Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology | Review

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Synopsis

Hot jocks. We love them all.


Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!


The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.


*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:
Adriana Locke (Cross) Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale) Ella Fox (Out of Formation) Emma Scott (One Good Man) Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series) Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press) L.J. Shen (The End Zone) Mandi Beck (Sin Bin) Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game) Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love) Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review | Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology

by  Adriana LockeCharleigh RoseElla FoxEmma ScottKate StewartKennedy RyanL.J. ShenMandi BeckMeghan QuinnSara Ney

Hormones and balls abound. Overall, Team Player is a solid collection of sports romance novellas that deliver fun plots, great banter, and amazing sexual tension. It had sports I love, tropes I love even more, authors, and authors I adore. But the best thing about this is it gave me the chance to get acquainted with sports I've never read before and authors I haven't had the chance to read just yet. I know there are eight novellas in this collection, but for this review, I will be highlighting my favorites. 

FULL COURT PRESS BY KENNEDY RYAN

Mack Decker, the basketball player with a bit of an ego. Avery Hughes, the reporter trying to make her way into a male-dominated industry. Since they met, there's always been a spark between them; they just didn't do anything about it the first time. Ten years later, they're different people, but the connection is still there as they become temporary co-hosts of Avery's show.  Not only does this novella bring in the slow burn romance, it also tackles some issues on sexism and double standards in any careers, and mental health, as well. 

Tropes: Second Chance, Sports—Basketball
POV: Dual POV, First Person

BACK IN THE GAME BY MEGHAN QUINN

If you want a meet cute, you'll get it in Back in the Game. Single father and professional hockey payer Calder Weiss adores his five year old daughter Shea, and part of their routine is eating at a noodle and doughnut shop donning glittery fairy wings and a pretty tiara. He first meets Rachel Perry at said noodle and doughnut shop wearing said glittery fairy wings and pretty tiara, and they get along easily. This is an adorable romance, and Calder is an even more adorable hero. 

Tropes: Single Father, Sports—Hockey
POV: Dual POV, First Person

SWEEPING THE SERIES BY KATE STEWART

It had more angst than some of the books, but I loved it. I ate it all up. This was my first Kate Stewart book AND my first baseball sports romance read, and you know what? I can't believe I haven't jumped on that a long time ago. A second chance between baseball star Ren Makavoy and publicist Erica seems to be back on the table when Erica's boss assigns her to work on Ren's tattered public image. It wasn't a heartfelt reunion, and they both want to be as far away from each other as possible, but they have jobs to do—jobs they love—and they'll just have to suck it up. While I've mentioned the angst, there was some great banter, chemistry between the two, and just overall feels. I wanted to know why they broke up, and I really wanted them to get back together again. And that ending. Ahhhhh!

Tropes: Second Chance, Sports—Baseball
POV: Dual POV, First Person

If you're a fan of sports romance, you're going to enjoy Team Player. You can choose a novella based on your mood—whether you want to laugh or make your heart ache with a little bit of angst—or sport. The one thing they have in common is they're all hot

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