Couple in Love




Pamela Yaye, author
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Games of the Heart CoverGames of the Heart
August 2009
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The most passionate game of all

When it comes to love…

Überfab, up-and-coming celeb manager Sage Collins is ready for the big time. About to land her first big client—a teenage athlete who could be the next Michael Jordan—Sage is determined to make her mark. The immovable object in her way? Marshall Grant, the kid’s father and manager—over six feet of sexy, take-charge ex-military male. No matter. Big-city chick Sage isn’t leaving small-town Indiana without a contract—even if she has to seduce Marshall to get it.

There’s no contest

Sage is all wrong for Marshall. So why is the single father finding the Vegas glam girl so irresistible? Marshall never thought Sage would trade her stilettos for sweats and sneakers, or her thrill-a-minute life for the frigid temps of Indiana. (Maybe the romantic firelit dinner or midnight sleigh rides had something to do with it?) Is the ultimate city girl playing a game neither of them can win? Or are they about to become partners in a new game, where love calls the shots?


“Come on, you stupid thing,” Sage Collins grumbled, huffing vigorously. “I gave you my change, now give

me my damn Kit Kat!” Forgetting that she was at Indianapolis’ illustrious Westchester Academy, and that

impressionable young children were milling about, she smacked the glass powerfully with her right palm.

“I want my chocolate bar and I want it now you good for nothing piece of—”

“What’s going on here?” demanded a voice behind her.

Sage didn’t bother to turn around. She had a score to settle with the vending machine from hell.

Her eyes were fixed on the chocolate bar, held captive between a jumbo bag of Cheetos and a can of roasted peanuts.

“I asked what you’re doing. Do I need to get security?”

Now the man had her attention. Sage tossed a look over her shoulder and regarded the taller-than-average brother. He was a giant of a man. Built like an NFL line backer, but without the giggly beer belly and evil menacing stare, he had extra-wide shoulders, ripped forearms and a pair of strong, sturdy legs. Staggered by his height, but not the least bit intimidated by his harsh tone, she expelled a breath. “This machine sucks,” she told him, sweeping her bangs off her forehead. “If I had matches, I’d torch it.”

“Ever stop to think that maybe it’s the customer and not the product?”

“No, because it robbed a six-year-old of his allowance five minutes ago.”

His furious scowl matched the heat in his eyes. “You’re acting like a deranged psycho and I’m supposed to believe you? Are you on medication or something?”

It was the first time in her twenty-eight years that Sage felt like smacking someone upside the head. Hot with anger, but refusing to lose her cool, she scrutinized the burly stranger with the aggressive wide-legged stance. His plaid shirt should be in a box on its way to Goodwill and his jeans were a minute too short. In Las Vegas a man would never be caught dead in public wearing last season’s shoes. They dressed to the nines or not at all. But up here in Indianapolis, dressing casual took on a whole new meaning. The stranger needed new shoes and most importantly, a new attitude.

“Are you from around here?”

“No and I don’t have a name or phone number either.”

Snorting, he shrugged dismissively. “Don’t flatter yourself. I’m not interested.”

“Sure you aren’t. That’s what all the rejected guys say.”

His lips tightened. “Move out of the way so I can take a look at it.”

“No thanks.” Turning around, she bumped the machine with her hips. The Kit Kat fell, along with a jumbo bag of Doritos and several sticks of gum. Bending down to retrieve her goods, she donned an arrogant smile. “I told you I didn’t need your help.”

“You didn’t pay for those things!” He took a step towards her. “What you’re doing verges on theft.”

“So what are you going to do, make a citizen’s arrest?” she asked, the absurdity of her words mocking him. His cologne, like his shirt, screamed for attention but Sage wasn’t going to give him another second of her time. Turning away, she quipped, “I wish I could stay and continue this riveting verbal exchange, but I have a game to watch.”

Grinning, she ripped open the bag of Doritos and popped a chip into her mouth. “Mmmmm, delicious!” Deaf to his threats, she continued down the hall, and ducked inside the gymnasium.




