Catching Callie
The Press labeled me campuses “DIRTY PLAYER.”The scandal I'm caught in just made the national news, ESPN, & Sports Illustrated.Forced to hide out in a small beach town until I can clear my name, the last thing I expected was to run into her. Literally.First she stole my breath, then my heart. But she wants nothing to do with me.Even my killer smile, panty-melting grin, and cut abs aren't reeling her in.She ran.Twice.I have six weeks to find my mystery girl, get my reputation back, and prove to her I’m not a dirty player: I’m her prince. The football field is the domain I where I rule, but her heart is the next thing I’m going to capture.Something tells me Catching Callie is going to be the biggest win of all.GAME ON.This is a standalone new adult romance. No cliffhanger, No cheating, HEA.

Catching Callie Details

TitleCatching Callie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 12th, 2018
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Did Not Finish

Catching Callie Review

  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    4 ❤❤❤❤ 🏈 🎒beautiful and sweet 🌟🌟🌟🌟s‼“This isn’t over because I don’t love you. It’s over because I do.” CallieLove. It’s so precious, makes you both strong and weak... 4 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🏈 🎒beautiful and sweet 🌟🌟🌟🌟s‼️“This isn’t over because I don’t love you. It’s over because I do.” CallieLove. It’s so precious, makes you both strong and weak...
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    -Kacie, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I loved this story so much! I had a hard time putting the book down. I loved how the characters, their backgrounds, and stories weren’t typical. I loved the writing and how it all flowed together flawlessly. This was my first book by this author, but it won’t be the last. Gabe Parker is the HOT, star college running back and he’s definitely going places! He seems to face setback after setback on his way to the top. But those setbacks led him to Callie and Sea Spray where he finds wa -Kacie, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this story so much! I had a hard time putting the book down. I loved how the characters, their backgrounds, and stories weren’t typical. I loved the writing and how it all flowed together flawlessly. This was my first book by this author, but it won’t be the last. Gabe Parker is the HOT, star college running back and he’s definitely going places! He seems to face setback after setback on his way to the top. But those setbacks led him to Callie and Sea Spray where he finds way more than he bargained for. Callie Anderson has been burned by summer boys before she’s not giving anyone the benefit of the doubt. She has a lot going on, and a lot of responsibilities that take up a lot of her time. Gabe was my favorite character because he wasn’t the typical jock. He was kind, caring, and a genuine good guy. I wasn’t too fond of Callie, for the sheer fact she’d say something then she’d go back on her word. Sure she had a lot on her plate and a lot to deal but that doesn’t mean she gets to be unloving and mean. I thought there were good secondary characters. I’m intrigued about Banger and his story.
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  • Thuy (tweezyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    First off...I have to say, Gabe Parker can catch me anyway anyday anyhow.....swooonnn....ok, so back on track...Gabe is a college and future NFL draft hopeful. He is in some trouble, caught in a scandal that has hit the fan all over, the national news, sports news, social media, EVERYTHING. He wants to clear his name but coach needs him to chill out and hide out. So, Sea Spray he goes, a little quaint beach town....He arrives and literally bumps into Callie........words are exchanged and towards First off...I have to say, Gabe Parker can catch me anyway anyday anyhow.....swooonnn....ok, so back on track...Gabe is a college and future NFL draft hopeful. He is in some trouble, caught in a scandal that has hit the fan all over, the national news, sports news, social media, EVERYTHING. He wants to clear his name but coach needs him to chill out and hide out. So, Sea Spray he goes, a little quaint beach town....He arrives and literally bumps into Callie........words are exchanged and towards the end of the argument, she runs off, this starts the Chasing Callie game....I actually really really loved this book. I loved all the POV's, not just our hero and heroine. I loved the chasing of Callie. Gabe's character was really sweet, hopeful of everything he wanted and was feeling for Callie. He knew she was meant to be such a big part of his life. My heart was crushed so many times in this book, but I knew to get to their HEA, it needed to be stomped on a few times, then pieced back together.You'll get a crazy ex girlfriend, the life issues when becoming a famous athlete, the family love and devotion, the love that Callie and Gabe have for each other, the steaminess....Gah, I loved everything about this book, and the cover is just so perfect that I will prob get the paperback.
