ARC Review: Jock Rule By Sara Ney

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Title: Jock Rule

Author: Sara Ney

Genre: Sports Romance

Series: Jock Hard #2 (Standalone)

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: December 6th, 2018

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Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.

He’s a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.

The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora “Teddy” Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she’d been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry “friends.”

Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He’s a goner.

Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.

 

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Okay, I have a little issue with Sara Ney. You see, I have to admit something: I am not a fan of men with beards. *ducks* I know, I know. A little stubble is fine, or a short, very trimmed beard on some men are fine. But a big beard?

No. Not happening.

Until Sara Ney brought Kip Carmichael into my life. And poof.

Beard obsessed.

Kip is one of those truely great heroes: He’s moody, honest, and doesn’t beat around the bush. Oh, and he plays rugby. Sigh. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t look like he can sweep you off your feet, but needless to say, he does.

The relationship between Kip and Teddy is everything. They annoy each other and bicker, yet find themselves becoming great friends. Kip after all, is her “hairy god mother”. While there is sexual chemistry between them, they have an actual friendship. That solid base just helps the fire burn deeper between them when that line is crossed.

If you like a slow burns that sizzles, witty banter, dialogue that brings a smile to your face, and hot- but don’t think they are hot- rugby players, this is the book for you. It delivers all the feels and a serious case of the swoons.

 

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ARC Review: Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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Title: Hotshot Doc

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: December 12th, 2018

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Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

 

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I know you might be wondering if Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey is right for you. Well, let’s go over a few things so you can decide.

Enemies to lovers? CHECK. Fun banter and witty dialogue? CHECK. A doctor who is utterly swoony once his walls are down? CHECK.

When Bailey starts working for Dr. Russell- the hospitals hottest and meanest doctor- she is less than thrilled. But she has to do what she has to do, especially since she is caring for her younger sister. But the more time she spends with Dr. Russell, er, Matt as he prefers, the more obvious it is there is something happening between them. Wither they are both hoping it will go away or not.

Matt is one of those heroes that truly transform. In the beginning he is moody and distant and sometimes downright mean. But the more the book goes along, and the closer he gets with Bailey- wowza. Swoon city.

The majority of this book is a slowburn, filled with bickering, rising tension and chemistry that can’t be denied. In addition to the romance aspect, I also found the scenes between Bailey and her little sister, Josie, were so sweet.

This was a longer book, but I read it in one setting. It made me smile, laugh, and at times, frustrated me. A cute, romantic stories about two co-workers who love to hate each other. 😉

My only complaint is that it kinda goes from slowburn to instalove very quickly. I just wish there was some more middle ground.

 

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Release Blitz: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

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Title: Not So Nice Guy

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Release Date: August 9th, 2018

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“Oh my god. Who that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

 

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Release Blitz: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott

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Title: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 7th, 2018

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Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.

 

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It was meant to be a soft kiss. A chaste one, even.

The minute my lips touched his, however, everything changed. Callused hands grabbed the sides of my face and my mouth opened on a gasp. His tongue swept inside, taking me over. Holy hell. Shoes and purse hit the floor, forgotten. Nothing about this kiss was slow or easy. The man devoured me. Every ounce of emotion poured into that kiss, all of the anger and frustration between us. His tongue was teasing and tasting, driving me wild. Then he drew back to suck and nip at my bottom lip. One hand slid around the back of my neck, the other over my hip to grab at my ass. His hold was firm, a little rough even. He treated my body like it belonged to him and I wasn’t gentle either.

Apparently experience mattered. Because all I could do was try and keep up.

I held on tight to his open shirt, straining against him, trying to get closer. I’d have crawled inside the man if I could. Turned out that under certain circumstances, the taste of scotch worked for me in a big way. Against my hip, his cock hardened, digging into me. And oh my God, I’d done that to him. Me. How amazing! Meanwhile, my body felt liquid, core aching and empty. I needed him inside of me and it seemed like I’d already been waiting forever.

“Pete. Please.”

“Fuck,” he muttered, breath hot against my ear.

I fumbled at the remaining buttons on his shirt. My damn fingers didn’t seem to be working. Easier to just push the whole thing upward. Luckily, the man decided to help, tearing the shirt off over his head. More skin was good. And he was so hot and smooth, a thrill to the touch. The solid flesh of his pecs and the flat plane of his stomach.

He tore at the zipper on the back of my dress, dragging fabric down over my shoulders. A growl came from the back of his throat, a noise of frustration, impatience. I’m reasonably certain I heard the silk rip. I didn’t care. His hands and mouth seemed to cover every bit of skin revealed, touching and tasting me everywhere. The dress got stuck on my hips. Out of the way enough for now.

He didn’t even bother undoing my bra, simply peeling down one of the lace cups to free my flesh. My breast filled his hot palm as it took the weight. Fingers plumped me, his thumb flicking over my hard nipple. The sting of pain followed by the heat of his kiss made my head spin and my body ache. There was no room for thought as he fed me deep, wet kisses. Slowly, he took us to the floor. No time for anything else. Just the urgent need to have him inside me.

