This short story was originally published in 2012. Minor edits
have been made to include it in the Game On in Seattle Series.
Four years ago on Christmas Eve, NHL hockey player Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a float plane crash. Every Christmas Eve he mourns his losses by returning to the family vacation home in Sunset Harbor, Washington, his family's destination that fateful night. Only this year he's also mourning the loss of his hockey career and wondering what's left to live for. When he finds a kitten starving and half frozen in a foot of snow, he rushes the tiny thing to the local animal hospital.
Still reeling from the unexpected loss of her father on Christmas Eve two years ago, Dr. Sarah Whitney opens the door to her clinic and finds a rough and tough professional athlete holding a minuscule kitten in his big hands. Only a miracle can save the frozen creature and only a miracle can heal the devastating losses suffered by both Sarah and Blake.
But Christmas is the time for healing and miracles if only you believe and give love a chance.
(Seattle Sockeyes--Game on in Seattle #1)
Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.
Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.
Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?
Welcome to Sunset Harbor, Washington, nestled on beautiful and remote Madrona Island, where the main entertainment on Friday nights is a high school football game, everyone knows everyone's business, the pace is slow, and the residents wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and a woman pining for her dead husband--both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.
Mandy Walters' husband died a hero in the Middle East while saving another man. Three years later, Mandy is struggling to move on and make a viable business of her partially remodeled bed and breakfast on Madrona Island. When a mysterious, handsome stranger shows up and offers to finish her remodel in exchange for room and board, Mandy reluctantly accepts, needing his assistance more than she'll admit.
Brody Jenson has come to the island to pay a debt, even though it's taken him three long years. Reluctant to tell Mandy he's the one her husband died saving, he sets himself up to help her, but she helps him just as much. When the time comes to leave, Brody is torn between this loving woman and his driving desire to conquer the next challenge.
Can the laid-back island life heal a damaged, adrenaline junkie like Brody or must he walk away to save them both?
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This novella originally appeared in the "Seduced by the Game" anthology and the "Playing for Passion" sports romance bundle.
Izzy Maxwell and her sisters have honed party crashing into an art and a business, turning the dullest party into a memorable event. When the billionaire owner of the Seattle's new hockey team hires the Party Crashers, Izzy knows this job will make them or break them--literally. For this team party to be a success, she must have the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the captain of the Sockeyes.
Only Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle and how the team's owner betrayed his trust. He's rallied his teammates behind him, refusing to play nice or even play at all. Despite his stubborn resistance, he never counted on Izzy's special brand of persuasion.
It’s time for bad-boy quarterback Tyler
Harris to put up or shut up—and to win the ring he’s been avoiding
his whole life.
BREAKING THE PATTERN
Two years without a ring on your finger is enough to drive any girl crazy, especially Lavender Gerloch. She loves her bad-boy quarterback, but he only prizes one type of ring—the kind you get from winning the Super Bowl. So it’s time to say goodbye.
Tyler Harris hasn’t been hit so hard in years. Why would anyone want to ruin a perfectly good relationship by making it official? But Lavender’s flight seems to suggest just that, and even worse, his friends’ wives have huddled with her to run a game-winning play. Coming is the biggest showdown of his life, and there’ll be no refs calling unnecessary roughness. He’s down by four. Already he’s drifted out of the pocket, Lavender is ducking and weaving, and there’ll be only one chance to beat the defense. It will all come down to three…two…one
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