Merry Christmas–Unedited Excerpt and Cover Revel for “Roughing the Passer”

Posted Dec 25 2013, 3:19 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone out there. I hope you’re staying warm and enjoying yourself with friends, family, and once the craziness dies down, a good book. Just to get you jump-started for 2014, I’m revealing the cover the “Roughing the Passer” along with an unedited excerpt for this novella due out in spring of 2014.

 
Roughing the Passer
(Unedited excerpt)
(Contains adult language)
Tyler Harris, star NFL quarterback, not-so reformed bad-boy,
and dedicated boyfriend staggered into the bar and bounced off a couple tables.
Steadying himself with a hand on a stranger’s shoulder, he pushed off and let
momentum carry him the rest of the way. His buddies and fellow teammates looked
up at him in unison. Tyler shoved one of them over in the booth and collapsed
onto the cushion.
The men swam in front of his eyes, blurring and moving in
ways that made his head dizzy. Why the fuck didn’t they just sit still?
“You didn’t drive in that condition, did you?” Asked his
cousin, Derek Ramsey, in his usual tight-ass, follow-the-rules manner.
Tyler sneered at him. “I took a taxi.”
“What has you so fucked up tonight?” Zach Murphy studied
him, as if he couldn’t quite decipher Tyler’s problem.
“She left me.” The words caught in his throat and came out
sounding pathetic and strangled.
Silence as the guys looked at each other in turn,
telegraphing silent messages via their eyes and body language, born of
thousands of hours on the football field together. Tyler understood because
he’d been there, too. Except usually those secret messages included him. Today
they shut him out, and he didn’t like it one damn bit. In fact, he hated it,
hated being left out in the cold, but even that didn’t compare to the pain
stabbing his heart with a relentless ruthlessness, as it drove him to his
knees. Figuratively speaking.
Zach, the rat bastard spoke first. “Lavender finally got a
brain to go with that beauty and kicked your ass to the curb?”
Tyler tightened his jaw and ground his teeth together,
refusing to respond to the insult. Murphy had gotten a little too big for his
britches after he’d retired from football a month ago and accepted a position
as the Jacks’ linebackers coach. In fact, he’d become an insufferable ass.
Derek shook his head in shock and muttered, “I’m sorry, man,
but you had it coming.”
Fuck that, a guy couldn’t even get a little respect and
sympathy from his own cousin.
Bruiser Mackey snorted his drink through his nose—he’d been
hanging out with no-manners-Murphy too long. “I saw this coming a year ago. You
should’ve given the woman a ring, you fuckhead.”
Tyler fisted his hands, fantasizing about how good it would
feel to slam his fists into Bruiser’s smug face. Just because the asshole
pretended to be happily married didn’t mean the rest of the world was that
stupid. Or were they?
Looking at each one of his buddies—his partners in crime—the guys who stood by him on and off the field, Tyler got the distinct feeling
they thought he was the dumbshit. Tyler didn’t like being the dumbshit. After
all, he’d grown beyond that—thanks to she-who-would-not-be-named. Hell, he’d
embraced his sensitive side as much as he fucking could with her insistence. He’d
even given her free rein to do damage to his extensive credit limit.
What more could she want?
Like he didn’t know that answer to that question.
She wanted the one thing he just flatout could not give.


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