Title: Out of the Game
Series: In the Zone
Author: Kate Willoughby
Alex Sullivan may be the San Diego Barracudas’ resident playboy, but he hasn’t been able to forget the woman who kissed him like her life depended on it ten months ago. When he sees her again at a teammate’s wedding, he can’t think of anything but spending more time with her. Preferably naked.
Claire Marzano lost years catering to an overbearing husband, and she’s not going to answer to anyone ever again. A hot fling is just what she needs to get back in the game, and that’s exactly what sexy Alex offers—one wild long weekend away, with no promises or obligations.
But that one weekend changes everything. Despite knowing full well Alex isn’t the kind to ever commit, Claire is falling for him. And Alex secretly imagines a future with his strong, smart “accidental girlfriend.” Until a surprise announcement and an on-ice accident threaten to derail everything…or cause Alex to finally ditch his old ways and become the man Claire needs him to be.
In the two previous books we got glimpses of Alex. He’s the sexy, fun-loving womanizer who enjoys eating junk food and drinking. Until he meets Claire. We also met Claire in the first book, as she finds out about her cheating husband.
Alex and Claire meet up again at a wedding and decide to go away together for a long weekend. Both thinking they’re just going to have some fun and not take things too seriously. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. They find that they truly enjoy each others company and what started off with no strings quickly becomes more, whether or not either one of them want to admit it. Their new relationship is put to the test a couple of times.
I loved their journey and I’m not gonna lie, I did shed a few tears. [I really am a big sap.] I loved the other two books but this one is definitely my favourite in this series. I look forward to reading more from Kate Willoughby. I gave Out of the Game five delicious cups of hot and sweet coffee.
Kate is in love with the sport of hockey. And the entire Los Angeles Kings team. Having lived most of her life completely uninterested in professional sports, she is surprised at the intensity of her enthusiasm and her growing collection of Kings merchandise:
- a Dustin Brown jersey (signed by Jordan Nolan, Dwight King, Jake Muzzin, Willie Mitchell, Slava Voynov, Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, Jim Fox, Andy Andreoff, Tanner Pearson, Martin Jones, Kyle Clifford, and Luc Robitaille.)
- an iPhone case
- four T-shirts
- three lapel pins
- a wristwatch
- a floating charm pendant
- four hats (two beanies, one cap, one Santa hat)
- several play-off towels from 2012, 2013, 2014
- a purple sequined jacket
- replica Stanley Cup Champions banners, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014
- a car windshield sticker and license plate frame
- a fuzzy blanket
and the pièce de résistance…
- an autographed collector card with a swatch of Justin William’s game-worn jersey.
Yeah. Don’t judge her.
She has held a variety of jobs—podiatrist’s assistant, telemarketer, typist, gift wrapper, painter, illustrator’s assistant, paste-up artist, calligrapher, teacher, transcriptionist and barista—but her favorite by far is author. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their two sons, and a Chihuahua named Mochi.
She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and Los Angeles Romance Authors and winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance.