Rookie Moves by Alex Winters

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Campus Crush, 2

Tatum Ripley can’t understand her why her editor-in-chief has given her so many warnings about Shane Dixon, the new subject of her upcoming “Rookie Roundup” profile for the campus newspaper. After all, Tatum’s a seasoned reporter, a college junior no less. Tossing softball questions, no pun intended, at some cornfed country jock and snapping a few candid shots of the freshman cutie in and out of his uniform should be a no-brainer, right?

Shane Dixon is just a rookie on the Sycamore State baseball team. To say he’s flattered to be profiled for the campus newspaper is an understatement, and never more so than when sexy, raven-haired reporter Tatum Ripley shows up in the locker room after practice one day to interview him. Sparks fly, and soon the only question turned-on Tatum wants to ask sexy Shane is which base will they be rounding that night?

Will Tatum be able to remain professional while she profiles Shane for the student paper? Or will falling for him be the biggest “rookie move” of her burgeoning career?


Shane chuckled, a soft and friendly sound, polishing off his second hot dog before wadding up his foil wrapper and placing it almost gently atop the growing pile on the cardboard tray. “Okay, but if you don’t mind me saying, for a big-time news reporter you’re not asking very many questions so far.”

“That’s all part of my devious plan,” she bluffed. She added her own hot dog foil to the pile but refrained from grabbing a second. “Lull you with boiled meat and grape soda until you don’t even realize you’re confessing your deepest, darkest secrets to me.”

Shane gave her an all-too-natural eye roll and waved a big, veiny hand. “Shit, girl, gonna take more than a few hot dogs and grape soda to pry any secrets out of little old me.”

“That right? You more of a whiskey and steak man, Shane Dixon?”

Shane glanced back at her almost shyly. “Hardly, there’re just no secrets to pry, that’s all.”

“That’s what they all say, Shane.” Tatum leaned back slightly on the bench seat behind her. She hadn’t sat in a sports stadium since high school, and only then because they let classes out early every Friday for the weekly pep rally, which had been mandatory to attend.

Shane screwed up his furrowed brow and gave her another good study. God, she loved it when he looked at her like that, soft and slow and sly all at the same time. “All? Thought you said this was your first big interview, remember?”

“I remember.” She snorted, realizing the almost glacial pace of Shane’s speech didn’t mean his brain wasn’t smart as a whip, clearly thinking twice as fast as her own! “I was just hoping you wouldn’t, that’s all.”

“Not all jocks are dumb, Tatum.”

“I never said they were.”

“Maybe not, but most girls think it, I guess. Least of all Emily.”

“Emily?” Tatum had to stop herself from sitting up and stomping her foot in sheer, blind jealousy. Who the hell was this Emily slut and why was she such a slutty old slut and what the hell had she done to poor little country boy Shane Dixon?

“My girl back home,” Shane admitted, staring at the sneakers he’d changed into before they left the locker room. They went well with his navy track shorts and the clingy grey t-shirt, to say nothing of his tube socks. His saggy white tube socks with the blue and yellow stripes at the top. She wondered, idly, if he kept them on during sex, then struggled to scrub the image, luscious and delightful as it might have been, from the backs of her suddenly fluttering eyelids. “Least of all, she was until I found out she was cheating on me with some dude where she worked.”

Tatum sat up a little straighter, hardly believing how quickly her first interview had derailed into Shane’s personal life. Yet, for the life of her, Tatum found that the more he told her, the more she wanted to hear. “No shit?”

Shane’s shoulders sagged gently. “None whatsoever.”

She resisted the urge to reach out and squeeze his forearm, veiny and sleek and dusted with a wisp of feathery dirty-blond hair. Then she went ahead and squeezed it anyway. He tensed up, just for a moment, before relaxing and offering a sweet, involuntary flicker of a smile across those ripe, plump lips. She’d never wanted to kiss anyone so badly.

“Sorry,” she murmured before releasing him and leaning back onto the bench in the midday sun. “How long had you dated?”

“Just about forever,” he practically moaned, shaking his head pitifully. “All through high school, anyway, proms and summers and spring breaks, and then the minute I’m gone off to college, bam, my buddies see her hooking up with the damn fry cook behind Bubba’s Burgers back home!”

“Are you sure they saw what they think they saw?” Tatum was still struggling not to laugh at Bubba’s Burgers, the quintessential fry shack in a place called Kernersville, Kentucky. At the same time, she could almost picture Shane’s life back home: one-lane road through town, Bubba’s Burgers the big game in town, his high school sweetheart in her pigtails and creamy sweet lip gloss.

“She was only too happy to confess the minute I called her out on it,” Shane huffed.

Tatum wished the news didn’t make her so happy, and struggled to remain impartial. “Have you made peace with her?” she asked unselfishly.

He blinked gently beneath the brim of his faded green ball cap. “Peace?”

“Have you two made up? Talked about it without being angry and hurtful?”

Shane didn’t answer right away, his gentle eyes boring into hers until she was afraid he could read her every thought. Heaven forbid! Then he asked, “What makes you ask that?”

“I’m a reporter, remember.”

“No, honestly. Most people wouldn’t ask someone something like that.”

She shrugged. “I’ve made peace with my big dumb ex finally. It made things … easier.”

“Yeah, well, I bet he didn’t sleep with half your hometown the minute you packed up your truck and drove across the state line, now did he?”

She clucked her tongue sharply. “Nothing so dramatic, no. He only slept with my roommate while I was house-sitting for my boss, so…”

Shane made a face. “Oh. Oh, my.”

