Summary: When injury destroyed her dream of playing college basketball, Aubree Taylor fled overseas. Now she's finally home again and ready to move on with her life. Until she runs into Hunter Stone on her first night out, the only guy who's ever meant anything to her – and the last person she wants to see.
Since she ran out on him two years ago, Hunter hasn't been able to get Aubree off his mind. The sexy football star has had girls all over him for years, but Aubree is the only one to have ever seen behind the cocky persona he puts on for the crowd.
Despite her attempts to keep her distance, Aubree is unable to resist the strong attraction between them and it isn't long before they fall into a passionate relationship. She has never been afraid of a challenge, but Hunter's arrogance and inablity to trust are testing her to her limits. Aubree must decide whether to follow her heart and lower her guard…or risk losing the best thing that's ever happened to her.
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Title: Winning the Player
Author: Leesa Bow
Publisher: Penguin Destiny Romance
Released: 14th April 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: via Publisher on NetGalley
Winning the Player is my first experience reading a Leesa Bow book and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was different and being set in Adelaide Australia, it’s close to my heart. With realistic issues and characters that are fun and diverse, I will be picking up more books from Ms Bow.
Aubree Taylor is a 6 foot tall twenty-one year old that had high dreams and higher nightmares. She dreamed of playing professional basketball and college basketball in USA, but they all came crashing down three years ago.
Aubree went travelling around the world for two years and has finally come home. Not really ready to face her reality back in Australia, Aubree still headed home to her mother. Picking up her friendship with Maddy and other friends from her basketball days, Aubree isn’t going to hide any more.
Finding a job where her mother works, Aubree is slowly trying to work out what to do with her life. One thing she didn’t count on was seeing Hunter Stone so soon. Hunter Stone is 6 foot 5 inches tall and plays professional Australian football. Hunter is known for his womanising ways and seems angry to see Aubree hanging around the bar scene again.
Hunter and Aubree seem to keep running into each other, but their encounters never seem to be very pleasant. Although Hunter keeps trying to bring up what happened on Aubree’s last night in the country two years ago, Aubree is embarrassed. The more time they spend together thought, the more Aubree wants Hunter. She has always had a secret crush on him.
Aubree gets an offer to start coaching basketball when the new season begins. She is a little apprehensive and annoyed because she really just wants to play.
Hunter starts to drift away from Aubree and she is worried. Hunter has never been known for his commitments with women. When the press print articles about Hunter, Aubree runs again. Heartbroken, she disappears for the weekend with her Mother.
Will Aubree work out what she wants to do in life? What about Hunter, can she listen to his explanations and let down her walls? Can she put her past injury behind her and just live life without the bitterness? Will she decide to coach?
Winning the Player is a wonderful romance with the fun of sports, life drama and family circumstance. With Aubree trying to prove herself to everyone and to herself, watch as she grows into her age and works through life’s challenges. I certainly recommend all new adult readers to pick this one up for something sporty and intriguing.
About the Author
Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill. Sport played a major role in her life growing up in a small country town, and Leesa had a passion for basketball. Although she loved to read books with happy endings, she never believed she would end up a novelist.
Leesa started her professional life nursing at the local hospital before moving to Adelaide in her early twenties. She married a football player, and inevitably her four daughters were also sporty. Leesa began writing seriously when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously. Stories about sport, romance, and characters aged eighteen plus seemed logical since her daughters were of a similar age, and often surrounded by athletes.
Leesa now works in merchandising and in her spare time writes New Adult romance. On weekends she enjoys watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up with girlfriends, and daydreaming about strong heroines.
~ Courtesy of Penguin Australia