What Readers and Reviewers are saying:


Romance In Color (4++Stars)

The phrase “opposites attract” is true in this situation. The storyline is excellent, the pace is on point and the plot connects very well to the characters. It definitely keep you turning pages, anxious to see what’s going to happen next. The love scenes come toward the end and add fuel to the fire. The secondary characters bring the energy needed to keep the story flowing. Rashawn’s family is energetic; they definitely come from a different background and I could relate to their story. Yasmin’s family is articulate, educated, and caring; I enjoyed all of them.

I commend Ms. Yaye on an excellent read.
LOVE T.K.O is a must read.

Amazon Reviewer, (5 Stars):

LOVE T.K.O is a refreshing novel that reminds us of what love is really about. Pamela Yaye does it again bringing two individuals from different world into a blissful relationship.

Dr Yasmin Ohaji is a South African beauty who is a popular marriage therapist who has worked herself into a place that romance does not fit into her life but when she meets Rashawn Bishop after he came to her rescue she finds herself fighting the temptations that he presents. Pamela Yaye had me rooting for Rashawn from the beginning of the book as well as wanting to see Yasmin happy. She brings back the idea of what a relationship should really be about and how a man should treat a woman.
LOVE T.K.O is definitely one of my top reads this year.

The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (4 Stars):

Pamela Yaye steps out of the box with the characters of LOVE T. K. O. She shows us without communication the knock out is inevitable. With communication one can stand toe to toe, complete the entire ten rounds with both opponents coming out victoriously.

While reading, I was yelling, and pulling for Yasmin and Rashawn because I could feel the chemistry between them the minute he stepped in front of her on page twelve. LOVE T. K. O. is one of my top twenty reads for the year.


Romantic Times (4 ½ Stars):

Her Kind of Man (4.5) is well written, perfectly paced and contains characters that are real and likable. With just the right dose of humour and drama, Pamela Yaye's story compels from beginning to end. First-grade teacher Makayla Stevens is having a hard time dealing with 5-year-old terror Terrance Blake, and his high-strung mother is too much for her. Enter the boy's sexy uncle, Kenyon Blake, who Makayla has had a crush on since she was an overweight teenager. Kenyon is strongly attracted to Makayla, and concerned about his nephew. He works overtime to get them both past their fears and reticence about relationships.

SisterFriendBookClub (4 Sistah Hugs):

Wickedly naughty, erotic, hot, passionate, and juicy to the very last drop! For the hopelessly romantic, this book is for you. In this tale, a love affair emerges between two people who could not be more different. Her Kind of Man touches on a very sensitive subject: self-image. The main character, Makayla Stevens, was overweight during her teen years, and although she was a knockout by the time she met her prince charming, she still battled with some self-image issues. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I would highly recommend it because it was ummm..ummm…good!


Barnes and Noble Reviewer (4 Stars)

'The Trouble with Luv', is the first novel I've read by Mrs. Yaye and it was quite an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the differences between Xavier and Ebony. And I just loved the way he had that foot and mouth disease, where he kept putting his foot in his mouth, by assuming the worse of Ebony and having to apologize BIG time. It was very endearing to watch them struggle with their desire. Yet, still they waited until they both knew the time was right to make that move towards intimacy. And when it finally happened, OH, about HOT! Xavier and Ebony were as different as night and day, and yet when they were together they complimented each other spiritually, emotionally, mentally and definitely physically. This book once it got going was a page-turner with quite a few unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading more from Mrs. Yaye.


PeoplewholoveGoodBooks, (5 stars)

Other People's Business by Pamela Yaye is a touching, romantic story. It will make you laugh, cry, or just sit and shake your head. Join Autumn and L.J. as they find love in an unexpected place: each other.

Urban Reviews:

OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS by Pamela Yaye is a beautiful love story between two people that have had their share of bad relationships. Through the turmoil, they find each other and fall in love...even with all of the obstacles they keep running into. If you enjoy good romance novels and are not too keen on the sappy kind, then this book is for you. Pamela Yaye put a few tear-jerking moments in there, but she'll also have you talking out loud, yelling "Oh No He Didn't!" at times too. I would recommend Other People's Business to anyone who loves a happy ending.