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  • Romance Between The Sheets
    January 1, 1970
    Catching Callie is a sweet New Adult romance but with some extra heat thrown in to keep you wanting these two lovers to find their HEA.Both Gabe and Callie have heartache and family dramas to deal with along with trying to give their new romance a true chance. Many obstacles come their way and the author is true to their situation with the way this story winds up and the Epilogue, which I loved.There are some great supporting characters, my favourite is Callie’s uncle who was simply such a great Catching Callie is a sweet New Adult romance but with some extra heat thrown in to keep you wanting these two lovers to find their HEA.Both Gabe and Callie have heartache and family dramas to deal with along with trying to give their new romance a true chance. Many obstacles come their way and the author is true to their situation with the way this story winds up and the Epilogue, which I loved.There are some great supporting characters, my favourite is Callie’s uncle who was simply such a great guy.Surprising me was the emotion of both Gabe and Callie but considering what they are dealing with, the author gave them integrity and it felt so real. The last quarter of this book will have you tearing up and struggling with emotions, especially for Callie.This story is told randomly from their POV and it even has a couple thrown in from an evil character trying to manipulate their relationship.Finally, I loved how the author allowed these two characters to follow their individual dreams to eventually find their happy ever after.Quote: “I don’t want to be that girl anymore – the one who gets left behind”
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  • Randi ❤ KissLikeaGirl.com
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more like it www.kisslikeagirl.comI’ll start this off by admitting that when I get a book with a cover such as this, I read it with the hopes of finding my next book boyfriend. This is listed as a new adult title and I think when something is marketed toward that age group that author has a responsibility to write safe and realistic sexual content. Young women are going to read these books and it’s going to influence their expectations in relationships and with regards to se Find this review and more like it www.kisslikeagirl.comI’ll start this off by admitting that when I get a book with a cover such as this, I read it with the hopes of finding my next book boyfriend. This is listed as a new adult title and I think when something is marketed toward that age group that author has a responsibility to write safe and realistic sexual content. Young women are going to read these books and it’s going to influence their expectations in relationships and with regards to sex. I don’t think this author did a good job on that front. It’s those disappointed feelings that are spurring this review.I spent much of this book wincing and staring at a ruler in disbelief. Before I get started I want to say this book needs to come with a don’t try this at home label.At 9% the author describes Gabe's dick as “thirteen or fourteen inches and thick as fuck.” I mean, uhm, wow, it’s not often a dick leaves me speechless. Perhaps the book should have been labeled as fantasy! I’ll admit, I was quite intrigued by the size, I took to my good friend Google for more information. According to this Wikipedia article, the biggest penis in the world is 13.5 inches. If I was writing a book about the biggest penis in the world, I would at least include that tidbit in the synopsis.If you scroll down to the anatomy section of the Wikipedia article, you learn this interesting tidbit, “when becoming and being erect a large amount of blood flows to his penis and causes lightheadedness.” Poor Gabe is erect pretty much constantly throughout the book. It’s a wonder he can play sports at all with a condition like that!Here’s some perspective so you don’t have to go on your own Google search. The distance between the tip of my pinky finger and my elbow is 13.75 inches. Now, no one would ever describe me as tall or lanky but still…Perhaps the worst thing about the book is the lack of foreplay and complete absence of lube. I’m going to take this opportunity to remind you of what I said in the first paragraph about realistic expectations. A whole lot of young women were likely just set up for some serious disappointment, not to mention pain.But wait there’s more. “I go in three inches, backing out using only my briefs as a shield.” It’s been a week and I’m still wincing. Firstly, briefs don’t provide protection from STI’s or pregnancy; secondly, maybe I’m missing something but I can’t see a way where that feels good. All I can do is hope no one tries this themselves.On top of all that we’re treated to a healthy dose of slut-shaming, she kisses him (just kisses), is absolutely mortified and labels herself a dirty whore.The non-sexual plot consisted of juvenal mind games better suited to an elementary school playground than an adult relationship.Overall, Catching Callie was not the book for me. Perhaps the worst part is that had the author simply not mentioned the specific number of inches, and let me use my imagination, this book would have been a solid 3 stars.
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  • Cee Cee Houston
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Catching stars.Catching Callie is my first book by author Claire Woods and if Gabe and Callie’s story is any indicator, it won’t be the last. Gabe’s an upcoming senior at UVA when he’s thrown into a media entanglement after being accused of cheating… on the football field as well as off of it. His exam results are being questioned as well as his last year of being a student and his hopes of being drafted to the NFL. To save him from outside pressures he’s sent to a small beachside to to get 4.5 Catching stars.Catching Callie is my first book by author Claire Woods and if Gabe and Callie’s story is any indicator, it won’t be the last. Gabe’s an upcoming senior at UVA when he’s thrown into a media entanglement after being accused of cheating… on the football field as well as off of it. His exam results are being questioned as well as his last year of being a student and his hopes of being drafted to the NFL. To save him from outside pressures he’s sent to a small beachside to to get his act together. Gabe first meets Callie when he almost runs her over, they have words then Callie runs away, then later during a midnight swim they cross paths again. They share a blindingly hot moment before Callie yet again runs off.But Gabe is determined. This hot stud isn’t one to give up easily, even when he doesn’t even know the girl’s name. She wants a chase? She’ll get one. He’s not the college star athlete for nothing. This is a race he can’t not win.Callie has a lot to contend with. Busy dad, sick mom, kindergarten aged brother, managing her dad’s two businesses and taking classes at the local University leaves her little time for romantic pleasure. Plus the one and only other time she let a guy steal her heart, she ended up with sand in all the wrong places along with a disillusioned outlook on life.So, the new guy she just meet can just shove it, she’s not into playing games.This book had a little bit of everything, crazy exes, family drama, friends supporting each other and all the stress of becoming famous. There is a lot of emotional heartache as Callie and Gabe find their way in life. I cried, I laughed, then cried so more but in the end it was all worth it.Gabe was a super hot, swoon-worthy hero who always knew what he wanted. Sweet and romantic at times and with the right confidence to make Callie is girl for life.Callie was barely out of her teens when she first bumped into Gabe, he was a lot for her to take in, but this strong, yet cagey woman was more ready for the man in her life than she knew. Her responsibilities and selfless heart were a bit of a stumbling block at times but at the end of the day, she knew that all she really needed was love.Just like we all do.
