Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept
Date of publication: February 27th, 2018
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Playmaker – Book 3
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
He knows every play in the book. But she’s calling the shots.
I’m Maddox Ledger, all-star winger and the reason the Charlotte Strikers killed it in the playoffs. Yeah, the tabloids like to call me arrogant. A real hothead. All I see is a guy who plays to win. Wreaking havoc on the ice, breaking a few hearts—that’s all just part of the game. And I’m sure as hell not sitting on the bench.
When my teammate asks me to be in his wedding party, I can’t refuse—but that’s the only way you’ll see me walk down the aisle. Commitment is for suckers. Lucky for me, the bridesmaid I’m paired with is the definition of eye candy. Lacey Easton is totally irresistible . . . and weirdly familiar. A glimpse of bare shoulder takes me back to a steamy Vegas night I can’t forget. One I’m eager to repeat.
Suddenly our one-night stand is turning into the sequel . . . and so much more. Still, Lacey’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t trust me. And maybe I deserve it. But there’s no chance I’m letting her get away—or letting another guy take what is mine. This time, I’m playing for keeps.
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Trigger Warning: None
Playmaker was the much-anticipated 3rd book in the Breakaway series. I was very excited to be reading it, seeing that this was Lacey and Maddox’s story. My excitement was tempered some by a ridiculous and unoriginal storyline. But I did enjoy the story. It was a good way to spend my Friday night.
I did like Playmaker’s storyline. It started off as a very original one. Girl and guy meet in Vegas. They spend an intense 2 weeks together, get married in a drunken impulse and the girl takes off the next day. The guy still has the marriage certificate and keeps a tab on the girl. 2 years go by and they meet at the girl’s brother wedding. He decides that he wants to make a go of the marriage and tries to get the girl to go on board. The girl holds out until they have sex. Then she is all for it. This is where the storyline becomes recycled from the last book and kind of made me go “blah“. Girl wants to hide their relationship. Guy goes along with it until, well, something major happens. Then he wants to let the world know about their relationship. The girl does not and it causes issues.
Lacey drove me nuts. I thought she had no right to be jealous of Maddox and the women he dated in the past. It wasn’t like he was dating them while trying to work on their marriage. She flipped out when she caught Maddox in a situation with that chick from the reality TV show. She wanted to keep the relationship secret from her brother because of the bad blood. The only reason she even told her brother was well, you need to read the book to find out.
On the flip side, I did like Maddox. He loved Lacey. Loved her from the minute he saw her in Vegas. He did have his issues but he wasn’t a bad guy. Most of his issues were because of his father. He wasn’t perfect and he knew that. He was also a great hockey player!! I also understood why he went along with Lacey and keeping their relationship a secret. He was trying to keep her happy.
I did think that the romance between Lacey and Maddox was forced and not at all believable. I didn’t get a sense of connection between the two until almost the end of the book. I did get that Lacey wasn’t happy to be married to Maddox. I also got that she didn’t want anyone to find out. Other than that, I didn’t see any sparks outside the bedroom.
If I felt the romance was lacking, then the sex more than made up for it. Those sex scenes were smoking hot. Once Lacey had Maddox, it was impossible to keep her out of his bed. I loved it!!
The end of the book was very typical for a romance. All romance and hearts. I did like the epilogue. I felt it was original and very sweet. I also liked that the next book’s couple was hinted at.
Playmaker is definitely an Adult book. There are some graphic sex scenes and language. There is some mild violence too. I would recommend this book to family and friends. I would warn that while the romance is lackluster, the sex is hot. I also would reread it.
I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Playmakers.
All opinions stated in this review of Playmakers are mine.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**