Have you ever been friends with benefits until you realized you weren't? You know... you played around, no commitments. Just two people having fun. That's what Austin and Casey thought was going on, until they realized they both wanted more.
Author Julie Navickas' latest story- I LOVE YOU TODAY, is a charming read about two people who were enjoying the single life and baseball. Austin was on the rebound after losing his heart to his brother's girl (and losing her). Casey deserved more than a guy who had his heart set on her best friend, but she'd take what she could get. I LOVE YOU TODAY shares their strikes and hits as they navigate romance. One thing I love about Julie's narration is that the characters are so relatable! Casey or Austin could be me!
I LOVE YOU TODAY is now available in ebook and print. It's a book you'll want for your very own. And while it's the second book in the TRADING HEARTBEATS TRILOGY, it's a stand alone. Casey and Austin get their own book where they were only secondary characters in the first book. And if you fell in love with Josh and Mavis from the first book.... they are the secondary characters who show up in this book.
Baseball season’s underway – and every game, is game seven.
Austin Templeton fell in love with the wrong girl. Mavis Benson was never meant to be his. After all, from childhood, her soul belonged to his cross-town rival, twin brother, Josh. The diamond ring he’d placed on her finger sealed fate’s door.
With his heart on the Injured Reserve, Austin relocates to Chicago and turns to Casey – an easy-to-love Cubs fan ready for any fastball thrown her way. She’s impulsive and reckless – everything he isn’t. And she’s exactly what he needs – two thousand miles away from his past heartache.
But when a promotion in Los Angeles lands in his glove, Austin is forced to choose between the dream career he spent his life working toward and the quirky girl in Wrigley Field who stitched his heart back together. With two strikes against him in the bottom of the ninth, will Austin strike out or hit a homerun? There’s only one way to find out.
Grab this World Series hit, today. Because it’s the bottom of the ninth and bases are loaded. Austin Templeton is at bat. Win or go home – because one more strike could cost him everything – including the heart of Cinderella herself. I LOVE YOU TODAY is the enchanting sequel to award-winning novel, I LOVED YOU YESTERDAY. And while it can be read as a standalone, you’ll want to grab all the pennants for the winning season.
“Casey,” he whispered, reaching over to squeeze her hand. “Look at me. Please?”
With her sleeve, she wiped the offending tears away from her cheeks and turned. His head swiveled, working to balance the heated conversation and the line of traffic as the terminal approached.
“You are absolutely everything to me, Casey girl. In every way that matters, you are my equal.” He tugged her hand back to his lips.
She scrunched her nose. “Be real, Austin. You’re like this wealthy, sexy, successful man with a glass castle on Michigan Avenue. And I’m just this paycheck-to-paycheck bartender failing general education courses at community college. You see the difference, right?”
“Is that what this is about? Your test today?”
She scrunched down in her seat and rested her knees against the dashboard like a child.
“No… I don’t know. I just can’t help thinking that your family won’t like me, that you should be with someone better. Someone more accomplished.”
The car crept beneath the overhang of the terminal. “Case, hear me when I tell you that you’re flat-out wrong on this.” He took a deep breath and exhaled. “People like you, people like Mavis… you’re survivors. I had every advantage growing up. I fully admit that.” He steered the car into an empty spot beside baggage claim five and six and waved to his sister. “If anything, you’re better than me. You’ve accomplished way more.” He leaned over and placed a kiss on her damp cheek. “Let’s talk about this later, okay?”
About the Author:
Julie Navickas is an award-winning, nationally recognized contemporary romance novelist, known for her keen ability to tell heart-wrenching, second-chance love stories through relatable characters with humility, humor, and heroism. She is also an award-winning university instructor and serves as the executive director of The Writing Champions Project. Julie earned master’s degrees in both organizational communication and English studies with an emphasis in book history, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public relations, graduating cum laude from Illinois State University.
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