Title: Play Maker
Author: Katie McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2016
James Martin aka The Play Maker: international soccer sensation, owner of a drool-worthy body, and panty-dropping man whore.
He's the perfect one night stand.
And by one night stand I mean two night stand.
And by two night stand I mean three night stand.
Nicole Grant is living every girl's fantasy: a rendezvous with the sexiest Brit on either side of the pond. It's just one night, and that's fine with her. With her busy work schedule and a brother she's devoted to, flings are all Nicole has time for. No complicated feelings and no strings attached. Just hot sex.
James Martin is used to scoring -- on and off the field. His prowess in the game is rivaled only by his reputation in the tabloids. But after Nicole gives him the best hookup of his life, he experiences something new: a woman who isn't throwing herself at his feet, who knows all he has to offer and is still keeping her distance. Apparently there's a first time for everything.
James can't get Nicole out of his head. She's funny and she's irresistible. Nicole can't James off her mind. He's good hearted and he's sexy. Will their standoff end in a draw, or can this one night stand kick off something real?
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love soccer. It is one of my favorite sports and it makes me so happy that authors are writing more books about soccer players. I read Katie's previous books and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to see that she was wrote this one and I was more than willing to read it!
Nicole is a hotel bartender who works to support her and her autistic brother. She never sleeps with a guy more than once and she sticks to that rule. James is a professional soccer player whose nickname is the "Play Maker" thanks to his moves both on and off the field. These two are absolute pros at one night stands and from the moment they meet, it is inevitable that they are going to be spending the night together. The sexual tension between them was about as thick as it can get and I couldn't wait to see what happened between them. And WOW...what a night it was. Turns out they enjoyed it so much, that they decide to do it again. But remember, neither of them "do relationships." Right.
I loved Nicole's relationship with her brother Mikey. She has been taking care of him for a while now and they are very close. Mike loves Doctor Who (This is second book I have read recently that featured Doctor Who and I am liking it! Keep it up authors!) and the two spend lots of time rewatching episodes and talking about them. Mikey has specific needs that Nicole has to attend to and everything she does, she does for him. While the men in Nicole's past couldn't handle the fact that Mikey came first in her life, James embraces it an makes sure to include him when he can. And the two connected (Thanks to James' appearance in a Doctor Who special) on a level that not even Nicole was expecting...talk about swoonworthy.
As James and Nicole spend more time together, it is obvious that they like each other and even though they are continually breaking their self imposed rules, they just can't seem to stop. They enjoy each other both in and out of the bedroom. One of my favorite moments in the book was when Nicole got to see him play in a game. She got to see another side of him and it definitely worked in his favor:
The game began and I strained forward in my seat, looking for James among the players that rushed onto the field. It took a moment before I spotted him and damn, he looked good. I had seen him in jeans and shirt, in a suit, but I had never seen him in his uniform. It made me want to stand up and cheer. Which I did, because that’s what everyone else was doing. But probably not for the same reason.
I was especially fond of the shorts, which showed off his amazing legs, his muscles flexing with each step. His jersey made the most of his broad shoulders and narrow waist, his tattoos peeking out from the sleeves. And that smile. It seemed to light up the whole damn place.
He jogged across the field, waving at the crowd. He was so incredibly sexy. As was the confidence with which he handled the ball.
The game began and I was spellbound. James sped across the field, the ball a blur between his feet. The mechanics of it seemed otherworldly, how could he move so quickly and gracefully and get a ball from one end of the field to the other? I surged to my feet, cheering with the crowd as the ball he kicked sliced through the air and slammed into the goal’s net. They played hard and I could see the sweat along James’ forehead as he raced across the field, maneuvering around other players, the ball an extension of his feet. He controlled it so effortlessly, the only indication of his concentration was the expression on his face. The only time I had seen him so focused was when we were together. Doing other things that worked up a sweat.
“He’s really good, isn’t he?”Yes, yes he is. And on so many levels.
As a couple, James and Nicole were amazing. In the beginning, their relationship was purely physical, but it didn't take long for it to turn into something very real. Sure, they had a extremely smokin' sex life, but they also connected in a way that neither of them had experienced before and that scared both of them. Then add on the fact that James is coming to a crossroads in his career and has to decide how he wants to proceed and whether or not he wants Nicole to be a part of that post soccer life and you got yourself an awesome book!
Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.