Welcome to the blog tour for COURTING KATE, the first book in the adult contemporary sports romance series, Panthers Players, by Tori Kron. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: COURTING KATE
Series: Panthers Players #1
Author: Tori Kron
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: June 23, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU
Slapped with court ordered community service for brawling—again, Miller Cassidy, the Indianapolis Panther’s star player, is forced into laboring under stodgy non-profit supervisor, Kate Gallagher. Her saving grace—she happens to be best friends with Stella, the woman he’s been chasing for years.
Despite the masses falling for his charm, Kate doesn’t care for Miller’s notorious reputation or his flippant behavior. But wanting to impress her strict boss, she agrees to a trade that could give them both a shot at success.
Propelled into an unlikely alliance, Miller finds himself taking a defensive stance when he sees beyond Kate’s hard exterior. And Kate is equally thrown off guard when she discovers there’s more to Miller than games.
But is love worth sacrificing friendship? And can Miller let go of the feelings for Stella he’s held onto for years?
In love and basketball, it’s five fouls and you’re out, and every play counts.
“You’re just a regular kamikaze, eh?”
“What?” Wrinkles pinched above Kate’s brow.
“Self-destructive.” Miller’s hands fanned out like an explosion as his mouth added a matching sound effect. “I didn’t peg you for the type, but you’re willing to go down in flames just to prove you’re right, huh?”
His sister, Reagan, was like that. Stubborn to a fault. Never willing to admit she was wrong, even if she was three miles from the truth.
“From what I hear, you’re pretty familiar with fire, too,” Kate replied.
“I suppose.” Miller ran his right hand through his thick hair.
He was aware that most people were familiar with his reputation, but Miller didn’t like to talk about it. Most of what the general public knew was just perception anyways, not reality.
“You’re welcome for the help, by the way.” Miller wanted to change the focus back to Kate. He got more than enough attention in a day.
“I didn’t need to be rescued,” Kate replied. For a moment she left Miller lagging behind as she made haste for her office.
Calling after her, Miller replied with a knowing chuckle, “The brief interaction I heard says you did.”
“I think we all know your judgement is a little off.”
Kate’s brisk walk picked up speed, but the athlete easily kept pace. He ran sprints for thirty minutes every day for crying out loud. Surely, she didn’t think she’d outrun him? Why was she even trying to do so in the first place? Unless she’d put two and two together and figured out his motive. Even so, Kate couldn’t escape the fate that awaited with a quick canter, so why leave them both winded?
A copy machine zoomed through sheets of paper as they passed by a workroom on the way to Kate’s office. Her face illuminated with the glow of her welcome screen as she slipped into her high back desk chair.
“You know where the call center is.” Kate motioned for the door. “I’ll find you later to discuss details for next week.”
Surely, she didn’t think she was getting off the hook that easily?
“I do.” The player plopped down in the plastic visitor chair settled in front of Kate’s modern, metal desk. Matching silver frames hosted candid pictures of friends, including Stella, and a portrait of a mother and two children. It was interesting, Miller thought, to see Kate smiling in the photographs because she rarely did so in person. At least, she hadn’t in the short bit of time he’d known her.
“You’re free to go now. I mean, you couldn’t wait to start calling, right?” Sarcasm rolled from Kate’s tongue. “That’s what you told Marlene.”
“Apparently lying to her is on trend.” Miller’s arms folded across his chest. “Because it seems you did the same thing yesterday.”
Kate’s cheeks flushed a light shade of pink. “I didn’t have any choice. You heard how she harps on me. I couldn’t tell her that you left just because you felt like it. I’d be one check mark closer to fired.”
“I told you that I’ll gladly help you erase some of those marks,” Miller said. “Or I suppose I could see if she can add a few more. I am pretty good at being bad.”
Kate’s chair squeaked as she leaned forward. “You wouldn’t.”
“You know enough about my reputation to know I would,” Miller said, a wry grin plastered upon his face. “But I won’t have to if you agree to help me win Stella back.”
“I said no.” Kate’s stern eyes met the athlete’s.
“Yes, but that was before,” Miller said. “Before you saw how easily Marlene would believe me over you. Before you realized just how quickly you could lose.”
Kate’s anxious foot flipped her heel off and on.
“You can’t hold me to an impossible task,” Kate replied. “Stella may not want to be won, and then what? You trash my career just because she decides she’s better than you? That’s not fair.”
“I suppose I can’t hold her final decision against you. But if I sense you’re slacking off instead of trying, well—” Miller’s arms took weight as he leaned forward in the seat and propped his upper body across the front of Kate’s desk. “All’s fair.”
About the Author
Tori Kron has spent ten years educating middle school students in the art of English writing. She is a proud graduate of Purdue University, where she discovered a love for nearby Chicago and the adventures that awaited within. When Tori isn’t in front of the classroom, you can find her working with fellow authors in the Midwest Writers Guild or traveling the world with friends. In between excursions, she happily resides in Evansville, Indiana with her husband and son.
a Rafflecopter giveaway