Series: Red Lipstick Coalition
on October 11th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.
I should have known it was only a game.
I should have known he was too good to be true.
He’s nothing but a player…
Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is LIVE!
Player is one of those super fun and super sexy reads that will have you signing up for swing dance lessons and paying uber close attention to the band – searching for your very own heartthrob musician. But seriously, the second in Staci Harts “Red Lip Stick Coalition” features the vibrant Valerie and fellow musician sexy Sam, a man who she shares an unexpected and amazing connection with. The dialogue is built on some fabulous banter between these two that will make you giggle and blush, and being in Sam’s head , for the most part, will make you swoon.
You’ll know from the blurb that there will be some heartache, but the journey these two take is oh so sweet. As the story takes off we get to know a bit about Val and the issues with her body hold her back in the dating world. Regardless of size this alone makes Val totally relatable. Sam is that ultra handsome guy that everyone crushes on and we’ve all experienced being one of the numbers there. But what I love is that Val musters up the courage to approach Sam and is floored to find him giving her some attention:
“He’d touched my hand. He’d smiled at me. He knew my name. And in my book, that was a win regardless of how much drool it had taken me to get there.”
Now Val is not entirely unconfident, in fact I think she’s rather courageous. She receives Sam’s attentions for what they are and even pushes her comfort levels and shines. For Sam’s part, I loved how he reasons through his ever changing feelings and opinions of Val:
“I was an aficionado of women; I admired them, valued them, appreciated them always. And there was a lot to appreciate about Val.”
I found that once things started rolling between these two I was so immersed and life outside of Player ceased to exist. I just got so caught up in them and what they were experiencing – all the good and bad. The story is perfectly paced and time with the Val and Sam captivated me.
I absolutely adore this series and the most I get to know the ladies, through the way Val reports back to them on Sam and their general input her life, I like them more and more. I really excited for next installment and can’t recommend this enough!
~Review by Cyndi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First of all, I have to say how much I enjoyed how aptly named this book is; not only does Sam play instruments, but he’s a “player”. But that is not what drew me in. Just like with every other Hart book, I always look at what underlying messages and themes come across. There were so many times when I felt as though there was a comparison with this story and the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast”. Why you ask? Because the player facade was a mask, almost beast-like because it kept Sam from his heart. And in come Val, our sweet Belle, with a tenacity to rival and heart to bring even the most stoic to his knees.
But this wouldn’t be a Staci Hart book if she didn’t throw in a few twists to make you think and feel more. Like how sometimes good intentions without communication can lead you to a self-made hell or how often times we’ll excuse the behavior of people we’ve known for a lifetime, not wanting to believe that the facade they wear really covers an uglier inside.
But the best part about this book is how Hart reminds us that things are never black and white. The facade Sam hides behind as romantically untouchable? Yeah, his heart yearns just like ours. Val being a quiet, introverted woman with great insecurities? She is also just as feisty with a mean set of lady balls. And other black hearts in the twists in turns of this plot? Those are also broken sad people hiding behind the hurt.
I think it goes without saying that I find Hart’s writing to be thoughtful, well-paced, and intelligent. And that is why I will always jump at a chance to read her books.
~Review by Loredana
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About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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