After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.
Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.
But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.
With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.
He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.
Clear Mind. Hard Heart.
That’s the motto that creates champions…creates leaders…creates all-stars, but it’s also the one that keeps people at an arm’s length…keeps individuals running and hiding, never getting close to anyone or trusting someone enough to not get spooked when things get tough or overwhelming.
At the beginning of book one of The Player Duet, Easton Wylder and Scout Dalton lived their lives according to that belief – keeping their mind void of anything but the sport they love and the career that fulfills them and ensuring their focus remains on their goals by not allowing their heart to feel anything that could ruin their chances. But when Scout walked into the Austin Aces’ locker room and vowed to get Easton back in the game that defines him, the push and pull of their professional relationship becomes a personal one – one that neither is willing to give up despite its inappropriate nature because of their positions with the Aces or the fear that is felt when their hearts become a deciding factor in every action and every reaction that occurs.
Clear Mind. Full Heart.
That’s the new mantra that Easton and Scout ascribe to in The Catch, and while it’s one that takes time to perfect and is often overwhelming due to the emotions that are involved, both on and off the field, it’s an affirmation that makes their lives more complete…that allows them to see beyond the bright lights of the stadium and the cheers of the crowd…that forces them to fight harder, refusing to lose what they’ve both worked their asses off to accomplish, finding a way to keep their legacy alive even if they’ve reached the bottom of the ninth, down by one, with two outs, and a full count due to a series of betrayals and a plethora of secrets and lies.
Self transformation and self-realization are two powerful ideas that Easton and Scout must learn in order to move forward in their careers and in their relationship, and while there are times in the story when it seems impossible to fix what’s broken, whether it be an injury…an illness…a trade…a bad decision, that’s when being steadfast matters most…that’s when the true measure of a man/woman is demonstrated and Easton and Scout prove their worth to themselves and to others when they realize that the magic of what they share as a couple and as a team on/off the field can only be destroyed by dropping the fly ball when the game is on the line.
The Catch has a multi-faceted story line – one that intertwines throughout the course of the text, illustrating how pivotal each revelation and each reaction is for Easton and Scout respective careers and relationship. Nothing is guaranteed in the game of baseball or the game of life and that idea is driven home multiple times due to Easton’s injury, his shortcomings, and his complex family dynamics. But with Scout by his side – the one person who truly gets him…who challenges him…who encourages him, the magic of the game…of their love…of their legacy will remain long after the lights of the stadium go out.
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Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.
Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.
So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.
Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.
And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.
But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.
Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.
In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.
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