Monday, August 8, 2016


Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Release Date: August 1, 2016

I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want?

As the undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet.

Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She lives for those she loves, and I only love myself. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need.

But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs?

How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat?

I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now.

But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.



nervous about what I’m going to say. I’m not sure how she’ll react or if she
will even believe me. Afraid I’ll chicken out, though, so I start talking.
sorry.” The words were surprisingly hard to get out. Apologizing is not
something I’ve done often, and I’m not even sure I know how to do it properly.
raises her eyebrows and presses her lips together. I study her face for any
indication of what she’s thinking and notice that her eyes are pink and puffy,
like she’s been crying.
guilt I’ve recently begun experiencing returns. I’m sure I’m the reason for her
tears, and the thought of her crying because of me kills. I cup her jaw in my
hand before lightly rubbing her cheek with my thumb.
eyelids flutter shut and she sighs while tilting her face into my palm. Her
reaction gives me the fuel I need to keep going. I pull my hand away, but I’m
not ready to stop touching her, so I grab her hand.
an asshole, Sid. I’ve always been a selfish prick. I’ve never had anyone care
about me though, so I’ve always had to be the one to care about me the most.
I’m used to doing what I want, getting what I want, and taking what I want. I
don’t know how to care about others.” I scrub my palm over my thigh.
not true, Breccan. I’ve seen you—”
cut her off with a shake of my head. “I’m a virgin, Sidney,” I say solemnly.
short burst of laughter escapes her mouth, and she shakes her head. “Yeah,
right, Breccan. Do I have ‘dumbass’ stamped on my forehead?” She laughs again.
rush to explain myself. “Well, I mean, not a virgin virgin. I’m a relationship virgin. I don’t know what the
fuck I’m doing here. Hell, I had more finesse the first time I had sex than I
do with this whole boyfriend thing.”
eyes widen at the word boyfriend, but
she only says, “Oh.” Then she takes her hand from mine and brings her thumb to
her mouth to chew on the nail.
at the loss of contact with her skin, I pull her hand out of her mouth and lace
my fingers through hers once again. “After you left, I went to my favorite
club.” I purposely leave the part about destroying my kitchen out. “I couldn’t
even get out of the car, Sidney. I sat there staring at the people dying to get
inside and all I could think about was that I was dying to get out of that life. I don’t want to go to
the clubs anymore. I’m tired of that shit. I just want to be with you. Here. On
this couch. Eating fucking sushi if that’s what you want.”
grimace, and she giggles.
the fucking truth. Sitting in my car outside of Raw, all I could think about
was how desperately I wanted to feel Sidney’s lips on mine and have her scent
in my nose. I would have gladly choked down a pound of that crap if it meant I
could go back and undo our fight and what I’d said.
sorry I freaked out when you called yourself my girlfriend.”
face falls.
use my free hand to tip her chin up before I confess, “I don’t know how to do
this. I have nothing to compare this to.” I use my hand to gesture between us. “But
I can tell you that I want you. I want to hear you laugh. I want to make you
smile. I want to hold you when you cry.” I run my thumb across her cheek. “I
can tell you that I need you. I need your mouth on mine, your hair in my hands,
your skin under my fingertips” Taking a chance, I lean in and place a light
kiss on her lips.
doesn’t pull away, so I continue speaking.
can tell you that no one else makes me laugh the way you do. No one else makes
me feel stronger than you do. I miss you all the fucking time, Sid. Every
minute of the day that I’m not with you, I’m dying to see you. My phone dings
and I hope it’s you. When it’s not, I’m always so fucking bummed.” Lifting my
shoulders in a shrug, I admit, “I’ve never felt this way about another person
before, and I’m fumbling around like a kid trying to cop his first feel in the
dark. I didn’t realize until tonight that I want
you to be my girlfriend. I want to do
all the cheesy couple things that people do—with you. And, Sidney, I’m really
sorry I didn’t remember you from the club. I don’t know how I could have
possibly forgotten you. But it’s not because you are forgettable. Because, ever since you fell down your fucking
stairs, I haven’t been able to get you out of my head. And I don’t want to.” I
blow out a breath when I finish and glance away from her penetrating gaze.

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.


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