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Payoff Pitch (Philadelphia Patriots Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

V.K. Sykes
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Book Description

Book Five in the USA Today Bestselling Philadelphia Patriots Series

He's a billionaire ballplayer...

Noah Cade, pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has big problems. He's recovering from a serious injury and he's just been saddled with his sick aunt's crazy dogs. Then there's his dad, a wealthy oilman who wants Noah to retire from baseball and step into his shoes as CEO of the family corporation. All Noah wants is to pitch again and help his team win the World Series, but his family keeps dragging him in the opposite direction.

She's a small town girl...

Teddy Quinn moved to the city to start a dog walking business for rich people, hoping the income could pay for tuition to law school and help her fight the oil corporations drilling the county where she grew up. When Noah Cade hires her as a full-time dog sitter for his high-energy pets, it seems like the answer to Teddy's financial woes. But the boundaries get blurred when she starts falling for her boss, who uses all his formidable skills to lure her into his bed.

When Teddy discovers Noah's father owns Baron Energy, she's devastated. How can she work for--or love--a man whose family stands for everything she hates?


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"The dynamic between Noah and Teddy was perfect, and the refreshingly mutual respect between the pair made 'Payoff Pitch' a pleasure to read, as well as making it a stand out novel in the romance genre." ~Words Are Life

About the Author

V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That's where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa's bestselling historical romances at vanessakellyauthor.com.

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  • Print Length: 323 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LEHSZXM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Review for Ramblings From This Chick. ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

Payoff Pitch is the fifth book in the Philadelphia Patriots series written by the husband and wife writing duo going by the name V.K. Sykes (Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes). This book immediately drew me in because I am a huge sports romance fan, and I also was really intrigued by the idea of a husband and wife writing together. While I did like Noah and Teddy and I liked several portions of this story, I did have a few issues overall though. The first half of this book was promising and I was really enjoying the way things were going, but then it started to go downhill for me and I found myself wanting to skip ahead or skim large portions of this book.

Noah Cade is a pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots and is still recovering from a career threatening injury. After having surgery, he has been working to get back in the game. When his aunt's health condition gets worse, he finds himself not only balancing his career but also two standard poodles that she has entrusted him to take care of. When Noah sees the pretty dog walker from the next door neighbors chasing their dog, he immediately seeks her out to help her and also get her professional services for the dogs. Teddy agrees to come and work for him and also live with him and the dogs to ease their transition while he is away so much. The attraction between Noah and Teddy is strong, but they agree to put their feelings aside in order to maintain their professional relationship. Soon things being to escalate though, and both find the chemistry to be inevitable and give in to their feelings. With the uncertainty of Noah's career, and his family pushing for him to take a place in their company things soon get complicated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex scenarios centered on sports and fervent longing September 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Whether PAYOFF PITCH is the latest book in the Philadelphia Patriots series you have read or the fifth, there is much to enjoy while never feeling lost because of in-depth details. An individual connected to a professional baseball team finds himself facing numerous changes that could drastically alter his life from the dream he has long held. When he becomes involved with a woman whose beliefs are much different from his own, the turmoil he is going through multiplies. The husband and wife who are V.K. Sykes certainly know how to make their romances with a sports theme come across as completely realistic since specifics are very precise. PAYOFF PITCH delights with likable characters and loads of realism.

The baseball season is just about to start for the Philadelphia Patriots, and Noah Cade is eager to see how well he can pitch after suffering an injury. Proving he is still a capable player has motivated him for months, as he does not want to give up his beloved career. When he receives a call from his aunt requesting him to come visit, Noah knows there is just enough time to travel to Texas before the first game. After hearing she wants him to take in her two poodles since she can no longer care for the lively pair, he agrees because there is nothing he would not do for his cherished relative.

