Book: The Playmaker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 18, 2016
Length: 188 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his teammates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.
Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.
Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter decides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some questionable positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the papers are two very different for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.
The Playmaker by Andrew Grey is the perfect RomCom. We have a big shot out football player, Hunter, and an organized, big hearted assistant, Monty.
Hunter may live his life as an out and proud football star but that hasn’t made life easier for him. He has secrets that threaten everything he loves.
Monty really is the strongest character in this book. He looks out for Hunter in a way no one ever has and where that may seem annoying Monty is anything but.
I adored Monty’s dialog with everyone he interacted with in this book. Whether it was his mom, sister, Hunter, Hunter’s teammates, or anyone; he was brilliant. In lots of ways Monty teaches Hunter that being strong isn’t just a physical thing.
Though Hunter makes some less than perfect decisions at points in this story he has no malicious intentions and he loves with his whole heart. Both of these characters were fleshed out wonderfully. I laughed and cried and really adored this story right to the end.
Andrew Grey is a versatile and fabulous writer and with The Playmaker we see a lighter side to his writing that’s filled with romance, strength, friendship, and growing up. This should absolutely be a book you read this year!
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