The hardness of the polished wood was cool against my back. My legs were spread, his body between them. And with his broad chest above me, his weight taken on one arm, he was all I could see. I swear even the insides of my thighs were wet, I was so ready. It would have been embarrassing with anybody else. But this man, he had to know, he had to understand. It had always been him.

“Pete, I need—”

“I know,” he said, voice harsh and low.

 

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ARC review: The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn

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Title: The Downside of Love

Author: Meghan Quinn

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Blue Line #2 (must read The Upside of Falling first!)

Release Date: July 1st, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars

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This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved.
This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would.
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself.

No, this is my story.

A story about sacrifice.
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl.
A story I wish I never had to tell.

This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.

 

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*Spoiler Free Review* So, this will be short and sweet cause I can’t say too much. 😉

After reading The Upside of Love, I couldn’t wait to read this one. How was Meghan Quinn going to make everything right? Could she?

Well, she could and she did.

Not only did the ending of TUOL take me for a spin, but so did the events in The Downside of Love. This book, this series, is heartbreaking, romantic, raw, gritty, sexy and swoony. It’s nothing like you expect, yet ends up being just right.This isn’t an easy love story. I know people say that about books often, but in this case it’s for serious. It’s filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. It will emotionally drain you, in the best way.

Rory grew on me a bit more in this book, but she still isn’t my favorite character. There was just something about her that prevented me from connecting with her fully. Though don’t ask me what it was, cause I can’t quite put my finger on it.

However, Colby and Stryder took up enough of my heart that it didn’t matter. They were very similar characters in that they are respectful, thoughtful and kind. The type of men that can easily steal a heart. However, their personalities and voices were vastly different.

If you are looking for a love story that is unlike anything else you read, read this book, this series. If you want to be angry and confused and full of angst, this book is for you. If you want your heart to skip a beat, yep, this is for you!

 

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Release Blitz: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen

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Title: Counterfeit Boyfriend

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: June 25th, 2018

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My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.

 

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

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It was just announced Sarina Bowen is writing a YA romance book! Ahh!! The Accidentals is arriving July 10th! Cover reveal coming soon!

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Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.
I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3
player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.
My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never
met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.
When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive
world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.
Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named
Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts
distance between me and the boy I love.
My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

 

 

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ARC Review: One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn

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Title: One Baby Daddy

Author: Meghan Quinn

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Sports Romance

Series: Dating by numbers #3

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: May 17th, 2018

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“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason–she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy–and the perfect escape.

She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.

 

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The Dating by numbers series are all stand-alones, but they are connected, so you first meet Hayden Holmes in Three Blind Dates. Hayden was charming, romantic, and was easily the kind of guy that stole your heart. I loved him in that book, and was super excited for when he would get his own. It didn’t disappoint!

Hayden is a NHL star, and Adalyn is a feisty nurse. The two of them quickly discovered they have chemistry, and decide to test it out. Only… things don’t go exactly according to plan, and Adalyn get’s pregnant. However, winning over her heart turns out to be harder than expected.

Hayden is one of those characters that is nearly perfect, but has some flaws to keep him from being boring. Adalyn is the type that wants to have fun, but doesn’t let anything get too serious, in fear of being hurt. The are opposites that way, and it works 100%! While Hayden had me swooning, Adalyn was kind of annoying at times. I wanted to yell through my kindle at her. BUT she does grow up and grow on you as it goes along.

The two of them form something kind of precious, and it makes for one emotional, heart-warming, and special read. It was witty, filled with flirty banter, and a sizzling chemistry. There is also a natural connection between the two, and so many feels. EEKKKK!!!

 

 

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ARC Review: TEAM PLAYER: A CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY

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Title: Team Player

Authors: LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: December 14th, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

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Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick … book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
Enjoy this naughty Christmas treat!*
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

 

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When it comes to sweet, sexy and swoony sports romance stories, Team Player knocked it out of the park. Homerun, touchdown, etc. 😉 These 11 novellas are filled with different plots, yet go together in one Anthology so well. With all the different books to pick from, it’s so easy to lose a few hours getting sucked inside the pages. Cocky heroes, witty heroines, funny meet cutes, friends to lovers, second chance loves, mistaken identity and oops babies- it has everything you could want!

The best thing about all these great authors being in one place, is you are bound to fall in love with what you are reading. Some of the novella’s I loved, others were good, and some weren’t for me.

I have decided that I’m only going to go into details over the novella’s that I loved.

 

The End Zone by L.J. Shen:

Eeek, this best friends to lovers tale was oh so sexy, oh so good!