“That’s one way of putting it.”

“And you made peace with him after that?”

“For myself,” she huffed. “I realized the sooner I moved on from all that drama and dysfunction, I could quit hating him every time I saw a guy with a Popeye tattoo.”

Shane snorted. “A what now?”

Tatum snorted back. His reaction, stupefied and strictly Southern, was just the tonic she needed after the past had come flaring back up, almost out of nowhere. “Oh, yeah.” She leaned forward, almost without realizing she was doing it, and tapped the taut, wiry bicep of his closest arm. “Right here.”

“Damn, and you still went out with him?”

She chuckled, hard, and punched him even harder. He smoothed the red mark absently with those long, thin fingers, making her wonder instantly what his dick might look like, then making her wonder just as quickly where that had come from. Even though she knew. Tatum knew the minute she’d seen that little flash of flesh, that inch or two of midriff the first tentative step she’d taken into the locker room, that she’d wanted to see more of him.

All of him, if possible.

She cleared her throat and sat back on the bleacher, as if distancing herself from his smooth, sexy aura. “Anyway, quit stalling and answer the question.”

Shane started to, those soft lips parting as if for a kiss. Then he frowned playfully and chuffed her on the knee with two of those big fingers. “Hold up now, this is all off the record, right?”


Product Reviews

Score: 4 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings)
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Sweet romance!!
Written by Wendy L on 24th Feb 2024

This is the second book in this series, and this is Shane and Tatum’s story. This is a good story which is a quick read, with chemistry, intrigue, emotions, and love, which leads to an enjoyable and sweet romance. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Campus Crush Book 2
Written by KDWeb on 24th Feb 2024

Rookie Moves is a fast paced, sports romance. Tatum and Shane meet when she is set to interview him for an article she is writing for the University. Instants chemistry between these two, makes it impossible to keep things professional as she gets her interview. Fun and entertaining read!

Sizzling hot
Written by Hotrelle on 24th Feb 2024

Shane and Tatum sizzle up the pages in this short-ish story! Quite the erotic and detailed read as they get to know each other quite intimately in a short period of time. Phew...

Rookie Moves!
Written by Mary on 24th Feb 2024

This is the second story in the "Campus Crush" series. It is a a fairly short and quick read that is about Tatum and Shane. He is a good college romance with pretty much instant love. She is a reporter who has just been given an opportunity to write the ‘Rookie Roundup’ for colleges new baseball player. He is a Freshman baseball player. These two were warned not to fall for each other but the attraction between them is strong and explosive. I enjoyed their steamy and passionate romance. It is entertaining, flirty and fun!

Shane and Tatum
Written by casvec on 24th Feb 2024

Shane and Tatum's story is the second book in the series. Shane is just starting college and prepping for the baseball season. Tatum is continuing to work on her degree and is new to college and their paper. When she is given the task of writing an article on Shane, things start to heat up from the moment she walks into the locker room. Good fast read with heartfelt moments that light up the pages.

Short Story
Written by Jeanne R on 24th Feb 2024

This is the third book I've read written by Alex Winters; I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the second book in the Campus Crush Series; it is a stand-alone short story. The story is about Tatum & Shane; she’s assigned to write an article on him for the school newspaper.

So Rookie
Written by ChrisL on 24th Feb 2024

This is a short read. This is Tatum and Shane's story. Tatum writes for the school papper, Tatum is a new baseball player. What will happen when Tatum goes to interview him? Can they keep it professional? Will the sparks fly to much?

Loved Tatum and Shane's story
Written by INNCTX12 on 24th Feb 2024

Tatum has just been given a page in the school newspaper on the new baseball player for the Spruce Valley Community College. Shane is the new Freshman baseball player that's getting his story written in the Sycamore Statesman for Spruce Valley Community College. Though when Shane and Tatum come face to face, their worlds are turned upside down. They try to fight it but in the end they realize what they have is forever.

Cute and steamy
Written by LBing on 24th Feb 2024

This was a fun and entertaining read. Tatum and Shane both were warned not to fall for each other but their chemistry was off the charts and that warning was pointless ;) I liked both Tatum and Shane, and enjoyed seeing them fall hard for each other in this cute and steamy romance :D

Simple Yet Fun Insta Love College Romance
Written by PT reader on 24th Feb 2024

This book was an enjoyable little college romance. Quick to fall in love, relatively quick to sex, and all of a sudden it’s pretty darn serious. The characters were fun, though the male was a little stereotypical “southern charm” man who just wants to love a good woman. I really loved the first book in this series, but I felt that this one was a little forced when compared to that one. Still a good short erotica romance, but I can’t say I am as excited for the next as I was after the last one.

Rookie Moves
Written by Kim W on 24th Feb 2024

Rookie Moves by Alex Winters is a good, and enjoyable college sports romance read. The story has a good world building story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. This story is an entertaining fun quick romance read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Sweet romance
Written by A Schofield on 24th Feb 2024

This is a lovely sweet romance between Tatum and Shane. Tatum is trying to be the streetwise reporter and Shane is the cornfed, romantic jock. This is a hot romance that makes you swoon. Honestly, I don’t know what took Tatum so long because heck, I wouldn’t wait if I had a fella like Shane waiting! This is a great read. 5 stars!

Written by jyoung18267 on 24th Feb 2024

This was a fun and quick read. Tatum and Shane are warned not to fall for each other and neither can resist the temptation. It was fast, I wish there would have been a little more development on their relationship.