The Player by Claire Contreras
Publication Date: October 10th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Source: the author
I'm naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.
I've never met a man who doesn't want to be me or a woman who doesn't want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.
From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.
She wants to keep me at arm's length.
I want her naked in my bed.
She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.
She says I’m bad news.
I have three weeks to prove her wrong.
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I haven’t read a book by Claire Contreras in a while, so I was curious about her take on a sports romance. Since I feel like I am a connoisseur of this genre, I can say with authority (ahem) that it’s very well done and checks all of the boxes I look for in a sports romance. The Player has just enough drama, a touch of angst, some major sexual tension, and a little bit of the unexpected–all in just the right doses.
Camila lives in Washington Heights, New York and works as an urban planner for a non-profit. She loves her family and she loves her job. Her family used to have money and they lived in a nice area, but her father got into trouble and lost everything. Instead of taking charity, she moved to an apartment in a not-so-nice area. Her life is anything but simple, but she is happy.
After a falling out with his family, Warren doesn’t return to New York until he has to. Since he left home at 14, he has become an international football (soccer) phenom. His father is unwell, so Warren multitasks by checking on his real estate investments with his family’s company. They are planning to demolish and rebuild a block of Washington Heights, including Camila’s apartment building. After a community meeting, the fireworks explode between Camila and Warren. She’s a challenge for him and it leads to a slow-burning, sexy relationship.
I genuinely liked Camila. She’s one of the most honest and forgiving characters I have ever read in a romance. Camila is independent, doesn’t need a man to take care of her, and she doesn’t even know who Warren is when they first meet. I was drawn to the fact that she wasn’t impressed by his money and he really had to work hard to get her to go out with him. I love that they are opposites in just about every way and it works really well. Claire may have had concerns about writing a sports romance, but she pulled it off without a hitch!
Read an excerpt of The Player here!