Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard
time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what
makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's
painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin. Desperate to revamp his loner
image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner
a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force
Jilly out of his comfort zone.
Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for
answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now
she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance
in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the
sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her
new leading man.
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid.
Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth
because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated
match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her
book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the
game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in
Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters
believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and
Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she
can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in
existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys
walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the
Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she
loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is
the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.