The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: June 20th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?
If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife.
Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers.
But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included.
So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.
The only question is, will she accept?
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I have to be honest…the idea that a baseball locker room is the ‘holy grail’ and the ‘mecca of all orgasms’ actually makes me cringe, given the amount of sweat, testosterone, and body odor that infiltrates that space on a daily basis, especially given the interesting and sometimes repulsive superstitions that athletes have, but I say that I like the legend behind it when it comes to couples lasting and the idea that a baseball player doesn’t give just any cleat chaser or girlfriend the golden ticket to forever; it’s something that’s earned and it’s something that each player thinks through before he takes that step with the girl he’s with, which is definitely something I can get behind.
Knox Gentry is quite the contradictory hero; he definitely has the cocky jock persona, but that’s only at surface-level, and because Emory challenges him to be more than a player – in ever sense of the word – readers are able to see exactly who Knox is behind the arrogant ass he seems to be. His friendship/relationship with Emory is important to him; she makes him feel things he’s never felt before and he wants to make her a priority in his life, even if his focus should be on baseball and getting drafted to the big leagues.
Emory Ealson already lost herself in one guy who ended up breaking her heart, so I can’t say that I blame her for not wanting to give into her lust for Knox and immediately start a relationship with him. It’s clear that what her ex put her through broke her in ways she can’t even fully articulate, but while she’s hesitant when it comes to her feelings for Knox, she also wears her heart on her sleeve, which makes her irrational at times despite how intelligent and driven she is.
Knox and Emory’s physical relationship may be a slow burn, but it’s clear that their connection matters to them, even if it’s simply as friends. As much as Emory believes she’s a challenge for Knox and nothing more, he proves that despite his need to focus on his obtaining his dream of the pros, they become priorities in each other’s lives, a necessity to their happiness, until everything becomes too overwhelming and difficult.
Even days after I finished Knox & Emory’s story, I’m still not sure how I feel about it, and it’s not because I didn’t like it; in fact, I loved being witness to just how easily Knox and Emory clicked from the beginning, and the fact that they gave each other shit and had such great banter and snarky remarks to one another illustrated that these two had something special from the start. What I struggled with was the decision that Emory made, on her own, and the fact that she refused to see things from Knox’s perspective, which categorically redefined their relationship and their lives for almost a decade.
4 Poison Apples
This map is useless.
Easy to read, my ass. I need a magnifying glass to make out any of the color-coded buildings on this thing and unfortunately, I left my magnifying glass in my other skirt. That was sarcasm, if you didn’t catch it.
Standing next to a wonky-looking tree, I try to act as casual as possible—hip popped out, interested glances, the usual—as I hide a school map beneath the pages of Pride and Prejudice , while off-handedly looking for the MacMillan building. But the wind—though subtle—isn’t making things easy.
Recently transferred from Cal State, Fullerton, I’m attempting to avoid making a fool of myself on the first day of fall classes at my new school, Brentwood University.
Unfortunately, I’m way out of my element.
For one, I know nothing about this school other than they have the best library sciences program in the country. Making the transfer a no-brainer for me the minute I realized I wanted to be a librarian. I dabbled in business at Cal State, but who was I kidding? I had no right trying to figure out micro-and macroeconomics.
A California girl through and through, Illinois is nothing like the palm trees and beaches I’ve grown up with. Don’t get me wrong, there are trees here, huge, plush, green trees everywhere, the kind of trees Bob Ross made dance on his canvas. But the smog . . . I have no idea where that is. Breathing fresh air almost feels wrong. And apparently pizza is a big deal here. I’ve heard at least three separate arguments since I’ve moved about which pizza in town is best. Let’s all be friends and be grateful there is good pizza here.
And even though this is a “small” school town outside Chicago, it’s larger than life with boisterous personalities and ivy-covered buildings that cause me to believe I’m walking on the hallowed grounds where the prosperous were educated.
Plus, I had to buy leggings for all my skirts, because the temperature doesn’t call for bare legs out here.
The wind picks up again, lifting my skirt and map at the same time. Not wanting to be known as the resident flasher on campus, I save the skirt—because even though I have leggings, I chose not to wear them today—and tamp it back down on my legs as the map lifts from my book, floats into the air, twirling and swirling only to smack a passing guy right in the face.
“What the—?” He startles and I jump into action.
“I’m so sorry,” I say, scrambling to hold my skirt down while clutching my parted book at my chest.
The map is slowly peeled away and a pair of beautiful light blue eyes peek past the paper first, followed by the sharpest jawline I’ve ever seen, defined and tense. Light scruff matches his dirty-blond hair that is swept to the left and cut short on the sides. Dressed in a green Brentwood baseball sweatshirt and wearing a jaw-dropping smile, he chuckles and hands me the map while eyeing me up and down.
Why is he so familiar?
“Not a problem, but you could have asked for help if you were lost. Slapping me with a map is an aggressive tactic, effective, but aggressive.”
That voice, that smirk. I know it from somewhere.
Feeling a light blush creep up my cheeks, I say, “Not used to the wind.”
He nods and thumbs behind him. “Lake Michigan. It’s a bitch in the winter.” He studies me for a second and then nods at my map. “Where you headed? I can help.” There is the smallest southern drawl in his voice, nothing strong, but enough to tell me he’s not from Illinois.
I know that voice. I remember specifically thinking it was hot.
Tamping down my map and folding it in my book that I snap shut quickly, I say, “I promised I’d figure this all out on my own, but looks like I might need a little help after all.”
“Don’t blame yourself; this campus is a maze with no rhyme or reason. I was lost my entire first semester. Can’t tell you how many times I was late to class.”
He tilts his head to the side and gives me a small once-over. “I know you.” I don’t say anything and just as his eyes land on my chest, a smile creeps over his face, a light bulb lighting in his head. “You’re the girl who helped me find my room on Saturday.”
It’s the yellow-door baseball guy.
He leans forward, hands stuffed in his pockets and says, “I never forget a good pair of tits.”
As if I wasn’t blushing enough already.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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