Series: Most Valuable Playboy #1
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on September 1st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Zachary Webber
Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.
Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long—and it has been long—because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who's dead set on winning more than a date with me.
Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.
She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we've got to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is—I've been riding the bench for years.
How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?
I love a good sports romance. Toss in a fake relationship, and it’s pretty hard for me to resist which is why I decided to read Most Valuable Playboy by Laure Blakely. This is a quick read, and while it isn’t a standout romance, it’s great when you want something easy.
Cooper is now a starting quarterback in a professional football team, and he’s been focusing on the game and not getting laid. But he definitely developed a reputation before he became a starter on the team. At a charity auction he’s terrified the team owner’s sister is going to bid on him. Trying to save him, Violet bids on his, and he’s able to escape the grabby hands of the owner’s sister. But now they have to pretend they are in a relationship. And, of course, before you know it, they are doing more than pretend.
I really liked Cooper. He’s strong, kind, and super focused on his career now that he finally has a chance of being a starter. He does not want to mess that up, and his contact is up. Violet was sweet, and I liked her a lot. She’s a hard worker, and is friends with people on the team because of her brother. But that also sort of means she’s off limits. They are both benefitting from their pretend relationship. They had great chemistry together, and I was rooting for them.
Still, there was a lot of football lingo, and that was kind of boring. Listen, I love a good sports romance, but my actual interest in sports is non-existent. And as much as I liked Cooper and Violet together, their story doesn’t really standout. It’s easy to forget about.
Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely is great pick if you are looking for something easy. The narrator, Zachary Webber, is great, and the story is pretty stress-free. It might not be particularly memorable, but it’s fun while it lasts.