Book 2, The Player
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Money, power, prestige…trouble. Dax Coulter is The Player.
Forget prodigal son, forget black sheep. Most of the Coulter family would just as soon disown Dax for his bad boy, womanizing ways. But, with his career in jeopardy and the Coulter legacy on the line, he needs to turn it all around. Too bad the one person who can help him, has legs for miles, curves for days…and is his best friend’s little sister. For once he can focus on the game and not on her body, right?
Asha Wix is used to following all the rules. And with a family like hers that isn’t easy. To succeed, she needs to eat, breathe, and sleep football. But when she’s given the chance to change the reputation of league bad boy, Dax Coulter, she sees a chance to shine. Too bad, the sexy bad boy has her thinking about breaking all the rules.
Dax and Asha come together in this story about the mis understood "black sheep" of the family and the good girl trying to stand on her own, a well written story
Love and insecurities ...
Where do I even begin ... I loved the underlying themes in this book. Both Dax and Asha have feelings of inadequacy (whether real or not). In addition, both seem to be loners with different methods of coping. In Asha's case, she tends to become bitchy and alienate others. Dax, on the otherhand, goes out of his way to be the life of the party, even though he's not really digging it. As book 2 in this series, I see a prevailing theme of the main characters not trusting themselves and feeling as if they don't measure up to expectations. I wonder if this theme will carry through to the rest of the series and if the parents and grandparents realize that they have reinforced this negative self doubt.
It was nice to see Bryce and Tami's wedding and the positive reinforcement when Bryce asked Dax to be his best man. Dax had doubts about Bryce's reasoning and it was nice to see them discuss it and see the positive impact the conversation had on Dax. Since Dax hasn't had much positive feedback from anyone besides Asha, it was nice to see someone he loves and respects provide some.
Gramps needs a little work with his tact, but I guess that's true for many in real life. I just can't believe he gets away with saying some of the things he says. I realize he's old school, but come on. And what is really going on with Brent? Only time (and more books) will tell.
Good Football Romance
I love a good sports romance and Nana Malone did not disappoint. This is book 2 in her "The Player" series. Dax Coulter is a newly drafted football player trying to make a name for himself and shed both his bad boy image and his family, especially his grandfather's sports legacy. Asha Wix is the daughter of a football legend and sister to a newly drafted great football playing brother who also happens to be Dax's best friend. Asha is also trying to make a name for herself and get out of the shadows of her dad and brother and so working in PR for the same team Dax is on seems like the perfect opportunity. When Dax and Asha are paired for a new PR initiative sparks fly between the two though they both try very hard to resist. Asha because she's by the book and wants to be taken seriously by keeping everything at work professional and Dax because Asha is his best friend's little sister. I loved reading about how these two, especially Asha, finally let loose and decided to be all in with their relationship. Short of a couple misunderstandings between these two, they both helped one another be seen as an individual to their families and ultimately succeed more than they thought they could. I really enjoyed this football romance and am looking forward to seeing which Coulter is up next in this series.