The Player Hater by Sara Ney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Touchdown for Sara Ney!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😕🤬🤯😎🥰
The Hero: Davis Halbrook – former NFL football player, he is now 33 years old and retired from the sport with a bad knee. He works in finance and helps a lot of athletes invest their money wisely to ensure they keep it into retirement. He is at the stage in his life where he wants a wife, kids, dog and home but is finding it hard to find women who like him for himself.
The heroine(s): Juliet – she is a school teacher who has been on a lot of bad dates and has taken a respite from dating due to not being able to find many genuine people that she could like to spend time with.
The Story: Juliet and Davis’ best friends Mia and Thad want to get to know each other’s best friends so they are comfortable spending time together as Mia and Thad get more serious. So the four of them go away together for a vacation weekend. Juliet expects to go to a tropical paradise but ends up camping in the woods.
Juliet also expects to hate Thad and possibly his friend Davis but finds both to be just regular guys (though much hotter). She also discovers that Thad is really in love with Mia, and not at all like the fakers and players she, herself has gone out with.
Sara Ney does great sports romance and I love her humor. This got downright hilarious at points and I nearly had an asthma attack from laughing so hard.
“My brain cannot seem to see reason. Whatever it is can’t get through the door, can it?”
“Do bears even know how to open doors? I swear I’ve seen videos of them waltzing into campers through the front door, but maybe those were circus bears and not bears born in the woods.”
I really liked the fact that Davis and Juliet get to know each other before things start to get steamy and though each of them acknowledges that they find each other attractive, nothing happens until they decide that they really enjoy each other and like the type of person that the other is. They both have been in bad relationships and are wary of fakers and players.