Series: #1 Series
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Rating: 3.5 / 5
ARC provided for an honest review.
Lila Callan had an unconventional upbringing—unavoidable when your mother owns a brothel. But while she’d inherited some of her parents’ ‘wacky and offbeat’, she was also strong, independent and incredibly intelligent. The fact she was tall, beautiful and blond was a bonus she never really cared to exploit. She wasn’t uptight; it’s just that long term was more her thing, with zero interest in one-night stands.
Until she met Ryan York and then she isn’t so sure.
Blindingly good looking.
Infectious sense of humor.
And charm for days.
Ryan York was movie star material.
Except that he wasn’t.
He’d turned his back on the idea of hitting the big time, more content with being Eric Larsson’s—his best friend who was a movie star—right-hand man. Despite his laid-back persona, he was a guy who could get stuff done. And women lined up to be done by Ryan. He did not have a problem with that. Not. At. All.
Except his magical panty dropping powers didn’t seem to extend to the lovely Lila. And she wasn’t sure if she was going to teach the #1 player a new game, or find one herself.
One way or another, they were both getting naked.
#1 Player by Tina Gephart is not as ridiculously hilarious as #1 Crush, but I still enjoyed it!
I have been looking forward to getting to know Ryan York ever since I read about him in No. 1 Crush. He didn’t disappoint at all because his comedic timing is on point that had me chuckling the most. He’s not as crazy as I expected but still very entertaining. And it’s undeniable that there’s something charismatic and magnetic about him!
I will admit that I got to know Lila more than Ryan since this story was written only through her POV. Lila knows she’s confused, she acknowledges the fact that her hook ups with Ryan is not going to head up to serious-ville. She’s a woman with no pretenses and I loved these sides about her. A force to be reckoned with when it came down to elevating her career as well and I adored Ryan for helping her get there! Lila’s POV got a repetitive the first half but that didn’t bother me much.
This is a friends-with-benefits to lovers story. And if there’s one thing that kind of got me on a limbo with the development of this trope was the friendship aspect. I just needed a bit of a validation and a more solid past between these two to say that they were indeed friends before everything turned into something more. It felt they were just acquaintances which to me is far off from being real friends.
A little past the second half, the plot headed to a clearer direction and the tension and chemistry started to rise. The characters got to know each other better too. And Tina Gephart’s writing became more amusing and engaging. I am a glutton for conflicts surrounding around wrong assumptions, or “misplaced” feelings and I was so glad that No. 1 Player rallied on this. Romantic comedy with bits of heartache? Absolutely, this book had it!
#1 Player had undertones of #1 Crush. Slightly predictable but very sweet with all the gooey feels towards the end. Light read with a lot of flirting and of course scorching sexy times. Fans of Tia Monroe and Eric Larsson from #1 Crush will enjoy this second installment too. And I am excited to reconnect with and know more about this string of hot men!