Friday, 21 April 2017

Review ~ The Player (The Player #1) by K Bromberg

Book Description:

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?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Who needs grass that’s greener on the other side when you’re a huge fan of how green the grass is beneath your feet?”

The Player is the huge reminder of why and how I fell in love with this authors writing in the first instance. This book took me back to my first read of Driven where I had that instant chemistry with this authors words, wordy words, sentences filled with love, longing and romance. While the premise of this book has been done before, K Bromberg made this her own with her signature writing, intense character connection and emotion by the bucket load, I loved it.

“The push and the pull. The give and the take. The need and the greed. The wish and the want. The climb and the release…”

Easton Wylder is an extremely talented and drop dead gorgeous baseball player. He is out on disability leave with a shoulder injury and now his surgery has healed he is ready for some intense therapy to bring back the movement and get him out on the pitch once again. Easton was an adorable character, yes, he had that signature sportsman cockiness about him, that bravado that seems to come hand in hand with those tight pants and cleats but underneath that was a man struggling to keep his parents happy and live up to his dad’s iconic reputation.

“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.”

Scout Dalton is also plagued by having to live up to her dad’s reputation, a physiotherapist at the top of his field and highly revered to boot. It is now up to his daughter to land the one elusive contract that has evaded him and Scout is definitely feeling the pressure. Scout was a professional who knew her stuff but as ever, a woman in a man’s world always has its drawbacks and being taken seriously is always at the top. Scout held herself well and could take and fire back barbs with the best of them and it is this side of her personality that really shone through the pages.

Scout is incredibly closed off and her heart is extremely guarded, everyone she has loved has left and she is adamant not to put her heart in the line of fire again. Easton is not the baseball norm, he wasn’t a man that chased after any woman with a pulse, he wasn’t a saint either, but he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go all out to get it and it is this slow burn and the thrill of the chase that is a signature K Bromberg read.

“He tried to slay dragons for me.”

The chemistry was palpable, the dialogue and banter was on point, the character connection and emotion was prevalent in spades and that is what made this book a winner for me. K Bromberg has never failed to deliver a hero worth pining for, she has that knack of cementing her characters into your hearts and The Player was no different.

“God, yes.”
“I don’t think God has anything to do with this, but feel free to call his name… Cause we’re about to get biblical.”

This is the first book in a duet and while Scout and Easton’s story is far from over I cannot wait to see what happens to these two going forward. Even though it seems that the world is against them, I am hoping that their connection to one another is more than sufficient to keep the world at bay. The Catch is scheduled for release on June 29th and I for one cannot wait!!

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