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Playing Hard

Melanie Scott

She's playing it smart and he'd be a bad, bad idea

Amelia Graham has always been the MVP of good girls. Keeping her head down and playing safe have gotten her all the way to Wall Street and the security she craves. There's no room in her game-plan for bad boys. And New York Saints first baseman Oliver Shields is way too smooth to be anything but bad. His face might be hot enough to melt unwary hearts, but she knows enough about athletes to know they're usually players in more ways than one.

He lives for the game but she's changing the rules

Oliver never takes his eyes off the prize. But when he meets Amelia at a party celebrating the Saints finally making the play offs, he can't help thinking maybe one wild night with her is just what he needs. Pity she's playing hard to get. But when things go horribly wrong and he's facing the end of his career, Amelia is the one who unexpectedly steps up to the plate to help him through even though she's supposed to be focused on winning her dream job. Flirting turns to feelings neither of them are ready to admit, but when faced with goodbye, can they swing for the fences and risk it all for love?

Playing Hard is the fourth book in the New York Saints series, a steamy sports romance series. This series has billionaires, baseball, strong heroines, team drama, the occasional cute pet, and sexy times. Enjoy!

Author's note: For tropes and CW, please check the author's website.

What people are saying about The New York Saints series


"A romp that combines heart and heat... Scott's agile storytelling and engaging characters make this contemporary tale one to savor." -Publishers Weekly

"Hot and sweet with just enough baseball and family drama to keep the story flowing...the perfect balance of conflict." -RT Book Reviews

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans." -Kirkus Reviews


"[A] strong debut ... Scott does a fine job of balancing sports and passion, giving readers plenty to look forward to in the next installment in the series." -Publishers Weekly

"Sexy, well-written, layered, and engaging ... Emotional intensity and dynamic conflict combined with a lively setting make this baseball-themed romance a hit." -Kirkus Reviews

"Sports and romance. What more could you want? ... an awesome summer sports read. I'm looking forward to more in the series." -Night Owl Reviews

"Deliciously sexy ... a quick and entertaining read." -Ereadica

"An amazing read!" -Deirdre Martin, New York Times bestselling author of the New York Blades series


"a first-rate contemporary", Melanie has a "gift for story telling and knack for creating sympathetic characters". -Publishers Weekly

Book Details

  • Publisher: Emscott Enterprises
  • Publish Date: Jun 11st, 2024
  • Pages: 316
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0002
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.71in - 0.89lb
  • EAN: 9781923157101
  • Categories: Romance - Sports

About the Author

Scott, Melanie: - Melanie Scott would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, binge watching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or otherwise avoiding housework. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies, and a varying number of feline overlords who take up more space than you would expect. She also writes romantic fantasy and urban fantasy as M.J. Scott.