Changing the Play

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From award-winning author Julia Blake comes a fast-paced romance that offers the perfect mix of competition and passion in the dog-eat-dog world of professional football and sports media.

Rachel Pollard has never been a push-over. That’s why she’s a superstar in the world of sports management, making a name for herself with a shrewd eye for overlooked talent. She certainly isn’t taking any chances with her latest NFL draft prospect, Kevin Loder, who’s poised to shake up the league. But when Nick Ruben, a tenacious sports reporter who also happens to be the crush who ignored her all through high school, picks up the scent of a long-buried story, Rachel suddenly finds herself playing defense for the first time in years.

Nick usually doesn’t strike out with women, but his always-dependable charm isn’t getting him anywhere with Rachel or the interview he needs to save his job from his network’s impending layoffs. He knows he’s pressing hard, but she’s pushing back just as much—it’d almost be fun if his career wasn’t on the line. But after weeks of begging and finally striking a deal for an exclusive, Nick is surprised to realize he wants their relationship to be anything but professional. Now he has to figure out a way to save his job without hurting hers, and to make the girl he overlooked in high school believe he’s worth a shot at love.
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About the author

Julia Blake is the award-winning author of sexy contemporary romances about smart, sassy women and the men who love them. She picked up her first romance novel and the bad habit of reading well past her bedtime when she was thirteen. Years later, she decided to try writing books of her own and never looked back. Julia also writes historical romances under the name Julia Kelly. An Emmy-nominated TV producer and recovering journalist, Julia has called Los Angeles, Iowa, New York, and England home. She never met a pair of stilettos she didn’t love and still stays up too late reading. Readers can visit JuliaKellyWrites.com to learn more about Julia and her books and sign up for her newsletter so they never miss a new release!

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Aug 21, 2017
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781501162756
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Sports
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This content is DRM protected.
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Julia Blake
19 year old Melissa doesn't realise how bored she is with her dead-end life until she meets the beautiful renowned author, Annaliese, and her friends. Seduced by their easy glamour and apparently golden lifestyle, when an opportunity arises to become part of their charmed circle, Melissa desperately grabs it. However, she quickly suspects all is not as it seems within this beautiful world she now inhabits. Exactly who is Annaliese, where does she come from, and why does Melissa feel her new home is a house of secrets? Dismissing her initial doubts, Melissa willingly shrugs off her old persona to become Eve, talented and sophisticated, a valued member of Annaliese's inner circle of friends, accepted and loved by them all, except Caro, Annaliese's oldest friend and trusted confidante. She alone despises Eve with an intense hatred that seems to have its roots buried deep in the past. Years pass and Eve accepts that she will never be more than a friend to Scott, one of the circle and himself an enigma. Taciturn and withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, he too has his secrets. Despairing she will ever break through Scott's solid outer shell to the man within, Eve buries her love for him beneath a layer of friendship. But even Annaliese cannot protect her friends from everything and, when a terrible tragedy strikes, it cracks the perfect facade, threatening to split the circle apart. Having far reaching consequences, bizarrely, it gives Eve a tantalising taste of the happiness she so desperately craves. But then a calculated act of betrayal shatters Eve's world. Destroyed, she leaves, running as far away as she can to a lonely and self-imposed exile, until a message of love from beyond the grave brings her home where, in a shocking twist, the truth is finally revealed and Eve at last understands the true story of her life with Annaliese.
Julia Blake
19 year old Melissa doesn't realise how bored she is with her dead-end life until she meets the beautiful renowned author, Annaliese, and her friends. Seduced by their easy glamour and apparently golden lifestyle, when an opportunity arises to become part of their charmed circle, Melissa desperately grabs it. However, she quickly suspects all is not as it seems within this beautiful world she now inhabits. Exactly who is Annaliese, where does she come from, and why does Melissa feel her new home is a house of secrets? Dismissing her initial doubts, Melissa willingly shrugs off her old persona to become Eve, talented and sophisticated, a valued member of Annaliese's inner circle of friends, accepted and loved by them all, except Caro, Annaliese's oldest friend and trusted confidante. She alone despises Eve with an intense hatred that seems to have its roots buried deep in the past. Years pass and Eve accepts that she will never be more than a friend to Scott, one of the circle and himself an enigma. Taciturn and withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, he too has his secrets. Despairing she will ever break through Scott's solid outer shell to the man within, Eve buries her love for him beneath a layer of friendship. But even Annaliese cannot protect her friends from everything and, when a terrible tragedy strikes, it cracks the perfect facade, threatening to split the circle apart. Having far reaching consequences, bizarrely, it gives Eve a tantalising taste of the happiness she so desperately craves. But then a calculated act of betrayal shatters Eve's world. Destroyed, she leaves, running as far away as she can to a lonely and self-imposed exile, until a message of love from beyond the grave brings her home where, in a shocking twist, the truth is finally revealed and Eve at last understands the true story of her life with Annaliese.
Julia Blake
19 year old Melissa doesn't realise how bored she is with her dead-end life until she meets the beautiful renowned author, Annaliese, and her friends. Seduced by their easy glamour and apparently golden lifestyle, when an opportunity arises to become part of their charmed circle, Melissa desperately grabs it. However, she quickly suspects all is not as it seems within this beautiful world she now inhabits. Exactly who is Annaliese, where does she come from, and why does Melissa feel her new home is a house of secrets? Dismissing her initial doubts, Melissa willingly shrugs off her old persona to become Eve, talented and sophisticated, a valued member of Annaliese's inner circle of friends, accepted and loved by them all, except Caro, Annaliese's oldest friend and trusted confidante. She alone despises Eve with an intense hatred that seems to have its roots buried deep in the past. Years pass and Eve accepts that she will never be more than a friend to Scott, one of the circle and himself an enigma. Taciturn and withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, he too has his secrets. Despairing she will ever break through Scott's solid outer shell to the man within, Eve buries her love for him beneath a layer of friendship. But even Annaliese cannot protect her friends from everything and, when a terrible tragedy strikes, it cracks the perfect facade, threatening to split the circle apart. Having far reaching consequences, bizarrely, it gives Eve a tantalising taste of the happiness she so desperately craves. But then a calculated act of betrayal shatters Eve's world. Destroyed, she leaves, running as far away as she can to a lonely and self-imposed exile, until a message of love from beyond the grave brings her home where, in a shocking twist, the truth is finally revealed and Eve at last understands the true story of her life with Annaliese.
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