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The Changeup

(Men of the Show #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Playing for keeps

After nine years of striking out in the dating department, Maddie Hamlin is throwing in the towel. But just as this mom resolves to remain single, she meets sweet and sexy pitching phenom Chase Patton at a family dinner. He’s perfect for her--aside from the fact he’s only twenty-two.

Chase knows he should be focusing on his rookie year with the Detroit Rock
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published January 6th 2014 by Carina Press
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Angie H.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
l loved parts of this book, but the over the top drama became way too much.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Well a Cougar she wasn't. Maddie is a single mom who's just trying to get through life without the drama but when she meets Chase things change and others want to get in the way because of jealousy. Boy when you think you know someone and realize that aren't the person you thought they would be. ...more
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Sometimes you read an author for the first time and you know you are going to have a long and happy relationship with her or him and that’s exactly what I’m feeling after reading Rhonda Shaw’s The Changeup. I loved her attention to detail, the fact that this book centers around the best sport in the world, that she wrote an older heroine with a younger hero, the fact that even though her hero
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I love my sports romance books, but I have to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of the older female, younger male books.

Chase is in the middle of his rookie year with the Detroit Rockets, and all his focus needs to be on baseball. But after meeting Maddie, there is something about the woman and her daughter that Chase can’t get out of his mind. The only obstacle to a potential relationship is Maddie’s reluctance to date
Apr 11, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
I just went from 100 to 0 within the first couple chapters. The hero is a guy her niece is dating? And she brought him over for dinner and that's when they first meet. I was just instantly turned off. I don't mind him being a decade younger but please have him not be dating family. I skimmed ahead and it turns out it wasn't serious for him and they didn't even kiss but I'm already detached from the story. ...more
4 Stars for this sports romance because I love baseball and this couple and kid. Full disclosure - Too much drama which was a little over the top (and I am a telanovela fan) kind of had me skipping. I still really liked the read.
Abby A.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whenever I start to read a book from an author that's new to me, I always cross my fingers and hope for the best. Thankfully, except for a couple of minor things, Rhonda Shaw's book, The Changeup, didn't disappoint.

The Changeup is basically a May-December romance between 34 year old single Mom, Maddie and 22 year old baseball player, Chase. There's nothing particularly unique to this May-December book in comparison to other similar style books, although how this couple first meet is a bit unexpe
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2014
Actual Rating: 3.5

I really wanted to like this book because who can’t help but fall for a hot baseball player, but I just could not connect with Maddie. I’m a year older than her and she was acting like she was in her 40s or 50s, not her early 30s. Sure Chase was twelve years younger than her, but age is just a number and I don’t know anyone in their 30s that acted the way she did. Not even ones with children and divorces under their belts. I get the reluctance about dating a man so much younger
Jenn Scranton
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I loved this! I really didn't expect to like it, but oh my!!!!!



This book had so much heat, but it also had emotion, and depth, and love.

He was so cute!

But O-M-G! The suspense was great, but sooooo frustrating! I wanted to jump into the book and slug 'em all!

If ever a book needed an epilogue... This is definitely in that category. There are so many loose ends flapping in the wind! The sister? The niece? The baby daddy? Etc. Etc.

I just
Zee Monodee
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for me

There's something about a hero (never mind his age!) who knows what he wants and sets out to get it at all costs - and there's something more when the 'at all costs' turns out to be leaving no stone unturned to win the heroine's heart.

Chase was exactly that. Yes, he's only twenty-two, but he's definitely what I'd call a man - a real one. Mature, sane, head on his shoulders, knows what's important and what's not, respectful, sweet yet hot - what does this bloke lack, in the end? N
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's spring training time for the boys of summer and has me in the mood for a baseball story. It was only icing on the cake to discover that this one was set in my own backyard and the hero was playing for a fictional version of my favorite local baseball club. This was once of those complex May-Autumn style romances with there being a twelve year difference between the hero and heroine. So with all that in mind, I eager cracked this one open to enjoy myself.

The story opens when thirty-four year
Michael Furry
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My reading experience with this book was very good. What I really liked about it was how I could relate to it. I am very passionate about baseball and I enjoy reading books where I can relate. Parts I did not like about this book is when they focused on non-baseball related events, these parts of the book were very boring to me. Thankfully they did come up very often in the book. This book helps answer the essential question "How does literature help better understand ourselves" because in the b ...more
Gloria Halfacre
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The change up

I loved this story. At first, I thought it was a bit unrealistic, but after reading it, I thought it could happen. Loved the book Rhonda and am starting book 2 now!
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rhonda Shaw has a new fan and his name is ME!
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May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
If The Changeup (Men of the Show #1) were a movie I would see this in a heartbeat!
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good characters, storyline and heaps of action.
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The drama was stupendous.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm in a state of transition now between hockey romance over to baseball romance and this is my first baseball romance. Alas, it was not a home run. Nor was it a triple but a double at best. In fact now that I think more, it's either a single or a strike out. Besides being a baseball romance, it's a younger hero/older heroine and the cougar that lives within me but I will Never allow to come out and play (I'm all words and zero action on this one). And that's a trope I really like to get on boar ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, sport
I admit I've never been a great fan of big age differences between my main characters, though Rhonda Shaw has done a superb job with The Changeup.

