Review: The Trouble with Players by J. Nathan


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Grey's Promotions.

It's been a little over a year since J. Nathan's last release, but now she's back with her latest new adult standalone, and it's an enemies-to-lovers summer romance packed with slow burn feels, loads of tension, and a doozy of a twist. There are meet-cutes, and then there's the first time Peyton Richmond and Crew Burke meet in The Trouble with Players. Both are twenty-one-year-old college students who are spending their summer in Cape Cod. Oh, and they're laying claim to the same bedroom in the same beach house. Technically, the house belongs to Peyton's family, and you'd think she'd be able to go there whenever she wanted to. Of course, her father letting some hotshot college baseball player use her room over the summer was something she hadn't considered before she showed up announced. They immediately clash, then push each other's buttons. Avoiding one another's presence is far easier said than done, what more the spark between them. Peyton swore she'd never fall for a baseball player; the problem is that Crew isn't just any baseball player, and falling for him could lead to heartbreak she'll never come back from.

J. Nathan isn't a prolific author, but I'm certainly not complaining because I'll take quality over quantity any day. With her newest novel, she delivers the new adult romance that she's known for, but boy, oh boy, did it exceed my lofty expectations. I won't deny it--Nathan's writing is something that has consistently clicked with me (knock on wood), so reading whatever her latest book may be is a no-brainer. Peyton and Crew's story could have followed a well-worn path, but Nathan took it down a different road, with a twist here and a turn there, making for a read that had me firmly lounged in my bed for the two hours it took me to finish it. I relished the slow burn, tension-filled journey these main characters were on, and the side story regarding Peyton's fractured relationship with her father was intriguing and then some. This author makes her books worth waiting for, and the latest proof is plainly seen with The Trouble with Players. Five stars.

Release Date: 17 June 2024

Date Read: 10 June 2024

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