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A Numbers Game

(Out of Bounds #2.5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Love is worth more than the sum of its hearts…

CPA Merrit Callahan learned early not to let passion unravel her orderly life. Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along—dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor. Now, after her back-stabbing fiancé breaks off their engagement, Mer
Kindle Edition, 77 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Berkley
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Christi Snow
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Aww, I really liked the backstory on this one. Merrit and Heath dated while they were in college. He was her first lover and she thought they meant everything to one another, but that all ended when she found out about a humiliating bet among the jocks. She was shattered by the revelation and took off never giving Heath a chance to explain.

For Heath, she was the one who got away. For Merrit, he was a humiliating awful memory that she wishes she could forget. So when they run across on
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of this and it was another touchdown for Tracy. Even though this was a shorter novella it did not feel rushed and I feel like Merritt's and Heath's story was sweet and a great read. It was fun to get to read about more people who are part of the "Out of Bounds" family and it was another great story that I did not want to put down.

Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love to hate novellas...and this one from Tracy is just the reason why. I want more of Meritt and Heath! I enjoyed the entire premise of the college athlete participating in a silly "game" that can only be classified as hurtful and arrogant and the shy smart girl finding out after losing her heart. The fact that she ran away before any explanation can be given and they run into each other many years later makes for a great story. So good that this greedy reader wanted even more. But just so, t ...more
Tori Meskell
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
While I love to have the meat of a full novel, every once in a while a shorter novella will hit the spot, and this one certainly did. Even in a short piece of work, Tracy Solheim has created full and interesting characters with strengths and flaws that are believable. I particularly love the blue crab scene, where she has included unexpected detail on how to crack a crab. Most authors would gloss over that in a short story, but Tracy uses it to further build her character profiles.

If you find t
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018, read-2021
While I do enjoy Solheim's writing, I'm getting extremely tired of reading about couples who break up due to a misunderstanding/miscommunication/whatever, and then he goes on and gets married/has a child/sleeps around while she has one or two (or NO) other sexual relationships. I get that men don't pine the way women do, but could we just for once have a story where the woman marries another man and is actually a bit happy in the interim time apart? No woman should put her happiness on hold beca ...more
Deborah Greenberg
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So lucky to receive an advance copy of Tracy's new novella A Numbers Game. It's a fun little story related to her great Out of Bounds series which follows the Baltimore Blaze football team players, coaches, staff and families. Each story from this fun author makes you crave another and you really develop an affection for the characters and root for things to be worked out with love as the ultimate winner! I should add that novellas are such a great idea - the perfect owe yourself! ...more
Melissa Mcentyre
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love Health and Merrit's story--We meet more of the staff at the Blaze camp plus the Callahan
family--can see lots of interesting stories to come from Tracy.
Thanks for this good read and the set up for things to come.
A perfect sports novella! My only gripe is that I enjoyed Merrit and Heath's romance so much that I think they deserved to have a full length novel. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait for the next installment. Was like a teaser for the next book. ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great story!! I wish it had been longer, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it! ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. I liked the back story and felt many areas of the book needed more development. Characters were too lightly developed...Good writing but needed more editing for more.....keep at it.
Solid novella - likable characters, some heat, some sweet. Biggest downside probably being the short length!

Merrit (h) and Heath (H) dated in college. An intense connection between football player and math tutor, which broke Merrit's heart when she discovered it was all part of a game amongst the players. She ran, and they haven't spoken for years. Until her accounting firm is hired to do an audit of the football team he is coaching, and she ends up staying right next door to him. Has there been
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merrit Callahan was the rebel in the Callahan family, she never did want everyone else wanted her to do. Now she was a CPA working a firm that had been hired by the NFL team Baltimore Blazers to do an audit while doing a transfer of owners. It was also a good excuse for her to run from Chicago where her life had turned into a mess as her fiancé ditched her for someone else. Never did she imagine that another man would come into her life, one that had broken her heart when she was a freshman at N ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Merrit and Heath had a fling in college that endly badly when she found out that it was a joke and that it was based on a bet that his friends made with him. Now 10 years later they run into each other again, when she's hired to do an audit for the pro football team that he coaches. Seeing that this is his chance for redemption, Heath does everything he can to get her to listen to him and let him apologize for what he did to her...unfortunately for him. she wants nothing to do with him! A great ...more
Will Decker
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm pushing it giving it 4 stars because I never really connected with either of the main characters. She seems really weak and annoying, and him, well, he deserves her. Ten years over a misunderstanding seems a tad extreme for two people that supposedly 'love' each other so deeply and yet, both tried making a future with someone else in the interim. Lots of little editing errors also that detract from the enjoyment. A solid 3.5 stars would be appropriate. There is some good spice an ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this novella of second chances!! Merrit and Heath had a fling in college but then found out he was duping her, tutor vs football player. Fast forward and they are both involved with Baltimore Blaze football team. Their sexual chemistry is still there and hot but can Merrit open her heart and trust Heath?

