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The Player (The Player #1) by K. Bromberg

The Player Book Cover The Player
The Player Duet #1
K. Bromberg
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
April 17th 2017

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 the 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,/i>. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if 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?

NOTE: Part 1 of a duet

Maria’s Review

➦This sexy baseball sports romance is a first book in The Player duet. There’s really nothing about this book I didn’t enjoy. I’ve been a huge fan of K.Bromberg for years and, as I’ve said numerous time before, I will read whatever this woman writes.

➦I absolutely adored the hero of this book, Easton, a hot and confident baseball player, who is recovering from a shoulder injury. Scout if a daughter of a famous physical therapist following in her father’s footsteps, who is assigned to oversee Easton’s recovery. Getting him back on the field is extremely important to her because that would guarantee her a full time contract with the team.

➦These two hit it off right away but Scout, having many skeletons in the closet, gets spooked and tries fighting her attraction. But Easton is VERY persuasive. How hard will it be for Scout to constantly touch Eason’s body at work and not cross the line?

“I don’t like to play by the rules. A contract is business, Scout. But this? You. Me? This is pleasure.”

➦Even though I did enjoy the chase part of the book, I enjoyed the little moments these two shared even more. I got to know their characters pretty well through their interactions and I am rooting for these two to have their HEA.

➦There are a lot of things that might prevent them from being together – there’s the fact that their relationship has to be hidden because of the contract Scout tries to get with the team and some other things that shall not be named because… spoilers and such. All I know is that I’m anxious to read the second book because I need answers! Recommended to those who love sports romances, forbidden love stories with quite a bit of angst in them.

➦And I’ll just leave you with a quote:

“He’s hard lines and tanned skin. He’s confidence with a half-cocked grin, and he’s desire restrained with the tense set of his shoulders. His fingers flick, ready to conquer and claim, and his lips part, ready to lead the assault.”

Book Excerpt:

“Don’t ‘Easton’ me,” he says as he turns to face me, eyes alive but posture guarded. 

So we stand and stare but don’t speak. My heart is in my throat. My emotions a train wreck inside of me. 

I expect him to tell me to leave. 

I expect him to shake his head and say no more.

Wouldn’t that be fitting, considering I now want more?

But he does neither. We just stand there as the air around us shifts and changes, reacts and charges. It’s hard to draw in a breath, and yet I know damn well it’s not the air that’s making me feel that way but rather the look in his eye.

Then in the space from one beat to the next, he has me against the wall, his lips on mine, his body pressed against me in the most delicious of ways. Our hands grab and pull and squeeze and feel. 

He wages an all-out assault on my senses with his lips alone. There is nothing gentle about the kiss. There is nothing passive. It’s packed full of greed and need and hunger and a violent desire that ignites every nerve inside my body.

I react in kind. My anger at his accusations earlier, my sadness over Ford’s birthday, and the realization of my feelings—they all curl into an explosive ball of harbored energy that gives just as good as it gets. 

There are sparks of hunger on his tongue when it brushes against mine. Each connection is like a live wire hitting water—evocative, incendiary, inescapable.

And just when I feel like I can’t catch my breath—when I’m drowning in everything that is Easton Wylder—he tears his mouth from mine, hands fisted in my hair, knee between my thighs, and eyes a burning kaleidoscope of colors. 

“Fucking Christ, I’m so mad at you right now.”

About the Author:

New 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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