Series: Players to Lovers #1
tonight and her baby girl might be taken away from me, too, if I don’t find
Lily’s father before she’s ripped out of my life and given to another family.
know who he is. He’s my best friend’s ex, and I hate him in memory and on
but I don’t love him. Even if he does whatever it takes to make me trust him,
and it seems he’s determined to do exactly that.
little of my heart left, and I can’t—won’t—reserve any of it for that bastard,
prodigy, success was laid out in golden dollar signs—until an injury so
cringe-worthy it went viral laid me out for good.
discovered booze and sex, and I get both whenever I want.
up at my literal doorstep, telling me about a baby I never knew I had.
with tears her eyes, I have a sick feeling my world is about to spin out again.
because in no life plan did I think I’d raise a daughter, and I sure as hell
didn’t think I’d fall in love with the woman that comes with her.
through the doorway. “I’m not going to abscond with your baby.”
he says it, and in those brief seconds, I detect nothing but irritation.
but I’m coming to understand that about Locke. The conflict and layers and
constant upkeep it takes for him to keep pretending everything in his life is
the lightness—and descend the staircase sideways. Lily smacks at my face and
tries to palm my nose. I blow a raspberry at her, but I’m thinking about the
man I left behind, and how I’m coming to learn that sometimes, it’s not
kindness I crave.
impact unearths a sexual lust coiled beneath my bones.
form of grief, thinking everything will to be all right, like when the
treatment’s working and Paige has more energy, before the crash of devastation
when told there’s nothing more that can be done.
anger to happiness to sweetness, then back to anger, in such a short amount of
time, has me wanting to lift my dress and deal with the overdrive in an
entirely different way. I want to straddle him, to massage and kiss and tame
Wow! This is an emotional, angsty, tear jerker story. You could tell the author had an emotional investment in the telling of a mother dying of cancer and leaving her baby girl’s future up in the air. There’s so much going on in the story that it was disjointed at times and repetitious and the drama went on and on and on. I was over all the drama by the end but something kept me reading even if the storyline was predictable for the most part. The story was set in the US but some of the language and terminology was off and sentence structure was confusing. I really couldn’t get a bead on the characters. I liked Locke for the most part because of his commitment to his daughter and his treatment of Carter. For me there was too much drama and condemnation around his playboy lifestyle. Carter vacillated between being a bitch and crushing on Locke but her commitment to the welfare of the baby was commendable. I didn’t buy her reasons for not knowing who the father was or Paige not making sure her daughter was taken care of instead of going into foster care. I got whip lash from the back and forth between the would be lovers. It was good when they let go and the chemistry flowed but that didn’t last long and they went back to their separate corners. Locke’s posse of Ben, Asher and Easton were okay but I couldn’t figure out the backstory and connection for these four. There is a setup for additional stories for these guys. The best character was Locke’s twin, Astor, a kickass attorney that speaks her mind. But the timelines didn’t line up for her to finish law school and her first year as a lawyer at the same time Locke finished college and entered the NFL. I think this could have benefited from a good edit. I am curious about future stories from this bunch especially Astor and Ben’s story.
always been a romantic at heart. That passion ignited when she realized she
could put those dreams into words and her soul into characters. Ketley was born
in Canada, moved to Australia when she was thirteen, to California when she was
twenty, and finally to New York to attend law school, but most of that time was
spent sitting in coffee shops and wine bars thinking of her next book.
include coffee, wine, Big Macs, her cat, and her husband, possibly in that