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PLAYING FOR GLORY

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TACKLE MY HEART

Childhood love never dies. It just waits for the right moment to reignite.

Jannes Benadé and Esme Krause shared their firsts: a first day at school, a first kiss on Jannes’ sixteenth birthday, and a first romance. Fate’s cruel hand intervenes when Jannes’s family whisks him off to New Zealand.

 

Heartbroken, Esme finds solace in fleeting love on the rebound and becomes a bride at sixteen to Raymond, a union destined to crumble. Years later, Esme, now a single mother, returns from London to start a new life in Pretoria.

 

Jannes accepts a short-term contract with the Wild Dogs and entrusts his living arrangement with his mother. He should have known better.

 

Destiny reunites him with Esme, and their reunion sparks a whirlwind of emotions—joy, fear, and longing. As time works its magic, they rekindle their friendship, but doubts linger. Can Esme trust Jannes with her heart again?

 

The All Blacks tap Jannes to join their training camp. He faces an impossible dilemma: to follow his heart or pursue his passion. What will he choose?

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EYE ON THE BALL

What would prove to be stronger? Love or loyalty?

“Focus! Keep your eye on the ball. And no women.”

Jakes du Plessis’ mantra has always held him in good stead as a professional rugby player. However, a meeting with artist Angie Summers in Denver, Colorado, hinders his well-laid plans. Past demons remind him why he’s not relationship material, and he flees back to South Africa.

When Angie encounters Jakes du Plessis, she’s surprised by the stir of emotions the brawny player elicits, especially since she’s wearing another man’s ring.

Fate has other plans. Fleeing didn’t help as Angie arrives in South Africa to help her brother and, hopefully, change Jakes’ mind.

Will Jakes overcome his demons to give Angie a second chance? Will she be able to show Jakes that love can conquer all?

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OBSTRUCTION

There’s a fine line between love and hate ...

When Christopher Brooks spots Riley Adams, his first love, at the Buffaloes’ first press briefing of the year, he got the shock of his life. He cannot allow her back into his heart that she broke more than seven years ago. Or can he?

Riley Adams does not have the luxury of hating or avoiding Christopher. Their lives are inextricably linked forever. Her best option is to confront him before he discovers her secret through someone else.

When he knows the truth, will Christopher hate her even more or will he be willing to forgive?

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LEADING FROM THE FRONT

Temptation can come in any form

Temptation can come in any form - as long as it doesn’t come in the form of Melissa Roux. The feisty blond with long, shapely legs spells trouble, and Daniel Cooper realises that from the moment he lays eyes on the new physio for the Buffaloes rugby team. As captain, he must set an example and falling head over heels in love wasn’t how to do it.

Melissa knew Daniel will be a problem from the first day. She refuses to risk her career for an arrogant chauvinist who calls her a blonde bimbo. She worked too hard to get her dream job.

Neither of them can deny the undeniable chemistry between. Daniel has enough experience with the famous Cooper curse to know that he has no chance of fighting it.

When Daniel makes one simple request, it has unexpected repercussions. In his quest to find the truth, he makes another error in judgement, risking not only Melissa’s career but also the loyalty of his team and the club.

Daniel and Melissa both face a decision: What’s more important? Your career or love?

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PLAYING BY THE RULES

“If you know what’s good for you and your career, stay away from my daughter!”

Ulrich Fölscher wants to play rugby for the Buffaloes and the Springboks and eventually become the best chef in town. In that order. There is no place for romance in his life. Obeying Coach Brady’s command is easy until he meets his daughter Samantha. She is everything he needs – warm, bubbly – and possibly, the missing ingredient he lacks to spice up his life.

Sammy is a professional athlete, and she too knows the rules. But it is hard to resist Ulrich’s quiet strength, focused determination and, most of all, his delectable kisses.

Both know how to fight for what they want. But as their desire for each other intensifies, so does the pressure to make a choice. Can Ulrich and Sammy continue to play by the rules or risk it all for love?

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CONCUSSION

“I'm not good-looking enough. I'm a prop, not the catch on the team. Everyone thinks we're the dumb guys on the squad. The loosies and the guys in the back get the beautiful women.”

Ryan Foster knew the score. He, therefore, had no expectations when he met trauma doctor, Margaret Blake.

Margaret always made it clear how she felt about rugby, a sport she considered only being favoured by dumb and ignorant hooligans. When she met Ryan, the almost chemical attraction she felt towards the large prop with his bushy beard and long hair surprised her. One evening in his company convinced Margaret that there was more to Ryan than meets the eye and gave in to temptation.

A severe concussion puts Ryan's rugby career in jeopardy, and with it, his future with Margaret.

Could Margaret convince Ryan (and herself), that they might have a future? And even if they did, would they be able to overcome their pasts to find their own Happy Ever After?

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WRECKING BALL

One feisty red-head. One stubborn Scot. One chance meeting.

When Richie Campbell arrives in Pretoria, he has a reputation a mile long. After yet another brawl with a member of the British press, the Flying Scotsman has no choice but to leave — there’s no longer a place for him in the national team. Richie hopes to find peace and the ability to enjoy his rugby again on the other side of the world. What he did not expect was to meet and fall hard for his Scottish teammate’s sister. Not that it matters. Sarah Mackay appears immune to his best efforts.

Sarah has two rules. One: never date a client. Two: never date a professional sportsman. They have way too much testosterone. She should know; she’s been on the receiving end twice.

Sarah adds one more nickname to Richie’s repertoire: Wrecking Ball. Getting involved with him spells disaster. But for how long can Sarah resist his charm, especially when she discovers his secret? And was Richie’s Nan right? Do things happen for a reason?

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