Tempting the Player [Gamble Brothers #2] by J. Lynn

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2012
Entangled Brazen
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he’ll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it’s going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love.

Public Relations nightmare Chad Gamble is on the brink of losing his contract with the Nationals. Between his drinking antics and his womanizing prowess, the only thing that could save him now is to show the media, the public and his team that he could change. Enter Bridget – the unsuspecting bystander blackmailed to help Chad clean up his act. Bribery and blackmail. This is not going to end well. But heck, the road to hell is paved with…steamy base plays and a series of grand slams [wink, wink, nudge nudge].
I’ve always looked forward to Jennifer’s endeavor out of the YA and into Adult Romance. How could I not? I just know that she’s going to excel in writing some pretty steamy scenes. I have to admit that Tempting the Best Man was a bit of a let-down for me but I wasn’t ready to give up.  
Thank goodness I didn’t. I liked this one better than the above mentioned book. I think she worked out the kinks from her debut as an adult fiction writer. The first book was just okay; it wasn’t mind blowing but it wasn’t bad either. Both books are fast reads as books from this genre tend to be. I have to mention that there were some hair-raising, cringe-worthy scenes at the beginning. The pick-up schtick at the bar was, er, a cheese-fest.  
The base of a great romance book is always about chemistry and these two sure had plenty of it. I do miss the snark between her characters though. They had some banters but it wasn’t the signature Jen we’ve come to love. But maybe I’m being unfair. I’m sure any author would be annoyed too if her characters were compared to the ones from her other books. It’s called giving them their own personalities and I have no idea why I’m complaining. Sorry.
Plot-wise, I think her story is plausible enough. In a perfect world, Bridget would tell Ms. Gore to shove her proposal where the sun didn’t shine. Or any other woman wouldn’t even think twice about hooking up with the hottest baseball player to ever play the majors. I guess her reasons were a combination of both: curiosity about the Gamble brother and her wanting to keep her reputation intact. It certainly made for an entertaining read. 
This book was fun and sexy and everything you’d be looking to in a romance book. It had enough of happy mixed in with a bit of sad. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, this one is a must-add-on to your shelves.
  • I was a little disappointed by the first book too, Joy. Glad to hear this one was better. Great review. 🙂

  • I would like to pick up Tempting the Best Man sometime soon and to be honest I somehow missed that she even released this one. I know what you mean by expecting something from characters but it is the twist that sometimes makes them 😀 Great review!!

  • I definitely want to take a closer look at these books, so I'm glad you liked the second one a bit more. 🙂 Definitely sounds like it could be quite a hot read. 😉