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Playing for the Save: Men of Spring Baseball

Baseball, Autism, and a Single Mom. Love might not be enough.

Veteran relief pitcher Ryan Hudson always saves the game for his team. He’s dependable, focused, and good at what he does.

Which is why he prefers to live alone and not have anything to do with women and all the noise and chaos they bring.

Noise and chaos is all single mother Jamie Rush knows. Taking care of her two boys is a full-time job, especially since one of them is autistic and she gets no help from her ex-husband.

When her two sons win a day with ballplayer Ryan Hudson, they strike up an odd friendship with the reclusive pitcher. Jamie is wary of the baseball hero, but can’t help fantasizing about him.

Ryan is attracted to Jamie, but desperately tries to hide his past. The only problem, they’re made for one another.

They just don’t know it.


Meet Jamie Rush and Ryan Hudson, my newest lovers from Playing for the Save, a romance between a veteran relief pitcher and a single mother with two boys, one on the autism spectrum. Their story was heartwarming and yet heartbreaking at times. But love always finds a way, and families are formed through both love and trust.


Here is what one reviewer says about Playing for the Save. "This book touched me deeply. I have grandsons who are on the spectrum. The author worked very hard to present an accurate picture of what autism can be like. Ms Ayala, in choosing to write a story where autism is included, helps greatly with awareness. That she chose to make it central to the plot and took pains to make it as accurate as she could, helps greatly with understanding. I am deeply grateful she treated this subject with the attention and care that she did."


Even though the storyline includes autism, Playing for the Save is a romance. Another reviewer's comments. "I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the whole book was very sweet, romantic, refreshing, heart-warming and it had a very captivating plot."

Playing for the Save is available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Apple, Google Play, Scribd, etc. The paperback is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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