Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology

Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology

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. Enjoy this nau...

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Team Player: A Sports Romance Anthology Reviews

  • mells_view

    I LOVE sports romances, and this anthology is STACKED with great authors. I don’t know what more you can ask for. Great authors writing hot sports romance novellas. Win. Win. Win.

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose. A hot pro snowboarder and a girl visiting from out of town. Their story is meant to be a ONS, but it turns into so much more. Absolutely loved Cam and Mollie. The author does a great job combining their playful relationship and their lusty attra

    I LOVE sports romances, and this anthology is STACKED with great authors. I don’t know what more you can ask for. Great authors writing hot sports romance novellas. Win. Win. Win.

    I was lucky enough to read an early version of Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose. A hot pro snowboarder and a girl visiting from out of town. Their story is meant to be a ONS, but it turns into so much more. Absolutely loved Cam and Mollie. The author does a great job combining their playful relationship and their lusty attraction. Plus, Charleigh Rose throws some unexpected goodness in there as well with the plot, and some side characters her readers will recognize from other books! All in all a great, fun, and hot read!

    *Yard Sale fan edits*

    Loved Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan! All I will say is that this author has a knack for giving just as much heart and emotion in her stories as she gives heat and passion. Honestly I thought I’d get through a SPORTS ROMANCE NOVELLA, without crying, but Kennedy pulled those tears out of me in the best way. A sort of second chance basketball romance. Just. Read it. Sigh. Such. Amazing. Writing.

    *full Court Press fan edit*

  • Robin Hill

    Review of

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    I read this twice—the second time in one sitting, this morning at my laptop. Both times, it got me. Wow. What a surprise. I did not expect the feels I got from this novella. How the hell Scott put

    into 30,000 words is beyond me. This is not your typical sports romance—it’s so much more that that. 1970’s Paris. The Vietnam War.

    Football. Led Zeppelin. Jefferson Airplane.

    There was so much I loved about this...and only one

    Review of

    by

    I read this twice—the second time in one sitting, this morning at my laptop. Both times, it got me. Wow. What a surprise. I did not expect the feels I got from this novella. How the hell Scott put

    into 30,000 words is beyond me. This is not your typical sports romance—it’s so much more that that. 1970’s Paris. The Vietnam War.

    Football. Led Zeppelin. Jefferson Airplane.

    There was so much I loved about this...and only one thing I didn’t. I NEED MORE. These characters, this story,

    more. I

    NEED to follow them through the seventies. Dear Emma, please, PLEASE write this. Remember when Jeannine asked for that Darlene book? 🙏 And give me the soundtrack to match. Please. 😀 <-- This is my begging face. Irresistible, right?

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    Team Player was absolutely fantastic. I am a sports romance junkie so basically this anthology was life. Each of the stories delivered a hot romance, spitfire banter and delicious chemistry I could not get enough of. I loved them all!

    My two favorites though, mentioned below in specific reviews were The End Zone by L.J. Shen and Switch Hitter by Sara Ney. The reviews are as follows:

    The End Zone

    I absolutely (from the bottom of my heart) love the way L.J. Shen writes. I swear - I've said this befor

    Team Player was absolutely fantastic. I am a sports romance junkie so basically this anthology was life. Each of the stories delivered a hot romance, spitfire banter and delicious chemistry I could not get enough of. I loved them all!

    My two favorites though, mentioned below in specific reviews were The End Zone by L.J. Shen and Switch Hitter by Sara Ney. The reviews are as follows:

    The End Zone

    I absolutely (from the bottom of my heart) love the way L.J. Shen writes. I swear - I've said this before but I really feel like she has a finger on the pulse of what her readers and fans want. The banter between Sage and Jolie was FIRE and the sexy times, inner thoughts and connection between them - just the AMAZING cherry on top. I loved their story and the feels and never wanted this story to end. Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula

    Switch Hitter

    Good Lord did I love this book. Sara Ney nailed it with the Latin lover sexy feels and the outstanding banter between Dante and Amelia. Gahh!! They were just delicious. I absolutely loved as Dante discovered more and more about Amelia and all the misgivings she had over this sexy man. This novel was fantastic and I can honestly say I would totally read a full-size novel about them. Gahhh!! Bring on Jock Row!!! Bravo! ~Ratula, 5 stars!!

