Curveball by Nicole Rodrigues

Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 3/5 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 💖☺️😟😩🤨🥰

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: Arnaudville, Louisiana and Houston, Texas
Character age range: Teens, then mid-30s
Lead: Charlotte Faye Daniels
Love interest(s): Gabriel John Gavinwood
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Yes – Double Play Series
1. Curveball – released 12/14/18
2. Going, Going, Goner – TBD

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: loss of virginity, manual, oral, penetrative, mild spanking and bondage
Possible triggers: mention of abortion, abandonment, mild violence

The Quick and Dirty: Second-chance baseball romance with a strong female lead and alpha male love interest.

Charlie and Gabe are childhood best friends and high school sweethearts. They have bright futures ahead of them: a full-ride softball scholarship and second round baseball draft pick… until Charlie gets pregnant.

Despite how sure they were of their relationship, it falls apart, leaving each of them scarred and broken. Eighteen years later, fate brings their paths back together. Secrets are revealed, knowledge bombs are dropped and everything that Charlie and Gabe thought they knew is being seen through a new lens. Will they be able to overcome their past to rekindle the flame that never really died or will the secrets kept for the last 18 years be what puts an end to them for good.

Super cute sports romance that was a quick read and left me excited for Savannah’s story (book 2). The rekindling part of the relationship felt a smidge rushed (i.e. Charlie was quick to forgive) but that could just be me… I’d want a hell of a lot more groveling. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Loved the small town, Southern feel though. I’ve been reading a lot of urban stuff lately so it was a nice change. And you know I love me some “y’all” usage! 💖

**ARC was generously provided by author in return for an honest review**

Their young love ignited rapidly but diminished in the blink of an eye. A heart wrenching, second chance romance, that will make you believe, that everything happens for a reason.

Charlotte Daniels is still as sassy as I remember her eighteen years ago, but now, she has a bite to match that bark. It doesn’t help that she grew into an irresistible woman, that I can’t keep my hands off of, not that I ever could.

Except now, there are two, very good reasons to keep my hands to myself. Yep…sometimes when people say they do something, they don’t. 

A mistake I thought we made, comes barreling back into my life, but the way I’m looking at it now, it doesn’t seem to be a mistake. It seems like a blessing, like the raft that could pull me out of the deep waters, that have been dragging me down for a very, long time.


I’ve always been sure of two things:
1.Passion is dangerous. It will suck you in quickly. It will make you feel euphoric but then burn you; slowly and painfully until you’re left empty and abandoned.
2. Gabriel Gavinwood was my passion.

I’ve cut him out, not wanting to watch the train wreck, that replaced the boy I loved all this time. Fate has other plans though, and now our lives collide and there’s no going back.

When life throws me another curve ball and I run into said boy, literally, can I ignore that passion that once consumed us? Should I even try? Can we move on from our toxic past, build a future together and have our happily ever after?

This read is recommended for ages 18+ due to mature content.


Nicole Rodrigues was born in Queens, NY and later grew up in Long Island, NY. She went to Adelphi University and majored in English Education with a Creative Writing minor. She taught High School English throughout Long Island and Brooklyn, NY until relocating to the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and son.