It is Chase first year as pitcher with the Detroit Rockets, so all his focus is on baseball. No bars, booze or groupies for this man. Which went alright until he met Maddie. Ever since he can not get her and her daughter Bree out of his mind and he feels the need to pursue that. Only thing is that Maddie has quite the problem with their age difference,
Char (1RadReader59)
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a riveting story of a pure innocent love a 22 year old young man, Chase Patton, feels for older single mother, Maddie Hamlin. She is 12 years older than him, making her 34 years old and if that wasn’t enough her daughter is nine years old adding to the whole situation.
The difference with their relationship that is different is Chase is a professional baseball player and so much more mature, just ask anyone. In fact he is one of the highest paid young athletics paid directly out of high sc
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc


After reading The Education of Sebastian, I became more open-minded about this type of book and basically went on a roll reading stories about older women finding their young prince charming. Don't worry ladies, if you haven't found your guy, relax, he's not born yet (LOLOLOL). Every woman has the right to be happy and choose anyone to love as long as there is respect and honesty above all.

This book is a perfect sweet example of that. I probably fell in love with it as soon as I read the blurb..
Jac (For Love and Books)
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have an addiction to Sports Romances, so when I saw The Changeup on Netgalley I requested it based solely on the cover! As soon as I was approved, I downloaded and started reading it, and despite a few minor glitches? It was exactly what I was hoping it would be!

Maddie is a 34 year old divorced mom, raising her daughter all by herself with an unsupportive family and loser of an ex who only shows up when it’s convenient for him. She was lovable and easy to relate to, and you couldn’t help but s
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review, so here you go:

I want to say this book was a little cheesy and slow for my tastes, but that is only true for a portion of it. See, the main characters really only have their first date at 39% of the book and I was getting a wee bit exhausted of the dancing around the topics and the pleading and relenting. However, at like 85% in I realized the build up was worth it. There are baseball miracles, miracles of the heart, distrusting family members
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
"The Changeup" by Rhonda Shaw is part of the ‘Men of the Show’ series and is the story of Maddie Hamlin, divorced mom of a sweet daughter named Bree, who is coaxed into a romantic relationship with a younger man named Chase Patton. Chase is delighted to have found a ready-made family who, although fascinated by his baseball fame, are more interested in him as a person but he finds it far easier to be accepted by the young daughter than her mom who is worried about the inequity in their ages. For ...more
Maddie Hamlin learned the hard way that love isn't always enough. Now a single mom of an adorable nine year old, Maddie has had one bad date too many and is ready to call it quits. Singledom doesn't have to be a negative. does it?

Maddie had not met baseball pitcher phenom Chase Patton yet and after an initial meet and greet that allowed her to talk to the charming man, she never expected anything from it. Chase though has been thinking about Maddie and although he is only twenty-two he is an ol
Books Mom
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a charmer of a love story between an older woman and a younger man, but Maddie is definitely no cougar. In fact, she does everything she can do to prevent the attraction between her and Chase growing into anything else--not only because of his age but because she's under the understanding that he is dating her niece.

Chase is mature for his years, and he doesn't see anything wrong with pursuing a relationship with Maddie. After all, they get on well together and he adores her daughter.

Librarian Judith
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
We first meet Maddie at a very boring first (and last) date where she decides that she is taking a break from the dating game and concentrating on just being a mom to her daughter. At a family dinner, she meets Chase Patton--who, in the world of baseball, is famous--but all Maddie knows about baseball is that includes a ball and a bat.

The two are attracted to each other and Chase is great with Bree-- but the twelve year difference in their ages scares Maddie off initially.

This is an easy read an
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Why I read it: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. Also, it’s a younger man/older woman (she’s only 34, but still) story and I love them. The Changeup is out on now.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): My reaction to this book is complicated. I wanted to like it more than I did. There were some things I liked about it very much – enough that I am looking forward to the next book (which I hope features my favourite character, Karen). The premise attracted me so much that I
Jan 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
After nine years of striking out in the dating department, Maddie Hamlin is throwing in the towel. But just as this mom resolves to remain single, she meets sweet and sexy pitching phenom Chase Patton at a family dinner. He’s perfect for her--aside from the fact he’s only twenty-two.

Chase knows he should be focusing on his rookie year with the Detroit Rockets, but he can’t stop thinking about Maddie. He doesn’t care that the beautiful school counselor is twelve years older, and he’s already lost
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Rhonda owes her love of reading to her mother who would read to her each night before bed and sometimes give into her pleads for more than one chapter. These days, if Rhonda doesn't have a book in her hands, it feels like something is missing. While romance is her true passion, Rhonda enjoys reading multiple genres.

Born in California, but transplanted to the Midwest, Rhonda is warm weather girl to

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