  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

    4.5 stars

    Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

    This woman! Why does she always do this to me? I went into this anthology thinking every story was going to be light, fun, sweet and steamy. Well, I should have known better, because Kennedy Ryan doesn't do "light." Her stories showcase something deep, something that makes you think, and above all, something that makes you FEEL. This one was no different! I literally cried...full on tears and sniffling occured, people! Don't say I didn't warn you. Have y

    4.5 stars

    Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

    This woman! Why does she always do this to me? I went into this anthology thinking every story was going to be light, fun, sweet and steamy. Well, I should have known better, because Kennedy Ryan doesn't do "light." Her stories showcase something deep, something that makes you think, and above all, something that makes you FEEL. This one was no different! I literally cried...full on tears and sniffling occured, people! Don't say I didn't warn you. Have your tissues ready! 

    Full Court Press is masterfully written, complex, and exactly the kind of story you would expect from this author. It made me feel so much emotion in such a short amount of time. I didn't just think about the characters in this book when I read it. I thought about all the people in the real world that have gone through something similiar. Kennedy has a way of making me do that, and that's why I think she is one of the most incredible authors I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

    End Zone by L. J. Shen

    Full disclosure, L. J. Shen is like a unicorn to me. I love her work, and I'm convinced she has magical powers that allow her to write the most perfect asshole heroes in romance. Therefore, I began reading this novella thinking I was going to find a grade A asshole inside, but that's not what I got at all. I was rather suprised to find out that Sage may be somewhat of an douche to other people sometimes, but he is nothing but sweet to Jolie.

    Did I love her sweet hero as much I've loved her heroes from other books? Yes! Yes, I did! Sage is swoonworthy! Definite book boyfriend material! I adored the way he was with Jolie, and I believed in their love 100 percent. With this being a novella, that gets bonus points from me! It can be hard for me to become invested in a couple over so few pages, but that wasn't a problem here at all. I do wish I had more time with these characters, but that's just because I enjoyed them so much! End Zone is beautifully written and captivating! In my opinion, it's worth the price of the whole anthology!

  • Christy

    I don't think I have been quite this excited to read an anthology since... well... ever! Not only do we get tons of sports romances, but so many of my favorite authors are included in this amazing line-up!

    by Kate Stewart is one of the novellas I was dying for! I knew there would be some cameos from her 'Balls in Play' series and I couldn't wait! I loved Erica and Ren. Their second chance love story was full of banter, steam, and humor! I laughed out loud several t

    I don't think I have been quite this excited to read an anthology since... well... ever! Not only do we get tons of sports romances, but so many of my favorite authors are included in this amazing line-up!

    by Kate Stewart is one of the novellas I was dying for! I knew there would be some cameos from her 'Balls in Play' series and I couldn't wait! I loved Erica and Ren. Their second chance love story was full of banter, steam, and humor! I laughed out loud several times and I loved Ren and his quirks! Kate's writing is always superb and this is no exception!

    Kennedy Ryan’s couple, Avery and Deker from

    has a bit of a second chance romance as well. The first time these two met 10 years ago, they had a connection, but Deck’s cocky attitude ruined it for them. Now fast forward 10 years and they wind up working together. Avery is not crazy about this idea, but it’s out of her control. I loved both of these characters. Their story was incredible. I love the way Kennedy writes and the emotion she puts in her story. This one brought me to tears and really did bring all the feels!

    . Sigh. Emma Scott’s hero was truly a good man. Adrian is a professional ‘football’ player in Paris, but he struggles. He struggles with being the man he wants to be, and being the man his family and friends expect him to be. Janey is an American journalist/student sent to do a story on Paris’s biggest football star. These two together- I just loved the push and pull and banter. I also loved the time period of the story. It put an interesting spin on this. I love everything Emma Scott writes, so it’s no wonder I loved this. I only wish it was a full length novel!

    I adored all 3 of these novellas and when I get some down time, I'll definitely be reading the 8 I haven't gotten to yet!

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    This collection of novellas has some of my favorite authors and a couple new ones I always wanted to try. So finally I get around doing it!

    For a very short novella, this story packs a lot of angst. I was pretty surprised at how intense it got. Sage and Jolie have been friends since they were barely teenagers. The night they became the one person they could always rely on held a lot of heartbreak for Sage. Their friendship survive

    This collection of novellas has some of my favorite authors and a couple new ones I always wanted to try. So finally I get around doing it!

