Genre: Romance, reverse harem, sports romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: October 20, 2022
From Hattie Jude comes Player, a sexy standalone why choose academy romance.
The secrets I’m keeping are catching up with me.
I’ve tried to keep my life as simple as possible out of necessity, and for the safety of me and my sister.
I’ve kept my virginity, focused on my grades, and stayed away from trouble.
But the desire to live a normal life is beginning to override everything else.
All I can think about are the three hottest hockey players at Loxley Prep, especially when they start pursuing me.
My plan has been to get through senior year and college and then live a comfortable, quiet existence with a nice, safe guy.
But Roscoe, Jude, and Ethan have other plans in mind—and trust me, there is nothing safe about the three of them.
Player was the perfect guilty pleasure read. It’s a sports romance reverse harem.
The reason I rated the novel three stars instead of four is because Hattie Jude stumbled in the introduction of the male love interests, but quickly found her footing afterwards.
Though Ever is a virgin, so is Ethan. I appreciated this because there are too many novels that perpetuate this ideal that men should be experienced while women should remain untouched. However, Ethan has demons to work through and him realizing that Ever is a virgin shouldn’t have been his turning point.
There’s a touch of instalove in Player, however this goes back to the poor introduction of the love interests, especially Jude. Jude is shoehorned in the novel almost out of left field, but he did end up being my favourite of the three.
Player wraps up quickly, but I enjoyed the ending. Hattie Jude didn’t drag it out for a sequel.
The spice in this novel is excellent. It isn’t over the top nor is there so much of it that it becomes repetitive.
Overall, Player is the perfect guilty pleasure read with a main character who knows what she wants and love interests who will keep you going back for more.
*** I received an eARC via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
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