American Football

the Quick Snap series

Fumbled

Jude
Before training camp, I went on one last trip. Just me and the beaches of Miami without doting fans and the pressures of fame. Then I ran into Ivy, literally.


One thing led to another, and we spent a glorious week together. Then she utters the words I never wanted to hear: Just Friends.


I’m playing the best I’ve ever played, yet somehow with Ivy I keep fumbling. Our lives are worlds apart, but with each text, call, and stolen moment, my feelings for her grow. Can I keep my career and land the woman of my dreams?
 
Ivy
When I met Jude, I had no idea who he was to the world. He was a hot, vacation companion, nothing more. We spent one week getting to know each other, but at the end we went our separate ways as just friends.


Then he showed up back in my life. Jude Taylor, star wide receiver.


I don’t care that he’s on the TV every Sunday when I go to my parent’s house or that thousands of people worship him. I care about the man I met in Miami. I thought we could be friends, but the way he makes my heart race when the cameras are off is far from friendly. Every wink, smirk, and deep timbre of his voice makes me question why I ever wanted to be friends. Can I compromise my life plans to allow him a place by my side?

Cala Riley

kicking about

Akshay is the “King of Football” in the UK. He’s got endorsement deals, his pick of women, and the respect of football fans worldwide. But, he’s giving it all up to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing American football. A night out with his new teammates leads to a night of passion with a woman he never plans to see again.

Kim didn’t expect to be a divorced, single mom, but that’s what she is now. The one night of fun her sister insists on turns into a one-night stand she won’t forget. Especially when she ends up pregnant by the soccer star turned football kicker everyone—including her young son—is talking about.

Can these two turn passion into love, or will they lose before they even begin to play the game?

Crystal Perkins

trick play

He's one trick play from the biggest win of his career...
It was one night,
And it meant everything.
But then, I was drafted to a professional football team,
And that was it.

Or so I thought...

Now, she's interning with the coaching staff,
And she's my best friend's sister.
Everything screams "Penalty,"
But there's something about her,
A connection I can't deny.

A woman like her only comes around once in a lifetime,
And I refuse to let her slip through my fingers again.
I'm going to pull out every trick play in the book,
To score forever with this one.

Lea Coll

Playing Again

Arabella Smith knows from experience that football players are stubborn when they get injured, but Zeke Humphreys might be the one she can't help fix. Can she get her old school friend to listen to her, or will she find her task too complicated when she develops unexpected feelings for him?     

Zeke Humphreys knows it all. He knows he needs to rest for a few days and then spend some time in the gym. He doesn't need a sports therapist; it's a complete waste of his time and hers. Well, that is until he realizes his old school friend makes his body hum with desire whenever she looks at him. Can he do what she asks to get his career back on track, or will he allow his strong feelings for her to get in the way?     

Arabella and Zeke are about to learn that all the fun and games aren't just on the field. If you let yourself believe, it can happen in real life as well.

 

Playing Again by Anna Edwards is part of the Quick Snap Novella Collection and is tied to Kristen Proby's With Me In Seattle series through Will Montgomery and his football team.

Anna Edwards

Personal Foul

Garrett "Tank" Stone lived and breathed football. As one of the best offensive linemen in the country, he thought he would start and end his career in New England. When his lifestyle injures the most important person on his team, the unthinkable happens.

Traded.

Such a dirty word. Starting over in Seattle isn't what he thought he would be doing. Especially not with the only woman who's ever turned him down.

Could this trade be a blessing or is it a curse?

Reagan Kelly's whole life has revolved around football. All she wants to do is to step out of her family's shadow and create a name for herself in the sport she loves. When Garrett Stone is traded to her team, all her carefully laid plans are blown up. 

Can she fight her attraction and keep things professional or is she destined to be the next in the very long line to ride the Tank?

Cala Riley

Running Forward

Nothing annoys Karli Jensen more than her nerdy, condescending neighbor. He smirks at her short skirts, mocks her food delivery choices, and steals her mail. Okay, maybe the pizza coupons had part of the townhouse number cut off and got delivered to him by mistake, but they both know he never orders pizza. It’s infuriating, and so is he. Luckily, she only has to see him at home...until he shows up on the football field she calls her second home.

 

Alec Flynn gave up his shot at an NFL career when his family needed him, choosing to use his brain instead of his braun to succeed in life. He built a tech empire, but then he got bored, and gave it all up. Going to the combine and getting picked up by his friend's team is a dream come true, until it’s not. Turns out the ridiculous neighbor he loves to spar with is not just a ditzy junk foodaholic. Oh no, she’s also his Assistant Coach. 

 

Sparks fly on and off the field as these two continue to butt heads, and eventually, hearts. But, giving in to their desires could mean the end of at least one of their careers. Is the risk worth the reward, or will winning the game cause them to lose at love? 

