Thursday, 1 May 2014

Book Review: Winning the Player - Leesa Bow

Pub. Date- April 14th 2014 Publisher- Destiny Romance
Pages- 273 Genre- Contemporary/New Adult

I received this courtesy of Destiny Romance through 
Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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.

Being a professional athlete seems hard enough but when everything you’ve ever worked for to get there gets ripped away by an injury how do you carry on with life? This is exactly where Aubree Taylor is at the start of this debut New Adult novel. The hitting factor of this book is the ability it presented to connect to the plot and the characters lives. With the added bonus of being a relatively clean with only mild sexual scene that only came about due to the way the plot progressed.

The characters in the is story are what really makes it, yes the writing was nice and easy to understand but there was nothing particularly to make it stand out other than the use of Aussie slang which could bother people if it’s not something they understand. Aubree through the book is the type of girl that should be in all novels; she represented real women well. She was tough, understandable and knows how to pick herself up when her life takes a sharp down turn. On the other side of the line there was Hunter, as good-looking as a guy could get but with a personality of a brick.

Alpha male stereotypes are becoming more and more frequent in New Adult and I’m getting seriously over it. I wanted to do bodily harm to Hunter for a lot of this book. He was so rude and immature playing up that attitude that he’d slept with all the female population of South Australia. Being a superstar sports man is cool and all but why do they have to be portrayed as such butt heads. 

Even without having the straight love for stories set in Australia this book can hold its own, it has something for everyone. I know quiet a number of reviewer don’t share my dislike for Hunter. This was a fun easy read and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a pick me up book.

Have you read this or is it on your TBR? What sports do you follow?


  1. I couldn't agree more! I had exactly the sane thoughts reading this, he had absolutely no personality. None. I love my footy, but loathe most new adult books, so I was really on the fence whether to read it, but Aubree was lovely, but I wish she had a more of a backbone and would have liked to see her with Connor instead. Hunter was a wanker and you're totally right, he was portrayed as nothing more than another shallow sportsman.

    1. I enjoy AFL but I’m more of a NRL person, AFL isn’t as big in Queensland. I like quiet a lot of New Adult but the stereotypes are getting old fast. I did like Aubree and Conor but with the whole history with the brother brother/cousin of best friend thing I just couldn’t picture them together. I wish the Luke had been brought in as like Hunters competition and he had to be less shit to be with her. Wanker is definitely the right word for Hunter! I always wonder how sport stars feel about them being portrayed so horribly.


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