Part of a series? Yes, but it can be read as a standalone.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
In The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter, 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 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…?
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
This novella was a nice read. I will not remember it in a few weeks and I think some things aren’t explored enough, but I enjoyed reading The Billion Dollar Player. That’s the most important. 😉
Since it’s a novella, we can’t have the same expectations than when we read a novel. It’s something I sometimes have a hard time with, but since I’m reading more and more novellas it’s getting easier. That’s why I do think this novella could have been even better if only the romance would have been a little bit more shown instead of having chunks of time/weeks resumed. Because of this, I was kept at a distance and incidentally didn’t fully bought the romance. Though, it’s nice and I liked that both main characters couldn’t have enough of each other.
Also, I would have enjoyed if there would have been a little twist. Just one real twist to better anchor us to the main characters. There’s only one thing happening near the end that put the couple through a rough path, but I don’t really call it a twist and it’s something I saw coming miles away.
I think the characterization, while good enough to entertain us, isn’t polished to the point of making us feel, see and get the main characters. Their voice didn’t stand out all that much for me.
But still, I had a good time reading this book. It’s an easy read, fast paced and short. The writing is pretty much flawless, the descriptions are well-balanced with the rest of the story and I think the little glimpses of the team dynamic are well-brought.
If you’re looking for a novella featuring an athlete, I think this one could be for you. It’s perfect when you want na easy and quick read.