Healthy Scratch: Tampa Suns Hockey

L. J. Burdett
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He wants out of the friend zone…she doesn’t believe in happily ever after.


Relationships are not in Lauren Gentry’s playbook. The only kind she’s willing to consider are friends-with-benefits and even a red-hot and sexy hockey player like Dave Martin isn’t going to change that. Right?


When those chocolate brown eyes threaten to melt her defenses she has to remind herself that her demons from her past could rise up at any moment. Which is going to be pretty hard to do, since she loses herself every time they touch.


Dave used to love the benefits that came easily to professional athletes; especially when they were in the form of puck bunnies who only wanted one night. But when he meets the pint-sized girl with bewitching green eyes and sun-streaked auburn hair his outlook suddenly changes. 


He wants forever with Lauren. Now he just has to convince her.


Can Lauren risk everything for the man she’s secretly been falling for? Or will her past stop her from taking a chance on love?



Healthy Scratch—book #1 of the Tampa Suns Hockey Series—is a standalone romance whose main characters’ lives are intertwined with those introduced in The Clearing the Ice Trilogy. You don’t need to read the trilogy to enjoy Healthy Scratch. The book stands on its own, promises HEA, and no cliffhangers! To heighten your enjoyment of the Tampa Suns Hockey Series, you may wish to read The Clearing the Ice Trilogy

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About the author

Chicago born, honorary Atlanta native, Parisienne at heart. Proud 60’s Flower Child. “Fearless” barrier-breaker for female sports journalists and minor league “batpersons.” While at UGA, scored PR internship with Atlanta Flames NHL team, during its first season. Interviewed future MLB and NHL Hall of Fame members, published in a variety of print media. Wife, mom, PR professional, and finally, 35 years later, published author. Two Westie grand-dogs pretty much run the household.

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Publisher
L. J. Burdett
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Published on
Mar 12, 2019
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781732959002
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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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A hot new standalone in the series that's been called "A total, utter must read." - Book Fanatic


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She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, I find my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.


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The Clearing the Ice box set includes three best-selling hockey romance novels. 


What readers say:


"I loved this trilogy. Being a sports fan made me love it more. I love the characters as they develop during the books and all the obstacles that they had to overcome. Robyn M. Ryan NAILED IT with this book as well as the other two books. Can't wait for her next trilogy. DEFINITE READ!!"....

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This Piece of My Heart


She wasn’t looking for love.


Struggling to live up to the high expectations of overprotective parents and a hefty family name, Caryn Stevens only wants one Summer of Fun before focusing on finishing her college degree. She knows her destiny: to follow her dad as CEO of his multi-billion dollar business. But that plan changes forever one day when she runs into sexy and single professional hockey player, Andrew Chadwick


But love came looking for her.


Sparks instantly fly between the two, and Caryn can’t resist his charms as she discovers that Andrew has a reputation of winning – both on and off the ice. One of the most eligible singles in Toronto  Andrew could have any woman he wants, and he’s got Caryn in sights. But, when Caryn’s parents disapprove of the match and threaten to disinherit her and his hockey team trades him to a new city, it may take more than love for the couple to survive this penalty play.



This Piece of My Soul


They believe love conquers all…


Pro hockey’s golden couple, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick bask in their love, and the limelight reserved for elite professional athletes. An opportunity leads them to a new team in a new city. Neither foresees an event that challenges their love, threatens their marriage


Until it doesn’t.

A life-threatening accident rocks their very core. Shattered by the incident, paralyzed with fear,  Caryn can’t provide the support Andrew needs. Distrust, fears, and secrets construct walls. Each makes choices that take them further apart.


This Piece of My Soul follows the joint and separate paths the couple navigate as each hopes to rediscover the love that can conquer all.



This Piece of Our Being


She no longer believes that love conquers all. 


He questions his convictions. 


Alone, each faces an uncertain future.


Fate, however, has other ideas.


Just as Fate placed their lives on a collision course five years ago, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick’s paths cross once again in Toronto after a four-month separation. Despite Andrew’s assurances that he wants to repair their marriage, Caryn is wary, not certain she can trust him and struggles with doubts and questions about his relationship with a member of his Rehab Team. Wracked with guilt, Andrew questions his determination to return to the Tampa Suns hockey team, and he seeks to convince Caryn their marriage will survive.


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