Tempting the Player by J. Lynn

I have determined that my favorite kinds of audiobooks are those with both a male and female narrator. When it’s just the one over the other I find that female narrators tend to go way too deep with the male voices, whereas male narrators make the female leads sound all breathy and whiny. Unfortunately, this book falls into the latter category.

What’s it About?


Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he’ll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it’s going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love.

First Impressions

These two have perfected the art of dancing around not only their feelings for each other, but also their sexual relationship. The entire novel is basically a do-si-do of slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Upon first meeting they are quick to go back to his place where it doesn’t take long for Chad to bring Bridget to the ultimate pleasure point. However, it’s when he’s in the bathroom cleaning up that she gets intimidated over the concept of dating a player, so she flees.


When they reunite some time later, and Bridget is basically blackmailed by Chad’s publicist to date the player, she consistently puts a hold on any moment of sexual tension between them. It takes a loooooong time before they do anything intimate again, and it’s only because Chad says enough is enough. Let’s do this! When they do come together they definitely do it right, but it was a frustrating build-up to finally get there.

Contractual Lovers

As the story progresses, you quickly realize that it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong between our contractual lovers here. After all, after so much build-up for them to finally end up in bed together, something’s gotta go wrong! In this instance, they have a pretty large spat over a minuscule misunderstanding which could have been resolved soooo easily!!! So frustrating.


At one point during this large spat between them, Bridget thinks/complains to herself, “He won’t even listen to me for 2 seconds to explain myself!” In this instance, there was literally zero exaggeration. In the span of 2 seconds, Bridget could have resolved their entire argument, but instead she chooses to keep her mouth shut, and let Chad walk out the door in a hissy fit. Yes, he was being a whiny little douche who jumped to conclusions, but the fact that Bridget didn’t just yell out the truth at the top of her lungs made me more annoyed with her than with our temper tantrum throwing Chad.

Series: Gamble Brothers, book 2.

Should you read it? Definitely has it’s frustrating moments, but also some sexy ones thrown in there too.

Smut Level: At one point Chad reaches his breaking point, and decides there’s no point waiting anymore when they both obviously want it so bad. Gotta love he comes to this realization when they’re in a dressing room.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Entangled: Brazen. 304 Pages.



One thought on “Tempting the Player by J. Lynn

  1. I feel the same way as you about the voices in audiobooks. Sometimes I burst out laughing inappropriately because of a female narrator trying to do a baritone or a male narrator sounding a little too girlish. It’s a great option to have an audiobook but in the perfect world I’m reading.


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