A Perfect Catch
New Jersey Ice Cats, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: February 1, 2015
Number of pages: 384
He's the perfect catch... for now!Exclusive Excerpt:
When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She's had epic passion - and problems! - with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair.
Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business - even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy's determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won't go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!
While Tracy appreciated Ike’s gentlemanly ges¬tures, manners didn’t make up for the control is¬sues that went with them. In the first flush of their romance, she’d believed Ike was different. But after only a few weeks, he’d shown her how naive she’d really been. No matter how much she might have wished otherwise, Ike had turned out to be as bad as her father and her ex-husband.Giveaway:
Besides, the only male she was interested in lov¬ing and having in her life permanently was the one in the pastel blue cap that her sister cradled in her arms.
“He’s a bit funny-looking.” Emily wrinkled her nose, disappointment in her voice.
“Poor lamb’s had a rough few hours.” Maggie stroked the shock of dark hair on her son’s head. “You didn’t look much better when you were born. In fact, he looks very much like you did.”
“Mu-um,” Emily huffed, rolling her eyes.
“She’s right, Em.” Tracy grinned. “You turned out fine, so he’ll be okay, too.”
“Kid clearly takes after his mom, not his dad,” Ike said.
Jake laughed. “Fine by me.”
“Do you want to hold him, sis?” Maggie asked her.
“Of course.” Tracy sat on the edge of the bed while her sister passed the precious bundle over. “Come to your auntie.”
Her throat tightened with love as his warmth filled her arms. “He’s gorgeous. Have you named him yet?”
Maggie smiled mistily at Jake. “Joe. Not Joseph—just Joe.”
“A good, solid name.” Ike leaned over and gently ran his finger over Joe’s soft cheek.
Tracy stiffened. It felt weird to be holding a baby with Ike so close beside her. His unique, spicy scent mingled pleasantly with the smell of the infant, making her feel even more unsettled.
Ike brushed Joe’s little fist with his finger. Al¬most immediately, her nephew curled his tiny fin¬gers around Ike’s. Somehow, it felt as if the three of them were now connected. A strange prickling feel¬ing danced across Tracy’s shoulders. She wanted to order Ike to move away, but knew that would sound crazy. Instead, she gritted her teeth and focused on her nephew.
Joe must have sensed her discomfort because his eyes popped open. Her heart squeezed at his sol¬emn expression as he studied her. He then shifted his unfocused newborn gaze to Ike, giving him the same unblinking stare.
She hated to give the baby up, but she had to break the connection. Get away from the cozy tab¬leau that had formed.
“Would you like a turn, Ike?” she asked politely.
“Sure.” He sat beside her on the bed and reached for the baby.
Ignoring the heat of Ike’s thigh pressed against hers, Tracy kissed her nephew’s forehead and passed him over.
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Harlequin SuperRomance author, Anna Sugden, loves reading and writing happy endings as much as hockey! When not reading or watching hockey, she loves football, good food & wine, making simple cross-stitch projects, and collecting memorabilia, penguins and fab shoes!
A former marketing executive and primary teacher, Anna lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two bossy black cats. Learn more about Anna, her heart-warming romances and her shoes at www.annasugden.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and on the Romance Bandits blog.
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