    For a very short novella, this story packs a lot of angst. I was pretty surprised at how intense it got. Sage and Jolie have been friends since they were barely teenagers. The night they became the one person they could always rely on held a lot of heartbreak for Sage. Their friendship survived all those years of Jolie being in love with her best friend and Sage being a man-hoe, and he doesn't even have to lift a finger for it. The girls flock him.

    Sage is a bit of a jerk and alpha-hole. He corners Jolie with a proposal because all of sudden he realizes that he is in love with her and doesn't want any one else to have her. I didn't quite like that it all of a sudden "occurred" to him that his feelings ran deeper but it's a novella so I give a bit of leeway since those don't really have much room to get into great depth. Anyhoo, he was still kind of sweet, especially when he showed his belly.

    Jolie is a very likable heroine - she doesn't let Sage walk all over her and, rightly so, doesn't trust Sage's sudden interest in her. He needs to prove to her that he is serious about his feelings for her. I liked her for holding her own and not giving in, yet still loving Sage and holding on to their friendship.

    The End Zone is a super fast fix if you're in need of a sports romance with a possessive alpha-jock and a lovely heroine who can hold her own.

    You know you're reading a story by Kate Stewart when the emotions churn in your gut and won't let up until you're done. With this novella she gives us a another story in the Balls in Play series and while this is relatively short in comparison it never felt too short. You know how some novellas do that because there isn't much room and you actually want to delve deeper into the story? Yeah, Kate Stewart doesn't leave you hanging in this regard. I never felt unsatisfied because the author brushed over some of the aspects.

    Ren plays the field. There is no sugar-coating it and while it makes him look totally douch-ey and hurts his and the team's reputation there is a reason. From beginning to end my heart beat for this man who was so hurt in the past and every second of his fury directed towards the woman who was the cause was just. I felt utterly betrayed on his behalf. When he lashed out I wanted to cheer him on and say "More please." He is a very caring soul, and I loved that his deepest wish was having a family.

    Erica is a PR specialist and was hired to fix Ren's reputation. She is rather unwilling to take up the job seeing as she left Ren without giving a reason, stealing away from their apartment when he was on training camp. For that alone I hated her. I needed a good enough reason for her to hurt somebody so badly. The author left me hanging for most of the book and I had built up so much dislike for this heroine that I wasn't sure if I wanted for them to be together. Erica's attitude and laying blame on Ren for becoming a man-hoe didn't help much. Thankfully in the end Kate Stewart came through and turned my dislike in grudging acceptance but I have to say that the reason she left wasn't good enough for me. Not communicating, not explaining, taking away the chance for Ren to understand what was going on and not being upfront? Bad move.

    I usually love Kate's heroines. Erica not so much. Every other time, I would have rated lower, however, the author got my blood boiling with emotion and angst and by the end I could have sworn I'd read a full-length novel by her, that's as deep she went. I loved that. I loved seeing Ren, Rafe and Andy's friendship. The ladies' drunken night, or rather the aftermath of it was pure hilarity. There are a lot of good things to say about this story and not even my dislike for Erica could ruin that. Again, Ms. Stewart came through. I'm a forever fan.

    Emma Scott takes us back into a history-ladden time, the 1970s. The proxy war in Vietnam is still going on and the effects are palpable all over the world. It's an intriguing choice for a sports romance and I applaud the author for this unusual setting.

    Janey is a student backslash journalist. After being arrested for an involuntary participation at a protest march against the Vietnam War her father ships her off to Paris where she meets Adrian, soccer player. She doesn't like jocks very much, after all they only chase tail and in the beginning, Adrian seems to confirm her belief.

    I have to say that Janey rubbed me a little bit the wrong way. She was abrasive towards Adrian, keeping him at a distance but when she started to see past the front Adrian put up I started to warm up to her - she gave up her reservations and supported Adrian.

    Adrian is one of those deep waters. He has so many things going on at the same time and still manages to juggle them all. He had a sweet kindness about him, always friendly, even when Janey got in his face.

    This was a solid read from Emma, while it took a while to like Janey, Adrian totally made this story. I think if I had had spent more time with Janey I would have come to love her, eventually. The author shows her affinity for writing about unusual people with intriguing backgrounds again. This is why I love reading her stories.

    I wish I would have had the time to read all the stories, I definitely will finish the anthology at some point. These stories are the perfect length to read in between full-length novels.

