Catching Luke

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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He needs someone like her . . .

Luke Garibaldi is a member of the Outlaws' dugout of bad boys and the league's premier catcher. On the diamond, he plays to win, but when it comes to his private life, what the league doesn't know won't hurt, right? He spends his off hours breaking the rules: riding his motorcycle and putting his legendary arms too close to the asphalt, and playing the field. After all, with his body and his skills, he can have any woman he wants. Except Lara.

She needs to stay far away from guys like him . . .

Sports therapist Lara Andretti doesn't have time to play around with baseball players. Especially baseball players as hot as Luke Garibaldi. (Okay, maybe she has a little time to play around with a guy as hot as Luke Garibaldi.) But Lara's not looking for anything serious, especially with Luke's playboy reputation and cocky attitude. Besides her heart's still hurting from the last man who crushed it, and she's ready to leave town and make a fresh start.

But when an accident brings their lives together, and their attraction turns into something more, it becomes clear that the road to happily ever after is never easy. Can they find their way back to each other and win the game of love?
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Debra Elise lives with her husband and their two sons in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves to read, nap, write, watch reality TV, and daydreams how to make her characters come alive for her readers. She also enjoys hanging out with other author-type individuals and teasing her three 'boys' into displaying their killer smiles.

Most days find her carpooling, avoiding laundry and spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter, and Pinterest, and Instagram and Tumblr (sigh). She will soon be starting a self-help group for social media addicts-maybe.

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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Published on
Dec 13, 2016
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781681193205
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Sports
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