Back in the Game (Stardust, Texas #1)
by Lori Wilde
New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner.
Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.
Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.
Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.
Rowdy spied the lone woman standing against the pecan tree, and thought, this one hasn’t ever been off the bench.
Their eyes met, and he felt...well…
Weird as hell.
Out of the blue, for no earthly reason whatsoever, he winked at her. Quickly, she hot-potatoed his gaze, and stared off into the distance.
He waited for it. One heartbeat. Two. C’mon, lets have it, sweetheart. Shoot me The Look.
Hmm. Maybe she was coyer than most.
Normally, when a woman broke direct eye contact with him it was a coquettish come-hither signal. He expected her to glance back. Interested women always glanced back.
But not this one.
Instead, she pulled a paperback from her tote bag and started reading.
Huh? He blinked, surprised. She wasn’t interested?
His cockiness shriveled. So what? Big deal. No skin leaving his teeth. In fact, it was sort of a relief to know that not every woman in the world wanted to hop into his bed. But now he had an overwhelming urge to run over there, and charm that denim skirt off her.
He stared at the mousy woman, confused by his thoughts, and the way his body hardened.
There was nothing special about her appearance, except for what he could see of shapely legs below the knee-length hem of her skirt. In fact, he’d be hard pressed to find a woman more ordinary.
No one would ever accuse her of being a beauty. She was far too skinny, and her hair was a blah shade halfway between blond and light brown. It had no particular style. Not short. Not long. Not straight. Not quite curly either. Thick, black-frame glasses smothered her petite features. Her clothes looked like she’d raided the closet of a middle-aged 1950s housewife in the dark. Not a single thing about her screamed “sexy”, although she was kind of cute in a girl-next-door way with those big green eyes, and that bunny rabbit nose.
But he wanted her all the same.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.
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