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  • Sassy Southern
    January 1, 1970
    Gabe is so close to achieving his dream. He just needs to finish college and wait to be drafted for the NFL. And then it all hits the fan. There's a scandal and for some reason he's at the center of it, labeled a dirty player. Gabe knows he's innocent but instead of being able to prove it, he's forced into hiding to wait it out. It'll die down, this stuff always does when the next big thing hits. For Gabe though, that comes a lot sooner than he'd planned and in an entirely different way. That ne Gabe is so close to achieving his dream. He just needs to finish college and wait to be drafted for the NFL. And then it all hits the fan. There's a scandal and for some reason he's at the center of it, labeled a dirty player. Gabe knows he's innocent but instead of being able to prove it, he's forced into hiding to wait it out. It'll die down, this stuff always does when the next big thing hits. For Gabe though, that comes a lot sooner than he'd planned and in an entirely different way. That next big thing is in fact Callie, a woman he bumps into and can't stop thinking about.Callie has no interests in tourists and even though Gabe is sexy, she also has a feeling he'd break her heart without any qualms and she doesn't have time for that. She has too much on her shoulders already. Okay, so she may use those responsibilities to hide from certain things, such as commitment or the man she can't help but want. His real life is scary and she isn't sure it's something she could ever live with.Gabe knows Callie is different, special, and wants to get to know her. But Callie is proving elusive. And the thing is, she isn't playing hard to get, she's literally trying to get away. Gabe's heart has already decided that Callie is the one for him, he just needs to convince her of that. Oh and clear his name and protect them both from a vengeful ex.Can Gabe prove his love to Callie? Can he clear his professional name while putting his heart on the line? What happens when an ex makes her presence known and tries to destroy what he's building with Callie? Is a HEA possible?One-click now and follow along as two people meet amidst difficult times and find the love that will help them overcome it. I like that Gabe knew right away Callie was the one for him. He didn't fight it. He was all in from the beginning. Callie, however, was the opposite. She wanted Gabe but was scared. I like that he had to prove himself, his feelings, to her. His success as a football player and potential future in the NFL was a detriment in this scenario. Callie wanted to stay away because of it as opposed to how most would handle it and readily attach themselves to him because of it. It showed that Callie wanted Gabe for who he was, not what he could do. And for Gabe, by having to work to win Callie over, it showed how deeply he felt for her.- By Elizabeth
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  • Lisa Menor
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.One day he's the star running back at UVA, the next, he's the 'Dirty Player' involved in a scandal that could end his career. After being the focus of many print and news channels, Gabe Parker is forced to leave UVA and hide out at the school's satellite campus in the small beach town of Sea Spray. He's not guilty of the accusations but the scandal has reached epic proportions and there's no other option.As soon as Gabe arrives in Sea S I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.One day he's the star running back at UVA, the next, he's the 'Dirty Player' involved in a scandal that could end his career. After being the focus of many print and news channels, Gabe Parker is forced to leave UVA and hide out at the school's satellite campus in the small beach town of Sea Spray. He's not guilty of the accusations but the scandal has reached epic proportions and there's no other option.As soon as Gabe arrives in Sea Spray he has a run in with a woman. She is sweet, sexy and vanishes, way too quickly, before he can even get her name. Callie has lived in Sea Spray all her life. She not impressed by the tourists and Gabe has heartbreaker written all over him. Callie's been burned before and she's not about to let it happen again.Gabe is confident and sexy. He wants what he wants and he's prepared to fight for it. Callie is gun shy and not used to Gabe's undivided attention. It's not going to be smooth sailing for these two. Callie has a lot of responsibilities and Gabe has a woman, from his not too far past, who has her sights set on revenge.AWESOME STORYLINE WITH LIKEABLE CHARACTERS ! DIALOGUE THAT FLOWS EFFORTLESSLY AND KEEPS YOU TURNING THE PAGES ! UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY WITH INTENSE, UNRESTRAINED PASSION ! ! ! SO HOT, I'M SURPRISED MY KINDLE DIDN'T BURST INTO FLAMES! ! ! A DEFINITE MUST READ !
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  • Britt Red Hatter Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Oh holy sweet goodness this book stole my heart! The level of sweet is off the charts in Catching Callie and I couldn’t get enough of it! I’m always looking to find a book that has that extra bit of sweet swoony perfection that steals my heart and I found it with this one. Seriously this book contains the ultimate swoony hero! Look no further, the ruler of all things swoon resides here in Catching Callie and his name is Gabe. This man had me positively melting at how sweet, how romantic, how *ha Oh holy sweet goodness this book stole my heart! The level of sweet is off the charts in Catching Callie and I couldn’t get enough of it! I’m always looking to find a book that has that extra bit of sweet swoony perfection that steals my heart and I found it with this one. Seriously this book contains the ultimate swoony hero! Look no further, the ruler of all things swoon resides here in Catching Callie and his name is Gabe. This man had me positively melting at how sweet, how romantic, how *happy sigh* everything he is. He fell fast and he fell hard and it was a thing of beauty to read. His worst day ever turns into the day his world changes in the best way when he crashes, quite literally, into Callie’s life. Then there’s Callie who, while I’m still incredibly jealous of her, is pretty dang awesome herself. Even being young she’s more responsible than most people twice her age. With a huge selfless heart she looks out for everyone she loves and the people she loves, she loves them fiercely. Willing to sacrifice her happiness for any one of the people she holds dear there were moments my heart just shattered for her even with the sweetness that is her and Gabe’s love. Their story is what romance is all about and reminded why I love this genre so much.
