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About The Tip-Off

I’ve spent years hiding in the shadows.

He’s spent his whole life chasing the bright lights of the NBA.

We have nothing in common, except for the fact, our friends ditched us for spring break.

I have a bucket list for my senior year at Valley U.

He’s the only person I know on campus.

I’m ready to start checking things off my list.

Frat party: Check.
TP the baseball house: Check.
Goat yoga: Check.
Skinny dipping: Check.
Falling for Zeke Sweets, Valley U’s MVP: Not going to happen.

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THE SMART JOCKS SERIES by REBECCA JENSHAK

Exclusive Excerpt from The Tip-Off

Zeke leads me into the gym on the second story of The White House.

“When I said I wanted to go somewhere quiet, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.”

“It’s the only place off limits during parties.”

He turns on the lights and grabs two basketballs from a rack. He extends one to me and I eye it curiously. He can’t be serious.

“Really?”

He looks unsure as he gives a little shrug, ball still held out toward me. His eyes light up and he drops the ball to my feet. “Wait, I know what we need.”

Confused but intrigued, I watch as he tucks the other basketball under his arm and takes out his phone. His head bounces from side to side as his thumbs tap on the screen.

“Here we go,” he says as music pumps into the room. He pockets his phone and dribbles toward the basket.

I take a moment to look around the room, taking in the gym. I’ve seen it before, but never really appreciated how nice it is. The polished wood floor is a half-court version of the one at Ray Fieldhouse from the blue and yellow lines on the court to the Ray Roadrunner mascot painted on the wall. It’s a sweet place. Joel’s dad is the president of Valley U and he bought this place and outfitted it with everything the guys could possibly need – and way more. It’s not as outrageous as some of the big university athletic dorms, but it’s pretty over the top.

Moving up to the free throw line, I try to think back on what I learned in junior high basketball while I watch Zeke take shots. He’s more relaxed than I’ve seen him all night. Even in dress clothes, he looks like he belongs with a basketball in his hands.

“It’s a little intimidating shooting hoops with you.”

“Don’t worry about it, I make everyone look bad on the court.”

I’m taken back by his words until I meet his gaze. He’s smiling and wears a cocky grin he’s never flashed my direction before. I feel that look in my toes. “You’ve got jokes, huh?”

He shoots, rebounds his ball and then dribbles to me. “Let’s see what you got.”

Under his scrutiny, I take my time getting into position at the free throw line and then shoot. I cringe as the ball doesn’t quite make it to the rim. Airball.

Zeke gets my ball and brings it back to me. “Try again.”

“Who knew the night could get more humiliating,” I mutter under my breath, but I take another shot anyway. This one at least hits the rim.

After my fourth miss, he hands me the ball and then instructs me to widen my stance. “Good, now bring your right foot forward just a tiny bit.”

Instead of trying to talk me through the upper body, he guides my arms up and into position and then moves my hands where he wants them. Goosebumps race to the surface at his warm touch. His hands are strong and steady, and it’s a sad realization that this is the most a man has touched me since my car accident nearly four years ago.

“Alright, use your legs and really follow it through, let it roll off those fingertips.”

With more concentration and focus than I’ve used since trying to read through Game of Thrones fan theories, I stare down the red rim and shoot.

“Yes!” I jump as the ball goes through the net. Freaking finally.

“There you go. Nice. Do it again.” He sends the ball back to me with a bounce pass.

Intent brown eyes watch me as I line up and try and get into the same position.

“So, I’ve gathered parties aren’t really your thing. Is this where you usually hide out?”

“Who says I usually hide out?”

“Everyone. Also, I was in town visiting Blair for the party after the last home game of the season. I don’t remember seeing you.”

“It’s not that they aren’t my thing, I just don’t party much during the season. What about you?”

“Are parties my thing?”

He nods.

“Yes. Well, I want them to be. I’ve only been to the one and I wasn’t a student yet. So, this is my first official college party. I’m officially a fan, though. There’s something so magical about the bass of the music and people dancing and having a good time. Well, everyone but you.”

“I’m having a fine time.”

“Wow, you really know how to make a girl feel special. You’re having a fine time. At least I don’t have to worry about you telling anyone how awful our date was.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because you don’t talk much.”

“Burn,” he says and his lips curve into another smile. “I’m a man of few words.” Palming the ball in one hand he raises it toward me like he’s pointing. “How about the best date I’ve been on in four years?”

