Book & Author Details:
The Player Gets Coached by Janet Nissenson
Publication date: 16th October 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Finn McManus thrives on his reputation as a player’s player – a term that has nothing to do with his years as a professional athlete. A notorious flirt and ladies man, the handsome, charming retired football player rarely dates a woman more than a few times, and shies away from relationships like they were a contagious disease. And despite his parents’ decades long, blissfully happy marriage, Finn just can’t see himself ever being in the same situation.
Delilah Ferris has acquired her own reputation over the years as something of a maneater. She makes no bones about the fact that she expects to call the shots in the relationship, and that she’ll never be any man’s fool. And when she meets her new neighbor Finn for the first time, she automatically puts him in the same category as her handsome, playboy father – the same father who not only broke her heart too many times to count but broke their family as well. Delilah has always vowed to steer clear of heartbreakers like Finn McManus, unwilling to ever fall victim to his charms.
But when the gorgeous, tempting Delilah quickly becomes the only woman Finn has eyes for, he pulls out all the stops to convince her to go out with him. And if Delilah weakens her resolve and agrees, will she regret her decision sooner than later? Or will the coach finally manage to whip this player into shape?
I didn’t like Finn in the previous book, and that didn’t change initially, until he transformed into a completely different character. And therein lies my issue with this book. Delilah doesn’t like Finn either until he goes through that complete metamorphosis, and it seems that even that isn’t entirely sufficient.
With previous books, I found the male characters difficult to like, but the stories were redeemed by the female lead. For me, that wasn’t the case with this book I’m afraid. I have no issue with strong, feisty women. But I couldn’t connect with her at all. Everything was on her terms. And that dynamic between the two of them meant that I didn’t have a positive emotional response to their relationship.
I am in the minority. This story gets generally good reviews. Unfortunately, it just didn’t hit the right notes for me.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity was her first official release in December 2013. There are a total of six full-length books planned in the Inevitable series, along with the upcoming “spin-off” Splendor trilogy.