    This is a huge collection of super-talented authors and if you are looking for fun, sweet and sexy sports romance you can't go wrong with Team Player!

  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    Well DAYUM! ! Eleven authors, eleven novellas all wrapped up into one smoking hot as hell book! Where are the warning labels when you really need them huh?

    I don’t think there’s anything I really need to say about this book if I’m being honest because my kindle caught on fire!!!!!!!! That’s pretty much self explanatory in my book but if you want a little bit more on this, then fine. It was MOTHERFUCKING HOT! I was literally looking for the fire department to show up be

    Well DAYUM! ! Eleven authors, eleven novellas all wrapped up into one smoking hot as hell book! Where are the warning labels when you really need them huh?

    I don’t think there’s anything I really need to say about this book if I’m being honest because my kindle caught on fire!!!!!!!! That’s pretty much self explanatory in my book but if you want a little bit more on this, then fine. It was MOTHERFUCKING HOT! I was literally looking for the fire department to show up because cheese on rice! Everyone got pregnant! EVERY.ONE! These ladies can do no wrong and when you have the hottest snowboarder and the woman who brings him to his knees, you’re in for a sexy treat.

    All hail the queen of aholes. How does she do it?! I loved this one because I’m a sucker for friends to lovers romance and this hit all the right spots for me. Sage and Jolie has been through everything together from family drama to breakups and the one thing they can count on is each other. But ten years of a solid friendship is about to be tested when they both realize that wanting more, isn't as easy as it looks. Will their friendship survive or can Sage and Jolie have it all?

    I love anything that this woman writes and to make this one even better, it was a hate to love romance!! Who doesn’t love that?! The sexual tension, the resentment, the banter, the want, can you feel it? Erica and Ren deserved their second chance at love and I’m happy they got it.

    If you love sports romance, then this anthology was written for you and ONLY you.

     

     

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    I want to give Kate Stewart the biggest hug, and smooch and then a fist bump because this short story was absolute

    !

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    I want to give Kate Stewart the biggest hug, and smooch and then a fist bump because this short story was absolute

    !! I may have to switch teams and choose Ren McAvoy as my new favorite book boyfriend created by Ms. Stewart!! Who knew this character had it in him to be such a charismatic Hero??!! I don’t think I can find the words to truly express just how much I fell in love with this novella!! It was fabulous from beginning to end and it’s got Kate’s signature

    steam!! What a terrific addition to the

    series! If you love

    , this one is sure to steal your hearts!

    Ren McAvoy and Erica Wild were once madly in love with each other but one day without an explanation or an apology, Erica packed up and left her life with Ren just when he was making it to the big leagues. For the next two years, Ren will be labeled the “bad boy” of MLB, bedding a different woman every night and having his escapades splattered all over the gossip magazines. When management decides they’ve had enough of his antics they hire a new PR agent to get his reputation back in a favorable light. Ren is shocked and maybe even a little excited to meet his new agent who turns out to be the woman who broke his heart, Erica.

    There’s a lot of heated arguments, angst, and comedic moments with all the beloved characters from the previous books. It was terrific to get the chance to spend some more time with Rafe, Alice, Andy, and April! They made for a perfect ensemble cast! I loved

    so much that I wish Kate would write more installments but I believe this will be the end of it.

    If you haven’t read

    or

    , make sure you add them to your soon to read TBRs!!

    I have to admit that when I first started reading Emma Scott’s contribution to the anthology, I was skeptical that I would love a story that takes place in 1970, but I should have known that there is no way this author could ever write anything that I wouldn’t fall in love with!

    is another STELLAR addition to the

    anthology. If you’ve read any of Emma Scott’s works then you’ll know that you can never trust your first impression of her characters. You’ve got to let her take you on a journey and slowly the layers are peeled away and you’re left with some incredible characters. I fell so much in love with Adrian Rousseau, the talented center forward of the Paris Central soccer team. He was a beautiful man with an equally beautiful soul!

    Janey Martin was a strong Heroine who had to deal with her fair share of discrimination and sexual harassment being one of the few women majoring in journalism, which was predominantly a core curriculum for men. This novella really strikes a cord given the fact that we are hit with so many new cases of sexual harassment against women and in some instances, men, being reported in the media on a daily basis now.

