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A Second Chance, Fake Relationship Sports Romance


The Underdogs, Book Two


Contemporary Romance / Sports Romance

Date Published: May 18, 2023


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What’s a woman to do when she’s faced with the impossible
decision to give an old flame a second chance?

Shore up her defenses to ward off his charms, of course.

Once upon a time, Merrick Jovanovitch was my everything. I fell fast and
hard and forever. Then, I pushed him away. The end.

He’s suddenly back in my life, the newest addition to my fresh-start
city’s football team. When I’m blackmailed by a vicious wife of
one of Merrick’s teammates to help the team land a reality TV series,
I don’t have the option to run from my problems this time. The secret
I’ve been keeping from Merrick for three long years needs to stay
where it belongs—in the past. With pressure mounting on my unsteady
shoulders, I need a release valve to keep juggling all these very fragile

Enter jagoff42. Yeah. That’s…an online handle from a
language-learning app.

I know it sounds bananas but hear me out. My internet pen pal is the only
man for this job because he’s a third-party bystander with no skin in
the game. I don’t have to worry about him getting hurt or spilling my
deepest, darkest secrets to anyone. Because we’ve never actually

No, I don’t know his real name.

No, I don’t know if he’s a creepy old dude.

No, I don’t know if he lives in his mother’s basement.

He’s only ever told me that he’s close. So, yeah. He’s
probably creepy.

The only problem with all these brilliant plans? To land the new reality
series for the team,  Merrick and I have to rekindle our relationship.
For the cameras. That’s fine. As long as I remember all of our kisses
are for show, I can get through this.

Even though he lights my body up like a five-alarm fire.

Even though more and more of our kisses are in private instead of in

Even though I swore to myself that I’d never give my heart away

Merrick can’t be my happily ever after. I walked away the first time
for a reason. Right?


First in The Underdogs Sports Romance Series




The Backup (Book 1)

The Trade (Book 2)

Available on Amazon 

About the Author

Kata Čuić holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the
University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband,
three children, and dog. She spends most of her time playing professional
pretend with fictional characters. When she’s not writing her own stories,
she’s binge reading someone else’s.

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