REVIEW: The Player by Claire Contreras

Author: Claire Contreras
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.

From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.

I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

This was my first Claire Contreras book and I have to admit that I was absolutely stunned by the way she wrote this story. It’s funny, kind of poetic but packs so much emotion.

Warren “War Zone” Silva is the god of pro football. Like David Beckham level. Not only he’s very good at his game, hell it’s his life, but he’s also loaded, and beds every woman he wants. And he’s not sorry about it. One trip back to his hometown in New York in the name of Camila Avila changes everything for him. Camila Avila is the complete opposite of Warren. Her student loans are sky-high, her relationship with her family is tainted and she has no time for Warren’s chase. But someone like him couldn’t be ignored and soon Camila finds herself agreeing to go out with Warren. Only, time is ticking for him to come back to Manchester where his life is.

I really liked how early Claire set Warren and Camila’s chemistry in the story. It was instant for Warren, yes, and his main goal was to get her in his bed. But Claire balanced it out with Camila’s persistence to not let Warren get his way with her. For one, she doesn’t even know he’s famous or he is for that matter. And two, Camila didn’t like that Warren was one of the stockholders of the building she’s living in and that will be abolished because of their urban development plans. I loved Camila’s character in the beginning of the story. She’s simple, observant, strong, smarta$$ and can perfectly resist Warren’s charm—thank you very much. I liked that she didn’t just give in to him instantly. Like she really let him sweat it out. And I totally admired her for that. However, she turned to be so confusing to me towards the end. And I ended up just saying “okay not bad, but not very good either”.

As for Warren, I know I’m in the minority when I say he’s just meh for me. There was a trigger in the beginning that clued me in as to how he’d be for the duration of the story. Sure, he’s driven, unapologetic bastard who gets his way every time but there’s really something about him that rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe because he blatantly told Camila his end game? And that pissed me off to no end. I know that’s pretty expected but still, personal preference.

For the story itself, I was impressed that it had everything. The broken family (parents) ties of the characters, the presence of their siblings and the secondary characters and the writing that gave it more depth that I’d have expected. The book was hot in all the right places, had the football thing and fame that came with it down pat, nothing was rushed nor dragged out and ended wonderfully in a do-over kind of way.