Welcome to the Spring Training Series
by Best-Selling Author Becca Jameson.
Spring Training follows the lives of several major league baseball players as they deal with the fame and reality of life and love.
She’s determined to round the bases, and he’s just the player to show her the way.
A blind date with a sexy major league baseball player seems harmless enough. Except Ava Phillips falls hard for Xavier Monreal and then can’t get him to move off first base.
Xavier has some family issues that need resolving before he’s boyfriend material for anyone. He also has a stubborn streak that keeps Ava at arm’s length.
Time and again their agendas clash. Ava has personal goals that keep her from spending much time with Xavier. Meanwhile, Xavier needs to get his head out of his ass if he wants to earn her respect.
Major league baseball is a demanding sport not conducive to long-term relationships. Only the strongest can survive.
Set in his ways and just a little bit bossy, Xavier has found a challenge in Ava. Although young she has a spark to her and just the right amount of submissiveness.
In a perfect world these two wouldn’t have any problems. However, Xavier’s father has some archaic viewpoints. Almost immediately this man decides to take matters in his own hands. This is just a taste of what he tries to do to this budding relationship.
He leaned in farther. “I don’t care how you met. I want you to leave and let my son do his job. If he gets all wrapped up in some girl, he won’t be able to concentrate on what really matters. Do you want to ruin his career? Is that it?”
“No. Of course not.” What the hell was happening here? His family had been so kind yesterday. His father seemed like he came from another planet.
“He has responsibilities. Obligations to his family. You’re in the way.”
She opened her mouth and then closed it. “I don’t think my relationship with Xavier is any of your business.” She needed to stiffen her spine. Just because he was Xavier’s father didn’t mean she should become spineless. She was a strong, independent woman. Not some baseball floozy.
He rolled his eyes. “I figured you would be resistant.” He pulled a folded paper out of his shirt pocket and held it out. “Here. Take this. Consider it compensation for your time. Make yourself gone. Don’t come back.”
She stared at what was obviously a check, blinking in shock. She did not reach for it. “Are you serious?” She lifted her gaze to his.
“Completely.” He shook the check closer to her.
“Compensation for my time? I’m not a hooker, Mr. Monreal. I’m simply dating your son.” Wasn’t she? After last night’s antics, she didn’t know what she was to Xavier, but she sure as hell wasn’t going to explain herself to this man at the door.
“Now you’re done dating my son. He doesn’t need some blanquita taking his eye off the ball.” He dropped the check on the floor in front of her and turned to leave. As he stepped outside, he grabbed the doorframe and twisted back around. “I suggest you take my advice. Deposit the check for your trouble and don’t come back.” Then he was gone.
Ava hardly had the strength to shut the door, but she didn’t want Carlos Monreal to think he’d gotten to her, so she eased it closed, locked it, and then slid to the floor.
A day and a half of stress caught up with her in an instant, and tears slid down her face. What the hell had just happened?
She heard a car start and take off. Swiping the tears off her face didn’t help. The next thing she knew, she was in a full-blown cry, sobbing loudly while letting her face sink to her knees.
The world had gone completely insane.
Becca Jameson. Catching Ava (Kindle Locations 614-632).
Xavier has a feeling that Ava is the one for him, the one he can spend forever with. When circumstances throw the ultimate curve ball, he doesn’t know if he can get past her running from him when things get a bit tough.
Ava finds herself conflicted, confused and totally in love. With so many different outside influences, most of which Xavier is in the dark about, this relationship is quite the roller coaster ride.
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Becca Jameson currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and the various pets that wander through.
After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.When not writing or editing she can usually be found taxiing kids to and from their activities, scrapbooking, and reading!Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.