Third Degree

Diamond Brides Series

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A marriage of convenience is must-see reality TV in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Chef Ashley Harris wants to own a restaurant—that's why she attended culinary school, and that's why she tolerates working for the world's most lecherous restaurateur.


The Raleigh Rockets' third baseman Josh Cantor wants to launch an investment restaurant with the family recipes he loved growing up. Josh has been promised that treasure trove—but only if he can convince his grandmother that he's dating again, after a traumatic divorce.


When a cooking reality show comes to Raleigh, Ashley and Josh must compete against each other to achieve their dreams—even when the flames in the bedroom roar higher than the ones in their kitchens.  In the end, only one cook can win Who Wears the Apron.  Will their relationship survive this trial by fire?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the fifth book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include a marriage of convenience, southern living, reality tv cooking shows with amazing food, chefs, and foodies, families coping with Alzheimer’s, senility, dementia and other medical crises, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere through stories. As a writer, Mindy has traveled through various genres, including hot contemporary romance. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her to-be-read shelf.

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Jul 1, 2014
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9781611384079
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A widow and a bad-boy hero with PTSD find healing in a fake engagement in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Drew Marshall, the Raleigh Rockets' bad-boy shortstop, is about to be cut from the team.  In the midst of spring training, his baseball skills are slipping, and his recent scrapes with the law have put him in hot water.


Drew's agent hires spin doctor Jessica Barnes to save the shortstop's career.  Although she knows nothing about baseball, she is determined to work day and night to save Drew. Then, maybe, she can prove she's over the death of her risk-taking husband.


The new-image campaign spirals out of control when a well-intentioned teammate announces Jessica is Drew's secret fiancée.  Now trapped in the same hotel room, the couple crafts a fake engagement to satisfy ravenous reporters, all the while doing their best to resist a mutual attraction that's hotter than the Florida weather.


Can their relationship possibly survive when it's built on secrets and lies?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the sixth book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include a fake relationship (fake engagement or fake fiancé or fake fiancée), a widow rebuilding her life, a bad-boy survivor of childhood trauma overcoming abuse and PTSD, spring training (Grapefruit League) on the Florida Gulf Coast, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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A cocky baseball player and the girl next door move from friends to lovers in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Adam Sartain is the face of the Rockets baseball franchise, a long-time left fielder with an easy-going attitude and a reputation for helping out in the community.


Haley Thurman is literally the girl next door; she and Adam grew up like siblings, raising hell and sneaking out for late-night hijinks at the neighboring Reeves Farm.  Now, Haley dreams of buying the farm for her no-kill animal shelter.


Haley's plan is perfect, until Adam learns the farm is for sale.  His unscrupulous manager has cleaned out his bank account, and the only way he can regain his fortune, save his reputation, and continue to fund a charity for underserved kids is to buy the farm and develop it as high-end condos.  


Sparks fly as Haley and Adam fight over the farm—and neither is prepared for the heat when they realize they aren't just neighbors any more…


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the seventh book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include a friends to lovers romance with a best friend’s little sister feel, featuring a bachelorette or bachelor auction to raise money for an animal shelter (along with outdoor education), major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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A cocky baseball player shows his best friend's little sister a good time after she's jilted in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance! 


Actress Lindsey Ormond has always followed the rules: be nice, keep quiet, and never, ever get involved with a bad boy.  But her good behavior has yielded lousy results—she’s been left at the altar for the second time in two years.


Raleigh Rockets center fielder Ryan Green keeps life simple—play ball, have fun, and keep an eye on his recently widowed father.  When Ryan attends Lindsey's disaster of a wedding, another sizzling task hits his to-do list: help Lindsey learn how to break the rules.  


Before long, Ryan is showing Lindsey just how much fun she's been missing—in the bedroom and beyond. But Lindsey's brother Zach is part of the Rockets' management team, and he disapproves of their new relationship.  And Zach just offered Ryan's father the job of a lifetime.


When the conflict moves center stage, how will Ryan balance his relationship with Lindsey, his love for his father, and his duty to the team?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the eighth book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include an innocent, naïve, good girl heroine who is a jilted (left at the altar) actress bride, an easy-going, bad-boy hero who falls for his best friend’s little sister, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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Opposites attract when a high-strung lady lawyer blackmails a superstitious, cocky baseball player in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Teetering on the brink of success as a patent lawyer, Amanda Carter is courting financial disaster. She's juggling her family's crippling medical expenses and a huge payment to join her law firm partners—nearly impossible burdens because her father stole her identity. If she doesn’t pay up and win her current case, everything she’s worked for will crash to a humiliating end.


Easy-going right fielder Kyle Norton is mired in the worst hitting slump of his career—until a black-haired beauty in the stands offers him her sunglasses. Slump broken, superstitious Kyle is convinced Amanda is the key to the championship his team so desperately wants to win for its dying owner.


Kyle needs Amanda to give him her glasses at every game. Amanda needs to bury herself in work and win the lawsuit—if she can find the money to buy into the firm. Soon, Amanda and Kyle are locked in battle, united by need, and consumed by passion.


In the end, can either one be always right?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the ninth book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include an opposites attract romance where a professional, analytic lady lawyer decides to blackmail and extort money from a superstitious hero, along with major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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Forbidden romance as America's sweetheart beauty queen meets a cocky pitcher in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Samantha Winger is using her beauty pageant title to launch a music program for kids. The only catch? She has to follow the contest’s rules, maintaining absolute “decorum” in public.


That’s easy, until DJ Thomas—God’s gift to baseball—throws her a wild pitch. The Raleigh Rockets’ star pitcher slams her in an interview, and the video goes viral.


