My favourite one yet in this new football series from Beth

Playing the Player by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Friends to lovers is such a delicious trope when done right, what tips that feeling of happiness at bring friends over into something more?

Throw in a bisexual awakening and it adds up into a relatively angst free romance between two teammates who start as roomies, have an instant connection as friends and end up in a fake dating situation.

Dylan is supposedly straight when he agrees to fake date his bestie Logan to help with the fallout from a hook-up outing him.

However, it’s fairly clear soon into the faking that his curiosity is being stirred with thoughts of kissing Logan…

…and more.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was that when things got muddled or confused, they talked. There’s no stupidly overlong pining or wondering about feelings.

The tension points in the book come not only from Logan’s ex hook-up’s behaviour, but also from the internal pressures Dylan has of being the team’s kicker.

It’s interesting to see the journey he goes on, along with the rest of the Piranhas, as they try to rebuild their side.

There’s all sorts of stuff going on behind the scenes and I am desperate for the next two books to come in this series.

Up next are quarterback Pax and his coach Davis, and I’m dying to see how Beth handles that ‘out of bounds’ nature of that relationship!

As ever, I beta read this book for Beth and it gets a bonus +1* (yes I know Goodreads only goes up to 5*)  because it has my all time favourite characters Colin O’Connor and his hubby Nick making a guest appearance 😁

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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