He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳There is a beauty within reading a book you did not expect to love. Especially in a romance where inner beauty is what matters instead of physical appearances, where Sam and Val portray that in such a delightful and nostalgic way…
➳I want to start off by saying that I have officially become a true fan of Staci’s writing… Though it is fast paced, her way of writing can also be considered a slow-burn angst between the characters, which is actually something that an ideal romance novel would be considered for me. There is also no denying that this particular story had me with so many mixed emotions, all the positive side of course and the reason being is the following:
Staci touches a topic and portrays a character in which a lot of individuals in the romance world do not take into consideration. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with previous romance novels that I have read in the past, but the picture of an ideal female character of whichever race, being skinny, and the “ideal” size is starting to become the “one” female character that everyone seems to write about. Staci went out of the box to write about a character such as Val, who has flaws just like everyone else, but these are flaws that are actually things that make her such a PERFECT individual. Just because she is a size sixteen gal, doesn’t make her any less appealing then a size eight female character. In fact, her personality, her bright and vibrant smile is what causes Sam to admire her and fall for her. As previously mentioned, this is a topic in which I do not take very lightly, and my admiration for Staci has officially taken a root in my heart that will not diminish or go away. PREACH Staci for doing this…
A very important part about PLAYER is that Val is portrayed as an independent individual in the city, having the time of her life with her three best friends. No help from any male controlling her life, no parents keeping tabs on her. She is a shy mouse living this life filled with happiness. Her crush for Sam is something that makes her a more appealing female character to my eye, because as a shy person, Val is someone that stumbles with her words, gets nervous when her crush talks to her… She is just a jumble of joy, laughter, and nerves as well. Her persona overall is one that really does identify me, and many other female readers as well.
A trumpet player ?! That’s what Val does… and can we just ADMIRE that about her please? It is just another perfect fact about Val that makes her so different to many other female characters I have read in other romances. The last time I read a book where the female character went out of the norm, was DRUMLINE by Stacy Kestwick, and I devoured that novel as well. With the way Val is about her passion towards music, and Sam having the same common interest, there is also no denying that both musicians are made for each other in a perfect and melodious way.
“The velvety timbre of his voice plucked a string in me, setting it vibrating, humming a note only he could produce…”
➳The romance that is constructed in this rom-com is one that I have been missing for sure. As you may have read, I didn’t really talk about the story plot of this novel, the reason being is because it is just such a fantastic story plot in which expressing one single detail, derails everything that is Val and Sam. But that should not be a neglect of passing on this story, on the contrary, I indulge everyone to read this story. It is definitely a romance novel that I will not forget. My hands and eyes cannot wait to read what else Staci has in stock for her future releases!
➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review…
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom to three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey, and her favorite word starts with f, ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north in Denver, until they got a wild hair and moved to Holland. It’s the perfect place to overdose on cheese and ride bicycles, especially along the canals, and especially in summertime. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, gaming, or designing graphics.