Genres: Contemporary Romance
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My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order.
Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs.
The ups? Endless women to f*ck.
The downs? The politics that came with the job.
From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced
to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldnÔÇÖt
keep my eyes off of her.
The best IÔÇÖd hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined sheÔÇÖd be
the game changer.
Brett Owens was my assignment.
Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks
should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that.
From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It
wasnÔÇÖt five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my
dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed.
This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or
how many things he whispered in my ear.
He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and
my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyoneÔÇÖs
The Playbook is a stand-alone novel.
Title: The Playbook
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Best way to sum up this story? ┬áA tale of two people who appear to be opposites but are really soul mates when you get down to the core of every issue. ┬áThey were brought together by football – she is a reporter for ESPN and he is a hot, young coach in Austin. ┬áHe’s never settled down, focusing on on his career and all of its perks. ┬áShe’s in the same boat; she wants to get out of college football and make her mark in the NFL reporting scene.
While they’re both amazing at what they do, it’s not enough once they finally accept they have feelings for each other. ┬áIt’s a very interesting setup (or rather┬áplay) to see how both Brett and Aubrey are forced to re-evaluate their lives, decisions, and paths; are their projected paths enough for them or do they need to call a different play?
Brett reminded me of a misunderstood playboy. ┬áWhile he was well-acquainted in a biblical sense with the fairer sex, what most people did not see that he was truly a good guy underneath the hanky-panky facade (just ask his assistant). ┬áI really liked learning about his family and how Brett came to certain realizations with grace and pride.
Even though there is some drama (of course we need the angst factor), it all flows accordingly and enriches the story. ┬áYou’ll find that Aubrey is a mirror to Brett. ┬áHer personality, desires, and values are in line with his, even if she doesn’t realize it until later in the game. ┬áI admire her tenacity, strength, and drive to pursue her dreams. ┬áShe won’t be held back. ┬áThe beauty of all her decisions is that she isn’t held back by any of her decisions – she’s really following her heart.
Reaching into my brief case, I took out my notebook that I had already filled with research on Brett and the university college program.
I flipped through the endless pages of notes until I found a blank page.
ÔÇ£So, IÔÇÖm assuming since itÔÇÖs spring training, IÔÇÖll be granted full access to the stadium.ÔÇØ Peeking up at Brett, I added, ÔÇ£That includes the locker rooms.ÔÇØ
His jaw muscles flexed and I couldnÔÇÖt help but smile. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖd like to really observe you, Mr. Owens, for the first week or two here at work. Really get an understanding of your work habits and ethics with the team and, of course, your habits away from the team as well.ÔÇØ
His lips parted to say something, but Mr. Stevenson coughed and Brett shut his mouth.
ÔÇ£This piece is going to be about getting to know Brett Owens. Three-time national championship winner. Youngest head football coach in college football, and rumored ladiesÔÇÖ man.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£What?ÔÇØ Brett gasped, nearly chocking on his own spit.
I shrugged and flipped through my notes where I found a reference to picture in People magazine.
ÔÇ£Yes, here it is. A picture of you with two women on your arms exiting a bar in downtown Austin. I believe it was on New YearÔÇÖs Eve.ÔÇØ I held it up for him to see.
His eyes narrowed and I swear they turned black. ÔÇ£What in the hell do you have written down in that book?ÔÇØ
I pointed to my notebook, while keeping my focus fixed on him. ÔÇ£This notebook?ÔÇØ
When his hand combed through his hair, I felt a tug in my lower stomach that I quickly pushed aside.
ÔÇ£Yes, that notebook, Aubrey! I donÔÇÖt see another notebook on the fucking table.ÔÇØ
My head drew back with raised eyebrows. I quickly flipped back to the empty page and wrote a note.
Curses like a damn sailor.
ÔÇ£Wh-what are you writing?ÔÇØ
I couldnÔÇÖt help but feel giddy knowing I was getting to him. ÔÇ£Just taking some notes, thatÔÇÖs all.ÔÇØ
Brett leaned closer to me as I covered the note with my hand. ÔÇ£What did you say? I saw sailor written down!ÔÇØ
I flashed him an evil smile which only irritated him more, causing him to curse more under his breath.
Mr. Stevenson sighed heavily next to me. ÔÇ£Oh, for the love of God. The two of you are going to have to learn to play nice. Your boss, Ms. Cain, and the president of the university, want this thing to happen. Now I hope you will shine a more positive light on Mr. Owens and not focus on hisÔÇª on his umÔÇöÔÇØ
Brett and I both looked at him, anxiously waiting for him to finish his sentence.
ÔÇ£On my what?ÔÇØ Brett questioned.
With a roll of his eyes, Mr. Stevenson answered, ÔÇ£On the colorful lifestyle you lead outside of work.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£That was gently put,ÔÇØ I mumbled.
ÔÇ£Please, call me Aubrey.ÔÇØ
He nodded. ÔÇ£Aubrey, you will have full access so getting in places will not be an issue. I advise you to stick close to Brett until you learn your way around.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Pat will be fine.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Pat, it is.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Now, I believe, Brett, you have a staff meeting at noon.ÔÇØ
I swear it looked like Brett was sitting over there pouting. It probably killed him he had no safe-zone to hide in. I was going to be stuck to him like glue. Oh, this made me all kinds of happy right now.
ÔÇ£Yeah. ItÔÇÖs at noon.ÔÇØ
Pat stood. ÔÇ£Good, show Aubrey around and to the office sheÔÇÖll be using.ÔÇØ
My heart skipped a beat in my chest. ÔÇ£Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me to have a place to work while IÔÇÖm here. ThatÔÇÖs very thoughtful of you.ÔÇØ
He looked at Brett and then me. ÔÇ£DonÔÇÖt thank me, thank Brett. It was his idea.ÔÇØ
My head snapped to the side as I looked at him. That was totally unexpected, and I couldnÔÇÖt hide the fact that it made my chest tighten some.