By Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick
When your world crashes down…
When they all say you’re out…
When your body is broken…
I will rise…
I will return…
And I will be undefeated.
Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?
“I have this idea for a book we could write together—a rugby romance! We’ll base it on your experiences of being a professional rugby player and, um, you know, romance!”
“Sounds great. But I’m not a writer.”
“Well, you can tell stories, so you can write.”
“What’s the biggest crowd you ever played in front of?”
“Old Trafford, 80,000 people.”
“Yeah, it was amazing.”
“Okay, well, write about that. Tell me what it felt like to walk out in front of that many people. What could you hear? What could you see? What was going through your mind?”
“I’ll give it a go.”
[Waits for message box to pop up, drums fingers, a day later … oh good, he’s done it. Reads text.]
[Hair stands up on the back of Jane’s neck as she’s swept away by Stuart’s words.]
“Oh my God! That was sooooo good!”
“You think so?”
“No, not ‘okay’! It was fantastic! Honestly, the hair stood up on the back of my neck! Can you write some more like that?”
And from that, our book was born.
Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs. He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in ‘Undefeated’, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.
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