Title: The Billion Dollar Player
Author: Mandy Baxter
Series: Billionaire's Club, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 4th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s always had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…
Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?
The Billion Dollar Player is the second book in the Billionaire's Club series by Mandy Baxter (Amanda Bonilla).
Jase Blackwell, also known Billion Dollar Blackwell is a pro-football player. Having money hasn’t help his career; people think he got to where he is because he bought his way in and not because of his talent, for that reason he has to work harder than anybody else. Lately his game is way off, he needs to improve and soon, if doesn’t want to be warming up the bench in the following games.
Football players are very superstitious and Jase thinks he only needs to find his good luck charm before his next game and everything will be well afterwards.
During at party at a friend’s house Jase crosses paths with Avery Lockhart; as soon as he sees her he knows she’s his luck charm. The only problem is Avery is not there to have fun; she’s working as a waitress and she’s not interested in him.
Avery likes that she caught Jase’s attention, but she knows how football players are, they take it and leave it, and the last think she wants is to be another notch in his bedpost; but Jase is very persistent and after couple of days she succumbs to Jase’s charms.
Something that started as a fling soon becomes more, but insecurities and meddling forces will test their commitment.
I really liked Jase, he’s sweet, he’s down to earth and he’s honest. I liked how he was with Avery and I liked that he accepted her how she was, with all her issues and insecurities… but he did something almost at the end of the story so ungentlemanly and out of character that made like him a bit less. What did he do? If you don’t want a mild spoiler don’t read this and skip to next paragraph. Jase and Avery had a fight; she left a party (far from her house) without her purse. Jase went after her, he found her walking on the street, without shoes, he tried to talk to her, it didn’t work and he left her there and went back to the party, he didn’t went back to party, but still, he left her in the middle of the road, with no shoes, no money, nothing. He didn’t take care of her or made sure she had a way to get home safe. He could have called a taxi, bring her purse back or asked one of his friends to take her home, he did nothing. #bigfail
Now let’s talk about Avery. I have problems with insecure heroines and she’s the epitome of an insecure woman. She doubts everything Jase does and says because she doesn’t feel worthy of his attention and even less his love. Her inner “How a man like him can love a woman like her?” got on my nerves, and because of her insecurities after she hears something -from a drunk-third-party- about Jase instead of talking to him, he believes the drunk and all hell breaks loose. Of course, this is a romance, so things get fine at the end, but I can’t help but feel this won’t be their last fight because of her issues.
One thing I liked about Avery was her witty humor, so not everything was negative about her.
Avery and Jase chemistry is off the charts. The smexy moments are hot-hot-hot! Another thing I liked about them was their banter; it was really fun to watch.
The Billion Dollar Player is a well-written, sexy, fun and entertaining short story. The Billion Dollar Player is more a sport romance than a billionaire book. So, don’t let the billion in the title refrain you from reading it.
I’m looking forward to next book in the series, Rocked by the Billionaire. Rocked by the Billionaire will be Jase’s brother, Luke "Lucifer" Blackwell’s book and it’ll be released on December 2nd.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Billionaire Cowboy
The Billion Dollar Player (November 4th)
Rocked by the Billionaire (December 2nd)
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