The One Night Stand by Elizabeth Hayley

Title: The One Night Stand (A Players Novel, #3)

Authors: Elizabeth Hayley

Publication Date: December 12, 2017

Synopsis

Gabriel Torres thought his life after Major League Baseball would be simple and quiet, or at least quieter. However, as he takes over running the exclusive Players Club, he finds himself continually embroiled in scandal and drama. Surely nothing, and no one could make his life any crazier…Right?

Rachel Adler is a blast from Gabe’s past who crashed back into his life with the finesse of a freight train. But she’s a welcome distraction. At least for a night.

Rachel has been working hard to become one of the top sports journalists in the country. She doesn’t have time for a long-term romance or irresistibly charming baseball players. A one-night-stand with the man who she knew would hit it out of the park was all she wanted.

But when she gets a tip that Gabe could have ties to one of the biggest sports stories in history, a story that could make her career, Rachel decides that maybe she has a little time for the sexy baseball player after all. As she gets in deeper with both her story and Gabe, Rachel begins to question who she is, what she wants, and what exactly she’s willing to sacrifice for her career.

Will the potential grand-slam romance be stopped short or will Rachel and Gabe be able to go the distance?

 

Christina’s 3 Star Review

Ten years after college graduation Gabe and Rachel manage to meet up at a Super Bowl party. There had been a sizzle between the two of them back then, but with graduation looming and the start to both of their careers (Gabe an MLB shortstop and Rachel a sports reporter), there isn’t enough time to start a relationship. So when Rachel comes waltzing back into his life, there seems to be no time like the present to pick up where they left off.

After one very hot and heavy night at an hotel, the pair start a relationship, albeit one that will at some point be long distance, given Rachel lives in NYC and Gabe in Philadelphia. Rachel is in town under the guise of writing a fluff piece on retired athletes when in fact she’s pursuing a story about an exclusive, and elusive, player’s club. The invitation only club caters to athletes, both retired and active and has been a secret for decades. Rachel knows of its existence, but has never been able to prove it. A solid tip takes her to Philadelphia, and as far as she knows, Gabe is the same guy from ten years ago, just retired (and with a lot more time on his hands). When Rachel stumbles upon the secret that Gabe is actually one of the co-owners of the club, she has to decide which is more important, her career and her elusive unicorn, or the man she’s fallen in love with.

Admittedly, I have not read the first two books in the series, and while this is marketed as a standalone, I really do think this is one of those series that needs to be read in order to truly appreciate what is going on. There were several situations and inside jokes that I had no clue what they were talking about and I think knowing the background would have made me enjoy the book a bit more than I did.

The book was solid, technically, but I had a hard time really connecting to either character and they felt a little two-dimensional to me. The pace of the story seems to lag a bit and the ending was completely unfulfilling. By the end things have resolved, however we’re left with the big question, what about the club? After all that trying to prove it’s real, I’d think that there would be resolution of one of the major plot points of the book, however there was none. That is the main reason for the three star rating.

I’ll definitely pick up the first two books in the series. While this may not have been my favorite of sports romances, I can easily see how others may be wrapped up in it.

Excerpt

“You have too many clothes on,” she said as Gabe nipped at her neck.

“I agree. We should probably do something about that.”

“We definitely should,” Rachel replied.

She’d barely gotten out the words before Gabe had her moving through his hotel room toward the tall king bed and placed her on it, letting her legs dangle over the sides as he backed away to pull his Commanders jersey off. She gave him this little grin as she brought a finger to her lip and bit on its edge. He wondered if she knew how hot she was–if the act was intentional. But truthfully it didn’t matter.

“Is it weird that I want to tell you how hot your chest is too?” she asked. The comment made Gabe smile as he popped the button of his jeans and unzipped them. He’d just begun to pull them down when Rachel said, “Leave them on.” Then she sat up and grabbed his waistband to pull him toward her.

His erection, which was still straining against his jeans, perked up even further as Rachel’s lips slid over his lower abs. It was an image he’d file away in his brain for future use: her head moving near his cock as his fingers tangled with her dark hair. He let out a low groan when her hand pressed against his dick. She played with it over his pants for a while before pulling down the zipper the rest of the way and yanking down his boxers enough to free him. She stroked him a few times before Gabe needed his lips back on hers.

His thumb stroking her cheek as he kissed her. Her moans grew louder as he rubbed against her, but finally he was able to pull himself away from her long enough to undo her skinny jeans and slide them down her legs. Her thong was next, and he savored the visual as the black lace traced over her skin.

He fished a condom from his wallet and tore it open. Squeezing himself as he rolled it on held back his orgasm. Jesus, he couldn’t wait to be inside her. He hadn’t thought about her in a while, but God, when he used to think about her he’d imagine how warm and wet she was. And it was that thought that had him returning to her, guiding her down on the bed to he could press into her.

Somehow all of his fantasies couldn’t even come close to the real thing. Her legs wrapped around his ass as her nails dug into his jeans to guide him even deeper inside. Then they began to move together, their bodies responding to the other’s in a way that he wasn’t sure he’d experienced before. She seemed to almost melt against him.

The moans and choppy breaths that escaped her had him speeding up, though he didn’t exactly want this to end. He used his forearms to prop himself up so his weight wasn’t on her completely as he thrust into her. Her nails were on his back, scratching over his shoulder blades before sliding under his boxers. He tensed as her fingertips brushed over his ass, and he willed himself not to come anytime soon.

He never thought he’d have Rachel Adler in his bed, and now that he did, he wanted it to be fucking memorable. And not just for him. He knew he’d never forget this. Though her legs were clamped around him, he pulled out almost completely and then drove back in. His thumb went to her clit the next time he withdrew, making her practically quiver beneath him. She was close, and he knew it.

A few more steady thrusts into her had Rachel begging him not to pull out again. Her words only increased the pleasure of the moment for him, and he thought about how he’d never get enough of Rachel’s soft please. “Please, Gabe. God, yes. Make me…” But she never finished her sentence before her body quaked with the orgasm that Gabe could feel too. Gabe continued to pound into her until her climax faded enough that he could speed up to find his own release. He wasn’t even sure what he said as he came, but whatever it was he couldn’t help it. It was probably the hardest he’d come in a while, and Rachel had been the one to make him do it. Jace wasn’t the only one who’d won tonight.

 

 

About the Authors

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands’ chagrin).

They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

Elizabeth Hayley’s writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”

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