Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
A star baseball player and a gifted physical therapist are the main characters in bestselling author K. Bromberg's brand new series, The Player, with book one sharing the same name as the series. Easton Wylder is one of the best catchers in professional baseball but one devastating injury during a dirty play has him chomping at the bit to return to the game and he's more than ready to put in the work required to do so. That also means that he'll need the physical therapist contracted by his team to sign off on his return, but when he meets the one charge of his PT, it isn't the legendary "Doc" that he finds--it's Doc's daughter, Scout Dalton. He doesn't think too highly of her, but then the feeling is rather mutual, even if the physical attraction between them is palpable. But Scout's out to prove that she can carry on her father's legacy and that a female is more than capable helping to heal the sport's injured players. She's never allowed herself to be distracted before, but the more she's around Easton, the more tempting he becomes. There are rules to be followed, secrets to be kept, but it's no secret that love and lust know no rules.
The Player is only my third K. Bromberg read but the author has given me something different this time around--a sports romance with a lot of heart and heat plus a fair amount of humor and angst. In short, she's more than sated the romance genre-loving fan in me. Scout and Easton know all too well what it's like to carry on a revered and well-respected parent's legacy. They're pressured to not live up to the negative expectations of not being as good as their respective fathers, but they also want to be able to forge their own way and make names for themselves. When they meet, it's not your typical swoony meet-cute. They're equally feisty and flirty, and that's a combination that continues on throughout the story. I loved these two together and they proved to have more in common than meets the eye. I won't give more details other than this first book does end in a cliffhanger. Book two, The Catch, is set to be released in late June, so feel free to wait till then to read the full duet or join me and others who've read book one in lamenting how far June is. Either way, I have a feeling it'll be worth the wait. Five stars for The Player. ♥
Date Read: 19 April 2017
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