by Iris Blobel
Erik did a slight step aside. “Oliver, this is my niece, Tamara. She’s moved here from Perth. Tamara, this is Oliver.”
Oliver extended his hand towards her. “Nice meeting you.”
Unexpected and, yes, a bit of a blow to his ego, she ignored his hand, taking a step back instead.
Surprised by her reaction, Oliver instinctively checked his hand for dirt or sweat, but with the lack of any, that couldn’t have been the reason for her reluctance. His coach’s check of the time told Oliver, that Erik was oblivious to the non-hand-shaking situation.
“Have your shower and see me before you head off to discuss your training schedule.”
Nodding his agreement, Oliver glanced at Tamara again and for a brief moment, their eyes met. The distant and empty expression in her gaze puzzled him. Mysterious, maybe even guarded. Why had she looked away so quickly? He got the impression, something was unsettling her considering that she stood behind his coach, arms wrapped around her waist in a protective gesture. The urge to ask her something, to get her involved in the conversation grew within him, but he had a blank so he simply left.
Women want him and he wants them…
Pitcher Oliver Dempsey loves playing baseball for a living, yet, when it comes to his private life, ‘love’ is not in his vocabulary. He likes to keep women at an arm’s length … until he meets Tamara. Unprepared for the attraction he feels towards her, he’s drawn in, even more when told by his coach that she’s off limits. And only Oliver can decide whether she’s worth fighting for.
Tamara Amis moved to Melbourne seeking distance from her past. With the help of her uncle, the coach of a baseball club, she quickly finds a job and a place to live. Yet, one meeting with the handsome pitcher Oliver stirs unexpected emotions that threaten to overwhelm her, despite her best efforts to resist falling for him.
It’s Oliver’s injury that brings them together, but as they find out about each other’s pasts, how can they be ready to share a future?