Cocky Player by Stacey Lynn

September 25, 2019
Book Review A pro-football romance packing heat, heart, and unexpected twists. Stacey Lynn knows how to write great sex scenes, but in Cocky Player, it's the psychological turns stemming from Brenna's past trauma that hooked me. Brenna is a twenty-three-year-old virgin. The whole virgin trope isn't my favorite, and maybe because of this, it took me a bit to get engaged with Cocky Player. I'd also JUST finished a book starring a twenty-three-year-old virgin. But, once I dove in, I found Brenna to be a complex character and an interesting study in how the mind works to protect itself after a life-threatening and horrific experience. Connor, the Cocky Player in question, has few issues. He's a bit of a loner and has a reputation as a player. He and Brenna don't immediately sleep together, and this probably ends up contributing to his starting to see her as more than a hook-up. Plus he doesn't have a strong parental figure in his life and he respects Brenna's Dad. He ends up being a strong, sensitive and caring hero, and he sticks by Brenna and doesn't let her push him away. Throughout the book, both Brenna and Connor fear Brenna's Dad. He owns the pro football team and he's extremely protective of his baby daughter. Connor stands up to him, earning his respect, and in the end, Brenna's Dad ends up playing an instrumental part in the success of their relationship. We don't see too far into the future for these two, but it warms my heart to think of Connor finding so much more than a partner in life when he finds Brenna. He finds an entire family when Brenna's parents, and by extension, her many siblings, bring him into the fold. **ARC provided in exchange for honest review**