What they say: 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 pretence, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together…or in love.
What I say: Chad Gamble is a whole load of raunchy and may have just become my new favourite Gamble brother...!
In the first Gamble brothers book, J Lynn introduces us to Chase's older brother Chad. Not much info is given about Chad other than he looks like Chase (i.e. very hot) and is pretty much a man-whore. Tempting the Player focuses on Chad and Bridget (Maddie's friend and assistant from book 1).
The premise of this instalment is that of a fake relationship becoming a real one (if Bridget and Chad can get their acts together). Bridget and Chad are obviously extremely attracted to each other, but Bridget has been burnt in the past and doesn't trust Chad and his player ways. It doesn't help that they are effectively forced together (Bridget is blackmailed into pretending to be his girlfriend to counter his player image) and that they initially meet in a secret kink club which Bridget rather unwillingly ends up in.
Chad has never had a real relationship. He's a rich, handsome, major league baseball player, who can have any and every girl he desires and has always been anti-commitment and settling down. Like Chase in book 1, Chad is also scarred by memories of his unfaithful father and is tormented by the idea of becoming like him.
Tempting the Player is a lot more raunchy than Tempting the Best Man, Chad is a naughty, naughty boy. Initially more reserved, Bridget eventually loosens up (a certain driving scene springs to mind)! As with Maddie, Bridget is easy to forgive her very alpha male Gamble brother. I did think at times that Bridget gave in too easily and fell in love very fast (the sex must have been awesome). I like my heroine's to be strong willed and make the hero work for their love. That's not to say Bridget was a pushover, because she definitely wasn't (she worked hard to keep Chad's ego in check). I just would have liked to have seen Chad work harder for forgiveness (he did utter the words "It's disgusting" at one point)!
The eldest Gamble brother, Chandler's story is out later this year (I'm thinking it may include a certain bossy publicist) and I cannot wait. I am officially hooked on the Gamble brothers!
4 Stars in My Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- "I'm at my brother's house. Isn't family time a good thing?" There was an audible huff. "Knowing you, there will be alcohol and strippers involved."
- Extracurricular activities. Was that what they called being a general man-whore these days?
- And nothing, not even hygiene, was more important than the cray cray of a zombie infestation.
- I can't believe I let you talk me into this, Shell. We're probably going to become some perverted man's victim by midnight.