LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . .
I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . .
Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.
But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine.
All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.
THIRD BASE, #1
HOME RUN, #2
GRAND SLAM, #3
Cooper Bailey has finally been called up to the major league and he’s ready for Spring Training. He didn’t plan on meeting Ainsley Burke. She immediately gets his attention while the Renegades are at a media day with the Naples Zoo. So when he approaches her and asks if she would like to go out on a date and she says no… Wait she said NO?
Ainsley had looked up Cooper Bailey before seeing him at the zoo that morning. So when she sees him in person across the sea of kids, she’s taken by him right away. But she has a rule – never date an athlete. So when Cooper approaches her to ask her a date, she knew what the answer would be right away. Even when she really wanted to do was say yes.
But what Ainsley didn’t know was that her best friend chased after Cooper and gave him Ainsley’s number – now all Cooper had to do was get her answer her phone.
So when Cooper finally calls, the two start to talk and their is an instant connection between the two. What happens next is a whirl wind affair that takes both of them by surprise.
But Ainsley mother is dying of cancer and Cooper has his career to think of and will only be at Spring Training for another month. Can the two of them make this work? Even with everything stacked against them?
Heidi is one of my go to authors and I love the Boston Renegades! And Cooper and Ainsley – I loved them, but boy did they have a long road to their happily ever after. I loved them together but there were times that I wanted to strangle them both. There are a lot of players – on and off the field in this book, giving you a great backstory and set up to future BoRe books to come. I had a hard time putting this book down, because I just NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. Loved Home Run and can’t wait for Travis’ story next!
“Can I call you, sometime?”
Ainsley looks down at the ground and crosses her arms over her chest. “Listen, I’m sure you’re a nice guy and all, but I don’t date baseball players. You guys all come in here, acting sweet and caring about the kids, but will be gone in two months. We’re forgotten all about until next spring training.”
From her spiel, I can tell someone has hurt her in the past, but I’m not willing to give up. There’s no way I can now. “Whoa, why the one-eighty?”
“I mean, a second ago I sort of thought… never mind.” I shake my head and start to walk away, only to turn back. “I don’t know about the other guys. I only know me, and I’m not like that. I’d like to prove myself. Just one date to show you that I’m genuine?”
She shakes her head no again, but there’s a glint in her eye that tells me she’s thinking about it. “I’m sorry I can’t.”
Ainsley is walking away before I can even think to form a rebuttal. Our left fielder is there to pick up the pieces and remind me that I just had the first strike out of my major league career. Wonderful.
I drag my sorry ass out toward the waiting bus with my head hanging in shame. I thought for sure I’d at least get her number and be able to convince her that I’m not an epic douche like some of the other guys.
Just as my foot touches the bottom step, my name is called from behind. In a heart-stopping moment, I think it’s Ainsley, only to find another female worker running toward me. I step away and wait for her to get to me.
“Here,” she says, slipping a piece of paper into my hand. When I look at what’s written on it, I’m surprised to see Ainsley’s name and what I’m assuming is her number. “She’ll kill me if she knew I did this, but it’s her cell. Sweep her off her feet. She deserves it.” The woman winks before running back toward the zoo.
Our catcher slaps me on my shoulder. “Well, you lucky dog.”
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and a Highland West/mini schnauzer, Jill.
When she isn’t writing stories, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
I asked Heidi what her Top 5 Favorite Baseball Stadiums to visit were:
Minutemaid Park – Houston, TX
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Wrigley Stadium – Chicago, IL
Safeco Park – Seattle, WA
Petco Park – San Diego, CA
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