Review – Team Player: A Christmas Anthology


Team Player: A Christmas Anthology
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: December 14, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon


Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick…. book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…


🏒 SIN BIN by Mandi Beck 🏒 [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

Sin Bin was my first taste at Mandi Beck’s beautiful writing style and all I can say is that I am hooked! Seriously if her full length stories are anything like this short novella then I cannot wait for more. Jason is a sexy NHL star with a swoon worthy smile that will melt the panties off of any gal. Enter Stella. She’s a no-nonsense kind of gal who refuses to take crap from no one. Let me just say that things get a little hot and heavy one night in the sin bin (pun fully intended) and six months later Jason gets the surprise of a lifetime. Get ready for the sweet dose of drama that’s about to come your way.

🏂 YARD SALE by Charleigh Rose 🏂 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

“When a skier or snowboarder eats it on the slopes and loses all of their gear. If a skier loses his skies, poles, hat, googles, and anything else, shout “YARD SALE” from the ski lift above him.”

Yard Sale features a cocky pro snowboarder, Cam, and a sweet out-of-towner, Mollie. What they thought was going to be a one-night stand turns out to be something so much more when they suddenly get the surprise of a lifetime. Charleigh Rose has once again captivated me with her one of a kind characters, even throwing in some old characters you might recognize if you’ve read her latest release, Bad Habit.This was a quick one sitting read and let me just say that I loved every second of it! I’m really hoping that these two reappear in Charleigh Rose’s next release in the Bad Love series!

SWEEPING THE SERIES by Kate Stewart ⚾ [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Sweeping the Series was my very first Kate Stewart read. I can’t believe that I haven’t picked up one of her stories in the past. This story instantly drew me in and I found myself totally in love with our leads, Ren and Erica. Upon finishing their story, I discovered that this was actually part of the author’s Balls in Play series (totally have to read these ones ASAP)! This novella (although I think it could be considered a short full-length story) was a sweet second chance romance filled with a ton of witty banter, humor and lets not forget the sexual tension between these ex-lovers turned client/PR rep turned lovers again. Get ready for some hot and steamy chemistry between these two!

🏀 FULL COURT PRESS by Kennedy Ryan 🏀 [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

Full Court Press is only my second experience with Kennedy Ryan’s writing style and I have to say that I FLOVED every single moment of this emotionally captivating novella. You know what they say about first impressions…Lets just say that Avery and Decker’s was one for the books. Fast-forward 10 years later. These two have had their highs and their lows, but one thing is for sure…the undeniable attraction is still there. Although their story is short, you will still experience all the FEELS. If you are on the search for a slow burning romance, then this is the one for you!

🏒 SLAPPED INTO LOVE by Rochelle Paige 🏒 [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Slapped into Love was my first experience with a Rochelle Paige story. This novella was super sweet and essentially a one-night stand turned second chance romance. We’ve got two pro athletes, a NHL player and an Olympic speed skater, who skates their way right into our hearts. The chemistry between Ryan and Tamara comes in with a bang and settles deep within our souls. It may have initially taken me a moment to get into this story, but once I did I couldn’t get enough of these two!

📣 OUT OF FORMATION by Ella Fox 📣 [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

Out of Formation was yet another great story from Ella Fox! I loved the concept of the novella, but I felt that things were slightly rushed due to the length. I must say that I would really love if this one was extended to a full length story one day because I really connected with Elena and Colin. If you love a good friends to lovers romance then you should check this one out!

🏒 BACK IN THE GAME by Meghan Quinn 🏒 [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

Back in the Game was an absolutely amazing read and I couldn’t help but devour every single word. The author did a phenomenal job hitting us with her hilariously funny humor in such a short and sweet novella. Calder is a sexy NHL player, but he’s really known as Wanda (if you want to find out what that means then you should totally pick up this anthology). Every great hero needs his own beautiful heroine…enter Rachel, a sassy kindergarten teacher. BUT WAIT! We can’t forget about sweet little Shea (Calder’s 5-year-old daughter). She is truthfully the star of the story even though she only has a few scenes. Get ready for some feel good “falling on the floor” laughable moments!

ONE GOOD MAN by Emma Scott ⚽ [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

One Good Man certainly came with a few unexpected surprise. The biggest having to be that the story was set in Paris, France in the 1970s. Janey dreams of being a hard hitting reporter, but of course she is set in the path of Adrian, a cocky soccer star who turns out to have a soft side. This novella was sweet, lovable and chock full of emotions. These two will capture you whole body and soul right from the very first page. Make sure to take time and check out this beautiful tearjerker read.

SWITCH HITTER by Sara Ney ⚾ [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Switch Hitter was one of my most anticipated reads in this anthology, so I was super excited to dive in, but I paced myself and saved it for the very end. I am so glad that I waited because this was truly a perfect end to the #DreamTeam! Where to start? Amelia Ryan’s twin sister, Lucy, gets this bright idea for the two of them to switch places during a date with Dash Amado, the catcher of the college’s baseball team. Suddenly, the disinterested Dash finds himself falling for the new and improved “Lucy.” As much as I adored this novella, I was so sad that it wasn’t a full-length story (although the story did have a beginning, middle and end) because I FLOVED these two. OMG! Bring on JOCK ROW!!!

🏈 THE END ZONE by L.J. Shen 🏈 [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

The End Zone is a hot and sexy friends to lovers romance with just a splash of fake relationship tossed in for good measure. This novella features two childhood best friends who couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Seriously these two have that undeniable chemistry that leaps right off the pages! Jolie is the sweet gal who has admired her best friend from afar since she climbed out of her bedroom window that fateful night and Sage is the kind of man that puts the ‘ho’ in manwhore. If you’re on the search for a sexy romantic comedy with a little bit of sass that’ll leave you laughing and swooning all at the same time then this is the book for you!

🥊 CROSS by Adriana Locke 🥊 – not included in ARC copy 😭

About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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About Adriana Locke

A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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About Mandi Beck

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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About Emma Scott

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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About Charleigh Rose

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the kind of taboo, thought-provoking stories we love to read-without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, gritty novels that will leave you craving more.

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About Ella Fox

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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About Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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About Meghan Quinn


Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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About Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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About Rochelle Paige

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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