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I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

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Expected publication: February 29th 2020
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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author/ Wordsmith Publicity)

"What if this moment, right here, is the moment that changes your life?"

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Harper is a 20 yr. old sophomore at Texas Grand University in College Station, Texas. Dancing is all she's ever wanted since she was a little girl, so after she gets her degree she plans to pursue dancing. She is driven and determined to make all her dreams come true. Her time is spent at class or dancing. Then she meets Lance, the star cornerback for the Rangers
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Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Oh. My. God. I can not deal. Lance and Harper knocked me right on my ass in this story and what the hell am I supposed to even do now?! The Guy in the Middle is an enemies to lovers forbidden romance surrounding a football player turned FIGHTER (yes. A fighter. Insert bulging eyes emoji here!) and a dancer whose shocking secret turns their entire dynamic on its head! This story is so sexy, so heavy with emotion, so unexpectedly angsty, so heartwrenching, so blissfully romantic, I COULD NOT GET ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2020
Just read the full-length version that releases on 29th February. Man-O-Man are you prepared for Lance and Harper? Once again, Kate Stewart knocks it out the park. #theunderdogsarecomplete #savingthebesttilllast #grandboysaregrand #bestillmybeatingheart

FULL REVIEW TO COME!!

“You take the field. I’m going to go take the stage.”


OMG!! If you thought Theo and Laney were fantastic, you wait till you read about Lance and Harper. OMG, my heart is just mush for these two.

“I don’t need you to put a
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“What if this moment, right here, is the moment that changes your life?”
It did.....IT EFFING DID!!
The MOMENT I picked up DRIVE, I KNEW my life as a reader would be changed forever!!
The MOMENT I opened SEO, I KNEW I had just scratched the surface of what Kate's talent is capable of...
The MOMENT I met her and hugged her in nyc, I KNEW we'll be connected forever...her soul to my soul!
The MOMENT Heartbreak Warfare annihilated me, I KNEW I had taken pledge of allegiance in Kate's Fanclub!
The
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DG Book Blog - Daisy Gal
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since seriously falling in love with Theo in The Guy on the Right, I've been so excited for more of this Underdog Series by Kate Stewart. The Guy in the Middle features Lance's story, the quiet roommate that no one ever sees except on the football field.

Lance and Harper's connection felt so simple and sweet, although it was really anything but. Lance carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, and I loved his determination and loyalty to his family. Harper also put her family first but
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Flo Grugel
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet, fun Novella and a great addition to the series!
Keri Loves Books
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this as part of the Team Player 2 Anthology, Fair Catch.

I love a hot enemies-to-lovers romance and Lance and Harper will give you what you want! !She’s about to go head-to-head with a hot jock and come out with a TKO!

Lance is quiet, broody and keeps to himself. All he has time to focus on is football, school and family obligations. The last thing he wants is any complications. Getting drafted is what he needs.

Harper is driven to reach her goal. Dancing is everything to her. She spends
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Erin
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gaaaahhhh! As if I wasn't still swooning enough from TGotR, Kate Stewart punts this perfection into my lap.
Lance is closed off and hot tempered, with good reason since he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Of course, for me, it just turns up my girlybits to overdrive because I already know there is more to his story and I want, no NEED, to find out. From the jump I knew Harper would be the one to help penetrate that tough exterior of his. She is strong and independent with
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Karen
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read as book 1 in anthology but I wanted this particular book to shine. It's nothing new under the sun plot wise but very well written.

Side note to author: no coach would ruin his season over his daughter's love life. Her dad came off terrible...almost a star off for him being a little OTT. You think?

Lance and Harper cliffhanger so a star off automatically. I hate trying to recapture the vibe.
Azalia
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
11 stars to “The Guy in the Middle” Kate Stewart did not hold back. I repeat Kate Stewart did not hold back on giving Lance a story worth everything. In this novella we get a unique and unpredictable story that just amazed and surprised me. I really thought I knew how this was going to play out but, nope Kate’s writing doesn’t put characters in the stereo typical mold. She blew me away with Lance’s depth. Also, Harper had her own uniqueness that connected with me personally. Her writing does ...more
Christina ( The MasqueReader )
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I’m freaking addicted to Kate’s words! She doesn’t make it any easier to break away when she gives us deliciousness like Lance!!!
First, this slight enemies to lovers romance sucked me in quick! The simmering attraction boiling beneath the surface for both parties involved had my eyeballs glued to the page waiting to see what happened next.
Omg....Lance had me swooning before long and I was rooting for him and Harper!
I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book! I need it now!
A
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved these guys! Great, fun novella. Almost wish it wasn't a novella because Lance and Harper deserve a full length book.
Marissa
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beta read for Team Player 2

Another 5 solid stars for Kate Stewart!

Lance and Harper: I loved them together and as individuals. The circumstances they were put under were heavy for such young adults and when you’re inexperienced, scared of failure and don’t want to disappointment...well that can put stress on even the strongest relationships. That being said, I’m very excited to see where Kate takes these two in the future. This didn’t feel like too bad of a cliffy more like an extended to be
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Maria
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novella and I adore these characters!! Another great job by Kate Stewart!!
Lara
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Wow. This story blew me away! I read it as part of the Team Player 2 anthology and was blown away by how much story and how many emotions are jam packed into a short story.

Lance was pretty absent for most of The Guy on the Left save for one very poignant scene. This story gave us the background for that scene and, to be honest, I would have preferred less of Troy and more Lance in book #1.

