Debra Elise lives with her husband and their two sons in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves to read, nap, write, watch too much reality TV, and daydreams how to make her characters come alive for her readers. She also enjoys hanging out with other author-type individuals and teasing her three 'boys' into displaying their killer smiles.
Most days find her carpooling, avoiding laundry and spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter, and Pinterest, and Instagram and Tumblr *sigh*. She will soon be starting a self-help group for social media addicts-maybe.
***This story is part The Outlaws of Baseball series & takes place before SAVING MAVERICK***
What happens when Grant Conrad, a sports lawyer, avoider of relationships and anything Christmas meets Sophie McMannis, a party planner, avoider of relationships and self-described Scrooges?
Their worlds collide when they meet briefly at a wedding reception; it ends… badly. Months later when Grant needs a date for the biggest night of his career, his assistant sets him up with a blind date – her niece, and the woman he can’t get out of his head.
With the help of her meddling aunt, a pixie, and plenty of mistletoe, Grant and Sophie are brought closer together - sharing HOT kisses and relearning the true meaning of Christmas.
** This story originally appeared as a short story in the Christmas Anthology, TEMPTING SCROOGE, in 2015. New content has been added and the characters are now part of my sports romance series, The Outlaws of Baseball. **
Her biggest regret shows up wanting a second chance. He’s determined to regain her trust and win her love.
He never forgot her.
Once upon a time Connor Holt’s best friend’s sister was his childhood nemesis. Years pass and one night in college they became more. Much more. But then he messes up; confesses to his best friend, takes a right hook for his trouble and makes a promise—one he’s now ready to break. He’s done staying away from her. It’s now four years after a night spent loving Reese, and he’s traded to the Idaho Outlaws as the starting first baseman. He’s right where he wants to be. In the backyard of the one woman he should never have let go. Connor faces an uphill battle but after a dare, and one helluva kiss, he’s back in Reese’s bed. She thinks all they have, all they need, is great sex, but he’s ready to show her he’s playing for keeps.
She tried to forget what could have been.
Reese Kincaid doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She believes in hard work and has spent the last four years creating her dream. One she could control – not the one where he comes back and begs forgiveness. She soon realizes you need to be careful what you wish for because sometimes you get exactly what you don’t want—but need. Her nightclub and restaurant, now successful, has become a second home for members of the Idaho Outlaw’s baseball team. When Connor is traded to the team he soon appears and asks for another chance to win her hand. But can she overcome the crushed hopes of her past and believe that Connor wants more than just the grand slam chemistry they have, or will he show her they can create their own happily-ever-after?
When the hottest catcher in the league gets sidelined by an accident, the only one who can help him heal is the one woman he can't have.
He needs someone like her ...
Luke Garibaldi is a member of the Outlaws' dugout of bad boys and the league's premier catcher. On the diamond, he plays to win, but when it comes to his private life, what the league doesn't know won't hurt, right? He spends his off hours breaking the rules: riding his motorcycle and putting his legendary arms too close to the asphalt, and playing the field. After all, with his body and his skills, he can have any woman he wants. Except Lara.
She needs to stay far away from guys like him ...
Sports therapist Lara Andretti doesn't have time to play around with baseball players. Especially baseball players as hot as Luke Garibaldi. (Okay, maybe she has a little time to play around with a guy as hot as Luke Garibaldi.) But Lara's not looking for anything serious, especially with Luke's playboy reputation and cocky attitude. Besides her heart's still hurting from the last man who crushed it, and she's ready to leave town and make a fresh start.
But when an accident brings their lives together, and their attraction turns into something more, it becomes clear that the road to happily ever after is never easy. Can they find their way back to each other and win the game of love?
Days before the biggest game of playboy pitcher Maverick Jansen's career, his brother is killed in a horrific car accident. Determined not to let his teammates down, Mav pushes through his grief only to lose control of his signature pitch-and the series.
Still dealing with the backlash of his once adoring fans, Maverick learns the team's owner plans to move the ball club to small town America. During a night of hard drinking Mav rails against the move to Hicksville while a fan records the entire tirade. His career takes a nosedive when the video goes viral right before spring training.
Kelsey Sullivan, Media Consultant, returns to her hometown of Pineville, Idaho after a former client implicates her in a drug cover-up. Kelsey is hired by the team's owner to help restore Maverick's image and find a way to get back his mojo. As the daughter of a minor league ball player who walked away from her and her unstable mother, Kelsey breaks her main client rule-no athletes-to restore her own tarnished image.
STRIKE THREE, or…Happily Ever After?
Forced to pretend they're a couple as a last ditch effort to secure his place on the team and fix his public image, Maverick and Kelsey's romance goes from on the bench to rounding the bases in no time.
Maverick knows what they have is more than just soul-shattering sex, but he'll have to overcome his fear of commitment to prove to Kelsey love can save them both. But once burned, twice shy Kelsey might not be able to trust again, unless she can bury her long-held belief that this bad boy baseball player isn't the happily-ever-after type.
**This steamy romance is intended for readers 18+**
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