BLOG TOUR ~ TEAM PLAYER: A Sports Romance Anthology

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!


Publication Date: December 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

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Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

A fun, sexy and quick read. Cam a professional snowboarder hooks up with Mollie who is in a fake relationship with Tucker to appease their families. Mollie and Cam had a one night stand. A few months later they meet again and surprise, surprise! This pair’s story is so steaming hot it’s enough to melt the snow in Aspen. (Rating: 3.5 stars)

Sin Bin by Mandi Beck

This is a light-hearted and fast paced hockey romance written in alternative points of view. Joshua and Stella’s story started as a four night stand. They met and sparks fly, had a wild weekend and went their separate ways. Six months later they bump into each other and he’s in for a big surprise. Will he own up to his new responsibility? She’s a college student and he’s a professional hockey player I do hope they get it sorted out. (Rating: 4 stars)

Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart

This angsty second chance romance features a baseball pro and a wary PR executive. Ren and Erica met by chance and it was love at first sight. It was baseball that got them together but it also tore them apart. He thought she felt the same but he didn’t realise that her problems with the game ran deeper. A few years later and they were thrown in together. Some questions need to be answered and someone needs to forgive. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

This short romance is written in dual points of view. A former NBA player and a successful sportscaster meet for an interview in the locker rooms. He liked her but she wasn’t impressed. Ten years later they meet again. Avery and Decker’s story is a steamy and bumpy ride of an emotional rollercoaster that will break your heart but there just might be a silver lining for them if Avery opens up to Decker and let him in. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Out of Formation by Ella Fox

This is a sweet romance featuring a former NFL player and a cheerleader. Elena has had a crush on Colin since she was eight years old. Even with the age gap between these two there’s no denying they were meant for each other. Their relationship will make you swoon and melt your heart. (Rating: 4.5 stars)

Slapped Into Love by Rochelle Paige

A light-hearted romance between a hockey pro and an Olympic medallist speed skater. Tamara and Ryan’s story starts with a one night stand, she was gone when he woke up. This pair’s drive for excellence in their respective sports parallels their steamy and hot romps in bed that will not only warm the cockles of your heart but also melt your knickers. A totally enjoyable read, you don’t want to miss it! (Rating: 4 stars)

Back In The Game by Meghan Quinn

I have always loved this author’s funny rom-com stories. Calder is a pro hockey player, a single parent to five year old Shea and the love of his life. Rachel is a kindergarten teacher who is as sassy as they get. One good thing about a short story is it cuts out all the drama and BS and gets right down to the meat of the story. Two people who fall in love fast and have a go at it. Super fun to read! (Rating: 5 stars)

One Good Man by Emma Scott

Wow! I am totally blown away by this very emotional love story of Adrian, a French footballer and Janey, an American student journalist that will surely touch your heart. Told in dual points of view this well written narrative captures the essence of Janey and Adrian’s journey through the 70s, the world reeling from the effects of the war in Vietnam, the soldiers and their families. Vivid images of two countries: America and France amidst the backdrop of French football league with exceptional characters is what you get from this fantastic novella. A short but powerful story, packs a punch! (Rating: 5 stars)

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

When Lucy, Amelia’s identical twin asked her to bail her out from her date with Dash, a baseball player in their school Amelia didn’t have any choice but to agree with the switch. After all they have done this a few times when they were younger. Little did she know that she’d fall for Dash and some things get a tiny bit complicated. This young adult romance of Dash and Amelia is fun and sweet. Told in alternating points of view, this young couple is perfectly matched. (Rating: 4 stars)

End Zone by L.J. Shen

This is a childhood friends to lovers romance written in alternating points of view. Reading this author’s angsty novella makes you wish there was more because I felt like a passenger in a speeding car looking out the window watching Sage and Jolie’s life on a blur. Sage is the star quarterback of the school and Jolie his best friend since they were little is also his roommate. This well written romance captures their budding friendship which later on develops into deeper love when they grow up.  This is a great short story about young love. (Rating: 5 stars)

This anthology is a great collection of different stories, just perfect for a lazy weekend of binge reading. The stories will make you feel emotional, make you smile and you have a bit of a laugh at the antics of some characters. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy! Over all rating: (5 stars)

Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke:

 A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn:


Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

​Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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