ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Romance author Francine Beaton published her first romance novel—a contemporary sports romance called EYE ON THE BALL—in April 2018 after she first started writing in July 2016. Francine calls Pretoria home, but she loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home. When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye. During rugby season, you’ll know where to find her. It will either be next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favorite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, as well as the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.
FOLLOW FRANCINE BEATON
PLAYING FOR GLORY SERIES
A CONTEMPORARY SPORTS SERIES (RUGBY)
EYE ON THE BALL (PLAYING FOR GLORY, BOOK 1)
“Focus! Keep your eye on the ball. And no women.”
Jakes du Plessis’ mantra has always held him in good stead as a professional rugby player. However, a meeting with artist Angie Summers in Denver, Colorado, hinders his well-laid plans. Past demons remind him why he’s not relationship material, and he flees back to South Africa.
When Angie encounters Jakes du Plessis, she’s surprised by the stir of emotions the brawny player elicits, especially since she’s wearing another man’s ring.
Fate has other plans. Fleeing didn’t help as Angie arrives in South Africa to help her brother and, hopefully, change Jakes’ mind.
Will Jakes overcome his demons to give Angie a second chance? Will she be able to show Jakes that love can conquer all?
OBSTRUCTION (PLAYING FOR GLORY, BOOK 2)
When Christopher Brooks spots Riley Adams, his first love, at the Buffaloes’ first press briefing of the year, he got the shock of his life. He cannot allow her back into his heart that she broke more than seven years ago. Or can he?
Riley Adams does not have the luxury of hating or avoiding Christopher. Their lives are inextricably linked forever. Her best option is to confront him before he discovers her secret through someone else. And when he knows the truth, will Christopher hate her even more or will he be willing to forgive?
LEADING FROM THE FRONT (PLAYING FOR GLORY, BOOK 3)
Temptation can come in any form – as long as it didn’t come in the form of Melissa Roux. The feisty blond with long, shapely legs spelled trouble, and Daniel Cooper knew that from the moment he laid eyes on the new physio for the Buffaloes rugby team. As captain, he had to set an example, and falling head over heels in love wasn’t the way to do it.
Melissa knew Daniel was going to be a problem from the first day on the job. There was no way she was going to risk her career for an arrogant chauvinist who called her a blonde bimbo. She had worked too hard to get her dream job.
Neither of them could deny the undeniable chemistry between them or the famous Cooper curse. When Daniel made a straightforward request, it had unexpected repercussions. In his quest to find the truth, he made another error in judgement, risking not only Melissa’s career but also the loyalty of his team and the club.
Daniel and Melissa both faced a decision: What’s more important? Your career or love?
PLAYING BY THE RULES (PLAYING FOR GLORY, BOOK 4)
Ulrich Fölscher wants to play rugby for the Buffaloes and the Springboks and eventually become the best chef in town. In that order. There is no place for romance in his life. Obeying Coach Brady’s command is easy until he meets his daughter Samantha. She is everything he needs – warm, bubbly – and possibly, the missing ingredient he lacks to spice up his life.
Sammy is a professional athlete, and she too knows the rules. But it is hard to resist Ulrich’s quiet strength, focused determination and, most of all, his delectable kisses.
Both know how to fight for what they want. But as their desire for each other intensifies, so does the pressure to make a choice. Can Ulrich and Sammy continue to play by the rules or risk it all for love
CONCUSSION (PLAYING FOR GLORY, BOOK 5) (RELEASE DATE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2020)
“I’m not good-looking enough. I’m a prop, not the catch on the team. Everyone thinks we’re the dumb guys on the squad. The loosies and the guys in the back get the beautiful women.”
Ryan Foster knew the score. He, therefore, had no expectations when he met trauma doctor, Margaret Blake.
Margaret always made it clear how she felt about rugby, a sport she considered only being favoured by dumb and ignorant hooligans. When she met Ryan, the almost chemical attraction surprised her as she felt towards the large prop with his bushy beard and long hair. One evening in his company convinced Margaret that there was more to Ryan than meets the eye and gave in to temptation. A severe concussion puts Ryan’s rugby career in jeopardy, and with it, his future with Margaret.
Could Margaret convince Ryan (and herself), that they might have a future? And even if they did, would they be able to overcome their pasts to find their own Happy Ever After?
PREQUEL SERIES TO THE PLAYING FOR GLORY SERIES
MAKING THE RIGHT CALL (KICK-OFF TRILOGY, BOOK 1)
One chance. One choice. It’s his call.
Nicholas Carter is the billionaire owner of the Wild Dogs, a young and successful rugby club. His secret to success is simple; he keeps his business and his private life separate. That resolve is tested when Emma Cole comes into his life. His new accountant is not his type, yet she has the uncanny ability to make Nicholas lose control.
Geeks shouldn’t look like Nicholas and neither should they kiss as he does. Emma is mortified to discover that the hot, sexy, green-eyed man with intoxicating kisses is her new boss.
