PLAYMAKER by SIERRA HILL
Release Date: June 7, 2021
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There’s no faking it in love or hockey…
Transferring to a new school under false pretenses is harder than I expected, especially when my cocky new housemate, Callan Thomas, annoys me at every pass. He’s treated like a god and revered by everyone on campus. Too bad he made me feel like a rejected fool the first night we met.
But that doesn’t stop me from accepting his offer to become his fake girlfriend, because he has skills that I need. Only Callan can help me improve my game and make the USA women’s hockey team.
I try to keep despising him, but he keeps proving my first impression was wrong. And the more time I spend with him, the more complex my feelings become. I need to tell him the truth about who I really am before anyone finds out and things go too far.
Problem is, I think they already have…
It’s like the cap has been unscrewed from a bottle of soda, because inside me the fizz and excitement of talking with this beautiful and captivating girl bubbles through my blood.
I offer my hand between us. “People call me Church. What’s your name?”
She raises her eyes to me, extending her arm to place her warm hand inside my palm, where I gently cup it in mine. She’s soft and warm and I know her prickly attitude is a defense meant to throw me off.
“I’m Aria. And Is Church your last name?”
I tip my head to the side, cocking an eyebrow. “You’ve never heard of me?”
Most people at the school know who I am. Hockey is a big deal around these parts and the Moo U hockey team is royalty. Unless she’s new or a freshman, she’d certainly know who I am. And based on the statement on her tank top, she knows hockey.
By deduction, that must mean she’s new or lying, but I can’t figure out her angle or what she’d gain.
She could just be messing with me as a joke. Maybe she was sent by one of the guys to prank me.
Aria shakes her head, some of her golden-spun hair spilling over her shoulder.
“I’m new to Burlington University this semester. In fact, I just arrived today.”
I laugh. “Well, welcome. And please don’t take this the wrong way, but I need to introduce you to one of the campus colloquialisms. Nobody calls it Burlington University. We refer to it as Moo U.”
Aria is determined to focus on her dream of becoming part of the women’s hockey team even if that means putting distance between her and the tumultuous situation her family find themselves in. She is now attending Moo U and finds herself not only roommates with Callan but pretending they are a couple while trying to protect her secrets.
Callan is part of the men’s hockey team who after his last relationship is determined to direct his attention towards the game on the ice. Between his ex and the women who want to be his next he offers Aria an arrangement she can’t turn down but it when feelings develop that things begin to get interesting.
Sports, secrets and steam as Aria and Callan’s transition from pretend to real wasn’t without a few challenges along the way.