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Player's Ultimatum by Koko Brown
Series: Hands Off #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Interracial
Yvonne Floyd is willing to do anything for her childhood friend, Robbie Gutierrez – even pose as his fiancée until he can land a lucrative soccer contact in exchange for him paying off her student loans. Easy, right? Wrong! Yvonne did not count on quickly falling head-over-heels in love with Robbie’s teammate, Paolo Saito.
Paolo Saito is a famous football (soccer) player in the European league. He has some misguided anger towards Robbie because he replaced a friend of his on the team. And, to make matters worse, Paolo is sexually attracted to Yvonne, Robbie’s fiancée. What better revenge against Robbie than to seduce Yvonne from right under his feet. But, Paolo’s plan backfires when he develops deeper feelings for her. Will Paolo continue with his vengeance against Robbie or will he try to win Yvonne’s heart?
I am on the fence about Player’s Ultimatum. On one end of the spectrum, I really adored the concept of doing a non-harmful favor for a friend where both parties enter the bargain willingly. However, on the flipside, there were times where I did not like Paolo and Yvonne’s characters very much. Yvonne’s sense of loyalty is a big issue for me. There are times where her control just flies out the window, putting her friend’s career in danger and leaving me saying “what the hell”. And, to add fuel to the fire, Paolo comes across as alpha-type male jerk that I would have kicked to the curb. Nevertheless, the chemistry between Paolo and Yvonne is electrifying and develops at a non-forceful, steady pace. The sex is mega hot. Ms. Brown does an incredible job of introducing readers to the world of soccer. I felt like I was actually sitting in the stands watching the game.