Harper was a little spitfire. So passionate about her dancing, but she was also really amazingly good with
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Shanda
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Guy in the Middle (Fair Catch) by Kate Stewart

4.5 stars
I have been curious about the mysterious Lance from The Guy on The Right. I am impressed at how much story Kate Stewart packed in this novella.

Lance has kept to himself because he is laser focused on his future. He is hoping to be drafted to save his family farm, but his real passion is boxing. Harper is the coach’s daughter and her dream is dancing. They are both unwilling to give up their dreams. I loved how Harper wasn’t willing to
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Layne
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lance was a character that piqued my interest in The Guy on the Right and I am so glad we get his story. All of my lingering questions from the first book were answered and just as I suspected, Lance was like an onion. Layer by layer, more and more was revealed giving him so much depth and making him feel so real to me. Kate is so skilled at character development and this one was no different in that department despite the short length. Harper was the perfect counterpart to Lance and I loved how ...more
Julia Stevens
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a story! Part of the Team Player 2 anthology, The Guy in the middle will rock your socks, I loved it

There is so much to Lance and Harper, as people they have layers and layers we see unwrapping as they get to know and understand each other. From enemies to lovers in a forbidden relationship these two are sexy, hot, angsty and they (well Kate Stewart's fabulous writing) bring all the emotions in to play.

“She’s a six at most, why are you wasting time with a six?”
“Add five to that.”
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Amara
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Look. Stop putting snippets of a story in these anthologies. I don't enjoy wasting my time reading these and then they end with a
.."to be continued."
Reading with 2 book lovers
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great story. Loved it
Tia
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read the first half in team player 2, if I had known it was gonna be a cliffhanger I would’ve waited til the official release. But it’s really good so far I love it, can’t wait to read the rest.
Yvette Velez
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god. This book gave me all the feels. Looking forward to reading the rest of Lance and Harper’s story!
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker
I was sooo excited to see another book being written for The Underdogs series. The Guy in the Middle is a Novella written in the Team Player Anthology and was another great sports read from me!!! This is Lance's book and get ready y'all...He is definitely another book boyfriend to add to your fav man candy list!!! lol

Their first meeting is always my fav...sooo much angst, soo much push and pull cuz you know in your heart of hearts these two are going to hit it off and you are along for the ride
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Sarah
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by Kate Stewart, I love her words more and more. I was crazy excited about this story because I had fallen in love with the characters in The Guy on the Right. But I still was not prepared for the absolute jaw-dropping charm and bad boy behavior from Lance!

Lance was a mystery in TGOTR...but you always knew there was a story behind him. And boy does K Stewart give him one. This guy is tough, but a caretaker; cocky, but honest and genuine. He is a protector and holds back
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Tricia
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who knew there was so much more to Lance than meets the eye. As a supporting character in The Guy on the Right, I certainly didn’t. Don’t worry, if you haven’t read TGotR yet, (you really should though, cos it’s amazing), you can still read this one with no difficulty. Although this is a novella, currently part of the Team Player 2 anthology, it’s not short on content. It’s a great enemies to lovers/forbidden romance with wonderful fully fleshed out characters and I loved it.

Initial impressions
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Jen
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
His voice shakes with question. "I'm the goal?"
"You're the goal."

The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart was a heartbreaking, emotional and heartwarming story of second chances, forgiveness and trust. We first met Troy as Theo's roommate in The Guy on the Right. He was the beautiful, charismatic, football star playboy. He showed all is flaws and made some really bad choices which made you wonder if this guy had any redeeming qualities. But underneath that confident smile and all that bravado is a
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Captivated Books
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adorable Romantic Comedy! Great twists to keep you interested in the story. Emotions are constantly up and down as the story progressed. Fit wit fills the pages as the characters interact. I finished the story in one sitting!
The only thing I notice that seemed to bug me a little was the abrupt personality changes of the lead character. This is obviously attributed to their connection but honestly I’m not sure if I buy it. But other than that it is very well written and very enjoyable to read!

The
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KS
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally for the Team Player 2 Anthology, but realized that I never copied it over to the actual book - sorry Kate!!

This story is about Harper and Lance - although it's connected to Book 1 - this one does stand alone. These two, at first, seem like complete opposites, but as they get to know each other - they realize how similar they are.

"I just don't want to cost you something I can't replace, Lance." "What if it's you?"

Watching them fall for each other was sweet. What comes
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Connie Lafortune
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly didn't think that any other book would blow me away like The Guy on the Right. Well, move over Theo and Laney because I was just sucker punched with Lance and Harper in, The Guy in the Middle.

Holy wow, the second book in the series just chewed me up and spit me out! It's an enemies to lovers story that left me broken and yearning for so much more. It had all the angst that I love, love, love in a romance and the Heat level was off the charts!!! My only regret, is that I read it too soon
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Sunny Shelly Reads
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Guy In The Middle by Kate Stewart -- I loved the connection between Lance and Harper. Their mutual dislike from the first time they met turned into a simmering romance that neither of them expected. Neither one of them was looking for a relationship, but they can't fight the feelings between them. But she's the daughter of his football coach, and their sneaking around eventually bites them in the butt. For his own good, Harper leaves Lance behind, but his life still goes to pot and two years ...more
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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads ...more

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The Underdogs (3 books)
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  • The Guy on the Left (The Underdogs, #2)