The Philadelphia Patriots Boxed Set

V.K. Sykes

 From award-winning author V.K. Sykes, three steamy, full-length romances about three sexy sports heroes and the women who challenge them at the game of love.

FASTBALL: A Prequel Novel

Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the Philadelphia Patriots major league baseball team.  But in order to make it to the top tier of sports reporting, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating injury, the last thing Jake needs is a pushy female reporter distracting him.  But one look at Maddie and he finds himself trying for a different kind of play, one that involves bedrooms and not baseball stats.  Sleeping together could damage both their careers, and Maddie is all about saying no.  But when it comes to the game of love, Jake is playing to win.

HARDBALL: Philadelphia Patriots, book 1

Winner of The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest

After years of hard work, Dr. Holly Bell has finally landed a position as a cardiac surgeon at a prestigious children’s hospital in Philadelphia.  She’s always been about her dedication to work, and she’s not letting anything or anyone get in her way.  And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in Holly’s way.

Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, is at the height of his game, with a great career and the most gorgeous women in town in full pursuit.  Nate has everything he wants, or at least he thinks he does, until he meets the beautiful and brainy Dr. Holly Bell.  He’s totally up for a hot affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest. 

But when the lovely doctor starts changing the rules, Nate realizes he just might be playing for keeps. 

BIGGER THAN BECKHAM: Philadelphia Patriots, Book 2

Sports journalist Martha Winston’s life goes sideways when she inherits a Florida soccer team from her father.  The team is almost bankrupt and on the skids, but Martha has vowed to save her beloved father’s legacy.  But she needs to get a financial infusion fast, or else lose the team to the wolves baying at her door.

Former British soccer hero Tony Branch wants to add Martha’s team to his growing sports empire.  But he wants it strictly on his terms—full control, not a partnership.   When Martha turns him down flat, he’s determined to change her mind by any means necessary.  If that includes using the sexual heat flaring between them, Tony is more than willing to play a game of seduction.

The award-winning Philadelphia Patriots Series


Prequel: Fastball (Maddie & Jake)

Book One: Hardball (Holly & Nate)

Book Two: Bigger Than Beckham (Martha & Tony)

Book Three: Curveball (Taylor & Ryan)

Book Four: Payoff Pitch (Teddy & Noah)

Book Five: Scoring Position (Kate & Nick)

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V.K. Sykes
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Feb 12, 2013
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A gripping romantic suspense from USA Today Bestselling author V.K. Sykes

The brutal murder of her twin sister drove Amy Robitaille into a career as a homicide detective for Palm Beach County. When a serial killer targets the wives of local baseball players, Amy has more than just a professional interest at stake—her only surviving sister fits the profile of the other victims. Amy’s hell-bent on catching the killer, to protect her sister and finally lay to rest the demons that haunt her.

A former soldier and a pro baseball star, Luke Beckett has just retired from the game and is looking to move on with his life. When he’s asked to consult on the serial killer case, he finds the challenge he needs—despite strident objections from the intriguing lead officer on the case, Detective Robitaille.

Annoyed that the brass has gone over her head, Amy has no time to babysit a celebrity consultant, even if he is dangerously enticing. But she soon discovers that Luke is no lightweight. When the killer starts closing in on Amy and her family, she’ll need Luke’s expertise and help—or risk becoming the killer’s next victim. 

Semi-finalist, The Kindle Book Review’s Best Kindle Books Award 

“Lethal Confessions is a gritty, emotionally charged, romantic suspense story set in the South Florida world of minor league baseball and one I highly recommend.” ~The Romance Dish

“A great romance book about minor league baseball and a female cop chasing a serial killer. Lots of suspense!” –Amazon Reviewer

I have debts to pay and secrets to keep. When someone threatens my life, I crash into him: Jackson Ludlow

The recluse billionaire of New York

Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.

So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money. 

We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding. 

I’m impatient and inexperienced. 

The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets. 

And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.

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“Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!” - Wendy Ballard ★★★★★

“It had the perfect amount of twists and turns. I instantaneously bonded with the heroine and of course Mr. Black. YUM. It's sexy, it's sassy, it's steamy. It's everything.” - Khardine Gray, Bestselling Romance Author ★★★★★

 A brand new book in the USA Today Bestselling PHILADELPHIA PATRIOTS series of sexy sports romances!

Big, tough, sexy…and trouble.

As far as sports agent Kate Berlin is concerned, that describes Nick Rome perfectly. Landing the hard-charging, talented catcher as her new client is a huge coup, and Nick could catapult her small agency into the big leagues—or destroy her reputation if she screws up. Since Nick has a habit of butting heads with Patriots management, the chance for disaster is high.

Nick’s had serious agent troubles, so he’s willing to give smart and sexy Kate Berlin a try at negotiating his new and much-needed contract. The hardworking single mom is determined to manage Nick both on and off the field, clamping down on the attraction blazing between them. But nobody keeps Nick Rome under control—either on the field or in the bedroom.

