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Release Blitz: Playing By The Rules by Beth Bolden

Playing By The Rules | Beth Bolden

Miami Piranhas #3

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Release Date: October 7th, 2022

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Ex-quarterback Davis Abernathy knows he’s on his last chance.

If he strikes out as Paxton Kelly’s coach, nobody else is going to call him. Not to get back on the field, and not to stand on the sidelines.

He’s got a lot to teach Pax, and as a second-year quarterback, Pax has a lot to learn. But Davis doesn’t anticipate the irresistible way they’ll be drawn together from their first meeting. He never could have predicted such a fierce and uncontrollable yearning—or that Pax would feel the same.

It should be easy to remember rules aren’t meant to be broken, and certain lines aren’t meant to be crossed, but the only thing that’s easy is falling totally, completely in love with Pax.

As Davis falls harder, Pax succeeding becomes just as important—and maybe more so—than resurrecting his own career. If he messes this up, his last chance isn’t all he’ll be sacrificing.

What he should be is focused on being the perfect mentor. But what he wants is Pax in his bed, Pax in his life, and more impossibly, to win Pax’s heart forever.

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What are the rules?

The rules are simple:

  • Don’t crush on your Coach
  • Don’t become friends with your Coach
  • Don’t dance with your Coach
  • And definitely, most importantly, don’t fall completely, totally in love with your Coach

Paxton Kelly knows the rules are there for a reason, and he’s even planning on following them, but Davis, his new Quarterbacks Coach, doesn’t feel much like a coach. He’s only a year removed from playing himself, and instead he feels like a friend. And then a crush. And then, so much worse, the lover that Pax wants more than anything else.

Expect the thrill of the forbidden with a romance between a quarterback and his coach, a heartwarming friendship developing into a romance, steamy hookups, hot football action, warm and fuzzy team family feels, and an emotional, satisfying HEA!

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Davis gave Pax credit, watching him after the game, because he put on a good face. The kind of face that a leader would wear when one of his players had an extraordinary game, and Dylan undeniably had. He’d tied the record for the most field goals made in a single game. 

Davis thought he might be the only one who saw the frustration lingering in Pax’s face. The only one who looked close enough to see it.

After he finished with the press conference, Davis went to find him.

And found him, just as he’d expected, back to the wall in a tiny empty hallway a few doors down from the media room.

This was always where he went to decompress after a game, and after the media had finished tearing him apart.

Davis knew it wasn’t goddamn easy, and he didn’t begrudge Pax the quiet time he needed. Whatever was required to rebuild the confidence, to shore up the walls that everyone constantly kept trying to tear down.

When he appeared in the mouth of the hallway, Pax glanced up. “I just need another minute,” he said.

“It’s cool,” Davis said. He took the spot right next to Pax, leaning against the wall, too. Didn’t say anything else. Just watched.

It wasn’t really allowed to watch him this way.

But he did it anyway.

Pax’s head was tipped back, eyes closed, as the stress of the day slowly slipped off his face. He had a good week’s worth of scruff, golden brown and glinting even in the darkened light of the hallway. He’d unbuttoned his suit jacket, and Davis could see the shadow of his torso under the white shirt he wore underneath it.

Davis’ fingers flexed. He wanted so bad to reach out and touch, even though he knew he couldn’t.

But for one minute, for sixty seconds, he let himself really want it; for once, didn’t try to bury the desire, just felt it. It didn’t make this any easier, but there was something freeing about letting himself have this. Even if it was only for a brief moment.

He was on second sixty-seven when finally, Pax spoke.

“My hips weren’t loose,” he said ruefully.

“What? I’m shocked,” Davis teased.

“No, you’re not.” Pax sighed. “What are we gonna do about it?”

“How do you know there’s something we’re going to do about it?”

Pax shot him a look. Hot, singeing him around the edges. The desire flared, but this time, Davis stuffed it right back down, right back into its box, straining at the corners and joints. But it held. Barely.

They’d won the game today. They were four and two, and they’d won their last four games. Pax had come so far. The last thing Davis needed to do was lose himself.

“Okay, fine, yeah, I’m gonna do something about it. But you’re not going to like it.”

“Oh, I didn’t think I was going to like it.” Pax’s voice was very dry. He still hadn’t opened his eyes, but Davis knew that if he did, he’d see amusement in them.

And trust. So much trust.

Was it any wonder he couldn’t betray that?

“If it’s any consolation, I’m not sure I’ll like it either.” He already knew he wouldn’t. But it would make Paxton a better football player, and that was the only thing that mattered. Not all of his sleepless nights, not all of his pointless yearning, not any of the feelings that he kept trying to push away.

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About The Author

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A lifelong Pacific Northwester, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal.

She’s published twenty-three novels and seven novellas.

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Release Blitz: Line Drive by E.M. Lindsey

Line Drive | E.M. Lindsey

A Hit & Run Novel #2


Release Date: July 20th, 2022

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Photographer: Golden Czermack @ FuriousFotog

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James “Scooter” Harney is good at two things and two things only:


…and running away from his feelings.

So, when he comes face to face with a high school baseball coach who gets under his skin like no one ever has before, James isn’t quite sure what to do about it. After all, Ridley is smarmy, annoying, ridiculously good looking…

And worst of all, straight.

Then, James’ world is turned upside down one evening when Ridley admits that he’s been having thoughts. Thoughts about James. Thoughts that are making him question his own identity.

James knows he won’t make a good boyfriend, but the way Ridley looks at him, the way Ridley trusts him, makes James realize that maybe—just maybe—there’s something worth fighting for.

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About The Author


E.M. Lindsey is a non-binary, MM Romance author who lives on the East Coast of the United States. When they’re not working, EM is spending time on the beach, kayaking, swimming, and playing with their dogs.

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Superb disabled representation adds depth to this sports romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That’s two for two on my EM Lindsey experience so far.

This baseball series is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic one with incredible disability representation.

Here it’s Cerebral Palsy, one of the MCs’ son has it as a consequence of a difficult birth and the way his disability and difficulties are written is exceptional. I have a friend with two children who have CP because of premature birth and their experiences are so similar.

There’s also some fabulous trans representation too as Phoenix is FtM and a typical bolshy teenager.

I really loved the way that this complexity was written, and I loved the sass and conviction that Phoenix had about living his best life.

This is obviously James’ story, aka Scooter, and when you find out more about how he grew up, well I reckon your heart will break just like mine did.

He’s such a sweetheart but he’s also vulnerable and he’s so deserving of being loved even though he doesn’t feel himself capable.

When he crosses paths with Phoenix’s dad Ridley, it becomes very clear there might be a wonderful kind of future there if both men can weather their doubts and insecurity.

What I enjoyed the most about this book, same as with book one, is that these doubts and insecurity issues are utterly realistic and familiar.

You don’t get any unnecessary drama thrown in just for the sake of raising a tension point. The worries, the fears which bring wobbles into the relationship development are genuine.

As James falls head over heels, he’s stymied by not only his own concerns but also because Ridley’s coming to terms with his bisexuality and all the extra complications from being a single dad with a disabled transgender son.

I was cheering these two along their unsteady path with great gusto and as they reached towards happiness I was full of joy for them all

The Epilogue is truly lovely and I’m intrigued now to see what happens next.

#ARC kindly received from the author via Grey’s Promotions in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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