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  • Leslee
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, you read a blurb and you think you know how a book is going to play out. It sounds fun and flirty, sexy, sweet and you see the ending in your head and then wham! Out of nowhere, I was stunned at how Callie and Gabe caught me completely by surprise. Usually, when I review a book, I will give a quick run down of the plot and then give my thoughts. This time, I am going to let the blurb speak for itself so that you go into the exact way I did and see for yourself. Callie and Gabe were am Sometimes, you read a blurb and you think you know how a book is going to play out. It sounds fun and flirty, sexy, sweet and you see the ending in your head and then wham! Out of nowhere, I was stunned at how Callie and Gabe caught me completely by surprise. Usually, when I review a book, I will give a quick run down of the plot and then give my thoughts. This time, I am going to let the blurb speak for itself so that you go into the exact way I did and see for yourself. Callie and Gabe were amazing characters, flaws and all. The secondary characters were just as fleshed out and unique as Callie and Gabe. I do hope we see Banger and Sophie in a book, I would love to see how their relationship plays out. I was almost late to work, it was that hard to put down. I don't think I am even able to put into words how in love with this book I am! This is only my second book by Claire Woods but she officially has a fan for life in this girl right here. Again, I have to give the talented Ms Woods 6 stars for the phenomenal Catching Callie.
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  • Amy Dufera
    January 1, 1970
    Catching Callie is a fantastic college romance!Gabe is absolutely amazing, as a star football player, constantly in trouble, but completely misunderstood. When a scandal causes him to hide away, he meets Callie, and he will do anything to catch her.The two are so fun together, with great chemistry and some quick banter. Their story is riveting, with all sorts of realistic issues causing them issues. The story is quick paced, well written and an all around enchanting romance. It contains deep cha Catching Callie is a fantastic college romance!Gabe is absolutely amazing, as a star football player, constantly in trouble, but completely misunderstood. When a scandal causes him to hide away, he meets Callie, and he will do anything to catch her.The two are so fun together, with great chemistry and some quick banter. Their story is riveting, with all sorts of realistic issues causing them issues. The story is quick paced, well written and an all around enchanting romance. It contains deep characters who are well developed, flawed, yet so completely lovable. There is a psycho ex, paparazzi and national news outlets causing them issues. I found myself captivated by Gabe and Callie's relationship and could not put this book down., knowing at some point, they would be able to find happiness. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves romances with a hot college athlete.
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  • Miss Piggy
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.As soon as I started this book I knew it was going to draw me and refuse to let me go until the last page, and that's exactly what happened- I had to read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down! It's just the right mix of sweet, sex, raw emotion and happiness. If you read one book this summer - this is it - you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for Claire's next book to c I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.As soon as I started this book I knew it was going to draw me and refuse to let me go until the last page, and that's exactly what happened- I had to read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down! It's just the right mix of sweet, sex, raw emotion and happiness. If you read one book this summer - this is it - you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for Claire's next book to come out as after reading this I'm a lifelong fan, and I may also be a little (lot) in love with Gage...........................I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review
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  • Mel Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Love and loss are two things that go hand in hand. After being dubbed , "Dirty Player," Gabe is escaping away to Sea Spray to keep his head down and get his act together. Life has a different plan for him when in a moment of feeling free, he literally runs into Callie Anderson. It's a race against time, a race against logic, a race against patience and a race towards love. But Gabe Parker is determined to catch Callie Anderson's heart and make her his. No one said Love is easy, but Gabe Parker c Love and loss are two things that go hand in hand. After being dubbed , "Dirty Player," Gabe is escaping away to Sea Spray to keep his head down and get his act together. Life has a different plan for him when in a moment of feeling free, he literally runs into Callie Anderson. It's a race against time, a race against logic, a race against patience and a race towards love. But Gabe Parker is determined to catch Callie Anderson's heart and make her his. No one said Love is easy, but Gabe Parker comes with some serious baggage and Callie's life is complicated with a capital "C". The last things she is looking for is a summer fling. The press is all over Gabe Parker and his ex Jackie is determined to make sure he is in a negative limelight. A gold digger and a headcase.
