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Out Of Her League (Suspense #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,354 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
Christa Bailey is one cut away from making the Olympic softball team when threats from an obsessed fan jeopardize her dream, and her safety. Forced to put her life on hold, she reluctantly turns to ERT officer Rayne Hutchinson for help, praying the police catch her stalker before she is cut from the team or does something stupid, like fall in love with her unattainable pro ...more
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Published August 29th 2008 by The Wild Rose Press (first published August 2008)
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Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

Right.My first attempt to create a book cover for this book.

(Heh. David Gandy is a hot papa so I used him to be the hero)

First things first. I don't like the cover of this book which is such a waste because this novel is an enjoyable read. Honestly,if I saw this one on a bookstore,I wouldn't buy it unless the author is an auto-buy or if you've already heard of this book.

I know I know. We shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.But would it really be hassle if you'd just took a random hot guy pict
4.5 stars

This is more romance than suspense. Seeing that the cop hero, Rayne only whisk the heroine, Christa away and being all knight in shining armor. He was not actually involved with the investigation into the stalker issue. I don't really feel the suspense much until the last minute during the showdown.

Love the romance that started off slow and steady, their easy camaraderie, the humor behind every conversation. Christa is a the good-girl, the girl you bring home to meet your mother. Rayne
Nov 24, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This is a really good romantic suspense novel by a new-to-me author, Kaylea Cross. It certainly won't be the last time I look up her work. The story is edge of your seat suspenseful and gritty and very realistic, almost too realistic at times.

Christa is your average girl next door: she's a landscape gardener struggling to get her own business off the ground, a nationally ranked softball player and a fabulous cook. She's also the unnatural obsession of a crazed stalker/murderer who quickly escala
Jane Stewart
Too much heroine stupidity. Too many frustrating delays before the couple admitted they liked each other.

Christa has a landscaping business and plays baseball. She hopes to make the Olympic team. Seth is stalking her. He comes to every game and yells comments. One night he gets too close, following her to her truck. She drives to Teryl’s house (a friend) in fear. Rayne happens to be at Teryl’s home that night. Christa and Rayne start spending time together. Rayne is a local policeman
Jan 02, 2013 ElaineY rated it liked it
Shelves: mf, romantic-suspense
It's a pity this author's Suspense series started off with this book. The stalker plot device is so over-done and unless you have an interesting twist to it, it's way too passé to offer to RS fans these days.

Unfortunately, there is no twist and OOHL is a straightforward, ho-hum stalker story with no suspenseful moments and a lacklustre romance between two nice individuals, one them the typical TSTL heroine that most romantic suspense authors can't do without, it seems. Rayne is such a nice guy -
Mar 14, 2012 ~V~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...what a great book!! I don't know why in the world i waited so long to read this, but i am so glad i finally decided to take the plunge! Such good things were being said about this series and at least with this first book, since it's all i've read so was not an was soooo good!!

A lot of times the first book in a series is not the most exciting for's almost as if it takes an author a book or two to pick up the momentum for me to really catch on but that was no
This one was a bit frustrating for me.

Some very reliable Goodreads friends have warned me that this is the weakest book of the bunch, and I am very happy to hear this. This was an okay read at best, but I read it quickly and it was entertaining.

My biggest issue was Christa. I just think that she is pehaps not the brightest bulb in the box. It's kind of like when you're watching a horror movie and the victim should be running out of the house instead of up the stairs! I felt like this pretty much
Anne OK
Oct 07, 2011 Anne OK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
A very good romantic suspense that I enjoyed reading. This is my second book by Kaylea Cross, the other being the first book in her "Bagram Special Ops" series. The major flaw for me in "Out of Her League" was the excessive use of the word "kiddo" by Rayne when referring to Christa. It really bugged me after awhile. Maybe a silly complaint to make, but I just found it juvenile and very unromantic in most of the situations where it was used. There were some editing problems throughout the book bu ...more
The first book in the Suspense series by Kaylea Cross. Set in Vancouver, Canada, Christa Bailey is a landscape gardener and in the running for the Olympic softball team. She also has a fan that shows up at every game and it is creeping her out. Rayne Hutchinson is an ERT officer and good friends with Chris' friends, Drew and Teryl. Chris is attracted to Rayne but feels he is out of her league. When the situation with her crazed fan heats up, Rayne is there to offer protection and more.

