Team Player

Team Player

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 Reviews

  • Malene

    ONE GOOD MAN BY EMMA SCOTT

    I was definitely surprised that this novella One Good Man took place in France in the 1970’s but it only made me more intrigued with the story and its direction. The atmosphere and ambiance was depicted in such a way that I felt I was in Paris myself.

    Janey and Adrian’s journey towards their true dreams led them towards one another. She wanted to capture and write important stories for newspapers and Adrian wanted to help people, to be a doctor instead of a soccer player

    ONE GOOD MAN BY EMMA SCOTT

    I was definitely surprised that this novella One Good Man took place in France in the 1970’s but it only made me more intrigued with the story and its direction. The atmosphere and ambiance was depicted in such a way that I felt I was in Paris myself.

    Janey and Adrian’s journey towards their true dreams led them towards one another. She wanted to capture and write important stories for newspapers and Adrian wanted to help people, to be a doctor instead of a soccer player. Janey’s first story, the story of a soccer player and his team, wasn’t what she wanted but Adrian turned out to be so much more than a story.

    I loved their first meeting at the restaurant La Cloche and also Janey meeting his strong sister Sophie. Adrian had so many layers and I enjoyed how Janey and her lovely personality slowly stripped him of them. They both brought out the best in each other and slowly a beautiful love too.

    This novella only made me appreciate Emma Scott more as an author cause I’ll never know what to expect from her and her stories. One Good Man was different and beautiful. Her characters definitely made this story shine. Merci!

    5 BadAssDirtyStoryOfMyLifeStars

    My review thoughts are based on an ARC of One Good Man by Emma Scott provided by the author.

    SWEEPING THE SERIES BY KATE STEWART

    No one does romcom like Kate Stewart. I don’t know what it is but she knows exactly what I like and want from a romantic comedy and Sweeping The Series delivers. Ren and Erica has history. 1 year together history which ended badly. Now they’re working together to save Ren’s reputation both on and off the baseball field.

    I love their chemistry which is incredible. Right off the bat I feel their attraction which turns into a beautiful love. Their bantering is hot as hell and so is the sex. I love the push and pull which adds humor and sexual tension to the story. There’s so much more to their break up and I enjoyed the little hints here and there. When the reason is revealed it’s done with so much emotion and heart.

    The characters from the Ball in Play books make an appearance and boy is it a funny one. The guys Rafe, Andy and Ren are protective of their women. The ladies Alice and April knows how to bring out the laughs. Poor Rafe;) What a way to get a black eye. LOL!

    This novella is nothing but a homerun! It’s hilarious and sexy as heck. I’m sitting here with a huge grin on my face thanks to Kate Stewart.

    5 BadAssDirtyTinManStars

    My review thoughts are based on an ARC of Kate Stewart’s novella Sweeping The Series provided by the author.

  • Olga therebelreader

    L.J. Shen (The End Zone)

    ***5 STARS***

    This book was a blast! It was a perfect amount of funny that made me at times laugh out loud. If I could, this review would be just full of quotes and nothing else as the banter was truly epic! Josie and Sage have been childhood best friends. These two have always had strong feelings for each other. Now Sage is an arrogant womanizer and has never thought of himself as needing love. The chemistry between them is tangible, their romance is sweet and touching. W

    L.J. Shen (The End Zone)

    ***5 STARS***

    This book was a blast! It was a perfect amount of funny that made me at times laugh out loud. If I could, this review would be just full of quotes and nothing else as the banter was truly epic! Josie and Sage have been childhood best friends. These two have always had strong feelings for each other. Now Sage is an arrogant womanizer and has never thought of himself as needing love. The chemistry between them is tangible, their romance is sweet and touching. Who would have guessed that bad boy Sage would be turn out to be such a nice guy? Recommended for everyone who loves sexy romantic comedy with a sassy heroine and a truly lovable hero that make you laugh and swoon at the same time.

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    Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)

    ***4 stars***

    This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. It is a wonderful love story that does nothing short of pull at your heartstrings from the first few pages to its rewarding conclusion. Full Court Press is a sweet, well written, slightly angsty second chance romance. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the two main characters, Decker and Avery, had my heart in a twist for the whole story.

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    Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)

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    Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)

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    Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)

    ***4 stars***

    Sweet, cute contemporary romance. A bit predictable, but all in all an enjoyable read.

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    Emma Scott (One Good Man)

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  • 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!

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

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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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  • Wendy

    *This anthology contains eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan,

    , Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney.

    I never ever read anthologies and to be honest, I didn't even know this was one, when I signed up for it. All I knew, was that L.J. Shen wrote

    , and I just

    to read it !!

    So of course I started with Gabe and Jolie's story, which was awesome, I a

    *This anthology contains eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan,

    , Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney.

    I never ever read anthologies and to be honest, I didn't even know this was one, when I signed up for it. All I knew, was that L.J. Shen wrote

    , and I just

    to read it !!

    So of course I started with Gabe and Jolie's story, which was awesome, I am a big fan of "best friends to lovers". Gabe was also a bit of an asshole, so this was right up my alley.

    The banter between these two was great, not to mention the sexual tension.

    I also loved the secondary characters !!

