In Review: Team Player 2 Anthology

Posted October 2, 2019 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Team Player 2 AnthologyTeam Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Kate Stewart, Kennedy Ryan, Sara Ney, Teagan Hunter, Meghan Quinn, Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 20, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
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Our love of hot jocks is never-ending.

Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time...it's thicker. You'll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.

Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.

*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart.

In Review: My Thoughts

The Team Player 2 anthology includes 11 stories. My rating and review is based on six of them. I think overall this was a good anthology. The stories I read were excellent, but four of those were more or less prequel novellas. The stories I read in the original Team Player anthology were all full-length stories. I was expecting more of the same in part two. If not for that disappointment, I would be giving out five stars to this collection.

The Guy in the Middle (Kate Stewart)
I’ve still yet to read The Guy on the Right. (I know, I know. I need to get to it.) But right now I’m all about The Guy in the Middle. Harper and Lance struck a chord with me and I loved what I got of their story here. They were both strong and well-developed characters. Oh, the antagonistic banter and overall chemistry! I couldn’t get enough and unfortunately it ended way too soon for my liking. I need the conclusion ASAP.

Fast Break (Kennedy Ryan)
Fast Break was amazing. It was also what I would consider a complete story. Would I basically kill for more of Ean and Quinn? Hell yes. My feels were all over the place as I read, and it delivered a fair amount of heat, too. Ean and Quinn’s story was everything I love about Kennedy Ryan’s writing. This was a quick read, but still a very satisfying one.

The Teaching Hours (Sara Ney)
I adored this addition to the Douchebags series! I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Hannah getting a story since meeting her earlier in the series — and same goes for Rex, too. I was a little curious how a matchup between the two of them might work, but it was basically perfect. They balanced each other out nicely and their chemistry was fantastic. I’d take a few more chapters about them, but all in all I’m happy with how this one wrapped if there’s not more to come.

A Slice of Love (Teagan Hunter)
I love a good second chance romance and Teagan delivered just that with A Slice of Love. There was a lot more to Jonas than met the eye and I was hopefully into him. Frankie was a fantastic heroine. I loved seeing them get a shot at a second chance after a pretty disappointing try the first time around when they were younger. There was a lot of story packed into this one, but there’s still more to tell and I’m jonesing for the rest of it. It was cute, funny and romantic, but I need the ending for their story.

Holt’s Story (Meghan Quinn)
I usually love Meghan’s unique brand of humor, but I struggled to get into this story at first. I rolled my eyes through the first chapter or so because the boys were so … boys. Drunk boys at that. That said, I really ended up connecting with Holt and Harmony and their story once I got through the initial bumps. They were a really cute pairing. I enjoyed their banter. Unfortunately, it ended far too soon for my liking. It was a quick and sexy read, but not a complete story.

Dear Ava (Ilsa Madden-Mills)
Dealing with Ava’s sexual assault (though not on the page), this was the darkest of the stories in an otherwise fairly light anthology. I was also 1000% into the story. Ava’s attitude was a throwback to Nora’s in Very Bad Things, one of my favorite books by this author. Ava wasn’t here for anyone’s shit and I appreciated that. Knox got a little bit of a side-eye in the beginning, but I ended up falling for him pretty darn hard. This was another incomplete story though… and I need more.

About Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

About Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

About Teagan Hunter

I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 8-year-old Miniature Pinscher. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.

About Meghan Quinn

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She spends her days with two small kids, one neurotic cat, and one husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she’s not crafting a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.

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