My first b

Even though I felt the story never reached its full potential, I enjoyed reading "Out of her league".

Christa has had a crush on Raine for 2 years, but traumatized by a previous relationship she never acted on it.

I liked that in addition to owning a landscape business, Christa is part of a softball team competing to be selected for the Olympic games. Unfortunately this aspect of her life is quickly relegated to the background, and to my disappointment the high level sport part of her life was mor
This was a pleasant read, with some aspects which I really enjoyed, and others that just didn't quite make it for me.

What I liked about this:

- I liked the plot - the stalker plot is an old one, but it works, and I haven't read one for a while.

- The hero - he just proves that the person you were in the past is not necessarily the person you are now, and that's it's possible for people to change dramatically in the blink of an eye, including when they meet someone with whom they have a connection
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A nice read, good dramatic storyline, though there were a few too many face-plant moments for me. This was particularly when a supposedly sweet, strong woman makes choices in which as a reader you are thinking"don't do it". More than once. Loved the hero. There was some obvious set up for a series, and I will look forward to reading the next books.
A solid 3 starsbecause it's still better than some of the new cr*p bombarding GR.

I rated this some time ago, and while looking at comparisons of ratings amongst others, I wondered why initially I gave it only 2 stars. So, I went back to the book and did a refresher.

This book involved a heroine (Christa) who is an athlete and Susie-homemaker (sport=softball and some plays described in detail), a hero (Hutch or Rayne) who is a cop (SWAT or SRU), and a psychopath villain with a fixation. Though I a
3.5 to 4 stars. Fast moving, well-written book. I enjoyed the story and really liked Christa and Rayne. The stalker kept me sufficiently creeped out and the plot moved well for the majority of the book.

The h, Christa, was TSTL so many times that it got annoying. She knew it too, which bugged me even more. She'd think to herself, "I shouldn't go off on my own with him still out there," and then she'd do it. So we knew the bad guy would get her, what with her making it so easy on him.

Aside from t
Oct 24, 2009 Dl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked right away. This book kept me up most of the night and took up a large chunk of my day. I found it to be nail biting suspense, with a dazzling hero and a lovable heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently attempted to read a New York Times bestselling author's romantic suspense novel and couldn't get past page 25... but this book was nearly impossible for me to put down... and it's from a small press and an author I'd never heard of before. I'll be looking for more books from Ms C ...more
pretty good read, my only comment would be that in general, i'm not a fan of diminuative names for characters in books (darlin' etc)...but the one that irked me the most in this book - kiddo!! totally not sexy at all, why the heck would you call someone you want to be with Kiddo...
Lady Heather
May 23, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance, Suspense/ Thriller
This was such a good story! Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
3.5 stars and I am so sad to give less than 5 stars to a Kaylea Cross book.

Now that I look at the rating I cannot believe that I didn't enjoys as much this story.

So, Christa is a baseball who wants to reach the Olympics team. She has her own business and she loves to cook and take care of her garden and house - a true Martha Stewart. Christa has a stalker who comes to every game and trough his attitude and comments he appears to be more aggressive.
When her stalker finally comes to talk to her s
Dariza Rodriguez
I don't know how i feel about this book. for a while i had been wanting to read Kaylea Cross book and i was going to start with ignited and then decided against it and went with out of her league.

