Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology
Authors: Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Kate Stewart, Mandi Beck, Kennedy Ryan, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Sara Ney, Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: September 20, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: Each novella is rated below.
Our love of hot jocks is never-ending.
Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.
Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time…it’s thicker. You’ll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.
Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.
*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart.
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Since this is an anthology, I’m going to break my review down by each novella I read in it. Here we go!
Arena Lights by Mandi Beck – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I think this might be my first Mandi Beck book and I loved it! Maeve and Benny were so adorable! I am excited that there will be more to come with this couple, but that the novella also ended well enough to wrap up this short story. It didn’t leave me hanging like some other previews.
End Goal by Ella Fox – ★ ★ ★ ★
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of End Goal when I first started it. I wasn’t a big fan of what happened between Addison and Law in the beginning. I did really like when things moved to present day, though. It was a sweet love story. I like that it ended solidly, but also said there might be more to come.
A Slice of Love by Teagan Hunter – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Teagan Hunter hit it out of the park with this novella. It was so adorable. I loved how it felt like it was a complete story even though it was a novella. Frankie and Jonas had such a cool story.
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dear Ava reminded me of some of Madden-Mills’s older novels. I loved that! It was a little darker, edgier, and angsty. It was a great short read and I loved Ava and Knox. I would have been happy to read a full length novel about them!
The Teaching Hours by Sara Ney – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I never thought I would want a book about Rex, but The Coaching Hours redeemed him a bit in my eyes and I found myself excited about the prospect of him getting a book. This novella hit the spot. It was such a quick, fun story. Hannah and Rex were adorable together. I could have read a whole book about them!
Body Heat by Rochelle Paige – ★ ★ ★ ★
This is my first time reading anything by Rochelle Paige. Body Heat was a fun little novella. It was very insta-love, but that is to be expected with a novella. I liked the characters and how the suspense part of the story worked out.
The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Meghan Quinn is such a tease! This one-sided enemies to lovers story was just a preview of what’s to come in a future book. I thought it was cute and loved the story. Holt was a little much at times, but it was perfect for his wooing of Harmony. I liked being back in this baseball world so soon after The Dugout. I just wanted an ending!
Guys Like You by Charleigh Rose – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This novella reminded me that I really need to pick up a Charleigh Rose novel. I’ve only read a couple of her novellas, but I adore them. Guys Like You was hilariously sexy and I adored the characters. I would have loved for this to have been a full length novel.
Fast Break by Kennedy Ryan – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you have read the HOOPS series, you’re going to love this novella. It’s Banner’s best friend Quinn’s story. Quinn’s an amputee who has created a motivational business. Her love interest is August’s quiet NBA coach. It’s sweet, sexy, and heart-warming. Once again, Kennedy Ryan taught me some things I didn’t know. It ended sooner than I wanted it to, but it was an amazing novella.
Love Game by Emma Scott – ★ ★ ★ ★
I love Emma Scott’s writing and this book was a sweet romance. I also like that she took on tennis since there aren’t many sports romances that feature it. I just wasn’t as into it probably because of the tennis stuff. I am not a big fan of that sport.
Fair Catch by Kate Stewart – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
I really, really wanted to give this novella 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. The characters were amazing, the story sucked me and had me wanting more… It’s that wanting more thing that has me giving this 4.5 stars. This wasn’t truly a novella. It was more like a preview to The Guy in the Middle. I didn’t realize that prior to reading it, so I felt a little let down when it just ended without an ending.
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About the Authors:
About Charleigh Rose: Charleigh Rose lives in Narnia with her husband and two young children. She’s hopelessly devoted to unconventional love and pizza. When she isn’t reading or mom-ing, she’s writing moody, broody, swoony romance.
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About Ella Fox: USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.
Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.
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About Emma Scott: Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.
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About Ilsa Madden-Mills: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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About Kate Stewart: A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
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About Kennedy Ryan: A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.
She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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About Mandi Beck: Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met even though her favorite hockey player calls her…mom.
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About Meghan Quinn: USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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About Rochelle Paige: I absolutely adore reading—always have and always will. When I was growing up, my friends used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.
I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me, “About time!”
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About Sara Ney: Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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About Teagan Hunter: I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.
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