Too Close to Call

(A Romancing the Clarksons Novella)

by Tessa Bailey

All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Justice, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.

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An Exclusive Interview With Jennifer Probst:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

HOLY MOLY I loved Bree and Klyer! How did you choose them for this novella?

Kyler appeared in my book, TOO HARD TO FORGET, and there is a scene where he gives his college football coach romantic advice. While writing that scene, I asked myself what Kyler knew about romance, relationships, etc. How? Why? And my brain conjured up a high school sweetheart that he’s never gotten over. At that point, I couldn’t have stopped the story from writing itself, even if I’d tried!

If you could dream cast Bree and Kyler, who would you choose?

Actress Tessa Thompson was my inspiration for Bree. She is beautiful and has this quiet, lovely grace about her that I associate with Bree. As for Kyler, I went searching for actual football players that matched the charming, sexy and devoted Kyler in my head. And I struck gold with Christian McCaffery, who now plays for the Broncos. Total swoon factory.

I know it must be bittersweet when you end a series. What series of yours would you love to go back and write one more book in?

All of them! But hmm. Maybe the Made in Jersey series. When I ended that series late last year, I was falling into a second stage of love with the town and it’s people. Since it’s set in a factory town, there are so many struggles and stories I could have created. I’ll just be over here lamenting my choices in peace.

Is there any trope you haven’t written yet that you’re dying to?

Someone pointed out recently that I don’t have many friends-to-loves books. And it’s totally true. I think I only have one (MAKE ME). Which is weird, because it seems like so much fun. So I definitely have a friends to lovers story on my TO DO list. *makes notes*

Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?

I’m working on the final book in the ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS series, which is going to be one sweeping romantic, tear-stained finale, because big brother, Belmont, finally gets his story. And I’m also getting ready to write more cops! If you follow me, you know that’s how my writing career started, so I’m looking to write more men with handcuffs in my sexy, funny upcoming Academy series, which is set at a police academy in NYC.


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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