Series: Gamble Brothers #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eBook, 200 pages
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Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.
When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.
Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together...or in love.
In Review: My Thoughts
JLA is one of my favorite authors — and humans, but that’s another story — and I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading Tempting the Player before now. I mean, I love Brazen romances and I’ve owned this one forever. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I pretty much forgot about this series until I was elbow deep in my TBR looking for the oldest books on it. But, I’m glad I read it now because it was a quick, hot and sexy read. Now I just need to read the third Gamble Brothers book sooner rather than later…
I’ve mentioned before I’m a total tropeaholic. One that I enjoy, but don’t read nearly often enough, is the “fake it ’til you make it” trope. Fake relationships are just plain fun to read. They provide a great set up for two characters to get to know each other. Chad and Bridget’s story was fun, sexy and delivered some serious swoons, too. I shouldn’t be surprised. Jen is the queen of all of these things, after all. Another bonus? It’s not often I find books in a genre I enjoy set in the Washington, DC area. The location might not have played a big part in the story of Tempting the Player, but Chad’s profession — Washington Nationals baseball player — did.
Chad and Bridget were both great characters. If I’m honest, I was a little on the fence with him at first. Playboys aren’t always for me, especially those whose reputations are so bad they need a fake relationship to more or less save their careers. It wasn’t all that long however until I was singing Chad’s praises. Things aren’t always as they appear and there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye. Bridget was a relatable heroine. She was a bit jaded and lonely, but she also didn’t allow herself to be a doormat. She was a little bit broken — understandably, given parts of her past. While she didn’t need a man to put her back together, something about Chad helped. Their chemistry was intense, banter fantastic and sexy times off the charts.
It’s been awhile since I read one of JLA’s sexier stories — or any Entangled Brazen books — and I’m reminded of why I love both. Jen knocked it out of the park (ha, see what I did there?) with Tempting the Player. I’m looking forward to reading Tempting the Bodyguard sooner rather than later because, really, who doesn’t need more Gamble Brothers in their life?
“Bridget, if you touch me, I’m not going to last. I want you too badly to play around.”
“What are you going to do?”
“I’m going to make new memories.”
“I will take you—take you so hard that every breath afterward is only going to remind you of me.”
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