HARDBALL by V.K. SYKES (contemporary romance)



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After years of hard work and keeping her nose firmly to the grindstone, Dr. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream: a position as a pediatric surgeon at a prestigious teaching hospital. Children’s lives rest in her skilled hands. That means total dedication to her work and her patients without letting anything or anyone get in the way. And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in Holly’s way.

Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has the world in the palm of his baseball glove. He’s at the height of his game, a west coast team is about to lure him with even greater riches, and the most gorgeous women in town are in full pursuit. Nate has everything he wants, or at least he thinks he does, until he meets the beautiful and brainy Dr. Holly Bell. He’s totally up for a hot affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest.

But will Holly be willing to play his game? When the lovely doctor starts changing the rules, Nate realizes he just might be playing for keeps.


Nate’s mouth thinned into a hard, determined line.  He looked as if he’d like to pull her onto his lap and spank her.  Somehow, the thought didn’t alarm her as much as it should have.

“Come on, Holly.  You’re smart and capable and tough.  You’ve got nothing to prove.  But if that creep gets a chance, he’ll grab you, and I don’t think you’ll be able to do much about it.”

When he took a step toward her, she backed away.  More than anything, she wanted to collapse into his arms, but there was too much at stake for self-indulgent weakness.  He couldn’t stay forever, and then what would she do when he left again?

Nate threw up his hands in frustration.  “Jesus, woman!  Just let me help you, okay?  I can’t stand by and do nothing when you’re in danger.”

Holly shook her head again, but she could feel her resolve start to erode.  “I can’t do it, Nate.  I just can’t,” she pleaded.

Now his eyes gleamed, as if he sensed her weakening.  “Sure, you can,” he said in a coaxing voice.  “Because if you kick me out of here, I swear I’ll sit on your sidewalk all day and sleep in my car out front all night.”

She stared at him, all six-feet-five inches of rampant masculinity, hard as a rock, his jaw set with a determination she knew meant he’d stop at nothing to keep her safe.  It made her feel all gooey inside, but it also scared the hell out of her.  If he stayed with her, they’d end up in bed at some point as sure as the sun rose every day in the east.  When it came to him, she was that weak.


“This is a wonderful story that certainly embraces the reality of a very hot love affair, filled with erotic loving and descriptions of encounters that were steamy, to say the least. Yet there were the raw realities of a dying child, an angry and threatening parent, the inadequacies of law enforcement to provide safety for those who are threatened, the necessities of trust and fidelity between two people, the pressures of a professional team management, the worries surrounding an incapacitating injury, and the prospect of a long-distance relationship. All gave balance to a story that was certainly romantic, but one that is rooted in real life and its stresses. I found the characters to be very realistic, edgy, clearly defined and able to stand on their own, with strength and with a sense of who they were.”
DIK Reviews <http://dikladiesrule.blogspot.com/2011/08/playing-game-of-life-hardball-by-v-j.html>

“Great characterizations! Dedicated surgeon meets superstar baseball player and sparks fly in bed and out—but they’re on different wavelengths, commitment-wise. When a psycho parent of one of her patients threatens her life, his decision to protect her brings out his true feelings for her. A mostly delightful romp with two skillfully drawn characters and a bit of spine-tingling suspense!”
—Ann Jacobs, Amazon review

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AUTHOR BIO:  V.K. Sykes is a husband and wife team who write sexy contemporary romance.  The female half of V.K. is Vanessa Kelly, who writes Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra.  You can find V.K. Sykes on the web at:  http://www.vksykes.com.  You can find Vanessa on the web at http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com


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One response to “HARDBALL by V.K. SYKES (contemporary romance)

  1. Love anything with a sports hunk. Close by a nose Philadelphia Patriots but go Phillies. Yes I liked the concept of brawn and brain. I would enjoy this book.


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