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  • Astronimamkm Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is Claire's second story and it is so different from her first. This cute summer read is mainly a light-hearted read with some heavy topics that are handled well. The heavy topics aren't the main focus of the story, and I think that's a key point to realize when the resolution comes. They just add to making the main characters who they are. I have to remember that these are college-aged kids and how they act and reactions are vastly different than when you are an older adult. We follow the This is Claire's second story and it is so different from her first. This cute summer read is mainly a light-hearted​ read with some heavy topics that are handled well. The heavy topics aren't the main focus of the story, and I think that's a key point to realize when the resolution comes. They just add to making the main characters who they are. I have to remember that these are college-aged​ kids and how they act and reactions are vastly different than when you are an older adult. We follow the story of Callie and Gabe in the sleepy town Sea Spray. This story is a journey of growth and discovery of who each of the main characters is​, who they want to be, and that love can always win. Callie had a lot on her shoulders. I think she was so responsible even when she didn't want to be. How she handled all she was going through seemed very realistic. She tried her hardest to just be everything to everyone​ when at the end all she needed to do was be everything for herself. Then all the puzzle pieces would fit together perfectly. There were a couple of spots that I got annoyed with her character, but I liked that I did. I think it made her character more real to me that she wasn't this perfect little ray of sunshine. She hurt and felt things too. In the end, she took the long road​ but found her ultimate happiness. I don't want to spoil, but am glad she didn't give up. I think that would have been the difference between realistic fantasy and total fantasy for me. Gabe is your picture-perfect college heartthrob​​. He gets laser focused on anything he wants and holds on not wanting to let go. I felt deep down some of the reasons he held on so tightly so quickly, had to do with his past. He has these goals and dreams that he didn't want to give up, but at the same time wanted to for Callie. He had a lot of soul searching to do as well to figure out what would lead him to the ultimate HEA. Would the summer love be enough to bring that about. On his summer journey, he meets Steve. That relationship woven in there melted my heart. Banger and Sophie are the friends that come to the rescue of Gabe and Callie. I like the roles they played in the story and it made me want more from them. They were funny, supportive, and just good strong secondary characters. Callie's family was written into the story so beautifully. I love that this story didn't have the outcome I thought it would. While we don't get a full resolution on things going on, I think that is okay. You don't always get a full resolution in real life, and that wasn't the main point of the story. Jackie... well that chick is craycray. I told Claire that. I mean this girl is another level of evil. Overall this story is what I would expect from a lighthearted summer fling read. The timeline may move quick for some of my followers, and you may not like the gaps, but I think they worked well. The main plot was concluded in a beautiful way. The epilogue helped show some future for the couple. We don't get a resolution on some of the subplots, but I didn't feel gipped by it. I don't feel like we were supposed to. It wasn't the main point in the story. With all that said, I really enjoyed this one. It had me laughing, sighing, mad, and heartbroken. I felt emotions while reading and to me that always shows a good sign for a book and author. Just like her first book, I enjoy her writing style and the way she can pull me in from the first page.
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  • Jennifer Aldrich
    January 1, 1970
    Great Idea, but fell a little short. Catching Callie was a decent book, but it missed its mark for me. This book has everything I normally love in it. There is a strong female lead, a hot, athlete, and a little bit of drama. What more could I ask for right? Unfortunately, for me personally, this just didn’t hit for me.I was really interested in this story. The idea that a disgraced football player would escape to a small town and run into a girl who changes his world? It sounds like everything I Great Idea, but fell a little short. Catching Callie was a decent book, but it missed its mark for me. This book has everything I normally love in it. There is a strong female lead, a hot, athlete, and a little bit of drama. What more could I ask for right? Unfortunately, for me personally, this just didn’t hit for me.I was really interested in this story. The idea that a disgraced football player would escape to a small town and run into a girl who changes his world? It sounds like everything I would normally fall for. It was written well. I will give the story that, but I also felt like it wasn’t as cohesive as it could be. I think the small inconsistencies is what turned me off on this book.I really liked the characters in this book. Gabe was a hoot. I loved reading the story from his point of view. He is a strong character that is not afraid to go after what he wants. I also loved how considerate and humble he is. That is important in a character. I really liked Callie as well, but I was irritated with her too. She is a sassy character with strong values. I loved her personality, but I also felt she was being unfair at times to Gabe. With that being said, I did like her.The heat in this book is good. I liked watching these two together. It had all the hotness of a summer fling with the sweetness of a romantic evening. I thought their chemistry was great and added a layer to the story that it needed. These two had no problem with the heat.The writing style in this book was okay, but I felt it could have been better. The pace of the book was steady for most of it, but I felt the ending was speed up. I also didn’t liked the use of time jumps in this story. While I loved that we got to see where they ended up, I thought the time jump added more unanswered questions. With all of that being said, The story was easy to read and I did read the whole thing and felt satisfied.Overall, this book was entertaining enough. The characters were great and I really enjoyed reading about them. I also did like the plot. While this book missed the spot for me, I would recommend others to read it and try it for themselves. Not every book fits every person and this one just didn’t fit for me.Ratings:Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Heat: 4/5Writing Style: 3/5Overall: 3/5*Reviewed for Seraphim Book Reviews*
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  • Leah Rassier
