Title: Lucky Catch
A Quick Snap Collection Novella
Author: Lea Coll
Publisher: Lady Boss Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2020
Lucky Catch is part of Kristen Proby's With Me in Seattle Universe.
I donât date football players.
As an unproven sideline reporter, I need to show Iâm 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, heâs 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 heâs nothing like I thought. Heâs a leader, someone the fans can rally behind.
The more I see, the more I like himânot 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, itâs my job on the line. Giving in would mean losing everything.
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, 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 sheâs only here because of her looks, just like they say Iâm only here because of my name.
So what if everyone is as wrong about her as me? Sheâs more than a pretty face and Iâm playing better than ever with her watching. It's starting to feel like sheâs my personal good luck charm.
She doesnât 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.
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The expectations were heavy for any rookie, but Iâd lived under the shadow of my fatherâs legendary success and my brotherâs rise to stardom. Iâd seen the recent headlines: Gavin Keller was drafted because of his last nameâany other player with similar stats wouldnât be playing professional ball. The implication was clearâIâd never live up to my father or my brotherâs success. There was no way three football stars could come from the same family. There were many examples of three brothers in the sport or two brothers and a father, but one usually didnât live up to the hype.
âThat was impressive,â a female voice said.
I turned away from the other rookies running sprints to find a tall woman leaning on the fence, with a press lanyard hanging around her neck. She was gorgeous. Her smile was open and friendly.
âThanks.â My voice was terse. I didnât want to encourage the press to speak to me. I didnât want anyone twisting my words to suit the headlines already written in their head.
Her smile faltered for a second before she recovered. âIâm Alexandra Austin. But everyone calls me Lexie.â
âGavin Keller.â I didnât move toward her. No matter how beautiful this woman was, I couldnât afford any distractions. She was the worst kind of distractionâall long legs, dark hair, and striking blue eyes. The suit she wore molded to her body but still left a lot to my imagination.
âI know.â She smiled wider.
It was on the tip of my tongue to say she didnât. No one knew anything beyond my name and stats.
âIâm hoping to get to know you this year.â She said it matter-of-factly with no overtures or flirtations.
I wasnât sure how to respond to that. Her tone was sweet and inviting. I flicked a glance at her Seattle lanyard. She wasnât the enemy, but she wasnât exactly a friend either.
Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing.
She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Maryland with her family.