Playing For Love
Breaking the Rules Book 1
by Mel Curtis
Purple Papaya LLC
September 4, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
For years, Amber Rule was the main attraction in her father’s self-help infomercials, his personal before-to-after example of how to transform your life: overweight to svelte adolescent, dependent teen to independent adult, social dork to paparazzi princess. Dooley Rule pointed out all of Amber’s failings — on camera no less — and then made it appear he’d fixed them. He used Amber to sell his personal life coaching services and peddle his motivational books. She had no interest in the Dooley Foundation and the Rules of Attraction it hawked: Choose, Voice, Trust, Welcome.
But then her father dies, leaving Amber and the rest of gossip hungry L.A. wondering what celebrity secrets her father kept. All Amber has to do to ensure her secrets are safe, earn her inheritance and return to her normal, paparazzi-free life is improve the mental game of the biggest bad-ass in the NBA, Evan Oliver. Too bad Amber knows nothing about basketball or life coaching. Too bad Evan Oliver is determined to do things his own way, especially when it comes to teaching Amber a new set of rules.
Originally published as Amber Rules.
Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.
Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband — her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.
Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love — because, really, who lets the man have the last word?