Book Review


Title: Player

Author: Sean Ashcroft

Release Date: May 5, 2018



“I want you to be my boyfriend. For like three weeks.”

Tennis player Isaac Hudson isn’t gay, but when a photograph of him kissing another man makes its way to social media, he doesn’t have the heart to correct the speculation and disappoint all the people it means so much to. Still recovering from a shoulder injury, he decides to play the part and enlists the help of his childhood best friend to be his temporary boyfriend.

Julian has been in love with Isaac since they were kids. Knowing his friend was off-limits helped him keep his feelings hidden, but now that he’s supposed to pretend to date him…

Well, things are getting a little tricky in the feelings department. 

After a few surprisingly intimate dates, it becomes obvious that Isaac is less interested in faking it and more interested in trying it.

Throw in a few steamy moments, and soon enough, Isaac finds himself falling into bed with his best friend.

But can Isaac figure out his feelings in time to see what’s right in front of him? Or will his player past come back to haunt him and take away his best chance at happiness?

Player is a stand-alone gay romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It does, however, contain: boys kissing, more than one tennis-related injury, the sexy application of various ointments, a Lego car, explicit sex scenes, a heart-shaped tennis trophy, and true love conquering all.



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60AFC217-1BAD-41DC-B161-46555D38DDF7Julian and Isaac are perfect together!

Love this story about two childhood best friends who wind up back in each other’s lives after Julian sees a pic all over his Twitter feed of his “straight” friend kissing a guy at a bar.

Although they were the best of friends growing up, somewhere along the way they’d lost contact with one another. Isaac has been pursuing a successful tennis career, so anyone could agree that the amount of practice, dedication, and travel would take up a considerable amount of his everyday life.

Julian is the sweetest guy who has secretly pined for Isaac most of his life. I couldn’t help but think how frustrating and kinda sad that must be knowing those feelings will never be reciprocated.

But c’mon, this is a Sean Ashcroft novel! There’s always a happily ever after!

What I do love about all of Sean’s books is that his characters jump right in—head and heart first—whether or not they think it’s the smartest thing to do. There’s plenty of inner conflict with all the feels, which make his guys somewhat vulnerable and extremely lovable.

This book had it all—sexy, sweet characters, an easy storyline, and just the right amount of angst. It was well-written and editing top notch. Easily a five star read for me! 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾

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Lisa Cullinan

I’m a book blogger, editor, PA, graphic art maker, and a crazy, avid reader!

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