I get what I want, when I want it.
Until I meet Ainsley Locker.
She doesn’t play games but plays hard to get, seemingly resistant to my charm.
That’s okay because I like a good challenge.
And my plan is to go full-court-press to win her over and make her mine.
As long as I don’t foul out in the process.
There are times I wish I was someone other than the shy, geeky, college virgin that I am.
I also wish that my crush on Van Gerard wasn’t one sided and that he looked at me as something other than his best friend’s little sister.
But he’s firmly drawn the line in the friendship territory, even though there are times I think he might feel the same way about me. But then I remember that Van has a long-time girlfriend and we’re strictly in the friend zone.
But I want more.
So, when Van’s life is turned upside down, I’m there to comfort him. To break his fall. I’m his shoulder to cry on.
Even if he only considers me a rebound.
The past four years have been all about playing college ball, getting a draft pick for the NBA, and steering clear of relationships. I don’t want one. Everything I once had I gave to another girl.
And lost it.
And I hate losing. There’s no way I’m going through that again.
But when a lay-up during a game landed me in need of medical attention, it brought me face-to-face with Logan Shaw – my first love – the girl who took it all and left me with nothing but regrets.
Now she’s back in my life and I have to face the consequences of our past actions.
Sometimes in life you’re forced to pivot and turn back before you can move forward in a new direction.
*A roommates-to-lovers, college sports romance*
My life is a complete and utter disaster. One major screw up after another. I couldn’t hack college and couldn’t return home, so I escaped to Europe for the summer, where I ran into some trouble.
Now I’m stuck in Florence, Italy with no money, no place to stay and no means of getting home.
Trouble finds me wherever I go.
Thankfully, my older brother, Cade, hooked me up with his old teammate. Now I’m staying with Gavin Lancaster, professional basketball player and my knight-in-shining-armor.
I never expected to make a fast break from reality and end up finding my home in him.
Some lies are meant to deceive. Others to protect.
I’ve kept my secrets hidden only to protect the one girl I love the most – Mica Reyes. The one I want as more than just a friend.
But lies have a way of sabotaging your life and all they’ve done is pushed her away. Even when all I want to do is hold onto her for dear life.
Maybe I need to take a step back and let her go – like a fadeaway jump shot – before I hurt her and possibly destroy our love in the process.