REVIEW: Southern Player by Jessica Peterson

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“If I can’t have good dick in real life, might as well have it in fiction.”

Back of the book blurb:

I’m looking for a hot hookup with no strings attached. And I want my older brother’s best friend to step up to the plate...

My dating history is lame. My experiences in bed? Even lamer. As the owner of a thriving business, I’m used to calling the shots. But one place I don’t always want to be in charge is in the bedroom.

Enter Luke Rodgers. My brother’s best friend. Former Major League baseball player. A guy who now hangs out on his farm, sweaty and shirtless, as he nurses a shoulder injury.

If the rumors are true, he also likes to work up a sweat behind closed doors. A total MVP in the sack.

Just the take charge guy I’m looking for.

With Luke and I, it’s game on. And it’s all good until Luke decides he wants forever, and he wants it with me.

I’m just not convinced I can trust Luke. Will he keep playing the field? Or is he really ready to hang up his cleats for good?

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: February 28, 2019

Available for Purchase:
Amazon (Will update when pre-order starts!)

My rating:

            First, thank you Jessica Peterson and Social Butterfly PR for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

            This is my first novel by Jessica Peterson and I definitely have mixed feelings, as you can tell by the 3-star rating (which is quite rare for me). I really like Jessica’s writing style—it’s fearless and strong and empowering. However, at some points it just became too much and ended up feeling forced and far too cheesy.

            Southern Player is a novel filled with heat, heat, and some more heat with a side of romance that will definitely fill your heart to the brim.

“Intensity is the key to a good fuck.”

            There’s something refreshing about a book that is strictly about sex. Clearly, a lot of what I read is porn with a plot (and I am not ashamed of admitting that). But, Southern Player is basically porn and that’s about it. There’s an underlying romance weaved throughout the novel, of course, but mainly, Southern Player deals with exploring your wild side during sex.

            It can be refreshing, yet there’s still a fine line between that porn being entertaining and that porn being cheesy and too much. Jessica seemed to straddle that line a little too much for me. At some points, I was just like… good lord, can we come up with something else? Like, give me a good angst-ridden subplot or something! (This could also because I’m still coming down from my Kandi Steiner book hangover… so…)

“I’d never date Gracie unless I could do right by her. Unless I could be the stand-up man she wants and deserves.”

            It’s cute when a guy wants to go all soft and sweet for a girl he really likes, and even though Luke could be fire in the bedroom, whenever he talked about Grace and how much he liked her, I just wanted to roll my eyes. Like I said before, the line between cheesy and romantic is so fine and Southern Player fell into the cheesy side a little too much.

“This is not going to end well, a voice inside my head warns.”

            There was a little bit of angst, after all. I mean, what else would you expect when one person thinks they just want sex while the other person knows they’re in it for the long haul? It was my favorite part! I thought this part was executed so well and I really wish there had been more… seriousness for lack of a better term. It was so light and fluffy and then a small portion was a little darker and I loved it.

            Southern Player might’ve been a bit of a miss for me, but I look forward to reading more of Jessica Peterson’s work because truly, her writing is fantastic!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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