Friday, May 18, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

The Game Can’t Love You Back
Karole Cozzo
(Swoon Reads)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.
But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.
As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

“Nothing wrong with having a laugh.” I sit up, straighten my shoulders. “And I looked good up there, sweetheart, you might as well admit it.”
Eve throws her head back and laughs, loudly, like she really thinks I’m ridiculous. “You’re so arrogant.”
“Whatever. I’m fine with you being the sole representative of Pirates pitching up there.”
I glance at her from the corner of my eye. In leggings, a Pirates Windbreaker, and messy braids, for whatever reason, she looks strangely more appealing than the girls inside. I mean, a cute girl in a Pirates Windbreaker . . . definitely works for me. And she’s not even trying.
Out here, where I can breathe, far away from the stage, I hear myself sharing that opinion.
“I don’t really think I’d get a kick out of seeing you done up like that anyway. I like you better like this.”
She chuckles, just once. “Since when do you like me?” This makes me laugh. “I don’t. Not really.”
Eve shrugs. “Yeah, well. The feeling’s mutual.” “Wouldn’t expect anything less.”
“Then you’ve got it.”
“Is there a particular reason you need the last word?” “People who ask that question are inevitably trying to get the
last word then.”

Author Bio:
Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.



  1. I love contemporary stories with characters who play sports/are athletic. The premise sounds so much fun and I'd love to be the girl on the guys team.

  2. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy reading!