“Well, then you’d just be lying.”

He raises a brow and then turns to shoot without speaking.

I dribble and bring the ball up, pausing before I send the ball sailing to the basket. “This is the only date you’ve been on since then, isn’t it?”

I remember the guys giving him shit once about never dating, but I’d assumed they were exaggerating the situation.

He winks and keeps rebounding his ball and putting it back. He’s gotten into it now and is shooting like he’s at practice. Basketball in dress clothes – it’s a good look.

“So, parties aren’t your thing, dating isn’t your thing, what is your thing?” He opens his mouth to tell me what I already know, but I stop him. “Besides basketball.”

He shakes his head. “It’s my only thing.”

“If you had to give up food or basketball, which would you choose?”

He dribbles as he answers. “I’d die without food.”

“Some things are worth dying for.”


About the Author

Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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Our Review

‘If I give my heart to Katrina, it will fucking ruin me when she eventually walks away.’

So, as you know we read The Assist, our first book by Rebecca Jenshak and had to jump straight into The Fadeaway! Whilst we really enjoyed the first book in this series falling in love with Wes and Blair, as well as the rest of the jocks, there really was something very special about Joel and Kitty’s story. It ticked all the boxes for us. The two jocks that intrigued us the most coming out of The Assist was Joel and Zeke. The cad and the silent giant. Both had us gagging for their story. So, of course, we jumped straight in and we were not disappointed! Whilst each book can be read as a standalone we absolutely recommend reading this series in order as there’s an overlapping storyline threaded through them. We’ve fallen in love with a new series and a new to us Author and now we eagerly await the third book which is our boy Zeke’s story. This is the best place to be as a reader!

 ‘I want him to fantasize about me the same way I fantasize about him. That’s all he can ever be. All I can be to him. I’m okay with that. Fantasy is almost always better than reality and Joel Moreno is my perfect fantasy. Why mess with that?’

Joel Moreno is a powerhouse of gorgeousness and we fell hook line and sinker for him! Not only is he an amazing sportsman, but he also has a huge heart and a wonderful sense of compassion. Joel has a dream, but he’s also got a past that haunts him and affects his decisions. Having a fantastic family support network and awesome mates behind him helps yet doesn’t quite outweigh his reluctance to commit to a relationship. However, when he meets his Kitty, Joel knows she’s something special as soon as she refuses his advances. Joel must play the game of his life to convince Kitty that he’s here to stay. Sometimes though, what we wish for may not necessarily be what we’re emotionally ready for once we get it, and past experiences play a huge part in this.

“Oh Kitty, you’ve wildly underestimated me.”

Kitty is the type of heroine we immediately connect with. She’s young but has her head screwed on right, and as a single mum shows strength and maturity that belies her age. Her character had real depth and whilst she falls, she doesn’t do so easily. Her circumstances have scared her off. Kitty doesn’t play games, causes no unnecessary drama yet has a sweet vulnerability hidden by her strong exterior.

“Why did you turn me down thirteen times?”
“Because you’re Joel Moreno.”

We loved the banter, the push-pull and the quiet understanding and compassion each showed the other. It was such a wonderful story which had real emotion, real laughter and a real sense of belonging, family, and friendships. Whilst at times our hearts broke, it felt like everyone had to work at getting to a place of acceptance and growth which this Author wrote perfectly. Once again the camaraderie between the jocks was super special and we absolutely loved the scenes with them all together! Now we’re jonesing for Gaby and Zeke’s book! Bring it on….

‘Blinded by love. Fucking love.’

Synopsis

This college jock is a total player. He’s used to getting who and what he wants. Until her. . .

Katrina
The hottest guy on campus won’t stop asking me out. I know that sounds like a good problem to have, but this guy… this guy has no idea how complicated my life is trying to juggle being a single mom and college student.
Every Thursday, he shows up at the café where I work. His cheesy pickup lines and arrogance should have me completely annoyed. I’m not. I can’t say yes, but Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

Joel
The hottest girl on campus won’t go out with me. I know, I know, that sounds presumptuous, but this girl… this girl has gotten under my skin, and I can’t seem to walk away.
Every Thursday, I show up at the café where she works. She’s fed me every excuse in the book. I should give up and bang one of the many girls blowing up my phone. I’m not. Even when she says no, Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

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