The Player by K. Bromberg
Narrated by Joe Arden and Andi Arndt
Sports Romance. 1st in a duet.
I have fallen so far behind on my audiobooks, I read this weeks ago, and I am just reviewing it now. I would have forgotten most books by now, but The Player by K. Bromberg somehow hit all my memory banks right, because I remember it like I just finished, a true testament to the author’s talent. Another testament is the fact that I don’t tend to gravitate towards sports romances, yet I loved this one, and it made me want to go to a game like I used to with my dad when I was a kid.
Easton Wylder is a baseball superstar. Playing on the same team his dad was famous for, he is living out the dream he worked his whole life for, until a shoulder injury benches him. The team hires the best physical therapist in the business, Doc Dalton, but it’s not Doc who shows up, it’s his gorgeous daughter, Scout, who is determined to prove she is just was good as her dad, despite being a young woman.
“Because there are women who are good for a quick fuck. There are women you would fuck, but are better in the friend zone. And then there are women like Scout. They make you wonder, make you crave them, and drive you absolutely fucking crazy because you want them when you shouldn’t. They’re an enigma. Confusing, alluring, tempting, and fucking perfection.”
Easton and Scout try hard not to mix business with pleasure. After all, Scout has never had a problem putting her hands all over other players, but Easton is completely different. She can’t not be affected by him, the chemistry is too strong.
“Right now, I’m going to kiss you senseless, Scout, and I want to fucking enjoy it. So, for the love of God, woman, use those lips of yours on me and not on words.”
Easton was so perfect, possibly even too perfect, there is no way to resist this guy. He isn’t even the player you’d think he is based on the book title. He’s just an all-around good guy.
“He’s good with kids. And with dogs. And with his sick mom. And with spooked women. Is there anything this man can do to make me not like him?
Because I’m beginning to think he might need to do that, so I don’t start believing he hung the moon. Or stole my heart.”
One of my favorite quotes relates to him knowing when he found something good:
“I’ve played on grass my whole life, Scout. There’s no need for me to see what’s out there when it’s green beneath my feet.”
The thing I really loved about this book is how much their dads (and moms) played into who they are. Both of their dads cast a really, really big shadow, and they both struggle to emerge from under it as their own person, but being the child of a legend and pursuing the same career makes that a little harder, especially for a woman in a man’s world.
There was some amazing banter and some really funny lines that kept me entertained and smiling.
But there was also some beautiful emotion, and I have a feeling part two is going to be super emotional.
I have some major issues remembering books. And while I remember the majority of the story, I had to re-listen to the end to refresh myself on the cliffy. There is no way I’ll remember it by July, and will probably have to relisten again before the second comes out.
- That Easton didn’t fit the title of the book. He wasn’t a player with the women.
- Great banter.
- The knowledge the author has of the game was clear.
- Amazing chemistry.
- How much each of their dads have influenced their lives.
- The story was not rushed in any way, I loved the pacing and the slow burn.
- Perfect amount of sex.
- The characters are very well fleshed out, memorable and likable.
- I can’t explain it, but you can literally feel the warmth and love.
- A woman in a typically man’s job, and she handled it with grace.
- Cliffhanger (I had no idea). I can’t imagine there is another full book of story, I felt like this could have wrapped up great in another hour. *UPDATE: I was WRONG!
- It should be marketed as a duet from the beginning, but it is now.
- A few cheesy things (the zap of electricity when they touch the first time?)
- Easton just may be TOO good and perfect.
I love both narrators but sadly I think Andi Arndt is getting over-used, so I found myself mixing her up with recent characters she has played at first.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4.25 Heat, 4.5 Narration (***UPDATE: After reading the 2nd book, this goes to 4.5 stars!)