Monday, December 15, 2014

#Excerpt ~ Book 4 HTSF Romance boxed set ~ The Right Pitch by Lyssa Layne

Heroes To Swoon For Boxed Set
11 Sizzling Contemporary Romances

Multi-author boxed set
Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology
Release Date: December 8, 2014

New Release Sale Price: $0.99 Limited Time. Purchased separately, the books in this set would cost over $30. Nine Full-Length Novels, 1 Novella, and 1 Short Story from NY Times, USA Today, National and International Bestselling Authors.

~~BOOK #4 - The Right Pitch~~

Colie Adger is trying to make it in the big leagues as an athletic trainer. Working in a man's world isn't easy but Colie has the help of Grant Adamson, a veteran pitcher on her team. Colie's elated when big time pitcher Jace Richards, her former crush, comes back into her life. This time, he wants it all, with Colie front and center. Can Colie figure out her own heart and hit a homerun off the right pitch?


My fingers slowly wrap around his calf while my right hand slides down his muscular thigh. Electrified by his warm skin touching mine, I lean against him with all my weight until I hear him moan. Smiling to myself, I push just an inch further, my charm bracelet jingling as I squeeze his leg.

“Mmm, Colie…,” he mumbles, his face relaxed in pure pleasure.

I hold my position just a few more seconds before I step back slowly, relieving the pressure.  I grab his hand and help him sit up. Grunting, pitcher Grant Adamson says, “Ten years pitching, the cramps just never get easier.”  

“It’s potassium deficiency. I put a banana in your locker every morning, Grant. If you’d just eat one once in a while, then the cramps wouldn’t be that bad.”  

“And miss out on one of your massages? No way, this feels amazing,” he says as he stands and bends forward, his athletic shorts stretching over his well-defined backside. I chew on my bottom lip as I take in the Zeus-like statue in front of me. I may be his athletic trainer, but I’m still allowed to enjoy the view. He lets out a low grumble as his hands dangle to his toes and I press lightly on his back.
I grin at his answer, knowing I’ve done my job. It’s my second year working with the New York Aces baseball team. Last season was my big break, I finally moved from the rookies to the actual starting line-up. When one of the assistant trainers had a family emergency, I was asked to step in and help out. Luckily, I showcased my skills and was able to work with the starting players for the rest of the season. I’m not sure how this year will play out. I’m hoping my boss will ask me to go to spring training, but the pitchers leave this week and I still haven’t heard anything.

“Colie working her magic again?” Benny Martinez, the team’s best closing pitcher asks.

Grant stands up and nods at Benny’s comment. “You know it! Colie has that special touch,” Grant answers and gives me a wink.

My pulse races briefly but I shake it off and roll my eyes. “You two make my job sound so dirty.”

In all honesty, I’m used to it. I’m surrounded by men sometimes eighty plus hours a week. I hear them discuss jock itch, female anatomy, and more often than not their latest sexual conquests. I can cuss in multiple languages which is something I wish I could add to my resume. Female athletic trainers in Major League Baseball are few and far between, so you have to take the good with the bad. In their defense, they try to tone it down when I’m around.

The two men laugh in unison as Benny grabs an exercise band, snapping it in my direction while Grant continues to stretch. I swear, some days I feel like I work with a bunch of junior high boys. Well, a bunch of junior high millionaires, but that’s beside the point.

I lift my chin in Grant’s direction and ask, “How’s the elbow?”

He rotates his right pitching arm and nods. “It feels really good. I’m ready for spring training thanks to you.”

Grant flashes me his epic, heartthrob smile, the one where his left eyebrow rises ever so slightly. The one he rarely shows except after a big win. I take in his features. His square face with its chiseled jawline. His deep-set grey eyes with just a hint of green. His eyebrows where the inner half of each brow slants sharply downward, the left one with a scar from being nailed by a line drive. His wide mouth with those full lips. His thick brown hair with just a hint of gray teasing at his temples. Mmm...

I smile and shake my head. “Nuh-uh, don’t even think about it. Sit down.”

I’ve worked with Grant long enough to know he’s lying to me. When I got my big shot, he was the first player I worked with. In fact, most of the other guys didn’t want a chick around them. Once they saw how quickly I got Grant’s shoulder feeling better and he earned back his starting spot in the rotation, they soon changed their minds. Unfortunately, his elbow started acting up at the end of last season and we’ve been trying to rehabilitate it in the off-season.

He sighs. “Colie, I’m fine, really.”

I nod as I slowly pull his forearm toward me. I ask as I look up into his steely grey eyes, “Have you been icing and doing the exercises I showed you?”

“Of course I have! I’m not some overweight, middle-aged guy trying to get out of work.” He clenches his teeth and lowers his voice as he continues, “Sorry. I’ve been doing everything you told me, it’s just frustrating. I need one more good season. After this year, I’ll be okay with pitching relief, but I need to be in the rotation one last time.”

I place my hand on his thigh and give it a light squeeze. “I’m going to keep you on the field, Grant. I won’t let you down.”

~~Author Bio~~

Lyssa Layne is a blogger turned author after being inspired by Rachelle Ayala. She enjoys hot romances and loves to shock her readers right until the final page. Lyssa enjoys chasing after her two year-old-daughter, being a tourist in her own city, and anything involving peanut butter.

We all need a hero! Preferably a hot, muscled, romantic one who's not afraid to fight for the woman he loves. From firefighters to athletes, and artists to rockers, these swoon-worthy heroes will keep you on your toes and weak in your knees. Slip into a reading adventure that will have you panting for more: fun, steam, and thrills.

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