Review – The Player (The Player, #1) by K. Bromberg

While I enjoyed The Player for the most part, the abrupt “ending” left me feeling like I struck out in the last at bat in game seven of the World Series with bases loaded and for anyone who loves baseball as much as I do you know exactly how that would feel. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

This was my first book by K. Bromberg , her writing drew me immediately into the story and she obviously knows baseball inside and out, but because this book ends in a huge CLIFFHANGER so instead of getting a satisfying ending I’m angry and at this point don’t care anymore what happens to these characters. I don’t care if the next “part” comes out in July, the fact of the matter is by then I’ve read sixty more books and this one is a faint memory. To say this was a huge disappointment is putting it mildly, but I am determined to write a fair and honest review so here goes.

The good: I loved the way this book flowed and the author has a talent for drawing the reader into the story immediately. The characters were both extremely likeable and felt like people I would have as friends. I liked that they got off on the wrong foot and had to work to become friends and then more. While there were some gaps in their background, what they did share with one another was intriguing and I enjoyed the way they spilled their secrets over time. The relationship developed at a natural pace and it was easy to see the feelings building for both of them. I enjoyed the way they bonded over their difficult relationships with their parents and most especially their love of the game.

The bad: A common complaint with me (and other women) is that in so many sports romances the heroine often puts her job in jeopardy getting into a relationship with the athlete. And there is no doubt that is the case in this book and it also brings in the question of her integrity when she has the say on whether or not a player is cleared to play. I think this cheapens the story and it also is why women who choose to go into fields that are male dominated have to fight and claw their way to get their job and have to perform ten times better to prove themselves.

The ugly: The cliffhanger ending. As a reader when I am completely immersed in a story and it ends abruptly every good thing I felt about the story goes immediately out the window and to be honest, at that point I don’t care when the next book releases because I won’t be reading it. I am done; I want a complete story so I can move on. Instead, this story is now tainted.

While I enjoyed The Player for the most part, the abrupt “ending” left me feeling like I struck out in the last at bat in game seven of the World Series with bases loaded and for anyone who loves baseball as much as I do you know exactly how that would feel.

ARC provided by the publisher for a voluntary review.

3.5 stars

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HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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One thought on “Review – The Player (The Player, #1) by K. Bromberg

  1. Abrupt or rushed endings can really ruin what would otherwise be a good read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Slick

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