THE PLAYER: New Release Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]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 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 maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether 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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KIM’S REVIEW

NOTE: The Player is book 1 in a 2 part series!

Baseball is one of those sports I can take or leave, but I am a fan of K. Bromberg’s writing so I dove into The Player with an open mind and hoping for another home run in the book boyfriend category.

Easton Wylder grew up living and breathing baseball. With a father who is still a legend in the sport today, Easton faced a lot of pressure and elevated expectations of his game due to his last name but he actually loves the sport and has an immense talent on the field. When a dirty play sidelines him with an injury, he is anxious to get his shoulder back in working order and get back on the field, but when he sees his physical therapist waiting in the locker room, he is certain his teammates have pranked him.

Scout Dalton knows she is fighting an uphill battle as a woman in a man’s world, but she learned everything she knows from the best in the business: her dad. Easton is the key to her future and her success so she is determined to ignore exactly how much his cocky little grin and swagger rev her motor in all the right ways. If she can get Easton back into top physical shape and on the field within the allotted time, she can win the team’s contract for a full time PT and rehab specialist to secure her future and make her father’s last missing major achievement happen for him.

That first encounter between Easton and Scout had me giggling as he mistakenly believes she is a stripper hired by his friends as a joke, and he quickly learns she has both a backbone and a temper. When reality hits home for him, he is chagrined and still unsure if she is the best person to rehab him after a disastrous first attempt by a sub-par member of the team’s staff but her determination wins him over pretty quickly. Easton finds himself drawn to the prickly beauty with a sense of humor who is refreshingly unfazed by his star power. They start to form a friendship as they work together but there is no ignoring the underying UST between them. For every step forward Easton makes, he somehow manages to spook her and sends her two steps backwards as he is unaware of the secrets she is hiding or why this assignment is so important to her. When she finally stops fighting herself and gives in to the attraction, things definitely heat up but the fact remains she could lose her job if anyone finds out she has anything but a professional relationship with him.

Easton is a great mix of sexy swagger, confident man, and earnest little boy all wrapped into one hot package. Even as he finds success that others only dream of, his father has a way of turning him into that little boy desperately seeking his father’s approval only to be reminded of some potential or imagining shortcoming in the eyes of the legend. Scout can empathize to an extent as she struggles to live up to the amazing reputation her father has earned, and she and Easton just get each other on a level they haven’t found with another person in their lives. When he allows her to see a part of his life that he has kept secret from even his closest friends, he is stunned that she actually understands exactly what he sees and can articulate it when he struggles to put it into words himself.

You get me. In a world of people wanting the throwback baller they see on the field, you understand there is more to me than just him. For some reason you seem to understand the things no one else does, the parts of me I’m not sure I even get, and yet you’re able to put words to it.

He may not have experience with relationships or read the romance novels Scout loves so much, but he has some game off the field when he puts his mind to it. Sweet moments involving Scout’s love of dogs had me “aww”-ing, and some seriously hot moments will have me permanently looking at batting cages in a whole new way! I have to admit I didn’t entirely love Scout, but Easton made up for her constantly flip-flopping attitude and suspect decisions along the way. As the clock ticks down to the deadline set for Easton’s return to the field, the drama around the team dynamics and Scout’s past amps up considerably until the final climactic moment that had me yelling “no!” as I realized I have to wait for the next book to see what comes next. The Catch is only a few short months away according to the pre-order info on Amazon, so let the countdown begin!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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