Title: Love Rinkside
A Playmakers Series Standalone Novella
Author: G.K. Brady
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romantic Comedy
Tropes: Co-worker's Brother/Secret Love
Release Date: October 31, 2023
She’s given up on men. He has no time for love. When a Halloween party turns into a night of outrageous costumes and police chases, can they score a forever goal?
Drew Foster is trapped in a one-man operation. Focused on building his small IT consulting business, the workaholic thirty-one-year-old has no time for close relationships except with his sister and widowed mom. But at a Halloween bash hosted by his brother-in-law’s hockey teammate, he hits it off with an unknown woman in an outrageous mascot costume.
Katie Denning is done with men. Burned by past boyfriends using her to get close to the professional sports team, the loyal dog-lover leaves the party with a guy dressed as a giant banana slug… only to be pursued by police. And after a night of adventure and fun with the cute guy running from the cops, she plucks up the courage to ask him on a date.
Though their romantic rendezvous is cut short by her Chow-mix attacking him, a determined Drew asks for a second chance. A cautiously optimistic Katie begins falling hard, but she fears Drew’s work demands could result in her facing another painful rejection.
Are they about to get stuck on the sidelines before they can score a forever goal?
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The entire scene was hilarity on steroids. “Hmm, interesting offer, but let’s put a pin in it for now, shall we?” She tapped her forefinger against her chin. “I’d like to know a little bit more about the banana slug I’m contemplating taking on as my prison break buddy.”
“Good call. My parents always warned my sister not to trust just any old banana slug.”
A laugh rolled from deep in her belly, and the fact that he had caused it shot warm tingles through his bloodstream.
He chuckled. “Tell you what. Hit me with twenty questions—no holds barred—so you can get to know me better.”
“All right. Cats or dogs?”
“Vanilla or cookies and cream?”
“Mint chocolate chip.”
“Thinking outside the box. I like that, Sammy. Beach or mountains?”
“Mountains. That’s why I live here.”
She paused a beat. “Women, men, both, or none of the above?”
He didn’t hesitate. “Women. Always.”
“Hockey or baseball?”
“No contest. Hockey.”
“Missionary or reverse cowgirl?” Her voice was suddenly breathy, sultry, and it made his dick go from semi to full mast in a nanosecond.
“You just got more interesting.”
“Clever, but that doesn’t answer my question,” she said in a school teacher voice. “Your go-to position?”
“All of the above. In all variations. I’m flexible that way.”
“Phew! It’s getting hot out here.”
The snowflakes were turning to virtual bursts of steam as they hit the atmosphere sizzling between them. “Keep going. You have eleven more questions by my count.” And he couldn’t wait to hear every single one.
Since childhood, all sorts of stories and characters have lived in G.K. Brady’s imagination, elbowing one another for attention, so she’s finally giving them their voice on the written page.
An award-winning writer of contemporary romance, she loves telling tales of the less-than-perfect hero or heroine who transforms with each turn of a page. She also writes historical fiction under the pen name Griffin Brady.
G.K. is a wife and the proud mom of three grown sons. When she’s not writing, she might be reading, traveling, drinking wine, listening to music, or gardening—sometimes all at once! She currently resides in Colorado with her very patient husband.