Series: The Player Duet #1
Published by Self-Published on April 15th 2017
Genres: Romance, Sports Romance
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Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.
Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.
So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.
Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.
And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.
But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?
I confess that I often categorize a book as being a sports romance if a main character is an athlete and there’s romance involved. Does that make it a real sports romance, though, even if the sport is only vaguely discussed and never actually played? I guess that’s up for debate. All I know is that The Player is the kind of sports romance that attracted me to the genre in the first place.
Easton is a major league baseball star on the disabled list. Scout is the physical therapist tasked with his rehab and getting him back to 100% and on the field again. This setup alone has the potential for an enjoyable but typical sports romance. However, the story has more sides than a hexagon (How’s that for using my limited memory of high school geometry?) and that’s what sold me.
I’m not even a fan of baseball, but it truly is integral to the story, and I loved being immersed in the mindset of a ball player. I could feel every twinge of frustrating pain Easton experiences; sense the sights and sounds of the stadium; understand the exhilaration of the perfect hit; and appreciate the fun ribbing and rapport between teammates. I also enjoyed Scout’s therapy sessions with Easton— the skill and confidence she possesses and the techniques she uses to try to heal him.
What’s a sports romance without a little chemistry? Easton and Scout have a palpable connection, and their romance is tender but also oh so sexy. I loved his patience while dealing with her many hang ups.
On top of all that, there’s the weight of parental expectations they both struggle under, rivalry, and secrets.
Want a romance you can sink your teeth into? This book has you covered. Why didn’t I know there’s a cliffhanger, though?! At least I feel like there’s enough story left to fill another book. I’m looking forward to reading The Catch.
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