Title: The Coach
Series: Secrets of the Harper Sisters #1
Author: A.K. Steel
Genre: Age Gap Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 27, 2022
Love is all fun and games... until someone gets hurt.
I'm Andrea Harper, top striker for the LA Angels. I play hard, party hard, and I don't do relationships. I sleep with who I want, when I want. I'm out to have fun. The only important thing in my life is soccer. I have spent my entire life dedicated to the game. And I'm on track to be one of the best female soccer players in the country, if not the world. Being the best is the only thing that matters.
But life has a way of throwing you a curveball when you least expect it, and in my case, it was love.
One night with my childhood hero was all it took. Brad Swift. He’s nearly ten years older and used to be one of the best professional soccer players in the world before he got injured. He was my childhood hero until we slept together and messed all that up. I thought I could put it down to just another stupid mistake, that he would go back to England and I would never see him again.
That was until he turned up at training as our new soccer coach.
The attraction we share is undeniable, but he's off limits. It's strictly forbidden for a coach to date a player. Too bad I've never been one to follow the rules and the temptation is just too much... So we slip up, make a pact to keep it fun. Nobody needs to know.
But secrets this good have a way of getting into the wrong hands. And when they do, danger is the name of the game.
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Brad Swift. In a club here in LA. Not just any club but the same one that we chose to come to tonight. What are the chances?
My heart is pounding, so unlike me, and for a split second as I get a little closer, I have second thoughts. He's mighty fine, and he's in a suit, all clean-cut and swoony. I can feel my lady parts wake up, the throb with need already thumping through me. I could never resist a handsome man in a suit, especially this one.
I take a deep breath to get my nerves under control. I give myself a pep talk. Andy, we don't get nervous, remember? He is just a guy, no one special. You've got this. Checking behind me, I see my friends have all taken up the challenge as well and are heading to their selected guys.
Game on, girlfriends.
I sway my way through the club with an air of relaxed confidence, my eyesight set just past him to the bartender, but I take him in with my peripheral vision. And that's enough to trigger a hot flush of excitement, knowing how close I am to him, Brad Swift. This guy used to be a poster on my bedroom wall for fuck's sake, that's how obsessed with him I was. I wanted to be every bit as good a player as he was. It's why I started playing striker position in the first place and practicing scoring goals became an obsession. And he was mighty fine to look at, my first proper celebrity crush.
What am I going to say to him? Part of me wants to drop at his feet, thank him for being such an inspiration, tell him he's my hero and the reason I'm one of the top soccer players in the country. But that's not going to work here, not tonight, anyway. I'm playing a game, one I made up. And tonight, I'm a mechanic, thanks to Jasmine.
This guy would be used to getting the attention of any girl he wants, so I decide to ignore him instead. I walk straight past him to the bar, smiling at the cute bartender from earlier. I fix my hair, tucking a strand behind my ear in a flirtatious way. Standing close enough to Brad that he can't miss me, I lean over to get the bartender's attention. "Another Jameson, thanks," I purr.
He smiles with a nod of the head and pours my drink, placing it in front of me. I take it, swirling the amber-colored liquid around a few times, then taking a small sip. I turn toward Brad, who is now unashamedly checking me out. I raise a brow in his direction, like, what the fuck are you looking at? Then I lean back on the bar, sipping my drink as I take in my surroundings. Playing it as cool as I can, even though my heart is pounding out of my chest. I'm close enough that I can smell his aftershave, and it's intoxicating.
"Nice choice." He smiles my way, then turns to the bartender. "Another Jameson on the rocks." The bartender places his drink down in front of him. He has a swig then looks back to me. "You're not like the other girls hanging around here tonight."
That Australian accent... fuck, he sounds so sexy. I take another sip of my drink, trying to stay calm. He's going to come on to me. Acting uninterested works every time. Guys like this have overly inflated egos, and they can't stand the fact that a pretty girl might not be interested in them.
I'm a contemporary romance author my novels feature swoony men, twists and turns and always a happily ever after.
I'm a busy mother of three pre-teens, who lives on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I have always been a creative soul, with a background in fashion design, interior decoration, and floristry. I currently run a business as a wedding florist and stylist, but have always had a love for reading romance novels, something about how the story can transport you to another world entirely.
So in 2020 I decided to jot down some of my own ideas for romance stories, always with a happily ever after of course, and from that came my debut novel Always Fraser. From that moment I haven't looked back, writing has become a part of me. I have a long list of stories plotted and I look forward to being able to share all my stories with you soon. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I loved writing them, xx