(The Player #3)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports
Money, power, prestige…freedom. Echo Coulter is—The Player.
You are a Coulter. You will be perfect. That’s what Echo has been told every day of her life. As the only girl in the Coulter clan, she knows it’s her job to be the glue of the family. But with the Olympics looming, the last thing she wants is to follow the rules. She wants to break free, and she knows just the guy to help her.
Cole Atkins has no interest in spoiled little rich girls. Besides, he’s got the job of a lifetime and just met the girl of his dreams…That is, until she ditches him under the cover of darkness. He can put her out of his head and deal with a spoiled princess for a couple of months right?
Echo couldn’t bring herself to admit to Jen just how tempted she was to see Cole again. She knew where to find him. But the fact that he thought she was someone else ensured that she couldn’t make the effort. And after a few days, maybe she needed to leave it alone. It was a special memory, but she couldn’t really go there again. Whatever else might happen, she would always have those hours with Cole to remind her that she was desirable for more than just her name. That someone cared about what she thought.
Just thinking about him was enough to make her flush. But she didn’t have time for that now. Fantasy over. Real-life time.
There had been some debate about where the initial meeting should take place. At the estate, or maybe somewhere more public? Or in the spirit of their goals, should they all head straight to the nearby athletic club where most of her coaching would happen?
In the end, it had been decided that they’d meet up at the athletic club, which had a restaurant on site for members. Then, once introductions were made, her mom and dad would leave for one of Dad’s appointments, letting Echo and her new coach go over her training schedule on their own. When her father’s appointment was over, they would pick Echo up again on their way home, and no one would be any wiser.
Echo swallowed her objections to keeping the others in the dark and dressed for a lunch at the club, packing her running clothes and shoes into a duffel bag just in case. What was a little lying and secret-keeping between friends?
When they arrived, she quickly excused herself and ran down to the locker room to stow the bag and do a final check to calm her nerves and put on the brave face she knew her parents were expecting. You can do this, Echo. For Dad.
Coming into the small and intimate club dining room, Echo searched for her parents, and spotted them in the corner. A dark haired man had his back to her as he leaned across the table to shake her father’s hand. She was about to step towards the table when a waiter appeared to address the trio, and the guy turned to listen.
Holy fuckballs on a cracker. Echo froze, even as her heart hammered a tattoo on her ribs. Cole. Her new coach was fucking Cole?
She was sure it was him. The tilt of his head, his crooked smile. Her hand shot to the place on her neck where she was still using concealer to even out the tone of her skin and a higher collar to cover up the hickey he’d given her.
It’s not possible, she told herself as she watched her parents’ attention shift back to him when the waiter headed for the kitchen. The fancy job he’d been out celebrating was with her damn family. The person he loathed, the one he was dreading working for…was her.
USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
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