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I opened it and got lost in the words and the love story. I would totally recommend this book. I only have two criticisms to say about it though. I’m not going to give you any explicit spoilers but I will talk a little bit about the book details. Warning. First off, it got confusing because the author would drop a different character into the conversation that you had no idea was in the vicinity. For example, you’re Reading the private thoughts happening inside in the I really enjoyed this book. I opened it and got lost in the words and the love story. I would totally recommend this book. I only have two criticisms to say about it though. I’m not going to give you any explicit spoilers but I will talk a little bit about the book details. Warning. First off, it got confusing because the author would drop a different character into the conversation that you had no idea was in the vicinity. For example, you’re Reading the private thoughts happening inside in the female leads head. And then the next second she’s talking with her ex-boyfriend. where did he come from? Or the couple goes out for a day at the beach with the little brother. The paparazzi is attacking and the mother is crying. Where did the mother come fromo? I think the author need to Segway the characters in the scenes better so readers do not get lost. It is the worst having to go back and read something to see if you miss something. You want to stay in the story without any interruptions when it’s going good. In my opinion, the ending was rough. The male lead was such a loving man throughout the whole book and then the end just didn’t seem to fit with his persona. It actually didn’t seem to fit with the couple’s relationship at all..I know that life throws us a lot of curveballs and we get scared a lot, afraid to take a risk. But aren’t the greatest things in our life the ones we took the biggest risk to fight for? When you put out the hard work, you reap the rewards. It just didn’t seem right to take an extended leave to solve everything. Plus, I don’t necessarily buy into the faithful from afar theory.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this story about Callie and Gabe. It was an easy read that I couldn't put down. Callie is a young woman who lives in a beach town in VA, she helps her family with their businesses and goes to school. When her mom gets sick she puts her dreams on hold. Unfortunately living in a beach town, Callie see summer boys every year come and go, one even broke her heart. So she is guarded. Gabe is the star Running Back at UVA and I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this story about Callie and Gabe. It was an easy read that I couldn't put down. Callie is a young woman who lives in a beach town in VA, she helps her family with their businesses and goes to school. When her mom gets sick she puts her dreams on hold. Unfortunately living in a beach town, Callie see summer boys every year come and go, one even broke her heart. So she is guarded. Gabe is the star Running Back at UVA and is about to have the rug pulled out from under him, he is accused of cheating both on tests and on the field. Coach sends him to the beach, to his family's cottage to get a breather, clear his head and stay off the radar. When he arrives in town he almost runs Callie and her bike over with his SUV, but she disappears. Later that night when he is swimming in the ocean, naked, Callie steaks his clothes to get him back. He tackles her and they share a kiss, but she doesn't know his name. The weekend before Memorial day is a big party and have runs into Callie again, things really heat up but she runs yet again. Desperate to find her he enlists the hello if there local DJ and calls her out to meet him, his Fanny. The only problem is both their ex's are determined to get back with them, his resorting to smearing his name, hers putting her in uncomfortable situations. See how their relationship develops and their feelings develop over the few weeks together. When Callie's mom gets sicker she decides to put her dreams on hold including her future with Gabe. See them fight to be together and fight for what they believe it's right.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • 2OCC Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this story about two complete opposites who meet in one of the most unconventional ways. The way that these characters kept running in to each other I really loved. The author did a really great job with this story because it had a really enjoyable storyline and a lot of emotion throughout the story. Callie was the feisty heroine in the story who did whatever she could to help her family. I found that she was a strong character and I really loved the way that she didn’t give in to I really loved this story about two complete opposites who meet in one of the most unconventional ways. The way that these characters kept running in to each other I really loved. The author did a really great job with this story because it had a really enjoyable storyline and a lot of emotion throughout the story. Callie was the feisty heroine in the story who did whatever she could to help her family. I found that she was a strong character and I really loved the way that she didn’t give in to Gabe when they first met. I loved some of the things that she did throughout the book and in particular section I laughed out loud at her actions.Gabe was the sexy football player that had suffered a massive scandal that he had nothing to do with. I really loved the way that he was able to have positive outlook at the situation and the many romantics things he said to Callie. He had me swooning many times throughout the book.Catching Callie is about Gabe who is running away from a massive scandal and runs into Callie. But at the time he doesn’t know who she is but he knows that he wants to get to know her. The problem is every time when he tries to find out her name she runs.I found the couple in this story had a lot of chemistry. Claire Woods did a really good job with the writing of this collage romance as I did not want to put the story down once I started reading it. I cannot wait to read more form this author.
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  • Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
    January 1, 1970
    ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*I was really excited to start reading Catching Callie and that excitement did not lesson while I was reading it either. The premise is what had me interested but it was the story and characters that had me completely into the book. Catching Callie may be a new adult romance, but it deals with some really intense issues at times and that not only added to the depth of the characters as well as the story.The way th ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*I was really excited to start reading Catching Callie and that excitement did not lesson while I was reading it either. The premise is what had me interested but it was the story and characters that had me completely into the book. Catching Callie may be a new adult romance, but it deals with some really intense issues at times and that not only added to the depth of the characters as well as the story.The way that Gabe and Callie originally meet was both funny and serious at the same time. Gabe needed to lay low after allegations about him cheating in more ways than just football. When he crashes, literally, into Callie it is almost like it was fate. Callie has a lot going on in her life and doesn’t need someone like Gabe adding to her already full plate. The chemistry between Gabe and Callie was intense, the push and pull just added to the overly connection between these two. Things happen, things that not only test them individually but together as well. Will Gabe be able to catch Callie in the end? Well you will have to read the book to find out.I am excited to read more from this author in the future. Catching Callie is a book I can easily say needs to be on your TBR lists, I enjoyed it.