This is a quick sexy read that I did not want to see end. Loved these characters!! The perfect take me away during this football season. I highly recommend.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the characters. Enjoyed the story.

Good story. Holds your interest and keeps you turning the pages.

It has room to be lengthed a bit, and I'd enjoy an epilogue.
An editor could polish this up. There are a couple of sentences that don't say what the author thinks they do, like 'could care less' instead of 'couldn't care less'. And there's an extra word elsewhere.

Enjoyable and recommendable.
Anna Doll
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Tracy Solheim’s prequel novella to Just for Kicks introduces head coach, Heath Gibson’s love match with Merrit Callahan. This is just the quick read you need to get into Solheim’s passionate love story of a Scottish football kicker and his arranged marriage to keep him from being deported. Solheim never disappoints! Enjoy!
Bette Stanek
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is book #2.5 in the Out of Bounds series by Ms Solheim. It’s cute, quick, and entertaining. If you sometimes just want something quick and fun between “bigger” reads this one might be for you.
Feb 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Norrine Luchsinger
Righting a wrong

It took ten years to finally .fix this mistake.But it was worth the wait This grabbed your interest an took you on a sizzling hot ride. Great story.
Downward dog
Great story and wonderful characters.
Nikki H
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was ok nothing special
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Meritt Callahan and Heath Gibson met in college. They meet again working for the Blaze organization. Heath is now an injured coach, and she is a CPA doing an independent audit. The sparks though, they fly!

Merritt felt like he was the first man to hurt her. Heath was her first love, her first boyfriend, her first everything. Then she found out his team was playing a game tryign to pick up women and she left. Now he wants to talk it out and explain what happened 10 years ago.

Heath cannot even keep
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my first experience reading a novella, and I have to say, I really loved it! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy, and knew after reading the entire "Out of Bounds" series so far that I was going to get right into it. Merrit and Heath have a chemistry that is palpable on the pages in a very short time, but then you learn how that chemistry first began years ago throughout the story. Like all of Tracy Solheim's books, this is fast-paced and juicy, and the characters make indeli ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased
Another great read in the series -- this novella is about Merrit and Heath. Merrit's heart was broken her first year at Notre Dame but Heath. She tutored him, fell in love and learned she was part of game he was playing with his teammates on how to get girls. Crushed she left and never looked back. 10 years later their paths cross again and both learn that second chances are worth the wait....and for Merrit the ASSUME (ass u me ) rule gives her a shock of a lifetime!! ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Keeping in mind that this was a novella, this was a fine, if super underdeveloped read in this series. For this type of second chance romance, I think *a lot* more dealing with that type of trust issue would have been appreciated & I could have steer cleared of the repeat drama at the end because of that. The length just didn't give it enough time to be dealt with, I think. Not terrible, but not really worth the read I think unless you need to read all the events in this series. ...more
Erin Roethe
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my first story by this author. Looking forward to reading a couple more before the Barbara Vey Readers Luncheon in the spring. I liked the romance between the two main characters. It was a fun touch having a professional football backdrop. Of course I wanted more to the story (would have loved to have read the whole Notre Dame part), but it's a novella so that's how it goes. Ready to "tackle" the next one!! ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
A second chance, they met when they r in college,she was the tutor n he was football team member who needs tutor.

Since they were young, game r there for man to score, she was on the list, when it was out she left.

Ten years later, density brings them together. But the most is introduces Jay, the new owner of Blaze, he just got the team from his godfather.
Stacy Barr-sooter
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a good story line. I love romance books but tend to skip the steamy parts. The book was already a short book and I feel a bit cheated since I did a lot of skimming to skip the steamy parts. Good read especially if you like steamy
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Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling. . . bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her ...more

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