I love reading sports romance, although most of it tends to be American sports. Toni Aleo made me fall in love with ice hockey, to the extent I started watching it in England (Manchester Storm is my team). The European Cup, a football/soccer competition played every four years, happened in 2021, and England did really well, reaching the finals. I watched football as a kid, going to see Oldham Athletic most weeks from the ages of 12 to 17.
A Saturday job got in the way, and then I headed off to university. I started watching Oldham again about ten years ago, when for various reasons I needed to fill my Saturdays. Last year, I was rather taken with a certain footballer, with a set of amazing thighs, and they inspired me to write a soccer series, so Manchester Athletic were born. I've purchased photos from Wander Aguiar before, and mentioned to his assistant Andrey I was after a Jack Grealish look-a-like for my cover, especially the thighs. I sent Andrey a pic of Jack, where he was man-spreading, his thighs displayed in full glory, and the cover for Penalty Kiss was created. Andrey and Wander know I have twelve books planned, and now whenever they shoot with a new model, they do me a few pictures with him holding a football - you might notice it's always the same shirt! Research for the series is pretty easy.
One of my neighbours is an ex-Manchester City player, so I've had a few chats with his lovely wife, and she has given me some behind the scenes info to help, and I've had years of following the game. So far, it's been fun to create a new kind of family; I love developing the dynamics between the players and building a club, with its multitude of characters. Nate's book is next up - Heart Keeper will be released on July 14 - and there will be one more, Target Man, this year. Target Man's release will coincide with the World Cup later this year. Genny, Jesse, Danny, Matty, Guy, Jude - they will all get their story, along with some of the staff too. And I can guarantee that you'll catch glimpses of some of the Callaghan Green and Severton crew too!
Clean-living, wholesome, and with a constant smile plastered on her pretty face, Dee Jones is my antithesis.
She’s also what I’m told I need to polish my somewhat tarnished image – apparently being papped getting friendly with a fellow holiday maker on a sun lounger after your ex does a kiss-and-tell with the media isn’t exactly what Manchester Athletic deems great publicity for their bad boy midfielder. A repair job is needed, and the club is hoping that the super shiny star player for the women’s team can transfer some of her good-girl sunshine stardust on to me. But Dee hates me and I’m the last thing she wants to deal with right now, because Miss Dee has problems of her own. Problems that could score her an own goal. She’s meant to be my penalty, but will she let me be her kiss instead?
Penalty Kiss is the first standalone in the Manchester Athletic series. Meet the team in this grumpy/sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, bad boy athlete romance.
As Manchester Athletic’s record signing, I should be basking in the adoration of fans and enjoying the perks that come with the job.
Only that’s never been my style. I keep a low profile and stay focused on doing my job. A chance one-night stand on my way back from the States is about as anonymous as I can make it. She had no idea who I was, and I was pretty sure she gave me a fake name too. No numbers were exchanged, and we headed back to our so-called ordinary lives. The chance of a repeat should’ve been zero. Until we meet again in Manchester. Different names this time, but the same chemistry.
Two people escaping their realities in anonymous hotels. It’s the perfect relationship until the media reveals our true identities to the world - and each other.
Hollywood Ball is the second standalone in the Manchester Athletic series. It’s a fake identity, insta-lust, jet set romance with a super geek soccer player and a super-sassy heroine.
My life has two purposes: stop any footballs from entering my net, and keep my two daughters safe and happy. It really is that simple.
Or it was, until the hands of my physio started working more than just my muscles.
Amber Ward doesn't want a family, and she definitely doesn't want a footballer - including me. Unless it's on her physio table after hours, and then her rules don't apply.
Only, I'm not sure I don't want more. I just have to prove I can keep her heart as safe as my net.
Heart Keeper is the third standalone in the Manchester Athletic series. It's a single dad, workplace sports romance with a goalkeeper who'll steal your heart.