Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review:Winning the Player by Leesa Bow

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: April 14th, 2014
Publisher: Destiny Romance
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

With the World Cup ending this past week, I thought now would be a fitting time to review this book; Hunter is an Australian soccer star.  Of course I wanted to read this book because both main characters are athletes, they have past history, and that cover is too good too pass over.

This is my first Leesa Bow book and I really enjoyed it.  I felt like Aubree and Hunter were two people I'd like to know and be friends with.  My heart went out to Aubree; it must be extremely difficult to not participate in something that was ingrained in her soul.  I can understand why she chose to run as opposed to staying close to those she knew.

The chemistry between Hunter and Aubree was hot.  I was surprised at how things went down the first time around between them.  That kept me flipping pages as fast as I could read them.  I found Hunter's temper to be concerning, but by the end of the book I liked him.  
I found Leesa Bow's debut book to be all that it promised.  I loved the use of twitter and texts; they really enhanced the story.  Plus it was a great way for them to stalk each other covertly.  I'm really looking forward to Leesa's next book and the great story she will surely bring to life.

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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.
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* A copy of the book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any manner.*

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