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TO WIN HER HEART
Players Series Book 3
In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…
Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?
Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.
Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day?
TO WIN HER HEART
Players Series Book 3
“I know I’m going to regret this, but if you’re determined to go through with this nutty plan, I’m your man.”
She managed to choke back her gasp before it could escape, but it was a close thing. Giddy excitement warred with mistrust. Hidden beneath her arms, she curled her suddenly numb fingers into clenched fists. If he was teasing her, it wasn’t funny, and she was going to slug him.
“What about Tuck and the rest of the family? Are you really willing to risk their friendship over a plan you think is nuts?” She jacked up her chin. “Because I have other options, you know. Lots of guys would be willing to help me out.”
A sardonic smile lifted one corner of his mouth. “No doubt Craig would be first in a long line, but then, you didn’t go to another guy. You came to me.”
He had a point. The jerk. “And you refused.”
“I changed my mind.” He propped his hands on his hips and held her gaze. “I’ll deal with Tuck and the family, but if we’re going to do this, I have a few terms.”
Terms? What kind of terms? She narrowed her eyes. “Like?”
“If we’re moving in together, we’ll be staying at my place. I have a business to run and a match to train for.”
Relief loosened her spine. Now that was a term she could get behind. With a little luck, she and Max would eventually end up lovers for real but in the meantime, fooling Aurora and Dan while sharing her condo would be next to impossible. Her pulse picked up and left her short of breath. “I can work with that.”
“Second. I’m not your father, but neither am I some random guy you picked up off the street. I’ve been around enough to understand Ryan’s security concerns, so if you’re thinking I’ll stand by and let you run off, half-cocked without anyone to keep the crazies at bay, you’ve got the wrong guy.”
He held up his hand when she started to object. “You’ll have the space you’re desperate for, but if you leave the condo or fight center, Dan or I go with you.”
She frowned. His terms didn’t sound at all like what she had in mind.
“I mean it, Squirt. You said it yourself. I’m the perfect choice because your father will trust me to keep you safe. I can’t do that if I’m not with you. I’m risking his and Tuck’s friendship by agreeing to this plan. I won’t do that just so you can shop alone.”
Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning author and eight year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will, too.
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