Playing for Glory is where Rugby and Romance meet. Rugby players are strong and tough - both mentally and physically. Or are they?

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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?

Everyone deserves a second chance...

They say there is a fine line between love and hate. When Christopher Brooks saw Riley Adams, his first love, at the Buffaloes' first press briefing of the year, he still hated her with a passion for breaking his heart more than seven years ago.
 

Riley did not have the luxury of hating Christopher, nor did she have the luxury of avoiding him. Her best option was to confront him before he found out about her secret from anyone else. If he found out, would he hate her even more or would he be willing to forgive?

Temptation can come in any form.

 As long as it wasn’t Melissa Roux. Daniel Cooper had known that since the first moment he’d seen the new physio for the Buffaloes. As captain, he had to set an example and falling head over heels for the feisty blonde with the endless long legs wasn’t the way to do it.

Melissa knew Daniel was going to be a problem from the first day she walked into Buffaloes Stadium. There was no way she was going to risk her career for an arrogant chauvinist who called her a blonde bimbo. For that, she worked too hard to get her dream job.

Neither had reckoned with the undeniable chemistry between them and the famous Cooper curse. When he couldn’t hide it anymore, Daniel made a simple request which had more repercussions than he expected. In his quest to find the truth, he made another error in judgement, risking not only Melissa’s career but also the loyalty of his team and the Club.

Daniel and Melissa both had to make important decisions: what’s more important? Your career or love?

 

Note: This romance contains expletives but no sex, unlike most sports romances. If this is not what you’re looking for, I’m sorry. This was all the characters wanted to share.

“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?

Playing By The Rules is the fourth standalone sports romance in the Playing For Glory series, it follows the lives of red-hot professional rugby players and the women they love.

“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?

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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