Can Kate handle Nick as both her lover and her client, or will succumbing to passion destroy the professional life she’s worked so hard to achieve?

The Philadelphia Patriots Series

Fastball: A Prequel Novel

Book One: Hardball

Book Two: Bigger Than Beckham

Book Three: Curveball

Book Four: Payoff Pitch

Praise for The Philadelphia Patriots:

“This series is excellent and the 4th instalment does not disappoint. The Sykes tell a great story and for those of us that enjoy the sports aspect and the romance aspect it’s the best of both worlds…Curveball gets a GRAND SLAM – 5 Stars from SYMFB!” ~ Save Your Money for Books

“Spicy new sports romance that knocks it out of the park!”  The Kindle Romance Review on Payoff Pitch

"PAYOFF PITCH delights with likable characters and loads of realism." ~4 stars, Single Title Reviews


Kate was glad she hadn’t yet taken a drink of the Scotch since she likely would have done a spit-take. Nick Rome was nothing if not blunt. And a little intimidating, especially when he pulled his chair so close that she could feel the heat radiating off his wickedly muscular body. She’d never seen him in anything other than a baseball uniform, and then only from seats high in the ballpark stands or in photographs. But even at a distance, he was clearly one seriously hot dude. Every female in Philadelphia—maybe the whole country—knew that.

But sitting this close, Kate could even see the grain of bristle on his hard jaw and the knowing glitter in his dark gaze. In fact, he was so damn masculine and sexy he was practically giving her heart palpitations. Nick Rome might not be tall as professional athletes go—about six-one or so—but he was built like a human Freightliner. There was nothing trim or tapered or elegant about the guy. He didn’t even look super-athletic. He just looked powerful. Dominant, robust, hard as nails—those were the descriptions that slid easily into her head. From his massive shoulders through his deep chest to big, muscular thighs, Nick Rome looked more like a middle linebacker or even a military commando than a ballplayer. His hands—callused and rough catcher’s hands—were huge.

Kate couldn’t wait to find out whether his dominating physique was matched by an equally tough, take-charge personality. From his reputation, she suspected it was.

“Am I coming on too strong, too close? Do you want me to back off?” Nick asked when she didn’t respond right away.

Yeah, but no way would she admit that. “Not at all.” She gave him a sugary-sweet smile. “Are you hard of hearing? I could speak louder if you like.”

Nick laughed, a deep bass rumble that vibrated through her in all the right places. “This is just the sort of gamesmanship our jackass general manager tries to pull off on agents and players. Consider it a test you just passed.”

Kate raised her brows. “You’re saying Dembinski invades your personal space?”

When he scooted back a foot, she could finally breathe again. “No, but he might try to invade yours. The man likes his women, and you’re smoking hot, Kate, in case you haven’t noticed.”

He relaxed his awesome body into the uncomfortable looking chair, sipping his Scotch as if he’d just made a comment on the slightly chilly weather outside on this early May evening. As far as Kate was concerned, it might be a case of the pot calling the kettle black when it came to the Patriots general manager, given what she knew about Nick Rome’s rakish reputation.

“I’ll try not to wear something quite as sexy as this wild outfit for negotiations,” she said dryly. “Maybe a plastic trash bag or grubby sweats would do the trick.”

“Nah, even then you’d still look sexy.” His voice held a low, growly note that almost made her shiver.

Well, it did make her shiver, which was a bit annoying. Fun was fun, but it was time to get down to business.

Book Four in the USA Today Bestselling Philadelphia Patriots Series


He's a billionaire ballplayer...


Noah Cade, pitcher for the Patriots, has big problems. He's recovering from a serious injury and he's just been saddled with his sick aunt's crazy dogs. Then there's his dad, a wealthy oilman who wants Noah to retire from baseball and step into his shoes as CEO of the family corporation. Noah just wants to pitch again and help his team win the World Series, but his family keeps dragging him in the opposite direction.


She's a small town girl...


Teddy Quinn started a dog walking business for rich people, hoping she could pay for law school and her fight against the oil corporations drilling the heck out of her small hometown. When Noah Cade hires her as a full-time dog sitter, it seems like the answer to Teddy's financial woes. But the boundaries get blurred when she starts falling for her boss, who uses all his formidable skills to lure her into his bed.


When Teddy discovers Noah's father owns Baron Energy, she's devastated. How can she work for--or love--a man whose family stands for everything she hates?


The award-winning Philadelphia Patriots Series


Prequel: Fastball (Maddie & Jake)

Book One: Hardball (Holly & Nate)

Book Two: Bigger Than Beckham (Martha & Tony)

Book Three: Curveball (Taylor & Ryan)

Book Four: Payoff Pitch (Teddy & Noah)

Book Five: Scoring Position (Kate & Nick)


"PAYOFF PITCH delights with likable characters and loads of realism." ~4 stars, Single Title Reviews


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