Title: To Win Her Trust
Author: Mackenzie Crowne
Series: Players #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?
Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
This book was sweet and sexy and so satisfying, like a verbal cuddle after a hard day. I have read and enjoyed the first book in this series, but I think you could easily read this as a standalone without missing too much.
I really liked both CC and Tuck. CC has so many problems – all of them understandable – yet she’s also smart and talented and a lot stronger than she thinks she is. I loved how much she changed and blossomed under Tuck’s support and attention. She was great to read about – even if I could see the way things were bound to go from a long way out.
As for Tuck… well, wow. On paper he seems like a complete jerk and his weird best friend rivalry that cropped up with Jake in the last book definitely didn’t make me much of a fan, but in this book – all bets are off. This guy is gorgeous and a definite keeper. Yes, he’s a player and a flirt and has something of an ego, but the way he takes care of CC is just wonderful. I loved how things played out between them whether it was sweet, sensual or sexy – these two make the best team.
I also really liked catching glimpses of characters from the last book – not to mention hints for the next one. The dogs were fun too, even if Walter isn’t quite as crazy as Murphy.
So if you’re looking for something to brighten your day with a nice amount of heat, two characters who are made for each other, plenty of friendly teasing and a bit of canine fun, this book has all of that and more. The sports side of things doesn’t really come up this time, but the characters are good enough to make up for any potential disappointment there. I cannot wait to read the next one, because if it’s anything like the rest of the series so far I am going to love it.
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