A chance meeting between Noah and Teddy Quinn back in Philadelphia has him making her an offer that will be hard to refuse. She is from a nearby farming community but needed money for further schooling, so she and a friend walk dogs plus give special attention to the pets if needed. Noah wants her to take care of his newly acquired dogs on a daily basis, and she agrees since the contract would definitely help to fund her college studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved this book July 16, 2014
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I just loved this book. Teddy and Noah are really HOT together. They both have issues. She doesn't know his father is CEO of Baron Oil and when she finds out, she can't believe it. Up where she grew up there is drilling and fracking going on. It's ruining wells and though the people did sign the leases, they are now really sorry. Teddy's father is holding out but his son would like to have the drilling on the land. He likes the money he is making because of the trucks and all the rigs that need tires. But Teddy is torn. Noah meanwhile is having troubles of his own. He's trying to come back from Tommy John surgery and he doesn't feel as if he's good enough. His velocity is in the toilet and his payoff pitch won't pay off. But in the end they do finally get together and are compromising on the stuff that could have torn them apart. V.K. Sykes does it again. LOVED IT.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series August 26, 2014
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a fan of this well written and obviously well researched series. V.K. Sykes has given readers a lovely realistic world to visit again and again. Payoff Pitch is number 5 in the series, but could stand alone. I strongly recommend that you invest your time in the entire series. You will find yourself reading about the kind of people you would like in your own life. The characters are engaging and definitely interesting. I found it easy to become emotionally involved in the outcome of the story, and I look forward to more.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, Baseball, and Poodles! July 25, 2014
By LauraL
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Okay, I am owned by a Poodle, so Sadie and Toby stole the show for me. They were the poodliest of Poodles! I'm not a big baseball fan, nor do I know much about fracking, but I enjoyed Payoff Pitch from beginning to end. The contrast between Teddy and Noah's upbringings, circumstances, and goals, then, and their undeniable attraction to each other, made for a good, well-paced read. I was rooting for a happily ever after and was not disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Total let down
I never like to write bad reviews but I always write honest ones.. And honestly this book was a let down. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Vicki Schofield
3.0 out of 5 stars Payoff pitch
This would be a good book for someone who is really into baseball because it was very well written for fans of the sport. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes baseball.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the read.
I enjoyed the other books in this series but had a hard time finishing this one. Not enough chemistry between the couple and too much environmental activism for a romance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SEB
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad editing
While I really enjoyed this story I was very disappointed with the editing. I have read this entire series and was looking forward to this book but when I am reading a book and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michele
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me want more
I liked this book well enough that I went directly to purchase the first three books in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Amy21
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked how Teddy and Noah grew through their relationship into ...
I am enjoying the series and learned a lot about what a pitcher has to go through in their career. I liked how Teddy and Noah grew through their relationship into trusting each... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read! Can't wait for her next book release
Another excellent read! Can't wait for her next book release
Published 1 month ago by Ana Paula
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Fracking and Dogs...Not Enough Baseball and Romance
I'm usually a sucker for a good sports-romance, but this one fell flat. Way too much environmental-speak and not enough character interaction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NorCalMomBookJunkie
3.0 out of 5 stars A little boring unless you want to continue the series.
If you are into the series, this book is ok. I found it a little boring. I liked the suspense and action in the first 2 books and this one seemed to have a bit of an agenda. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 3bunnies
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More About the Author

V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and romantic suspense. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest, in the romance category. Vanessa and Randy are also starting a new series of contemporary romances with Grand Central Publishing, out in Feb. 2015. MEET ME AT THE BEACH is the first book in The Seashell Bay Series, set on a small, charming, and very lively island off the coast of Maine.

Vanessa also writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. Her first novel, Mastering the Marquess, hit the shelves in April 2009, and she was subsequently named by Booklist as one of the "new stars of historical romance." Her latest series, The Renegade Royals, is a national bestseller.

Vanessa was born a Jersey girl, but not in Tony Soprano country. Rather, she grew up in a gorgeous little colonial town just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. After completing her Master's in English literature, Vanessa headed to Toronto to enter a doctoral program, and stayed in the frozen north. Eventually, she found her way into the public sector, and spent many years writing reports and briefs.

Randy started out as a prairie boy, with a heritage in the starkly beautiful wheat fields of southern Saskatchewan, Canada. As a graduate student in economics, he migrated east to prestigious McGill University. After completing his Master's in labor economics, he ended up working in the public sector in the nation's capital of Ottawa. Writing endless reports and speeches honed his writing skills, but too often bored him senseless. When he finally turned his pen (or rather his keyboard) to fiction, life changed in a hurry. His "I can do this!" quickly became "Holy cow, this is hard!" And before he knew it, he was immersed in a strange land of romance fiction writers, almost all women, learning why books require such things as emotion and conflict to get readers to actually pay money to read them.

And this is where a romance-writing partnership makes such good sense. Do guys like to write about emotion? Not so much. Plotting? Yes. Humor? You bet. Murder and mayhem? Definitely. But when it comes to elaborating on matters of the heart, most guys would rather find a game on TV. Any game. Randy fits the stereotype. But, fortunately, he has the luxury of leaving those big blank sections for the emotion expert to work her magic. And strange though it might seem to Randy, Vanessa actually likes writing about emotion and (thankfully) doesn't mind doing the sex scenes, either.

You can find out more about V.K. Sykes at their website at www.vksykes.com. And look for Vanessa's historical romances and her blog at www.vanessakellyauthor.com. Vanessa also blogs with The Jaunty Quills, a fantastic group of authors like Kristan Higgins and Shana Galen who love to blog about life, their families, writing, and just about anything else you can think of. Please visit them at www.jauntyquills.com.

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