Today I am so pleased to welcome Jax Calder to Joyfully Jay. Jax has come to talk to us about her latest release, Playing Offside. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
I couldn’t believe I’d slipped up like that and actually gotten off with a teammate. And not just any teammate. Tyler Bannings, of all people. The cocky upstart who didn’t even hide the fact he was eying my starting spot like it was a birthday cake with his name written on it.
The first international test match loomed large on the horizon. How difficult it was going to be to move past my slip-up was hammered home when I arrived at the hotel around midday the day before the test match to discover I was rooming with Tyler again.
Great. Nothing like a dose of awkwardness with a side helping of cringe.
Sure enough, when I arrived in the room Tyler was sprawled out on the bed closest to the door scrolling through his phone.
“Hey, roomie,” he greeted me with a smug smirk. And fuck if I didn’t have a momentarily impulse to kiss that smirk off his face, to leave him breathless and panting. Because I was now acquainted with how good Tyler Bannings looked breathless and panting.
I chucked my bag on the spare bed and turned away so I didn’t have to look him in the eye.
“So, how you’ve been?” he asked.
I twisted back to face him. “Small talk? We’re doing small talk now?”
“I’m up for any other talk you want to do.” His voice had immediately dropped to a frequency that spoke directly to my groin, as evidenced by the fact my cock gave a twitch.
“I told you, we’re not doing that again.” I unzipped my bag with slightly more force than necessary.
“Yeah, don’t worry, I remember your lecture about it being a mistake.”
“I think it was a statement more than a lecture.”
He lent back on his pillows, looking relaxed. “It was an Aiden Jones lecture. Short. To the point. Quite chilly.”
“Yeah, I don’t care what you call it. As long as you got the message.”
A smile twisted on his face. “Unfortunately, as my teachers at school discovered, I can be a slow learner.”
A M/M enemies to lovers sports romance
Aiden Jones, aka the Ice King, is one of the best rugby players in the world. He got there by working hard and sacrificing a lot, including denying a large part of himself. But there’s plenty of time to be the poster boy for gay rugby players after he retires. At the moment, he’s focused on passing a long-standing points record to cement his legacy, and he’s not about to surrender his starting spot to the cocky loudmouth who just joined the training squad, no matter how talented the kid might be.
Tyler can’t believe he’s made it into the New Zealand rugby training squad after only his first professional rugby season. Now management has decided that it’s a good idea for him to room with Aiden Jones, who Tyler’s had a long-range crush on for years. And although Aiden is icy to him both on and off the field, Tyler figures with a little charm, he can melt the Ice King. But even he’s not prepared for how heated things become between them. Now Tyler’s falling for the same guy whose starting spot he’s gunning for. But all is fair in both love and sport, right?
Jax’s stories are all about light-hearted conversations and deeply-felt connections. She loves exploring exactly why two characters are the only ones who’ll make the other truly happy, and the journey they take to reach their happily-ever-after
Jax lives in New Zealand with her family and a wide assortment of animals. She’s a rabid sports fan, a hiking enthusiast and has a slightly unhealthy addiction to nature documentaries. She has also been known to read the odd book on occasion.
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