The Winning Season by Alison Packard
Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job, publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team’s newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She’s got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly’s not about to let that happen.
Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he’s loathed his entire life—a team with little or no chance at the post-season.
Butting heads is getting Kelly and Matt nowhere but annoyed, and with the team’s schedule on the road, they can’t avoid close quarters—or their surprising attraction to one another. As the season winds down, Matt finds his growing feelings for Kelly have brought his numbed emotions back to life. But when betrayal shatters their fragile trust, winning it all seems more impossible than ever.
Side by side, they walked past Kamu’s entrance and up 2nd Street not talking. “You must like living so close to work,” he said, finally breaking the silence.
“I do.” She reached up to brush an errant lock of hair behind her ear. “I walk just about everywhere.”
“Do you even own a car?”
“I like your dad.”
“He likes you too,” she said grudgingly.
“That bugs you, doesn’t it?” Matt glimpsed a lone jogger heading their way and moved closer to Kelly to let the guy pass. His shoulder brushed hers; she shifted to her right to break the contact. The move reminded him of the night they’d met. Her body language that night made it clear she didn’t care for him. Obviously, that hadn’t changed. It bothered him but he wasn’t sure why. It’s wasn’t like he cared what Kelly thought about him. What anyone thought about him hadn’t mattered in a very long time.
“He doesn’t know how you talked to me in L.A.” They stopped in front of her brick building. “If he did, he wouldn’t have been so friendly.”
“You gave as good as you got,” he reminded her. “I have a feeling your father wouldn’t have been surprised by your language that night.”
Her eyes narrowed. “You started it.”
“I think I’ll go inside before I say something I’ll regret.” She reached into her purse and pulled out her keys. “Thank you for walking me home.”
She turned toward the glass double door entrance, but then halted to look back at him. “About that interview with Trevor Jackson–”
“It’s not happening,” he cut her off more brusquely than he’d intended. “I have nothing to say to anyone right now. Why can’t you get that through that thick head of yours?”
Her jaw tightened as her eyes flashed with fire. “You know, for a minute there, I thought I might have been wrong about you. But I wasn’t. You are an ass.” She spun around and jerked open the door.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes The Winning Season stand out in the crowd so to speak?
A: First impressions can be wrong and watching Matt and Kelly discover just how wrong they are about each other makes for a great read.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from The Winning Season?
A: My favorite quote from The Winning Season is:
“Kayla isn’t the only actress in the family.” She reached up and patted his cheek with her key card. “I’ve dabbled in the performing arts myself. I played Kate in Taming of the Shrew when I was in college.”
“I can’t think of a better part for you,” he snapped.
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