Falling for the Player (Jessica Lee)

rfallingfortheplayer_1

Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop — and his life again — Patrick can’t stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law grad and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all…

Max Segreti has spent his entire life doing what his father wants. But when he runs into the hotter-than-hell player he’s never been able to forget, he’s not thinking about studying for the bar. A distraction is the last thing he needs, but after an encounter leaves him wanting more, Max embraces the chaos that Patrick brings…even as he knows it can’t last. They’re too different to ever have a future together.


People… I have a problem! If I come across a sports romance on Netgalley, I want to request it. I kind of request it faster if it’s a LGBT+ romance – I blame this one the fact that one of my favorite books of the past year was a M/M sports romance… Jamie and Wes ruined me. Because Falling for the Player was my first book of the year of 2017 and it was not good.

First of all I didn’t like the writing. The book is told in the 3rd person and dual POV, but the problem is that the two guys didn’t have distinct voices, even though they were super different characters. But each time a chapter began, it took me a few sentences before I realized whose POV I was supposed to be reading, Max or Patrick’s. I read a lot of dual POVs romances, and this was a huge issue for me. But apart from that, the writing in general did nothing for me, I was especially not a fan of the amount of times that the word “lover” was used.

Now about the characters… I thought they were ok, but Max and Patrick ended up feeling a little one dimensional, and the fact that they went about the big decisions on their lives all wrong, didn’t help it. I just didn’t connect with the characters or their romance…

These dudes meet one night, talk TV Shows and Movies, end up hooking up and then they don’t see each other for 3 years… no contact, nothing! But when they see each other again, they can’t keep away, and I didn’t quite get that connection. I’ve read a load of books with instalove, and it’s something that might work, if the characters are well written, but it just didn’t here.

The one thing I actually did like was Liam, Patrick’s 18 yo brother, because he made sense to me. Another thing that I would have liked a lot, if circumstances were different, was the actual reason for the “falling apart”, because I did like that theme, I just thought it wasn’t handled right.

There were some very weird and WTF moments in this book, and I need to share some of them, because I kind of need to get it out of my chest, so be warned, there will be mild SPOILERS ahead:

  • There’s a gratuitous scene of voyerism, where Max and Patrick watch a gay couple having sex at a club. It didn’t feel natural and I didn’t see any logic in it. Max asks Patrick if he’s trying to “shock” him, and he says maybe, but it doesn’t make any sense, because just a minute before the guy was thinking of what a terrible idea it was for them to meet at that club. BTW, all the scenes in that club were weird!
  • Max’s dad was not exactly on good terms with his son’s sexuality, meaning that he’s OK with Max being gay, as long as not in public. He asks him not to take a male date to this huge fundraiser party (in the name of his dad’s company). So Max obviously decides to take Patrick without really trying to even have a conversation with his dad EVER, and without actually letting Patrick know how important this is. It was a huge no for me.
  • Then, Max being Max again, after they have been broken up for 2 weeks, as soon as they talk on the phone, Max decided to introduce Patrick to his family, in this big dinner thing, but without actually telling Patrick where it is that he’s going. Also, they didn’t even talk about whether they were back together or not… BAHHHH!

So, this was not a good way to start the year, but I’m sure my next reads will be slightly better. I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately, I really didn’t enjoy it. But it might be a ME problem, so give it a chance if you feel like it 😉 .

WWW Wednesday: January 4th 2017

wwwwednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


wwwwednesday_1

www_4-1-17_2

I started To Professor, With Love by Linda Kage yesterday, I want to finish the Forbidden Men series this year :). Then I started Back Check by Kelly Jamieson, and ARC.


wwwwednesday_2

www_4-1-17_1

This past week I read Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Full Package by Lauren Blakely, Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee and Kisses on a Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins.


wwwwednesday_3

www_4-1-17_3

Next I’ll probably read More Than Distance by Elizabeth Briggs, Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein, Trust by Jana Aston and Worth the Wait by A.J. Pine.

Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Goals

t5w_gold

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is 2017 Goals.

These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

So, let’s do this! I’m totally doing bookish and blogging goals here.


1. Complete the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge

Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much decided to create a NA reading challenge for this year, and I was the first in line to sign up. My goal is to complete the reading bingo and snag that 100 NA books badge!


2. Complete my Goodreads 2017 Challenge

goodreads_2017

I’ve set my goal for this year at 150 books, because I have no idea what the rest of my year will look like, but I would love not only to complete it, but to actually beat the number I managed this past year, which was around 218 books.


3. Reach 90% on my Netgalley Feedback Ratio

netgalley_1

I’m finally at 84%, but my goal this year is to read the books I request on time and get rid of all the backlogged books I have on my shelf. Over the last couple of years I requested a few books that still await reading, and that’s definitly happening this year.


4. Stick to my reading promises!

            17books        12series

We always say we’re gonna read a lot of books that end up falling through the cracks of massive TBRs, new ARCs and new releases, right? But I do intend to keep my promise to read the books I’ve mentioned in the two posts above.


5. Reach 2000 WordPress followers

blog_1

Ok, it’s not like I’m super far away from the number, but still, it will make me super happy when I finally reach it 🙂 .