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Catching Callie by Claire WoodsReview done for Hooked on Books5 out of 5 starsGabe’s life is crumbing all around him. Vicious lies by his ex-girlfriend have put his football career and college in jeopardy. He could lose everything.When his coach sends him to spend the summer at the beach, Gabe isn’t expecting it to be the best summer of his life. It is a beautiful place and so is the girl who stole his heart when he was least expecting it.Callie has no time for anything is her life. Sh Review of Catching Callie by Claire WoodsReview done for Hooked on Books5 out of 5 starsGabe’s life is crumbing all around him. Vicious lies by his ex-girlfriend have put his football career and college in jeopardy. He could lose everything.When his coach sends him to spend the summer at the beach, Gabe isn’t expecting it to be the best summer of his life. It is a beautiful place and so is the girl who stole his heart when he was least expecting it.Callie has no time for anything is her life. She was hoping to be in med school but due to her mother’s cancer, she has to look after the family businesses. When another gorgeous, smooth talking, summer boy strolls into town, Callie is determined to hide. She has been down that road before and all she was left with was a broken heart.Gabe and Callie can’t deny the chemistry between them, but they each have their own problems to deal with.I loved this book. Gabe was so sweet and sexy. The banter between these two characters was great. This book really pulls at your heartstrings; you will be routing for these characters through the entire book. It was definitely more than just a sports romance.I definitely recommend this book to read.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Catching Callie is a sweet swoon-worthy college romance; filled with lots of heartbreaking ups and downs, a psycho ex, lots of drama and excellent secondary characters. This book had it all 😍 Gabe goes from being the star running back for UVA to the "Dirty Player"; with his life flipped upside down he is forced to go into hiding in a small beach town far away from campus. He needs to lay low and remain out of sight until all of his drama runs its course; falling in love is definitely not somethi Catching Callie is a sweet swoon-worthy college romance; filled with lots of heartbreaking ups and downs, a psycho ex, lots of drama and excellent secondary characters. This book had it all 😍 Gabe goes from being the star running back for UVA to the "Dirty Player"; with his life flipped upside down he is forced to go into hiding in a small beach town far away from campus. He needs to lay low and remain out of sight until all of his drama runs its course; falling in love is definitely not something he needs. But when he meets Callie he knows immediately she's the one for him; but convincing her of that is going to be a challenge. Callie is guarded she protects her heart & only has time for her family and a few friends. She hides behind her responsibilities; putting everyone's needs before her own. When she meets Gage; she is not prepared for their connection, their chemistry and all of his drama. Can she look past her fears and his lifestyle and give love a chance? Read Catching Callie and find out 💋 I definitely recommend Catching Callie to any and everyone; it's the perfect sweet summer read. 💋***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review- Megan/Scandalous Book Blog***
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  • Amy Crull
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so cute! I simply devoured it! Callie and Gabe learn so much in this book and makes them stronger for it. There's a ton of fighting any living in this book. I seriously didn't want it to end but I did love how it ended especially with newspaper articles on them and Banger. All the characters are fun except for a couple. Callie is a down home girl. She loves the beach, hanging with bestie and her family. She's never been in the spotlight but that's about to change. Even though it ki This book was so cute! I simply devoured it! Callie and Gabe learn so much in this book and makes them stronger for it. There's a ton of fighting any living in this book. I seriously didn't want it to end but I did love how it ended especially with newspaper articles on them and Banger. All the characters are fun except for a couple. Callie is a down home girl. She loves the beach, hanging with bestie and her family. She's never been in the spotlight but that's about to change. Even though it killed her, she needed to stay true to herself and her goals before having a relationship. Gabe being in the midst of controversy proved himself worthy and with the partnership he found, completed his goals and found happiness in and of the field. Callie makes him with for it and sometimes I just cracked up with how she would leave him. The situations they find themselves in are hilarious but at times, rewarding. True friendships are bought it in this book. I truly loved this book and so want more!
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    Love this book! Claire never disappoints. This book pulled me in right from the start and kept me coming back for more. My darn job kept getting in the way of me finishing it. I kept finding myself pulling out my phone on my breaks just so I could get another glimpse of what was happening in Callie and Gabe’s lives. I loved their summer romance and how it was all pulled together. Callie bugged me a little in the beginning but the more I got to know her character the more she grew on me. Then lat Love this book! Claire never disappoints. This book pulled me in right from the start and kept me coming back for more. My darn job kept getting in the way of me finishing it. I kept finding myself pulling out my phone on my breaks just so I could get another glimpse of what was happening in Callie and Gabe’s lives. I loved their summer romance and how it was all pulled together. Callie bugged me a little in the beginning but the more I got to know her character the more she grew on me. Then later I wanted to throat punch her for throwing away something so amazing. But, I kept reading and loved how the whole book was tied together. Jackie was crazy pants...but I loved her part in the story line. Really helped bring it all together. I think Claire did an amazing job keeping the reader engaged and wanting to find out what would happen next. I’m excited for her next book, and I’m hoping for maybe a second one following these characters?!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5*Gabe is in hiding after being caught up in an athlete-academic cheating scandal that is all over the news. He ends up hiding in Callie's town and literally knocks her off her feet. In addition to clearing his name, his goal is to claim her as his. If only he knew her name and if only Callie was on the same page. She has other priorities though like keeping the family's businesses going while her is in hospital undergoing treatment. She doesn't need the distraction of Gabe.This was fu Rating: 3.5*Gabe is in hiding after being caught up in an athlete-academic cheating scandal that is all over the news. He ends up hiding in Callie's town and literally knocks her off her feet. In addition to clearing his name, his goal is to claim her as his. If only he knew her name and if only Callie was on the same page. She has other priorities though like keeping the family's businesses going while her is in hospital undergoing treatment. She doesn't need the distraction of Gabe.This was full of drama that came from Gabe's situation, whereas the emotion came from Callie and her situation. I would have liked there to have been less time on Gabe and the ongoing drama and more on the emotion surrounding Callie as I felt it got a little lost. It was still a great read.***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***
