Title: Change My Mind (Kemmons Brothers Baseball #2)
Author: Elley Arden
Published Date: September 9th 2013
Published by: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nothing is going to stop Nel Parker from raising her fledgling real estate agency to the top of the heap. When she returns two dogs to a million-dollar mansion with a dumpster in the driveway, she thinks the house is her lucky break. But the owner turns out to be a moody professional baseball player with a complicated agenda of his own, leaving Nel to fear her plans for real estate domination are doomed.
Centerfielder Grey Kemmons is spending the off-season renovating the house he inherited from his father. It’s a miserable job, but he’s doing it anyway—because somebody has to pay back the money his father stole. When a spitfire of a woman in a surprisingly attractive package shows up wanting to list the house, he agrees to pacify her with a tour, never expecting the mutually beneficial business relationship that ensues.
As weeks go by, business turns to pleasure with Nel and Grey believing the temporary nature of their time together will protect their hearts. Too bad nothing can protect them or prepare them for love.
Grey dragged his gaze from the pet-shop-in-a-trunk to level narrow eyes on the blonde spitfire beside him. “How do you know my name and that this is my house?”
“Allegheny County tax assessments.”
He grunted, a feeling of unease hardening his muscles. “What else do you know about me?”
“That once this baseball season starts, you’ll be too busy to be tied to a home like this.”
Great. He roughed a palm over his face until his fingers tucked beneath his stocking cap, and he pushed the hat back on his head to release some steam.
It was always the same. People knowing every little detail about him before he knew anything significant about them. Yeah, yeah, he’d heard it all, how it was a fair trade for the money he made and the envious game he played, but as the years went by, he wasn’t so sure.
“Listen, I don’t want anyone to know I’m here or what I’m doing,” he warned. “It’s nobody’s business but mine.”
“And your realtor’s.” She grinned. “I’ll be completely discreet. Nobody will know this house is getting ready for listing until the sign post is driven into the front yard.”
He tugged his cap back in place, wishing he could pull it over his eyes and make her go away. But by the gleam in her eyes and the set of her jaw, he could tell she wasn’t going anywhere. She was a realtor; sniffing around his property. And here he thought she was a baseball groupie, sniffing around him.
Huh. He’d been bamboozled by a pixie in a wool suit with a trunkful of marrow bones.
“You need me, Mr. Kemmons.” She pressed her pouty lips together and nodded, making her sunny curls dance.
A spark ignited his belly, and he fidgeted against the burning, shifting his weight from one foot to the other.
“I know houses, and I know this market,” she continued. “If it’s a quick sale you want,
I’ll make it happen. If it’s top-dollar you need, I’ll make that happen, too.”
What if he wanted to find her naked in his bed? Could she arrange that, too?
He slammed shut his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose out of pure disgust. This wasn’t the time or place to be making decisions with his dick, but he was overworked and under the gun, and she was apparently an easy distraction.
This whole thing had trouble written all over it.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies’ naps. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only beginning..
Elley writes provocative contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.
Book #1 in the Series:
Save My Soul
Psychotherapist Maggie Collins has always been a little off the proverbial wall, but now she’s also knee deep in a delayed quarter-life crisis. With her meager paychecks devoured by student loan debt, a car payment and rent for office space, living at home with a flighty, folk-singing mother seemed like a good idea…at first. Now Maggie’s not so sure. She wants space to sort things out and launch a life of her own, but she needs a cushion of cash to get there. When an unexpected phone call brings an offer Maggie can’t refuse, she’s one deal with the devil away from moving out of her mother’s house.
The devil of contract negotiations, baseball agent Jordon Kemmons, has a problem the usual experts can't fix...his star pitcher is too depressed to throw strikes. Even worse, Jordon's post-divorce grudge against women is turning him into a raging mess. If desperate times call for desperate measures, then cynical Jordon has made the most desperate move of all. He's hoping sexy psychotherapist Maggie Collins is the answer to all his rusty prayers.
Soon Maggie and Jordon are fighting an attraction that threatens everything they've ever believed. If it's not just physical attraction...if it's something more, maybe two wrongs can make a right.