Falling for the Player
Author: Jessica Lee
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary, GLBT
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop—and his life again—Patrick can’t stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law grad and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all…
Max Segreti has spent his entire life doing what his father wants. But when he runs into the hotter-than-hell player he’s never been able to forget, he’s not thinking about studying for the bar. A distraction is the last thing he needs, but after an encounter leaves him wanting more, Max embraces the chaos that Patrick brings…even as he knows it can’t last. They’re too different to ever have a future together.
I am not a reader who DNF’s books very often, but I’m sad to say I did just that with Falling for the Player. I feel really bad about it because I feel like I should be reviewing the entire book not just what I read of it, but it’s just not possible with Falling for the Player. I’m not trying to trash this book. The writing had potential and so did the storyline. There were just too many big things that did not allow me to enjoy this book.
Falling for the Player was written in third person. This caused the majority of my problems. First, it felt like I was being told what was happening instead of experiencing it through the characters eyes. Second, I had a hard time switching back and forth between characters. There was no notice of when points of view were changing. The two main characters were both male and they sounded too similar. Their very different personalities didn’t even help much.
Another problem I had was that I couldn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t get why they were so into each other. I never really felt their connection beyond the television shows they both liked. There was potential for a great connection in that first chapter, but I felt the author ended it by cutting off the chapter abruptly before it was made. There didn’t seem to be much more than a sexual attraction between them from that point on.
The final straw for me was the anger and aggression from Patrick. It didn’t make sense to me. It made him seem crazy. I got that there were major differences in lifestyles between them, but the attitude he had toward Max wasn’t justified. It was off-putting. I had no desire to read any further. I ended my reading of this book at 36%.