- File Size: 2113 KB
- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publisher: e-penguin (April 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2014
- Sold by: PEN UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JEUKI5E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Winning the Player: Destiny Romance Kindle Edition
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They way she captured the life of a girl, used to garnering attention for her abilities, being stripped of that and having to deal with finding a new version of herself while dealing with a relationship with a person who has a larger then life personality and life. It was a compelling dynamic. I already started Leesa's next book and with some of the same characters, I am sure it is going to be just as intriguing.
Winning the Player is a glimpse into elite sports through an entertaining contemporary romance. Aubree is written with depth and compassion. Her difficulties of finding her place in a life no longer filled with training, of dealing with her lost dreams and her conflicting feelings for a man who represents everything she should despise are very relatable. Hunter, the Aussie footballer who lusts for her, is less understandable, particularly his sudden rages, but as this is Aubree’s story it is normal that some aspects of him would remain enigmatic and the portrayal of a superstar player in the limelight is certainly believable. The use of tweets and texts as part of the courtship and complications are a nice touch.
Winning the Player delivers a quality romance that keeps you guessing about what else could get in the way of these potential lovers.
Aubree Taylor is a basketball player, she is 6 feet tall and has high hopes of playing college ball in the US and wants to then become a professional player. She has a promising future and then has a traumatic injury that sidelines her, permanently. She has so much negativity and it could have become tiresome in the story but this was something I could relate to 100%. I understand how you love something so much and when you can no longer do it, it feels like your life is over. You feel like this is all you know and it gets taken away from you. You run away from things, this is exactly what Aubree did, quite a few times actually. After her injury, she leaves Australia and travels the world. After 2 years she decides its time to head home, she is done hiding so she goes home to her mother and picks up some of her friendships with her basketball teammates and her best friend Maddy. She takes a job where her mother works while she decides what she wants to do with her life. What she doesn't want is to see Hunter, she is not ready to face the 6'5" sexy football player.
Hunter Stone is an AFL football player from Adelaide. He is Aubree's best friend Maddys cousin. He is big headed, arrogant, alpha male who has many women falling at his feet. He has slept with the majority of them. He had pined for Aubree for 2 years, up until she left to travel. He cant believe she is back and kinda pissed off about it.
It took me a long time to warm up to Hunter. His immaturity about his conquests, making you believe he slept with the half the women that live in South Australia. He was just flat out rude but I did warm up to him and was swooning towards the end.
Will Hunter and Aubree ever find the happily ever after? Will Aubree let her walls come down and fully let Hunter in?
This was a great debut novel. I found it to be an easy read. It is Australian-English so at times it was confusing for me but did not make the story any less enjoyable. My only complaint would be that some of the issues the characters faced were pretty predictable. If you want a story that doesn't have detailed sex scenes but still has a dominating alpha, then I recommend reading Winning the Player.
***Reviewed for Kylie's Fiction Addiction***
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.
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