Best Romance Novella
A WILD LONGING...
Ever Beckinsale is as competitive as any other athlete in Rio, but the American equestrian has at least one more reason than most for pursuing gold. If she can win, she’ll finally have the leverage she needs to live her life according to her own terms and to escape the stifling expectations of being the daughter of one of America’s richest families.
But she’ll still have one last unfulfilled dream—finding the mysterious stranger who showed her an unexpected kindness two years ago and gave her the courage to fight for what she wanted.
A WILD DESIRE...
Irish boxer Padraig O’Callahan prides himself on being able to size people up in a glance, so it shakes him to the core when he discovers that the mystery woman who stole his heart two years ago in Ireland is not only an athlete in Rio, she’s also a bona fide heiress. That makes her one hundred percent off-limits in his book. The last thing he needs distracting him from winning the gold is a spoiled little rich girl who apparently conned him into believing she needed his help.
But as soon as he pushes Ever away, he realizes his mistake. There’s more to her than meets the eye, and he wants her body and soul.
A WILD LOVE...
When an unexpected encounter turns into an unforgettable night, can Padraig convince the skittish Ever to take a chance on him? Or will winning the gold mean losing a chance at one wild love?
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One more summer. That’s all 21-year-old Bree McTavish has left until she’ll finally have enough money to get out of her seaside hometown where the only thing more famous than the rolling sand dunes dotting the shoreline are the Silver Lake Sluggers. Every June, the nation’s top college baseball players descend on her tiny Michigan town to chase their big-time dreams in front of fans and Major League scouts. And every August, they leave behind a trail of broken hearts and mysterious stains in the bedrooms of the boarding house where Bree works as a cook to hone her skills for culinary school.
Bree hates summer. Hates baseball. Hates this tiny town.
If only she could hate him.
One more chance. Jax Tanner knows this is it—one last season of summer ball before his dreams of being a Major League draft pick dry up and scatter in the wind like the dunes of Silver Lake. Once a Top 20 prospect, he’s now a wait-and-see thanks to a shoulder injury. If he doesn’t literally hit a homerun this time—lots of them—the only baseball in his future might be the community rec team sponsored by his family’s hardware chain. But baseball isn’t Jax’s only unfinished business in Silver Lake. There’s also her. Bree McTavish. The sexy-as-hell girl who cooks for the team has bunted his every attempt at finding her sweet spot again after one hot night on the beach two years ago. He has no idea why she hates him so much, but he’s not leaving until he finds out.
It’s time for a new game plan.
One hot prospect. When a grand-slam of a secret is revealed, Bree realizes the only person she can fully trust is Jax. But when new opportunities arise, old fears intrude again. Can she learn to love the game, or will she lose her one hot prospect for true love when the Long Ball Boys pack up and leave with summer’s end?
His career is on the line.
After a lackluster season and a disastrous performance that cost his team the World Series, Vegas Aces Pitcher Eric Weaver now faces an ultimatum from team management: Fix what’s wrong with his game by the end of spring training, or else. When they tell him they’re bringing in a new pitching coach to tweak his technique, he grits his teeth and agrees to be coached like a Little Leaguer again. He has sacrificed everything for his career and will do whatever it takes to save it. Until they tell him who the new coach is.
Her career is finally taking off.
Nicki Bates has worked her entire life to achieve one goal—to land a top coaching job in the Majors. But when she finally gets the call she’s been waiting for, she realizes Fate has a sick sense of humor. The only team willing to take a chance on her is Eric Weaver’s? Seven years ago, he dumped her cold when the Aces called him up from the minor leagues, and she vowed then she would never let something like love distract her from her goals again.
But when secrets from the past are revealed, the lingering sparks between them reignite into a fiery passion neither can ignore.
Will the heat destroy everything they’ve worked for? Or will a second chance at love prove the greatest victory of all?