Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone or Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: September 1, 2017
POV: First person POV from the hero
Source: Publisher (Inkslinger PR)
Rating: 4 STARS
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Are you a fan of friends to lovers, childhood friends, hilarious sports romance? Grab Most Valuable Playboy as soon as you can. It is a complete standalone and a fast-paced read but capable to make you swoon and put a smile on your face way after you finish reading!
Cooper is a hot, handsome, starting quarterback whose career is starting to take off and Violet is a hairstylist who owns a salon. They’ve been friends since they were kids for more than twenty years. They care for each other and always have been there when each one of them needed a help, well, until one event forced him to question his feeling for her. Having been friends for a long time has brought him to the fear that she doesn’t feel the same.
The event turns out to be more serious which could affect both of their careers which leads them to have no choice but pretending that their relationship is more than friends. Neither both of them is ready that their pretend relationship will affect their friendship and everyone around them.
One thing I’ve learned is that Lauren Blakely is one of the best authors when it comes to the male point of views. She always knows how to bring the dialogs to life and make the heroes easy to connect with, which was exactly how I felt with this story. I enjoyed Cooper’s point of views and could feel the dilemma he was in. His inner voices made laugh, smile, and swoon. Other than the fact that he was married to football, he was overall a great man—an awesome son to his mother and a fantastic friend to those who knew him. He was charming and hard worker—the kind of man that could get any woman he wanted.
The way he treated his mom was one of my favorites. I loved how sweet and thoughtful he was to his mom. The dynamic of their relationship was fantastic. He won me over when he called his mom first out of anybody when he got a good news and even thought of buying her a new house when he was celebrating his success. The way he saw women and treated them made me swoon!
I also loved the bromance between him and his teammates. I enjoyed their banter, humor, and support they showed to one another. Lauren Blakely not only brought me to the world of football players (their dreams, struggles, and determinations) but also the world surrounding them (the relationship between the players and their coaches plus agents, which showed that the author did an incredible research. They were all entertaining.
The writing was fast paced but it captured all the important things for me to enjoy. It focused on two things only, the main character’s dilemmatic relationship and the inner conflicts of football players, but the whole story was very well-written. The plot line was not original but the dialogs were rich, refreshing, entertaining, and believable.
The only downside was my connection with the heroine. Since it was told purely from Cooper’s POV, I lost the connection I hoped I would have with Violet. It was like a touch-and-go kind of feeling and it frustrated me. I was hoping to connect with her deeper than I did. Her character almost felt one dimensional to me and it was hard to BE her and relate to her at times.
Overall, Most Valuable Playboy is a great story filled with awesome humor and great banter. If you are a fan of fast-paced, light-hearted, not too angsty, friends to lovers, and sports romance, you will enjoy this book. 😊