    Janey is an American student who is sent to complete her college education at the Sorbonne in France, after getting entangled in a Vietnam War protest that ended up in her incarceration. She hopes to become a successful news journalist for the Times or Newsweek, but being a woman with striking good looks have not been in her favor. She’s not been taken seriously nor given any gritty assignments that she craves. Her latest assignment for the school paper is to interview Sorbonne’s most popular student who is on the fast track to becoming a professional Soccer player—Adrian Rousseau.

    Their first meeting is less than cordial as both Janey and Adrian take turns throwing insults at each other which are based on typical stereotypes. But as the story unfolds they get past their own biases and realize that the people they are on the inside just might be that missing piece of the puzzle to their hearts.

    This was one incredibly beautiful story told by the incomparable Emma Scott!!

    I can never get enough of Meghan Quinn’s stories! She is one of the best romantic comedy writers out there currently.

    was another novella in the

    anthology that was perfect, beginning to end! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this one and fell hard for both Calder and Rachel. Their chemistry was scorching hot and their silly but hilarious banter had me in stitches throughout! And don’t even get me started on the fact that Calder Weis is one of the hottest NHL players! I have a soft spot for Hockey romances! They tend to be my all-time faves!

    Calder and Rachel have the silliest/funniest meet cute near the bathroom of a Chinese-Donut takeout restaurant. Calder is a single father of an adorable five-year-old girl who loves to dress him up as a fairy princess whenever it’s father/daughter play time. Calder is able to charm Rachel even while sporting a bedazzled tiara, fairy wings, and a pink feather boa wrapped around his chest. Their first date is far from what a typical night out between two adults would encompass and I found it endearing, hysterical, and even a huge turn on.

    Calder is probably going to be my second most favorite hero created by Meghan Quinn, following Racer McKay. He’s not your typical Hockey alpha male. This guy put his personal life on hold to raise his daughter on his own and was afraid to let a woman get too close for fear that she wouldn’t be in it for the long haul and would end up breaking his little girl’s heart. He was shy at times and seemed to have no game with the ladies but it was the lack of cockiness that will melt a reader’s heart! I highly doubt there will be anyone who won’t fall in love with him and with Rachel as well! I loved her spunky attitude and larger than life personality!

    A little-added bonus was we meet one of the heroes who will be in

    and he’s linked to Racer!! Make sure you read this novella if you pick up this anthology!! It was another BIG HIT for me!

    I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this novella. I’ve never read any of Sara Ney’s books but I’ve seen reviews for her “Douchebag” series plastered all over social media. I didn’t fall madly in love with this story, but I’m still willing to try one of her books in her popular series.

    is about identical twin sisters Lucy and Amelia, who switch places one last time when Lucy winds up having dates on the same night with two different guys. The sisters are identical in looks alone. They are complete opposites in everything else. Lucy is the party girl who never forms any meaningful relationships with men and Amelia is more subdued and quiet. She’s the sister with the brains and soulful personality.

    Amelia reluctantly agrees to go out with Dante aka “Dash” Amado, who is on the University’s baseball team. Amelia expects him to be the typical dumb jock but is surprised when he proves to be a gentleman with actual intelligence as well.

    Dante wasn’t looking forward to the date as Lucy is far from the type of girl he could bring home to meet his family. He has never been attracted to women who are overtly sexual and who come on too strong. His plan was to break it off with her but from the moment this third date started, he noticed a difference in Lucy—little did he know that he was out with her sister instead.

    Amelia becomes tortured by her sense of loyalty to her sister and her strong attraction to Dante. Will she be able to let him go when the time comes?

    The writing was ok but I never connected to the story or the characters. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Dash and Amelia. The ending was also a bit rushed.

    I initially had planned not to read this one but my curiosity got the best of me. Kennedy Ryan’s books have gotten such rave reviews, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I probably should have stopped reading once I realized it involved an NBA player. I don’t like or follow the sport but I figured I’d put that aside and still give the story a chance. The pace was too slow for me and some of the subject matter was a bit depressing, not something I want to read in a Christmas/Sports anthology. I tried to get through it but finally gave up when I made it to the eighth chapter. I’m sure the author’s fans will enjoy it but this just wasn’t for me.

    is currently available and I highly recommend it! If I could have based my ratings on Kate’s, Emma’s and Meghan’s novellas, this would have been a FIVE STAR read all around. Their contributions are enough to warrant my seal of approval!

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