Title: Falling for the Player
Author: Jessica Lee
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Patrick and Max
Release Date: January 2017
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This book begins the first night that Max and Patrick hook up when they were both at USC. At that point in time, Max was a nerdy law student who preferred staying home and studying rather than going out and partying. Patrick was the well-known star football player on the cusp of getting drafted into the NFL. But against all odds, they met in a bar and had an instant chemistry. It was a one-night stand...one that neither of them ever forgot, although they didn't ever see one another again.
Three years later, Max is on the cusp of taking his bar exam to become a lawyer when he wanders into Patrick's auto shop. As far as Max knew, Patrick was still in the NFL...he'd conscientiously never followed Patrick's career after he was drafted. But that dream blew up when Patrick blew out his knee and then his father died, leaving Patrick in charge of the auto shop and his little brother who was still a minor.
It's even more obvious now that these two guys come from very different places...at least to Patrick. He's a grease monkey; Max is an up and coming (rich) lawyer. That one night was all they'll have ever had, but Max leaves his business card with Patrick...because he wants more. What neither of them expect is Patrick needing Max's professional help...and then things develop from there.
I really enjoyed this story. I don't think I've read Jessica Lee before, but I can honestly say I'll be watching for more books from her because this one was good. There's no denying the chemistry between Max and Patrick, but Patrick just doesn't believe they'll work any other way. Max, on the other hand, is all in. I love watching the transition of who Max was in college vs. where he is now. He knows his choices are going to cause problems. He underestimates the breadth of those issues, but he never doubts his choices. I kind of adore him for that. He wants Patrick in his life, no matter what it might cost him. Seriously, how can you not fall in love with a hero who puts his other half first like that? I loved him and his convictions.
The book was good, highly entertaining with an incredibly romantic story. I enjoyed both these two guys and their story and am so glad I got to read this one. I can't wait to read more from Jessica Lee. In fact, I would love, love, love it if she wrote Liam's story (a few years into the future). That would be awesome, because that poor kid has a great story, too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.