This week’s hook …
by Iris Blobel
Another chuckle. “It’s always at my place.”
He disconnected the call, regretting that he’d missed out on a good game with his mates.
Tyson had been a friend since kindergarten, and together with their friend Markus, they’d played football most weekends until Oliver had moved to the US for a few years because of his father’s job. Watching a local game, Oliver had learnt all about baseball and fallen in love with the sport. Unlike Ty, who played football with an AFL club in Melbourne and who earned close to half a million each year, Oliver’s income was a lot less glamorous. Markus had moved away from football as well and ended up as a goalie for one of the premier league soccer clubs in England. He’d made some big money during a three-year contract with an English club, but in the end, he had been too homesick and returned to Melbourne. Not that he’d ever admit to that. Even now in their late twenties, their friendship was as strong as it had been twenty-five years earlier. Sarah was the only girl in the friendship group. Although, she’d always been closer to Markus, Oliver and Ty cared for her as if she were their sister.
Oliver pondered whether he should head over to Ty’s anyway as he paced through the labyrinth of the clubhouse. Katie, Ty’s girlfriend, always had leftover dinner, and a bit of company never hurt.
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?