Playing for Keeps (eBook) - Unshakable #1

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116 pages | eBook | 6x9"
Date of publication: 09/22/2014
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College running back, Trent Harte, has been living with his lovers, AJ Barnes and Brock Everett, for two years. Caught in a compromising position, rumors abound. It's hard enough to be an openly gay football player, but gossip and snide comments only add to his stress. Threats against his partners causes Trent to wonder if he should step back from the relationship.

AJ and Brock know there is something wrong when Trent begins to pull away. A call from Trent's father only adds to his distress. AJ and Brock refuse to let him shoulder the responsibility alone and they call for help. Will Trent find the strength to withstand the pressure and hold on to those he loves? Or will AJ and Brock be too late to convince Trent that they are playing for keeps?

"I cheered them on every step of the way. If you like threesome relationships that go deeper than the purely physical, if you enjoy stories about men who clearly love each other and give the support each man needs and when he requires it, and if you're looking for all that and would like it to be a hot and passionate tale as well, then you will probably enjoy this free short story." Serena Yates for Rainbow Book Reviews


"You gotta be fuckin' kidding me!" Brock Everett threw his pen across the table as a Puma's player unnecessarily hit the Ducks' running back, number forty-three Trent Harte, yet again. The force of the tackle landed Harte on his back with a shoulder planted in his gut.

Interning for the local sports news channel, Brock normally loved the view of the football field from the press box. Not today, watching this bullshit. Certain Puma players had been dogging Trent Harte's every step. There'd been half a dozen similar demonstrations of excessive force from the opposing team throughout the entire game. Every single time, the refs looked the other way. They ignored the clipping, intentional grounding, tripping, and the two times a player grabbed Harte's face mask to pull him down. At this last slam, Ducks' Coach Penzaks looked like he was having a coronary on the sidelines, screaming at the ref before calling time-out.

"Penzaks should've pulled Harte from the game from the beginning. What does the coach expect? Harte's an openly gay player. With the leak insinuating he's depraved as well, the other players aren't going to put up with that shit no matter how good he is," said Natasha Lewis. The brunette, who interned for the rival sports reporting syndicate, leaned across the partition dividing the different news desks, her eyes bright as she waited for Brock's response.

"Love your view of the players, Natasha. Don't paint them all as narrow-minded assholes. No wonder you have problems obtaining interviews— you're prejudiced and it shows." As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Brock regretted saying anything at all within the barracuda's hearing. She seemed to thrive on adversity, and he often wondered why she majored in sports newscasting. With her adversarial reporting style, and the way she went out of her way to muddy the waters, there were other syndicates she would be better suited to work for.

"So what if it's becoming more acceptable to be a homosexual player?" Natasha asked with a fake pout. "Regardless of that, the other football players aren't going to allow a pervert to play amongst them."

The intern from the other side of Brock, Robert Hooney, snorted loudly. "Right now his sexual proclivities are a rumor. We're supposed to report the facts that have to do with the game. Even if it's true and Trent is the boyfriend of two other men, how's that any different from other players who traipse around clubs with two women hanging on their arms every weekend? Harte doesn't party, he doesn't club hop, and I heard he never drinks alcohol. If any of the many rumors are remotely correct and he's involved in a monogamous relationship with more than one person, why the hostility?"

Natasha made a sour face. "Everyone knows that type of behavior isn't normal. Anyone screwing around with more than one person at a time and dubbing it as a monogamous relationship is lying. It's an experiment, not a relationship, and certainly not natural."

Brock ground his teeth, despising that a player's sex life even rated a mention in the press box.

"Says the woman who's dated a half-dozen men. Your stance sounds very much like marriage is only between a man and a woman." Robert's voice held a note of censure. "If Harte was a heterosexual, he would be considered a stud,"-- Robert made air quotes when he said the word-- "by both men and women, and considered a catch. So why would it be perverted if it's two men?"

"That is an unfair characterization!" Natasha's scandalized expression twisted her face into an ugly mask of righteous indignation.

Robert grinned. "Just calling them like I see them."

Series: Unshakable


About Lexi Ander:
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Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.


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