to be more to the story, more than just a woman, to pull apart friends the way she did. Now I know there is so much more to Rhys than I ever could have imagined! Rhys had a rotten childhood. So far out of the ordinary, that I can't even begin to tell you. But he has his sister, and he has baseball. That's all he needs, really. But then his past begins to intrude on the life he has built, and he has to figure out a way to fix everything. Henley is....girl next door, but not. Despite her disability, she isn't afraid to stand up for herself, and that makes her strong. It's really not a disability, but more of an obstacle that she has worked hard to overcome. Her life has been good, but it seems like something is missing. She has family, a job, a home, but she wants more. She volunteers at the local hospital but I think it is really more of her giving, loving personality that drives her, rather than her need to feel useful. She lets nothing stop her from getting what she wants, and nothing stand in her way. This book was fun, interesting, and really ties together all of the stories in the baseball series and the Bear Bottom Guardians series. There was some drama, some serious parts, but the connection between Henley and Rhys was absolutely....perfect. There is no other way to put it. I loved them separately, but together they were amazing! Another must read from LLV!