By Fern Michaels

An injured ex-athlete discovers that giving up at the online game of existence isn't really an option...

As a ways as former NFL famous person Jake Masters is anxious, goals are dicy propositions. Years in the past he got here achingly just about reaching his ambition of enjoying within the great Bowl--before a spinal damage ended his occupation. restricted to a wheelchair, unwilling to take an opportunity on one other dicy surgical procedure which could restoration his mobility, Jake now remains cocooned in the back of the implementing gates of his lavish home.

But his dual sister, Beth, has no goal of letting him languish there eternally. After years of flitting from one failed enterprise notion to a different, all fueled by way of Jake's generosity, she now owns a hugely profitable matchmaking carrier. And she's gifting the enterprise to Jake--whether he likes it or not--while she follows her goals of constructing it as a singer in Nashville.

Though Jake had lots of girls falling in every single place him on the top of his luck, he is aware not anything approximately matchmaking. he is prepared to aim for his sister's sake, and it is quickly transparent that he wishes an assistant. input Gracie candy, whose slim body belies a take-no-charge sturdiness that will positioned any linebacker to disgrace. Grace starts off via revamping the enterprise and shortly she's overhauling Jake's complete life--and to his large shock, Jake's having fun with it. but if their consumers develop into sufferers of robbery, Gracie and Jake needs to reconcile their very various outlooks if they're to have any probability of saving the business...and if Jake is to make one other play for the existence he inspiration he lost...

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Nada. every thing within the freezer used to be frozen strong, and there have been no leftovers, like spaghetti or soup, in boxes. Jake banged his fist at the fridge door and wasn’t shocked to determine that he’d made a dent. His subsequent cease used to be the pantry, which was once nearly empty. Moose believed in purchasing day-by-day and consuming basically clean meals. It took Jake simply seconds to gain there has been not anything within the pantry that he may well sink his tooth into. Takeout! Aha! He wouldn’t starve in any case. He simply had to name somewhere and ask them to bring. . . . Then he remembered Moose telling him after they have been miles earlier the supply routes. Scratch takeout. Jake was once seething now. How may Moose do that to him? He slumped in his chair. Being sincere with himself, he knew how. Moose was once uninterested with him. Who might blame him, being tied to a cripple in a wheelchair. occasionally, and this was once a type of instances, lifestyles simply out and out sucked. Jake pulled his mobile phone out of 1 of the wallet at the chair. All he needed to do was once name Moose and express regret. Like he’d performed such a lot of occasions ahead of. His finger hovered over the keys. This, he knew now, wasn’t like prior to. This was once the place the rubber met the line. Moose was once performed with him. The pain he felt made him nearly bodily unwell. What the hell was once he going to do with out Moose? specially now with that Nazi typhoon trooper calling the pictures, let alone that killer puppy, who used to be simply loss of life to sink his tooth into him. whatever perverse in him made him faucet in his sister’s cellphone quantity. For a few cause he felt the necessity to check with her, to listen to her candy voice encouraging him. the decision went to voice mail. He hung up. He used to be so wanting to check with an individual, to rant and rave and whine and piss and moan that he used to be tempted to name Gracie candy. That proposal flew out and in of his brain neutron quick. The Nazi, regardless of how handsome she was once, was once the final individual he desired to consult. while, he puzzled, did he come to a decision she was once beautiful? considering he couldn’t keep in mind making that call, he made up our minds Moose should have pointed out that he inspiration the younger lady used to be lovely. Yeah, yeah, that may clarify it, simply because more often than not she appeared like an unholy satan, in his opinion. Jake swore then, making up new curses as he went alongside, and made his approach to the elevator that might take him to the second one ground the place his bed room used to be situated, with his at-home theater. Now that he was once the following, what was once he going to do? Watch his previous video games at the sizeable display? He’d obvious all of them a kazillion instances and knew every one play by means of center. Jake regarded down at his legs and winced. each sportscaster on the planet had proclaimed him the simplest working again within the historical past of soccer. and consider him now. “Yeah,” he muttered to himself, “look at me now. ” prior to he knew what he used to be doing, he yanked his desktop from one of many luggage at the part of his chair and powered it up. He hit the Google button and typed in K-9 conflict heroes in South Carolina. presently, a whole photo of Gracie Sweet’s puppy crammed the display. Then he hit the arrow that may permit him to work out the video within the Rose backyard on the White residence.

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