They cannot deny the attraction between them. But giving in to the chemistry spells serious repercussions. During a business trip, they surrender to their passion and embark on an affair that changes their lives forever. Reality creeps into their relationship, and Nicholas is forced to make a decision. Will he take ownership of the resulting fallout? Will he make the right call?
ON THE SIDELINES SERIES
CHOICES (A STANDALONE NOVELLA, ON THE SIDELINES, BOOK 1)
As a young and hot-headed twenty-two-year-old, Dan Mackay made a choice he regretted ever since. Even though he knew it was wrong, he was too proud, and admittedly, too embarrassed, to admit it then. When he, at last, came to his senses, it was too late. The past has a nasty habit of catching up on you. Returning to South Africa, Dan learned that the choice he made so long ago, had more repercussions than even he thought.
Like Dan, Jess knew it was the biggest mistake letting Dan go, even as he was walking out of the door, but she was too proud to stop him. She would’ve wanted him to choose her, or just give her a choice, but when he didn’t, she let him go.
Will Dan be able to make better choices this time to help mend his relationship with Jess?
TASTE FOR LOVE SERIES
TASTE FOR COFFEE (TASTE FOR LOVE, BOOK 1)
Never trust a man who doesn’t like coffee.
Kirstine Brown does not heed her grandfather’s advice and lets billionaire businessman Iain Young get under her skin. But what Kirsty won’t stand for is losing Joe’s Coffee House–her pride and joy. It is all she has.
Iain inherits Cairistìne Court, a building in the heart of Edinburgh’s Leith district, and a stubborn tenant who refuses to move. Kirsty has an iron-clad contract, but Iain is used to winning and sets out to change her mind.
He gets more than he bargained for and falls hard for the blonde barista. Knowing that only a big gesture will convince a suspicious Kirsty of his growing love for her, he waits for the perfect moment.
But secrets cause misunderstandings. Throw in an ex who wants him back and a greedy employee who sabotages Kirsty, and Iain has his work cut out for him.
Will Iain’s big gesture be too late to win Kirsty’s heart?
TASTE FOR WINE (TASTE FOR LOVE, BOOK 2)
Businessman Santiago Figueras arrives in Edinburgh to reclaim his missing wife. But why should Olivia Holmes trust him now, when he left her stranded in a foreign country three years ago? All she wants to do is to protect the son Santiago did not know he had. But Santiago makes her a shrewd offer she cannot refuse—and she follows him to Argentina to rebuild their marriage. Olivia is still addicted to the taste of his kisses, but can she give him her heart again? Years of hurt and mistrust are not easily erased and threaten to tear them apart once more. Can Santiago and Olivia’s love grow deep roots among the vineyards of Mendoza, or will they harvest only a lifetime of regrets?
BLUE MOUNTAIN SERIES
SUMMERTIME BLUE (BLUE MOUNTAIN, BOOK 1)
A brief interlude just before Christmas was supposed to be more than that. That was what Nathan Sinclair imitated to Meghan Carstens when they said goodbye, and she believed him. She should have known it was a lie and that he would end up to be just like all the other assholes she had dated before. When they met again a few months later, Meghan accepted it was over. Nathan ignored her as if the time they spent together on Twin Peaks, had never happened. She did the same, even though it hurt.
Meghan belonged to an industry Nathan abhorred. Apart from his mother and his sister, he had vowed long ago never to have anything to do with someone who aspired to be a model, designer or a journalist. He had been burned once too often. Why then did he feel this compelling attraction to the sultry fashion designer?
When the truth emerged, would Meghan be willing to give Nathan another chance?
MY BLUE HEAVEN (BLUE MOUNTAIN, BOOK 2)
They might be stepbrother and -sister, but there was no sibling love between Marcus Walker and Annie Sinclair. Marcus had made sure of that and paid the price ever since.
Annie spent five years in self-imposed exile in New York. When her marriage ended, Annie and her daughter returned to Blue Mountain to heal.
Seeing Annie for the first time since she got married had been a shock. Marcus had just begun to pick up the pieces of his life, and he wasn’t ready to deal with Annie yet.
For two years Marcus stayed in the background, watching Annie heal. When she did, Marcus was there, but did he lose this second chance or could they find their piece of heaven on Blue Mountain?
KIND OF BLUE (BLUE MOUNTAIN, BOOK 3)
Adam Walker feels like an outsider in his close-knit family, and it is his own doing. For years he has hidden a secret from them. How can Adam confide in any of them when revealing his guilty pleasures will tear them apart?
Nicola Evans arrives on Blue Mountain as the new marketing and events coordinator with a secret of her own. Yet, the woman with the forest-green eyes does what no one else has managed to do – chip through all of Adam’s defences. Nicky is a temptation he cannot resist.
But secrets cannot stay hidden forever. The truth always comes out. And when Adam faces the biggest challenge of his life, Nicky has a choice to make: stay on to help him or leave with her secret intact. Will Nicky risk everything to help Adam finally break free from the chains of his past?