With: Alice Gaines
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Hi. I’m happy to introduce you to Grant Howard and Katy McCord, the main characters of my new release from Entangled Indulgence. The Player’s Game is the second book in The Players’ Pact series. Three men who have given up on love but not on pleasure. Grant is an NFL quarterback. Katy is a young attorney at a prestigious firm. Though they never stopped loving each other, their marriage failed. They’re brought back together by a chance meeting in a hotel elevator, and they discover that the chemistry between them hasn’t weakened in the least.
I hope you enjoy this excerpt:
Katy emerged from the kitchen with two glasses. His Scotch, neat as he liked it, and a glass of red wine for herself. She handed him his drink and raised her glass, so he clinked them together.
“The Harrington kid is obnoxious,” she said.
“Comes with the territory.”
“He’s trying to get your job, isn’t he?”
“That’s what he’s there for.”
She took a sip of her wine, studying him over the rim of her glass as she did. “You can’t be that nonchalant about him.”
Of course, Katy would see behind his defense about Harrington. Even with all the money he’d piled up in savings and prospects for product endorsements to make him rich, losing the starting position meant losing the identity he’d had since his junior high coach had noticed his ability. The inevitable would happen—someone would take his place— either Harrington or another quarterback. He’d known that forever, but the thought still ate at his gut.
“He could never replace you,” Katy said. “No one can.”
“Someone will have to.” He took the rest of his drink in one swallow. “The kid’s good. He’s the future of the team.”
“No.” For a second, she looked like she was going to stomp her foot. She was cute, actually. Denying reality because it would hurt him.
“It’s football. You’ll have your law career for as long as you want. I only have, maybe, a couple of years left.”
“You have the team’s passing record and the lowest interceptions in the league.”
“You’ve been following me?” That shouldn’t make him happy. They’d been divorced for a year—separated for another year before that—and her approval shouldn’t mean anything to him. Lord knew she hadn’t approved of anything in the last months of their marriage.
“You’re the best, and I was married to you for a while.”
“Then maybe you’re biased.” In his favor. Wasn’t that a kick in the head?
“Seriously, Grant,” she said. “You worked so hard.”
“And it got me to the top of the heap. I can’t complain.” In reality, he could complain loud and often, but only to himself. Maybe he and Katy could have had the sort of relationship where they shared everything. Too bad it hadn’t worked out that way. So, now he was standing here in a place that had been his home—a weird combination of his and not his. He didn’t belong here any longer.
He handed her his glass. “Early start tomorrow. Upstate. You’ll need to get your rest.”
She looked at his empty glass in her hand and frowned. Maybe she’d expected him to have more than one drink. Then his inhibitions would have disappeared and he’d have eased her toward the bedroom. He’d been doing that sort of thing a lot since their divorce. Only he didn’t want to do it in what had been his bedroom. And he didn’t really need to see what changes she’d made in there.
If they were going to have sex again, they could do it somewhere else. Like one of the hotels they’d be staying in on the road. And she could come to him because she honestly wanted him, not a present for her thirtieth birthday. If she did that, he’d give her what she wanted. He might be a sap about wanting to protect her, but he was human. When a guy got an opportunity to have the kind of sex they had, he didn’t turn it down. The feelings—the human connection— could get him into a hell of a lot of trouble. He’d have to deal with that later, and he would.
But nothing was going to happen tonight. He would not wake up in the home he’d shared with her. It would be too much like being married again.
“See you tomorrow, Katy.” He kissed her on the forehead and left, whistling.
I’ve got to admit, life is sweet these days. As a starting NFL quarterback, I do okay, and I haven’t been lacking for female companionship. But I’d give it all up in a heartbeat if I could get back the woman I loved and lost—my ex-wife, Katy.
Now I’m at a wedding, watching one of my best friends tie the knot. I’m happy for him—really. I just wish things had turned out better when I’d taken that walk down the aisle. Still, those days are over.
I’m on my way up to my room when I run into my ex in the elevator. It’s like karma. Has to be. Only she’s with some random guy, who’s getting a little too handsy for my liking. I can’t help myself—I have to say something. Something that ruins her night…and mine, too.
Now, I’m sitting alone in my hotel room, when suddenly, Katy’s at my door, complaining that I ruined her 30th birthday. Her solution—that I give her the night of sexual adventure I’d derailed in the elevator.
I never was very good at saying no to her...
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