by Iris Blobel
Oliver Dempsey wiped away the trickling sweat on his face with a brush of his sleeve. The cool sweat on his back soaked his shirt, causing it to stick to his skin. He’d been on the field for a couple of hours now, frustration growing in him with each missed ball. Taking a deep breath, he leaned forward and rested his hands on his knees, his stare fixed to the ground. Damn it, he was a pitcher and not a hitter, well known for his fastballs and his perfect curveballs. As it was, he had only himself to blame by neglecting his hitting. Today, his swing was below average, and, unable to focus, he walked over to the bench where he spotted Coach Becker shaking his head towards him, pointing his finger towards the field.
“Head right back out, Oliver. You need to improve your hand-eye coordination. I want to see more, and better.”
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?