Jolie and Sage have been best friends for years, and even though Jolie has had a crush on Sage since pretty much the moment they met, they have never crossed that line. Partly because she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship, and mostly because Sage is a huge player/manwhore. She knows that if she gets into his bed, he will leave with more of her heart, and she will leave empty handed.

Only… things are quite the way Jolie thinks they are. And when Sage asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend, things go from pretend to oh so real super fast.

This was my first L.J. Shen book and she has a new fan! Funny, steamy and filled with swoons!

 

 

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

This is one of the stories that tugs a little more on the heartstrings. When reporter Avery first meets NBA star Decker, he is standing there in a towel. After hitting on her and asking her out, to which she turns him down, (despite her attraction to him) they both go on their way.

Years later, Avery finds herself working with Decker as he co-stars on her show for a while. The attraction is still there, though life has changed for the both of them.

If you love a slow burn with sexual tension, you will LOVE this one!

 

 

Back in The Game by Meghan Quinn

Do you like adorable single dads, who dress up to make their daughter smile? Strong, quirky heroines? If so, you will love Back in The Game!

Calder is a single NHL star raising his little girl on his own, after his ex leaves both of them. While he is out, dressed up like a fairy, he meets meets Rachel. He is instantly attracted to her and drawn to her personality.

Some of this story is told through text messages and oh my gosh, do they bring the laughs, heat and swoons. I loved watching the natural growth between Calder and Rachel.

 

 

Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

This was my first time reading Charleigh and man oh man, do I have to look up her other titles.

Cam is a snowboarder who loves to have fun, be out on the snow, and hook up with the ladies. One night at the bar he meets the gorgeous Mollie, who to his dismay, wants nothing to do with him.

Well, at first. 😉

The two end up enjoying a super sexy night together and Cam is actually disappointed when Mollie disappears in the morning.

Mollie knew Cam isn’t the type to form connections, especially since she’s from out of town. However, Mollie doesn’t leave empty handed. She soon realizes she is pregnant. Eeek!!

Awhile later she goes back and runs into Cam again. The fire between them is still there, but is it the real deal? And how will Cam handle the bun in the oven?

Ah, I just adored this one!

 

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

Oh my gosh! This might be my favorite of the entire book. It has the Sara Ney wit and charm for sure.

When Amelia’s twin sister Lucy asks her to pretend to be her for a date, Amelia isn’t sure. Especially when it’s with some jock named Dash. Despite her best efforts, Amelia ends up agreeing to the date. How bad can it be right?

Well… it turns out it isn’t bad at all, but oh so good. Too good, in fact, especially since Dash thinks he is with Lucy.

Only, Dash isn’t sure the girl he with is the same one as before. There is a new found sizzle between them that isn’t there.

Eeek! There is so much chemistry between Amelia and Dash. And Dash, sigh, Dash will steal your heart. This one was so sweet, so funny, so perfect!

 

 

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Release Blitz: GRAND SLAM by Heidi McLaughlin

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Title: GRAND SLAM

Author: Heidi McLaughlin

Series: The Boys of Summer, #3

Release Date: August 15, 2017

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Win the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That’s supposed to be the “perk” of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don’t want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can’t stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She’s every ballplayer’s dream woman. And I’d do anything to make things right with her.

I’m done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.

 

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Whenever I wake up with a hangover, I often ask myself why I drank so much and promise that I’ll never do it again. That promise is something I’ve been breaking for the past few days, and up until now, I didn’t care.

I had hoped the booze would muddy my memory of last night, but it hasn’t. Every word she said, every expression she had, every punch to my chest to get me out of her apartment is crystal clear. I fucked up, and I don’t even know how. All I know is that the sobs I heard on the other side of Saylor’s door last night were enough to sober my stupid ass up.

For hours, I sat against her door, until a resident suggested I leave or they were going to call the police. If I hadn’t been arrested ear- lier, I probably would have encouraged them to dial Boston’s Finest. Another man might understand my plight. The woman that I want to be with kicked me out of her house, and while I probably deserved it, I didn’t want to leave until she stopped crying. I didn’t want to be the one to walk away in her time of need.

But as egos go—and believe me, mine is huge—I couldn’t let it get in the way any longer, so I walked my drunk ass back home with my tail between my legs, only to stay up all night while the booze wore off, knowing that I had to live with whatever I’d done to Saylor.

She’s the last person in the world who I want to hurt, and she’s the one person who can save me. Not only from a life behind bars, but from myself. When I’m with her, I’m a different person. The cocky son of a bitch whom everyone is used to doesn’t exist when she’s near me, and frankly, that is the man I like, or at least I used to. It’s easier being a fucking douche. It’s second nature to me and comes with the territory of being named one of the city’s most eligible bachelors.

Except when I’m with Saylor, I can be the man who hides in the shadow of that Travis Kidd. I can be the kind of man who doesn’t have to have a one-liner available or wink in order to get a phone number. When I’m with her, life outside of baseball starts to have a meaning, a fucking purpose.

 

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