When injury destroyed her dream of playing college basketball, Aubree Taylor fled overseas. Now she’s finally home again and ready to move on with her life. Until she runs into Hunter Stone on her first night out, the only guy who’s ever meant anything to her – and the last person she wants to see.
Since she ran out on him two years ago, Hunter hasn’t been able to get Aubree off his mind. The sexy football star has had girls all over him for years, but Aubree is the only one to have ever seen behind the cocky persona he puts on for the crowd.
Despite her attempts to keep her distance, Aubree is unable to resist the strong attraction between them and it isn’t long before they fall into a passionate relationship. She has never been afraid of a challenge, but Hunter’s arrogance and inablity to trust are testing her to her limits. Aubree must decide whether to follow her heart and lower her guard…or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Title: Winning The Player
Author: Leesa Bow
Release Date: April 14th, 2014
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**ARC provided by Penguin Australia in exchange for an honest review.**
When I received an ARC for Winning The Player I was excited because I love a good sports romance. Though I underestimated the storyline from the synopsis. When I read that Hunter Stone was a ‘football star’, I thought that meant he played in the NFL. I was extremely surprised when it became evident that Hunter is an AFL footballer from Adelaide. Being an Australian and never having the chance to have read a romance based on a character that plays the most followed sport in the country, I may have fallen in love with Leesa right then and there. I was hooked on this book from the very first page. I actually left Uni early and skipped a lecture just so I could get home and read the book without any interruptions.
I though that Aubree was a strong female character. She had suffered a terrible injury that ended her basketball career. She travels the world and returns, trying to find the path she now needs to take without basketball being the be all and end all. I also loved Hunter’s character, not just because of his status as an AFL footballer, but because he is completely swoon-worthy. I judge a story by it’s attempt to draw me in and the connection I make with the characters – this book demonstrated both of these aspects.
Winning The Player is Leesa’s debut novel. Though it was a great story, it wasn’t without fault. I had an issue with some of the ‘problems’ the characters faced individually and with each other. There was a slight predictable element to the storyline that I’ve read about many time before, so it wasn’t hard to guess what each outcome would be. As Leesa’s first attempt at a published New Adult book, it was a great start to a promising career. I look forward to following Leesa’s career from here on out. She’s got a new fan out of this reader! :)
I’ve done some research and it looks like there will be a companion novel to this book. I cannot wait to read it.
“You can’t win something after the siren sounds.” My hand cupped his beautiful face. “The game ended long ago. You had already won.”
About the Author:
Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill. Sport played a major role in her life growing up in a small country town, and Leesa had a passion for basketball. Although she loved to read books with happy endings, she never believed she would end up a novelist.
Leesa started her professional life nursing at the local hospital before moving to Adelaide in her early twenties. She married a football player, and inevitably her four daughters were also sporty. Leesa began writing seriously when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously. Stories about sport, romance, and characters aged eighteen plus seemed logical since her daughters were of a similar age, and often surrounded by athletes.
Leesa now works in merchandising and in her spare time writes New Adult romance. On weekends she enjoys watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up with girlfriends, and daydreaming about strong heroines.