Saturday, November 19, 2016

shutout-bt-ban SHUTOUT by Melody Heck Gatto is stopping by today for her blog tour! Check it out and grab your copy today!! shutout_ecover_final About Shutout: Love can be the best trophy and the sweetest consolation prize. Dominic is flirty, swoon-worthy and tattooed. He's only ever truly loved one woman - Hailee - the one that got away. But that was a lifetime ago. She left a scar on his heart so deep that no bunny would ever fill it. No girl measured up to his Hailee – not that he wanted anyone to. If he was lucky enough to find her again, he wasn’t going to let her go so easily. Hailee is stubborn, talented, tattooed, and not the kind of woman to let a man take care of her. She refuses to sit in the kitchen and bake pies for anyone. She is her own woman and plans to stay that way. That's why she had to leave Dominic all those years ago. Hailee kept herself hidden away in a hockey-free bubble, avoiding all aspects of the game and eliminating the possibility of running into him. Her heart missed Dominic, but her brain knew that she couldn’t be what he needed. It was just better this way. She had her own dreams and wasn’t about to give up on them, even if it meant giving him up. When all things in her life finally start to fall neatly into place, one thing is still missing. Dominic. Dominic was used to shutting out teams on the ice, but didn’t like being shutout by her. Hailee already had his heart, all she had to do was take down the walls she built, and stop playing games.

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Hailee hadn’t been able to get Dominic out of her mind. Avoiding the Renegades games on television proved difficult. They were in the playoffs and the whole city was excited and talking about it. She found herself checking the internet for the score after the games. She had even shamelessly signed up for the Renegades app on her phone so she’d get scoring notifications, other important media announcements, and interviews.

But it didn’t stop there. She’d been pulling doubles at the club to keep herself occupied, but sitting here in front of the computer, she couldn’t help herself. With a container of rocky road ice cream, she searched Twitter for ‘Dominic Zanetti’ and looked for recent posts.

Why am I doing this to myself? But even her subconscious couldn’t help her now. She was already scrolling, not sure what she had hoped to find. The first thing to catch her attention was a photo of him and some girl at a restaurant in town. The girl was a bleach blonde with huge breasts that weren’t very well covered. No doubt a bunny. The tweet said her name was Kandi. How perfect was that? Kandi was doing the duck-face and Dominic was looking over her shoulder.

Red hot emotion surged through her body, and a lump tightened in her chest. The room began to spin. The feeling wasn’t anything she could control, but she kept scrolling. There were a few more from this girl with Kaden and some other girl in the background, but Dominic wasn’t looking at the camera. Kandi never wrote where they were, but she tagged him in the photos. I think I might be sick. Nausea made her stomach churn.

Hot tears stung her eyes as she scrolled through the posts. Look at these girls, they’re all so happy and eager. All he wanted was someone to love him like he deserved. He’s got bunnies that fawn all over him, and all I did was shut him out. She didn’t want them to, but the photos hurt. But wondering if he took the girl home after that hurt even more. If he went home with any of these girls taking selfies.

Picking up her phone, she pulled up Alison’s number and hit the call button. As soon as her friend picked up, she quickly spoke. “Ali, please take the internet off me.”

“Are you stalking Dom online?”

“Why would you ask that?” Am I that predictable?

“Because I know you, Hailee. I know that you aren’t over him.”

“Even if that was true, by the look of these bunny pics it’s too little too late.”

“I really don’t think he’s moving on like he said he was.”


“Just a feeling.” Alison quickly continued. “Let me ask you a question, since you seem to be pining over Dom.”

“I’m not pining.” I’m totally pining. I’m pathetic.

“Whatever. You’re online stalking him. So, seeing him with the other girls makes you jealous. It does, doesn’t it? Does that about cover it?”

Yes. “I’m not answering that.



  About Melody Heck Gatto: author-photo Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, and son. She’s a dog lover and recently losing her two 15yr old girls (dogs) they adopted a new puppy, in addition to a cat. After years of begging for a cat, she finally let her son adopt a kitten (even though she’s allergic!) The cat is definitely a “mama’s boy”. A house just isn’t a home without pets. The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Having met some of the players has fueled her interest in writing about them and creating wonderful stories. Melody has loved writing since she was young, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn't love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and just be a mom. During that time, she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing. She spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas, and Hallmark movies on tv. When it is the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun with her family. Basically if she’s not writing or reading, then she’s doing something that has to do with hockey! Connect with Melody! NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP FORM -   Enter Melody’s Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway  
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