Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Tour for Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of m/m romance will find themselves quickly caught up in all the angst of opposites attracting in this journey to HEA full of ups and downs.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Falling For the Player by Jessica Lee, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this scorching tale of reunited lovers make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 2-$5 Amazon GCs too!

Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop—and his life again—Patrick can't stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law student and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all.
Max Segreti has spent his entire life doing what his father wants. But when he runs into the hotter-than-hell player he’s never been able to forget, he’s not thinking about studying for the bar. A distraction is the last thing he needs, but after an encounter leaves him wanting more, Max embraces the chaos that Patrick brings…even as he knows it can’t last. They're too different to ever have a future together.


Jumping up, Patrick yanked his soaked shirt over his head.
Damn, that shit is hot!
“Oh, fuck!” Max grabbed the wet shirt and tried to soak up the remaining coffee dripping off Patrick’s skin. “God, this is my fault. I should have been more careful.” Then Max jerked his own T-shirt off and blotted Patrick’s chest with it, his expression twisted with concern. “Are you okay?"
He was fine. Not that Max would stand still and listen long enough to find out. Fuck, the guy was too adorable. Patrick was lucky the coffee had been Max’s heavily creamed version and so not hot enough to do any damage.
Patrick braced his hands on the other guy’s shoulders, trying to hold him in place, but it wasn’t working. “Max,” he called out to him.
“Do we need to get you to the ER?"
“I’m fine."
“Shit, Patrick, I--"
Seizing one of Max’s wrists, Patrick hauled him against his chest, bringing a halt to whatever else he’d been about to say. Max looked up, his eyes wide, stunned.
“I’m okay,” Patrick whispered. He couldn’t stop drinking in the other man’s features. Strands of Max’s dark hair had fallen forward onto his forehead. The guy had the most expressive dark blue eyes, with small flecks of amber around the pupil he hadn’t noticed until now. Patrick followed the bridge of the man’s perfectly straight nose lower to where it ended above the carved V of his mouth. Outside of his looks, Max was everything Patrick never went for, smart and obviously rich, judging by the expensive car and his big-ass condo. Back home, the only way he and Max’s type would have mixed would have been when he worked on their cars. Funny how his popularity as a football star placed him, for once, on the other side of the tracks. Someone who would soon be rolling in the big bucks. The pink tip of Max’s tongue appeared, momentarily short-circuiting Patrick’s train of thought as Max licked his full lower lip.
Patrick wasn’t sure who moved first, but the next thing he knew, he had his fist clenched in Max’s short, thick hair and his lips sealed against Max’s. A hard shudder of pleasure raced over him, and Patrick’s cock bucked against the confines of his zipper. Max groaned, his mouth roaming every inch of Patrick’s mouth, as if he couldn’t get enough. But Patrick matched his every move, unsure who needed the contact, the pleasure, more.




Fans of m/m romances will find this tale an entertaining read, a bit predictable at times, but one that will pull you into the angst-ridden connection between two men from very different worlds.  As Max and Patrick work through issues of self-esteem they also struggle with familial judgments that had me rooting for them every step of the way.

Max has always been the responsible one, always doing what others expect of him, until that one unforgettable night with a college football player on the cusp of fame.  It's a night where he let loose and indulged and it ruined him for any other man since.  Despite that one moment Max has stayed true to his graduating law school and keeping his orientation out of the public eye as his father desires.  A chance meeting with Patrick though reawakens old desires and takes them on a journey of desperation that has the differences in their incomes a major roadblock.  From the first page to the last Max remains sweet and kindhearted, only wanting to love and be loved by Patrick.  For so long his father has made the way he lives his life a dirty little secret and he's accepted it. Being with Patrick though inspires him to stand up for himself in a moment that had me cheering.

Patrick's always known he was bi-sexual and has sowed lots of wild oats throughout his college football career with each one less memorable than the last.  It's not until the night where he's feeling at his lowest that he meets the one man he's unable to forget.  The years since then have been unkind and left him a different man, one less self-assured in some ways except when it comes to his desire for Max.  Theirs is a combustible relationship that always feels as if it's on precarious footing with every erotic encounter feeling frantic.  Patrick's clearly a dominant, in and out of the bedroom, and the result is someone who's a bit touchy when it comes to money which leads to a big (and unnecessary) misunderstanding.  He's also a man weighed down by the pressures of raising his brother alone and anger at not living up to his expectations which left me heartbroken for all he's lost and rooting for Max to heal him.

On a whole this is the kind of romance you've seen before with obstacles that are predictable.  What saves this story is the main couple, who are far from perfect, but captured my attention nonetheless.  Their personalities may be different with their unequal socioeconomic statuses and natures but they're decadently delightful together as they burned up the pages.  Max is the calming influence with the positive outlook while Patrick is brooding and darkly sensual. I liked both of them but wish more time had been spent getting to know them on a more deeply personal level as their burgeoning relationship seemed to be all about sex.  Surrounding this combustible couple is a small cast of secondary characters who subtly influenced Max and Patrick's relationship.  From Max's supportive best friend to his judgmental father to Patrick's troubled younger brother these influences end up feeling stereotypical with roadblocks quickly resolved.  Ultimately this is a story that kept me fully invested in the HEA of two men who clearly make each other happier despite their differences and I recommend it for the warm fuzzies the conclusion left behind!

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jessica Lee is an EPIC eBook Award winner and international bestselling author of paranormal romance. She lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and son. In her former life, Jessica was a science geek and spent over twenty-five years as a nurse. But after the birth of her son, she left her medical career behind. During that transition, she discovered her passion for writing romance and has never looked back. Jessica Lee is currently published with Entangled Publishing and Resplendence Publishing. Plus she has several self published titles available.


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    1. TY for stopping by & for letting me be a part of this tour!

      The Scarf Princess

  2. Thank you so much for hosting and the lovely review! The updated BUY LINK is HERE:

    1. TY for stopping by and for your kind comment. I updated the buy link so everyone now knows where to go to get their hands on this scorching romance.

      The Scarf Princess