Crystal Perkins

Lea Coll

Lucky Catch

Lexie

I don’t date football players.

As an unproven sideline reporter, I need to show I’m more than a pretty face. And I have the perfect opportunity when my boss asks me to dig into the rookie wide receiver, Gavin Keller. Coming from a family of football stars, he’s my chance to write a huge story about the newest Keller to go pro. 

I need to get to know the man under the pads. Is he an arrogant entitled player or is there a side to him no one knows about?

The more I watch Gavin at practice and when he mentors young athletes, the more I realize he’s nothing like I thought. He’s a leader, someone the fans can rally behind. 

The more I see, the more I like him—not the player. And the looks he gives me say he feels the same.

As we get closer, I'm tempted to break my no-player rule. But if anyone finds out, it’s my job on the line. Giving in would mean losing everything.

Gavin

I've always had more to prove than any of my teammates. 

I know what everyone says about me. Since the first time I touched a ball in elementary school, I've been living in the shadow of my family's football legacy. My life is focused on my game and giving back and nothing else. I'm not giving anyone another reason to talk. That's until the new reporter, Lexie Austin appears on the sidelines in her skin-tight tailored suits and sky-high heels. 

They say she’s only here because of her looks, just like they say I’m only here because of my name.

So what if everyone is as wrong about her as me? She’s more than a pretty face and I’m playing better than ever with her watching. It's starting to feel like she’s my personal good luck charm. 

She doesn’t care about my last name, my signing bonus, or my star potential. She wants to know me.

I want her in my bed, by my side, and in my life. Now I just have to convince her that if she falls, it'll be the luckiest catch I ever make.

False Start

Leela

 

He's a train wreck, a bully, and a menace to society, yet I'm tasked to make this jerk look good. As the lead reporter, assigned to this puff piece, he hasn't made it easy with all the drunken brawls and arrests. I'm told to do my job—to be objective, but how can I achieve this when we have a past he doesn't seem to remember.

 

Kier

 

She's sexy, mouthy, and judgmental. I'm in her domain now, and way out of my league. If anyone can portray the changed man I've become, it's her. But, there's something almost too familiar about her as our chemistry with one another continues to grow. I'm the best on the field, and in my game, now it's time to prove I'm the best for her too.

Leigh Lennon

End Zone

What happens when your soulmate leaves when you need him most?

 

Katie gave herself to Garret, her brothers’ best friend and then he walked out of her life a few days later. She’s never gotten over him and she’s never moved on. When she gets the phone call that her dreams are made of, she starts her new life in Seattle. As a cheerleader for the Seattle Football Club. Maybe it’s time for Katie to move on, finally.

 

Garret went through hell years ago and regrets leaving Katie behind, but he needed to get away from the memories surrounding him. He went to college and has now been offered a coaching job for his favorite team. And there’s not one day that he doesn’t think about Katie.

 

When these two meet on and off the field the chemistry is off the charts, but with their past and the no dating the cheerleader rule, life is about to become interesting.

 

Can Katie forgive Garret for leaving her? Does she trust he will stay this time? Will her heart survive another break-up? Is she prepared to give up the job of her dreams for the man she loves?

Lexi Noir

Touchdown

For a short, skinny, poor girl, I’m scrappy, focused, and not in the habit of falling over myself for a guy.

Until Solomon ‘The Boss’ Lee comes along.

Not even throwing food on his crotch has stopped him from pursuing me. 

And while I’ve told him I’m not like the other women he’s dated, he doesn’t seem to care.

 

~

 

From the moment Jasmine threw food on my dick, I knew I was gone for her.

I had to have her.

Though making her mine may be the most difficult stance I’ve ever had to take.

The thing is, I don’t want the points with anyone else.

I want the touchdown with her.

Maria MacDonald

Out of Bounds

Kip Sutherland was a tight end on the Seahawks football team. After his last breakup, he decides to give the dating game a rest and focus on himself, enjoying peace and quiet as well as the ability to drop his dirty laundry just outside of the basket without getting nagged for it. 

That was until his neighbor’s house was being broken into and he rushed to the rescue. Little did he know, his life was about to change forever, one accidentally painful moment at a time. 

 

Ashley Wilkes could never have known that her new job at Because I Said Sew, would take her to a whole new world of football.

Shy and reserved, she’d sworn off men in any and all sports professions. 

That was until she fell onto Kip Sutherland. Literally. And then there was the little problem of being the one to fit him into his official team tuxedo, which went slightly wrong.

 

Will Ashley and Kip find the love they both deserve? Can they deal with the curves that life throws at them or will they both succumb to the pressure?

Mary B. Moore

Blind Side

The minute running back Draven Jameson sees the stunning, raven-haired beauty in the stands during fan appreciation day, he immediately knows that he needs her in his life. Despite having to battle for his starting spot with his new team in Seattle, and memories of the hardships he endured before entering the league fresh in his mind, things couldn’t be better. Draven can see further into the future than he ever has before—not only with his career but also with his life.