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  • Debbie Caswell
    January 1, 1970
    Gabe has been tried in the court of public opinion and has been convicted they have labelled him the dirty player. Now his team has sent him to Sea Spray until things settle down and are resolved. While he is there he meets Callie she has had a hard life she doesn't believe in love or other fairy tale emotions and she definitely doesn't have time for any of that stuff anyway. Bur Gabe is a strong character ad knows what he wants and he isn't letting Callie walk away even though she thinks it is Gabe has been tried in the court of public opinion and has been convicted they have labelled him the dirty player. Now his team has sent him to Sea Spray until things settle down and are resolved. While he is there he meets Callie she has had a hard life she doesn't believe in love or other fairy tale emotions and she definitely doesn't have time for any of that stuff anyway. Bur Gabe is a strong character ad knows what he wants and he isn't letting Callie walk away even though she thinks it is only for a short time before he leaves. The multi POV make this story flow well and kept me thoroughly entertained. I would highly recommend this bookI received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Marie Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:Who doesn't enjoy a good chase by a sexy man? I know I can't resist one! And in Catching Callie we get a man who is bound and determined to catch the woman that intrigues him. I actually got a good chuckle how Gabe first met Callie. And when he tries to make things right she gets away and then as fate would have it, he sees her again and soon he finds himself determined to catch her. This romance was sweet and gorgeous, fun and sexy. The characters are endearing Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:Who doesn't enjoy a good chase by a sexy man? I know I can't resist one! And in Catching Callie we get a man who is bound and determined to catch the woman that intrigues him. I actually got a good chuckle how Gabe first met Callie. And when he tries to make things right she gets away and then as fate would have it, he sees her again and soon he finds himself determined to catch her. This romance was sweet and gorgeous, fun and sexy. The characters are endearing and the plot was fantastic. Catching Callie was everything I hoped for and then some. It was a terrific read and one I can't wait to read again one day. Catching Callie gets a SWEET AND ENDEARING FOUR AND A HALF SHOOTING STARS!
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  • Christi Fowler
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Romance - Sports (Football)Standalone: YestPart of a Series: No (not that I'm aware of)POV: Gabe and Callie (and a few others)Steam Level: Quite warm3.5/4Overall, Catching Callie was a super cute summer romance. The characters are fun and sassy - the dialogue witty. Gabe and Callie fall for each other fast - definitely an instalove story. Both are going through a difficult time in their lives and are each other's rock. Catching Callie has a great message of love, laughter, triumph, and pu Genre: Romance - Sports (Football)Standalone: YestPart of a Series: No (not that I'm aware of)POV: Gabe and Callie (and a few others)Steam Level: Quite warm3.5/4Overall, Catching Callie was a super cute summer romance. The characters are fun and sassy - the dialogue witty. Gabe and Callie fall for each other fast - definitely an instalove story. Both are going through a difficult time in their lives and are each other's rock. Catching Callie has a great message of love, laughter, triumph, and pursuing your dreams. This was a quick and fun read and I'll definitely be checking out more of Claire Woods's books.I received an advanced copy of this book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this college romance! I loved the characters!! I loved the story-line! I thought the chemistry between Callie and Gabe was off the charts!! I also liked the fact he was patient and wanted to wait until she was ready even though he was dying to make her his. She keeps running and eventually he wins her over. Gabe had a thought time that summer but I think everything he went through won him the prize in the end. I liked the secondary characters: Sophie and the DJ. I also love the I really enjoyed this college romance! I loved the characters!! I loved the story-line! I thought the chemistry between Callie and Gabe was off the charts!! I also liked the fact he was patient and wanted to wait until she was ready even though he was dying to make her his. She keeps running and eventually he wins her over. Gabe had a thought time that summer but I think everything he went through won him the prize in the end. I liked the secondary characters: Sophie and the DJ. I also love the support they both had. I thought the story was great!!!! It was very captivating and I could not put the story down!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.*
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  • Christine Garza
    January 1, 1970
    A tenderly, Sweet instalove small town summer love story that turns into a forever love. Catching Callie is a heartwarming story of college students Gabe and Callie finding love one summer in the midst of family tragedy and a possible career ending academic scandal. Full of tears, laughs, fears, doubts, dreams taking their lives in different directions, and love. Readers will fall in love with Gabe and Callie as they follow dreams, finding lasting friendships, and unconditional love. I loved thi A tenderly, Sweet instalove small town summer love story that turns into a forever love. Catching Callie is a heartwarming story of college students Gabe and Callie finding love one summer in the midst of family tragedy and a possible career ending academic scandal. Full of tears, laughs, fears, doubts, dreams taking their lives in different directions, and love. Readers will fall in love with Gabe and Callie as they follow dreams, finding lasting friendships, and unconditional love. I loved this book and didn’t want to put it down.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Gabe is the star football player whose world comes crashing down when he is accused and found guilty of being a dirty player. This puts his career and his education in jeopardy and his team sends him away until the situation can be resolved. Callie is the girl who is selfless and very caring. She puts everyone before herself which little energy and time for herself and her happiness. He becomes very intrigued by her and wants to win her over but will his last scare her away and will her skeptica Gabe is the star football player whose world comes crashing down when he is accused and found guilty of being a dirty player. This puts his career and his education in jeopardy and his team sends him away until the situation can be resolved. Callie is the girl who is selfless and very caring. She puts everyone before herself which little energy and time for herself and her happiness. He becomes very intrigued by her and wants to win her over but will his last scare her away and will her skeptical nature make things more difficult?I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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