Review: Filthy Player by Stacey Lynn (Rough Riders #2)
Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
This blissful, beautiful moment where all I saw and felt was Beaux and all I heard were our sighs and grunts.
They filled the room like mystical music. A symphonic sound that reverberated in my ears and echoed down, deep within me.
Stacey Lynn's Rough Riders series starter, Dirty Player, was a surprise favorite of mine last year, so I was definitely looking forward to reading the next book she was going to give readers--and oh boy, is it fabulously filthy! Filthy Player is book two and it's Beaux Hale's story. Beaux is the younger brother to Shannon, who had her own happily-ever-after in book one with Oliver Powell. Now twenty-six, he's considered the best quarterback in the NFL and he and the rest of the Raleigh Rough Riders want another Super Bowl ring decorating their fingers. He's made quite a reputation for himself as a player on AND off the field. He's yet to be turned down by any woman who's caught his fancy, but there's a first time for everything and for Beaux, it comes in the form of feisty waitress Paige Halloway, who, at twenty-six, has a lot on her plate and the last thing she needs is to be pursued by someone like Beaux Hale.
I swear, this sports romance series of Stacey Lynn's has me all a-flutter! The series starter could have been nothing more than a fluke--a one-off--but nope! With the release of this second book, it looks like my hopes for all things Rough Riders are being met, making me one happy reader. Can I just say how much I of a wonderful surprise both Paige and Beaux were? That meet-cute of theirs at the bar is probably one of my favorites this year. There was nothing shockingly original about a guy and girl meeting in a bar, but Paige's response to Beaux's come-on and then her reaction to what she overheard him saying were priceless. The woman's got a spine made of steel, but I loved seeing that softer side of her, one that only came out around those she cared about most, and how Beaux managed to bring it out of her as well. Paige is one of those heroines that you wish could become an actual friend.
Now, Beaux... Oh my. The man was filthy, flirty, and so damn fine. But there was also so much beneath the surface, and just like with Paige, I loved peeling back those layers to see the great guy that Beaux was, not only to his older sister, but towards Paige and her father as well. Could the guy have been more perfect? The only downside is that he's set the bar so frickin' high for whoever's story is going to be following his in the Rough Riders series. He's got huuuge cleats to fill. Throw in the suspense angle and this book just went up a level in terms of entertainment, although the aspiring stalker was pretty obvious from the get-go. It was also fun getting to catch up with Shannon Hale and Oliver Powell, as well as getting more sneak peeks at the other Rough Riders, making me wonder who we're going to get to know even better in the third book in the series. I'm happily giving Filthy Player five-plus stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Rough Riders series:
Dirty Player (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Filthy Player (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 10 October 2017
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