Sam’s no shrinking violet. She parlays DJ’s apology into a national TV appearance—and a very unexpected, very public kiss.  Soon paparazzi catch the couple in a steamy make-out session, and Sam’s music program is at risk. The blazing hot relationship is threatened even more when DJ’s son begs to trade in Little League for music class.


How will Sam and DJ sizzle past the sour notes to find their perfect pitch?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the first book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each book can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include forbidden love, a relationship between a single parent (single dad or single father) and a beauty queen from a beauty pageant like Miss America, an instant family, a school music program, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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A widow and a bad-boy hero with PTSD find healing in a fake engagement in this sexy stand-alone baseball romance!


Drew Marshall, the Raleigh Rockets' bad-boy shortstop, is about to be cut from the team.  In the midst of spring training, his baseball skills are slipping, and his recent scrapes with the law have put him in hot water.


Drew's agent hires spin doctor Jessica Barnes to save the shortstop's career.  Although she knows nothing about baseball, she is determined to work day and night to save Drew. Then, maybe, she can prove she's over the death of her risk-taking husband.


The new-image campaign spirals out of control when a well-intentioned teammate announces Jessica is Drew's secret fiancée.  Now trapped in the same hotel room, the couple crafts a fake engagement to satisfy ravenous reporters, all the while doing their best to resist a mutual attraction that's hotter than the Florida weather.


Can their relationship possibly survive when it's built on secrets and lies?


This spicy stand-alone HEA with no cliffhanger is the sixth book in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include a fake relationship (fake engagement or fake fiancé or fake fiancée), a widow rebuilding her life, a bad-boy survivor of childhood trauma overcoming abuse and PTSD, spring training (Grapefruit League) on the Florida Gulf Coast, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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Strong women meet cocky baseball players in three sexy stand-alone baseball romances!


Perfect Pitch: Love is forbidden as beauty queen Samantha Winger prepares to launch a pageant-sponsored music program for kids. Samantha is willing to follow the rules until left-handed pitcher DJ Thomas throws her a wild pitch—a very public kiss neither of them can forget.


Catching Hell: Team owner Anna Benson is a willing “May” to catcher Zach Ormond very sexy “December.” Anna’s had a crush on Zach since she was a girl. That makes it all the more difficult when she must trade him for the good of the Rockets, just when she’d rather keep him forever—on her team and in her bed.


Reaching First: Hotheaded Tyler Brock is assigned community service after a bar fight, working for uptight Emily Holt. Emily is ready to shed her secret, unwanted virginity, and the couple hits it off, in more ways than one. But when illiterate Tyler shirks his book-bound community service, Emily must hold him accountable.


These spicy stand-alone HEAs with no cliffhangers are the first three books in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky's Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include forbidden love, a relationship between a single parent (single dad or single father) and a beauty queen from a beauty pageant like Miss America, an instant family, a school music program, unrequited love, a May December romance (between a cradle robber and his boss), a no-trade clause contract dispute, love that sparks amid medical crises in a hospital, an opposites attract relationship between a disabled hero who has dyslexia and a criminal past and an innocent, naïve, virgin heroine who happens to be a vegetarian, major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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Strong women meet cocky baseball players in three sexy stand-alone baseball romances!


Second Thoughts: Photographer Jamie Martin is thrilled to land a job with the Rockets…until she must work with her ex-fiancé, second baseman Nick Durban. Although Nick doesn’t know he fathered Jamie’s child, Jamie is so determined to keep him out of her life that she tries online dating—never dreaming Nick’s her perfect electronic match!


Third Degree: Chef Ashley Harris and third baseman Josh Cantor are pitted against each other in a cooking reality TV show. The flames in the bedroom roar higher than the ones in their kitchens, but only one lover can win the grand prize—a gourmet restaurant at Rockets Field.


Stopping Short: Bad-boy shortstop Drew Marshall will be cut from the team if spin doctor Jessica Barnes can’t save his career. Widowed Jessica knows nothing about baseball, and her job is made infinitely harder when a well-intentioned teammate announces she is Drew’s secret fiancée. 


These spicy stand-alone HEAs with no cliffhangers are the middle three books in USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky’s Diamond Brides baseball series.


The Diamond Brides Baseball Series:


Each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order.


Perfect Pitch (DJ Thomas and Samantha Winger)

Catching Hell (Zach Ormond and Anna Benson)

Reaching First (Tyler Brock and Emily Holt)

Second Thoughts (Nick Durban and Jamie Martin)

Third Degree (Josh Cantor and Ashley Harris)

Stopping Short (Drew Marshall and Jessica Barnes)

From Left Field (Adam Sartain and Haley Thurman)

Center Stage (Ryan Green and Lindsey Ormond)

Always Right (Kyle Norton and Amanda Carter)


If you like passionate stories that include a secret baby, reunion, and second chance romance for college sweethearts, with a smart driven hero and a single parent (single mother or single mom) heroine trying to find love through online dating, a marriage of convenience, southern living, reality tv cooking shows with amazing food, chefs, and foodies, families coping with Alzheimer’s, senility, dementia and other medical crises, fake relationship (fake engagement or fake fiancé or fake fiancée), a widow rebuilding her life, a bad-boy survivor of childhood trauma overcoming abuse and PTSD, spring training (Grapefruit League) on the Florida Gulf Coast,  major league baseball, athletes, sports, alpha males, a bad boy hero, a strong female lead, and a sexy, spicy, hot contemporary romance beach read, this is the book for you!


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