Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Winning the Player by Leesa Bow

Winning the Player
by Leesa Bow
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Destiny Romance
Published on: April 14, 2014
Pages: 273

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When injury destroyed her dream of playing college basketball, Aubree Taylor fled overseas. Now she's finally home again and ready to move on with her life. Until she runs into Hunter Stone on her first night out, the only guy who's ever meant anything to her – and the last person she wants to see.

Since she ran out on him two years ago, Hunter hasn't been able to get Aubree off his mind. The sexy football star has had girls all over him for years, but Aubree is the only one to have ever seen behind the cocky persona he puts on for the crowd.

Despite her attempts to keep her distance, Aubree is unable to resist the strong attraction between them and it isn't long before they fall into a passionate relationship. She has never been afraid of a challenge, but Hunter's arrogance and inablity to trust are testing her to her limits. Aubree must decide whether to follow her heart and lower her guard…or risk losing the best thing that's ever happened to her. 

My Rating: 3 stars

An overview of the Novel: Aubrey was devastated when she was told her knee injury had destroyed any chance of following her dream to be a pro basketball player. She was so devastated that she left for two years.

But now she's back and Hunter keeps showing up. Hunter is the one guy who frustrates her more than anybody else and gets under her skin. He's the typical football player (in Australia, so not American football) who has girls hanging all over him. 

He's the last guy she should like, but the head doesn't always listen to the heart. And Hunter is determined to win her back. What's a girl to do when you're in love with a player?

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I decided to read this book because I had read the sequel and was curious to see if the characterization of Maddy and Luke originated here. Instead, I found that this novel focuses mostly on Aubrey and Hunter. 

Like the sequel, I thought the novel lacked some serious communication skills. Instead of talking to each other about their problems, they would tweet about their problems. It just seemed very immature to me. If you have problems with your boyfriend, you should talk to him. :)

However, I did enjoy the novel. It's a good, cute, quick read. Some serious lack of communication, but I felt like the characterization was done better in this novel than the first.

So why 3 stars? The lack of communication skills between the characters was just frustrating and I felt like the story could have been better developed. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I read the sequel first Charming the Outback and was not lost. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely for older teenage readers. There are many references to sex and alcohol.  

The Wrap-up: A cute, light read that new adult readers will enjoy. 


Danica Page

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