Published by Self-Published on December 14th 2017
Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.
Adriana Locke (Cross) Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale) Ella Fox (Out of Formation) Emma Scott (One Good Man) Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series) Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press) L.J. Shen (The End Zone) Mandi Beck (Sin Bin) Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game) Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love) Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)
Team Player is a highly enjoyable sports romance anthology. This review covers Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart, One Good Man by Emma Scott, Switch Hitter by Sara Ney, and Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan.
Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart
This romantic comedy is about Ren, a womanizer who seems to spend more time feeding the tabloids with salacious stories than focusing on his career as a major league baseball catcher. Erica is the PR representative hired to clean up his image. Oh, and she’s also his ex-girlfriend/love of his life. There’s a love/hate dynamic between them that gives off all kinds of sparks.
This is a standalone story, but if you’ve read Anything but Minor or Major Love, you’ll be thrilled to know that Rafe and Alice, as well as Andy and April return to support Ren.
There are many things to enjoy here: the second chance romance, the wonderful friendships, and the wounded bad boy angle. There’s a little bit of cheese towards the end, but I couldn’t help but root for Ren and Erica to get back together and make sweet, sweet (or dirty) love. My favorite thing about the novella is that it’s pee your pants funny. I swear I laughed so hard my stomach hurt and tears rolled down my face. The main culprits: April and Alice. Oh, how I missed this crazy crew! If you haven’t read the other books in the Balls in Play series, do yourself a favor and pick them up.
One Good Man by Emma Scott
Most of the sports romances I read are romantic comedies, so this more serious contemporary romance was a pleasant surprise. The two main characters, Adrian and Janey, are quite layered; however, the side characters are more of the one-dimensional novella variety. I loved Adrian’s sister, though!
I would have liked more chemistry between Janey and Adrian. While they are a good fit as friends, I just wasn’t feeling them as a romantic couple. The novella is sweet and engaging. It just lacks certain elements that push it over from the “like” category into the “love” category for me. I have no doubt I would have enjoyed the story more if it were longer in length. Unquestionably, Emma Scott has the writing chops to develop the relationships and aspects of the plot more fully so that the story lives up to its fullest potential.
Switch Hitter by Sara Ney
I’m giving a virtual high five to Sara Ney for this adorkable rom-com. Ever since The Parent Trap, I’ve had a soft spot for twin switcheroo stories.
Lucy and Amelia couldn’t be more different, and that’s part of what makes this story work so well. As a favor, “boring” (read: quiet and caring) Amelia agrees to pretend to be her vivacious (read: slutty and self-centered) sister, Lucy, while on a date with Lucy’s boyfriend, Dante. Following me so far? Why does Lucy want her sister to date a guy she’s interested in sleeping with? You’ll just have to read the story to find out.
I loved Dante so much. He’s a real gentleman and super observant. The buildup of his relationship between Amelia (as Lucy?) is quirky in the most fun way. Dante is a baseball player, and although this is a sports romance, not one single game is played. The sport still manages to play an important part of the story.
My main issue is that I couldn’t find any redeemable qualities in Lucy. She’s unbelievably shallow and callous. For the life of me, I didn’t understand Amelia’s devotion to her sister or her reluctance to jump Dante’s bones. At any rate, all’s well that ends well.
Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan
I love that Kennedy Ryan does not shy away from difficult subject matters in her stories. They are raw, real, and thought provoking, but always colored with a brush of optimism. I shouldn’t be surprised that she incorporates all these traits in this sports romance.
The story is set against a backdrop of professional basketball. Deck is an All-Star NBA player, and Avery is a highly regarded sports reporter. Theirs is a second chance romance of sorts, and I appreciated the tension that builds between them.
It feels like some important details are glossed over at the end, and I was left a tad bit confused about the characters’ future. Otherwise, it is a satisfying love story.
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**
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