Presley Bantam didn’t mean to mislead the handsome recruit. The way he asked her out swept her off her feet, and things were just too good. Besides, her secret shouldn’t affect him…until it does. Forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her life, Presley chooses her career over her man, hoping she can make it up to him later. But Draven has other ideas.

 

When the betrayal takes things in a dangerous direction, with lives suddenly hanging in the balance, only truth can save them. Forgiveness is the only thing that can set them free. But will it be enough?

Rayvn Salvador

Pick Six

I never expected a tweet to change my life. 

 

One minute, I'm the manager of an inn off the coast of Seattle. The next, I'm the talk of every gossip channel imaginable. 

 

Why did the mystery guy who sat next to me on the plane home have to be a professional football player?

 

And why did he make me fall for him before everything fell apart?

 

She wasn't from my world.

 

Being a pro athlete has its advantages, like asking the world at large to help me find the mystery girl that sat beside me on my flight home.

 

But with the perks also come a mountain of disadvantages. 

 

It was easy to fall for her. 

 

It was simple to forget the cost of fame. 

 

Until I lost her. 

S.A. Clayton

Love on the Sidelines

“I'm Mila Rossi and this is Sideline Sports.”

 

I’ve worked hard to make a name for myself as more than just the pretty girl on the sidelines doing bits to keep the audience entertained. I earned my spot as a Sideline Sports anchor. I made sure nobody can claim nepotism because I’ve told no one that Randall Harris, the star Quarterback of Los Angeles's Football team, is my big brother.

I wanted to succeed on my own merits and thanks to my hard work over the past year, I've not only snagged a trip to the Super Bowl, but exclusive interviews with each playing team. Finally, all my dreams are coming true.

 

“The guys call me Coach Wilkens, but you can just call me Toph.”

 

As Seattle’s Offensive Line Coach, I’m thrilled that our club is playing in the biggest game of the year and that we have a chance to take home the trophy. That should be enough to keep my mind on the job at hand, but when I find out a perky little sports anchor will be spending two weeks with my team during that time, I can’t help but worry. I’m divorced, not dead, and she’s not just gorgeous, but also whip smart and knowledgeable about the game. She’s the total package and a total distraction.

This is the biggest game of my career. It could make or break me. So imagine my surprise when I realize, so could she. I've always been able to separate the personal from the professional.

Until now.

Tarrah Anders

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Hail Mary

One play will determine the rest of my life.

 

It’s a long shot.

A Hail Mary pass.

But I have a better chance of my bum knee magically healing itself than at winning back the girl I stupidly gave up.

I made a mistake and let her get away from me once.

I won’t be that careless this time.

When an injury ends my career on the field, I start over as a coach.

Moving to Seattle brings Molly back into my life and I want a new beginning with her, too.

I realize my injury is a blessing in disguise. I was never going to find the missing piece of my soul on the football field, because that missing piece was always her. I was just too young and stupid to see it.

I need her back.

I'm putting everything I have into this one last shot.

It's up to Molly to decide if my Hail Mary turns out to be a fumble or a touchdown…

Loni Ree

Blue Forty-Two

It only takes a moment to change a life.

 

In a matter of seconds, an unexpected and devastating injury shatters Holden Cramer’s chances of ending his nineteen-season career on a high note. That brief moment in time not only irrevocably alters who he is, but also his relationships with everyone and everything around him. 

 

Yet one look can jump-start another.

 

Tamryn Miller worked hard to get where she is: one of the youngest and most successful female injury management doctors in the league. She knows what goes into ensuring the players’ welfare, and what happens when those needs aren’t met—her past guaranteed that. With one look at the incredibly handsome quarterback as he lay writhing on the turf, Tamryn knows exactly what she needs to do…even if she has to ignore the burning attraction between them to do it.

 

Forced together by fate and pain, Holden must learn that he’s not an island, and sometimes, all you need is a little help from your friends—especially when those friends are ones you want in your life forever. 

Rayvn Salvador

Rookie Moves

Rookies are supposed to be nobody’s. They aren’t supposed to play much. They aren’t supposed to attract attention. They definitely aren’t supposed to be getting in trouble. But when Grant Toolson joins the famed Seattle Professional Football team, he’s already made a name for himself, on the field and off. 

 

When the team decides he needs to clean up his more than a little rough-around-the-edges image, in steps Emily Masterson, the prim and proper daughter of Seattle's Mayor with a planned meeting.  

Only, she's not as prim and proper as everyone thinks. Not with Grant and not when it comes to what she wants.  

 

Is his image cleaned up and does the relationship work out after hearing hushed conversations? 

Well, that remains to be seen... 

Tarrah Anders

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