“He stole my heart just to see if he could.”
I am a huge fan of Staci Hart’s writing and have been for a long time now, so to say I was beyond excited to read her newest release Player is a complete understatement. Well Staci has done it again, she has delivered a fun, addictive romance that I loved; with her perfectly crafted storytelling, her characters that make me fall in love and her signature humor that makes me so happy to read her stories. I think this is probably my favorite Staci book to date and I say that given I have really loved a lot her previous books, so that gives you an indication of just how much I loved Player.
Val is a strong, independent and talented musician who has some self-doubts about herself, which in turn creates a lack of self-confidence. Her confidence or lack thereof, all stems from her negative body images about herself. I loved Val and it was so refreshing to read a character like her, because body image is such a topical subject in modern society and it affects so many people. Society’s expectations on what the perfect body/size is can be viewed as unrealistic and places a tremendous amount of perceived pressure on people of all ages.
Val is a musician in a Broadway orchestra and that’s where she first lays eyes on Sam, the Bass player in the same orchestra. Sam is possibly the most beautiful man Val has ever seen and instantly she is crushing hard. Val believes Sam is out of her league and the chances of him ever noticing her are slim to none. Sam is a player in more ways than one and despite this, Val still can’t stop thinking about the talented Bass player in the orchestra.
“I loved her, and I couldn’t tell her.
I loved her, and she didn’t know.
I loved her, and I’d lost her forever.”
I loved both Val and Sam together and apart. They had such a powerful chemistry that sizzled between the pages. Their hot and steamy scenes were filled with heartfelt, tender moments and a fierce all consuming passion. Sam and Val were the kind of literary couple that just made my heart really happy.
One of the things I loved most about Player was the journey of self-acceptance and love, not only for Val, but for Sam too. They both have their own confidence issues to work through and learning to love yourself is the first step to learning to love someone else. Together they just worked and made sense in every conceivable way.
“Making you happy is all I want, Val. Love is music. You are music, and I want to learn every song, every note.”
Player was a fun, heartfelt, emotional and steamy read that I just couldn’t get enough of. It was an addictive love story that I devoured and still continue to feel and think about long after I read the last word. If you are a fan of impeccably written stories that keep a permanent smile glued to your face then definitely check out Player. One of my favorites this year.
About the Author:
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.