Christa is some sort of Sweetheart that everyone loves and is described as sweet, caring, loving and nurturing person. once i read that i knew i wasn't going to connect with the character right away. i don't like my heroine's to be liked this. under all of that she was very insecure due to a relationsh
Sep 01, 2015 Kooky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the Titanium Security series by Kaylea Cross last night and as I've already read Bagram Special Ops, I moved onto the first in the Suspense series.
I was not disappointed.
Christa is a softball player trying to get into the big leagues while also owning her own landscape gardening business. Rayne, an ERT cop, is a friend of a friend, someone she knows to talk to and who she has had a crush on since she met him but she sees him as out of her league. Whereas Christa has shied away from re
Sep 25, 2011 Judi rated it really liked it
A sports and romance combo pack really work for me in a book. Usually it’s a hot football player or a hockey dude that takes center stage so it was a nice change that the heroine of Out Of Her League, Christa Bailey was the actual sports star. It doesn’t happen often that the female is the sports personality in a book. And I like it!

I had just finished reading Kaylea Cross’s Deadly Descent and really enjoyed it. So when I checked out her backlist and noticed all her previous books had gotten rea
Taryn at My Secret Romance
I am really really excited to start this book!

This is the first book to Kaylea Cross's series and a good start at that. I accidentally came across this author here on Goodreads and I am so happy I did. Her reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are almost 5 stars on every book that she wrote, pretty impressive if you ask me. People couldn't stop raving about her. So even though I have tons and I mean tons of books sitting on my shelves and kindle waiting to be read, I just couldn't get Kaylea our of my
TBR Challenge 2011- June Category: Contemporary Romance. this book has been on my amazon wishlist since August 2010.

3.5 to 4 stars
The strength of this book is the author's characterization of the characters. Christa was especially well-done. Her PSTD was shown more realistically than I've ever encountered in a romance book. The growing attraction between Rayne and Christa was handled believably, as was Christa's reluctance to act on the attraction and Rayne's determination to give her all the ti
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An Action Packed Romantic Suspense!

This is the first book in a romantic suspense series by Ms. Cross. She has done an amazing job blending all aspects of this book. There was a perfect balance of romance and suspense.

Christa is being stalked by an obsessed fan. Known player and professed ladies man, Rayne steps in to try to keep her safe until the can catch the guy. Christa has been burned in a previous relationship and has no desire to go down that street again. As their lives are thrown toget
When I asked my friend for something she wanted to share - book wise - I didn't actually think I'd get a near perfect mixture of suspense and romance. She warned me about the book, rightly so, because when I started reading I found it to be hard to stop doing so. So I read on for hours, sacrificed my sleep and don't regret it. Especially since these days I have no matters to attend to during the day ...

I only started reading romance novels recently, so I was quite relieved to find that this is n
Feb 26, 2013 Ansu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointing start to this series. I have 3 problems with this book.

My first problem with this book. The heroine Christa was just TSTL(too stupid to live). I was hoping that she would die already with all the stupid things she kept doing!!!!!! . She kept going out alone (3X) when she knows there is a stalker after her and bad things happen to her even though she is staying somewhere safe..... see kill her already!

My second problem, I hate books esp ROMANCE books where the heroine has a
Kathleen J
Good things.
1. Heroine is refreshing, something a little different. Strong but not a bitch. Unusual personality type.
2. Writing is smooth, good.

Not so good.
1. Don't you hate it when women characters do dumb things, like go out alone someplace when there is a killer stalking them? I just want to scream at them, OK, so die already! See if I care! There is too much of that here.
2. It seems to me either the cop (and the heroine too for that matter) wasn't trying too hard or wasn't too bright. They k
Jun 22, 2012 Sunny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, team-lawman, own
I bought this book because I heard the series was great. I thought it would be an interesting read because I love the premise that the heroine is an Olympic athlete and it would be cool to get some insight into that world. How would tbe author weave it into her story? I am disappointed to find that this book is fairly ordinary. Furthermore, it irritates me when an author takes an interesting premise and make it completely irrelevant to the story. The fact is that Christa Bailey's quest to be an ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The story was different than others suspense stories that I typically read. Christa was an Olympic hopeful softball star who has a stalker that becomes aggressive towards her. Rayne is the friend of a friend that turned into so much more. I truly like both characters, they were both strong, independent and sensible people. The chemistry was strong between them and stayed that way throughout the book. What I really liked is they got together well before the end of the bo ...more
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