    It was fun, sweet and sexy, and even though I knew this was gonna be short... I wanted more ;)

    Now I didn't get more of Gabe and Jolie, but there are plenty other stories, by some great authors in this anthology to keep me entertained ;)

  • Elizabeth

    is a Sports Romance Anthology. A smoking hot compilation of sports romance-themed novellas by Adriana Locke, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, L.J. Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, and Sara Ney. This anthology offers the perfect treat for contemporary romance fans!

    by L.J. Shen features a smoking hot football playe

    is a Sports Romance Anthology. A smoking hot compilation of sports romance-themed novellas by Adriana Locke, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Kate Stewart, L.J. Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Mandi Beck, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, and Sara Ney. This anthology offers the perfect treat for contemporary romance fans!

    by L.J. Shen features a smoking hot football player who is secretly in love with his best friend. Gabe Poirier is the quarterback of his college team and a playboy with the ladies. And yet, he has always wanted his best friend Jolie Louise. They have been friends from childhood and been through so much together. Jolie is secretly in love with Gabe but knows he will only break her heart. When Jolie gets some attention from some male admirers, Gabe decides to take matters into his own hands. Declaring that Jolie is his "fake" girlfriend, he decides to use that time to convince Jolie that their relationship is nothing but the real deal! With some good old-fashioned college drama and authentic friends to lovers romance, L.J. Shen offers a perfect blend of passion and romance. I have long been a fan of Ms. Shen's writing as she is such an outstanding storyteller. Her characters are complex and the connections they create are explosive and truly unforgettable.

    Overall, I highly recommend

    to anyone looking for a compilation of smoking hot romance novellas that will leave you swooning and begging for more!

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

    This anthology contains eleven original sports novellas by the following authors:

    The End Zone by LJ Shen

    Slapped into Love by Rochelle Paige

    Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

    Out of Formation by Ella Fox

    Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart

    Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn

    Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

    Sin Bin by Mandi Beck

    One Good Man by Emma Scott

    Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

    Cross by Adriana Locke

    Signing up for this I didn't realise it was an anthology so my review will only be based on L.J. Shen's

    This anthology contains eleven original sports novellas by the following authors:

    The End Zone by LJ Shen

    Slapped into Love by Rochelle Paige

    Full Court Press by Kennedy Ryan

    Out of Formation by Ella Fox

    Sweeping the Series by Kate Stewart

    Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn

    Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose

    Sin Bin by Mandi Beck

    One Good Man by Emma Scott

    Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

    Cross by Adriana Locke

    Signing up for this I didn't realise it was an anthology so my review will only be based on L.J. Shen's

    even though I haven't read the rest of these short novels I will try and make my way through this because a few of my other favourite authors are also included in this.

    Lately I've been on a binge rampaige for ‘Friends to Lovers’ books so to know that this is what ‘The End Zone’ was about I was in my happy place!!

    This small novela was Super cute, Super sexy, but big on the feels, my heart turned to mush. I also enjoyed the secondary characters that we got to meet too and just wish we had more.

    These two loved each other before they even knew the true meaning of the word, he was the broken ten year old boy that had the world on his shoulders due to his home life and she was the girl that barreled into his life on a hot rainy day to fix him. From then on in they were joined at the hips from fifth grade to college where they were roommates.

    The banter between these two was gorgeous, the push and pull, the wanting to move out of the friendzone to something more had both on tender hooks incase it destroyed their unique friendship. But when Sage wanted something so bad to even proposition Jolie to be his fake girlfriend for a few months surely something that felt so right was mean't to be something more permanent?

    We all know that L.J. Shen is the Queen of the Quarterbacks, what she brings to the table each and everytime is why she fast became one of my favourite authors, the alpha manwhore quarterbacks with attitude and the strong girls that tame them and bring them to their knees keeps me coming back from more.

  • Natalie The Biblioholic

    It's LIVE!

    I read through this entire anthology and LOVED it!! But I’m here to review End Zone by LJ Shen and that’s what I’m gonna do. This author is one of the few that can create a-holes that you can’t help but fall in love with and I am thoroughly in love with Sage. He was the star quarterback, cocky as heck, and a manwhore. Nuff said.

    Sage and Jolie have been best friends for 10 years. She saw a broken boy and gave her heart to hea

    It's LIVE!

    I read through this entire anthology and LOVED it!! But I’m here to review End Zone by LJ Shen and that’s what I’m gonna do. This author is one of the few that can create a-holes that you can’t help but fall in love with and I am thoroughly in love with Sage. He was the star quarterback, cocky as heck, and a manwhore. Nuff said.

    Sage and Jolie have been best friends for 10 years. She saw a broken boy and gave her heart to heal him. Cherishing him from afar and yet so close, she’s accepted that they aren’t destined to be if they want to keep their forever friendship.But Sage has got other plans. He’s finally figured out that the only person he wants is her and there’s nothing she can do to stop him from having her.

    I desperately wished that this was a full-length story. Sage and Jolie quickly won my heart. Their love was young, passionate, and their connection was combustible. The little glimpse we got was beautiful and I longed for more.

    There was humor, drama and love. Oh and incredibly hot sex. What more can you ask for?

  • ⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰

    I signed up to read and review:

    Jolie Louise has a problem, she wants her best friend Gabe Poirier the adonis quarterback. She knows it's a bad idea but it's hard to get away from him with them being roommates.

    Jolie met Gabe 10 years ago when his family moved in next door to hers and they became close when Jolie supported Gabe through family problems. This is the quick story of how they went from best friends to lovers.

    Hmmm well, I think this one just

    I signed up to read and review:

    Jolie Louise has a problem, she wants her best friend Gabe Poirier the adonis quarterback. She knows it's a bad idea but it's hard to get away from him with them being roommates.

    Jolie met Gabe 10 years ago when his family moved in next door to hers and they became close when Jolie supported Gabe through family problems. This is the quick story of how they went from best friends to lovers.

    Hmmm well, I think this one just wasn't for me. I found both main characters very immature and annoying but that's just me.

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