The Playmaker (Natosha’s Review)

Title: The Playmaker
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, football player, personal assistant, sports romance
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his teammates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.

Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.

Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter decides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some questionable positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the papers are two very different for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.

I love it when I read a description of a book and think “ok that will be alright” and then I read and and I think “and the description did not do this book justice at all.” That is the case with this book. This book was just so FABULOUS. I found myself laughing, crying, and cheering right along with the characters. I also found myself upset and mad for and at the characters what more could you ask for? Oh, I know, hot football players!!!!

Monty in my opinion, is such an amazing person. He has a heart of gold. When he does something he puts his whole heart in it from the beginning and he will not back down when he knows something is right and something is wrong. He stands up for what he believes in and he will defend those that he cares about to the bitter end. Monty is one of those people that lives by what he speaks and speaks what he believes in and fights to right wrongs that are are caused by others. Pretty much he is one of those people who is honest to a fault and lives with his whole heart even if he knows he will end up hurt in the end for it.

This is he exact type of person that Hunter needs in my opinion. Hunter is no good at standing up for himself. He is kind of a go with the flow type of guy whether he likes something or not. He is a push over when it comes to things or people that he cares about because he would rather not make waves. He is also a person even though he is gay, he keeps to himself in that aspect because he does not want anything negative to be said about it even though he is open about his preferences. I think that is one of the major reasons why he does not have any kind of relationships because he does not want anything negative to come of it. I also think that when trouble does rouse, instead of standing up and fighting for what he wants and what he believes in, I think he just shuts down and puts all that pain and want towards something that he already has…

Once Monty enters Hunter’s life, Monty is like a dog with a bone and takes over Hunter’s life in the best possible ways. I believe that Monty becomes Hunter’s backbone and because of seeing someone who is so much smaller then him stand up for what he believes is the right thing, it gives Hunter the courage to start going after what he wants and standing up to those around him that seem to push him around. Monty is a pittbull and he will go up against the biggest and baddest if he had too and not back down. That is exactly what Hunter has been missing in his life. Someone to stand by his side, encourage him to better himself, support him when he needs it, love him for who he is and not what he can give them.

Hunter definitely starts to come into his own with Monty around or at least he did until the first sign of trouble. Now Hunter has to decide what is most important to him, Monty or Football? And from the looks of it football is in the first place.

Like I said this was a fabulous read. Andrew Grey put enough emotion into his character and just enough trouble to make this read amazing. This book drew me in with laughter and tears. Andrew Grey knows exactly what to do in order to capture the readers attentiin and then Andrew runs with it. That in my opinion is what makes a great author and a fabulous read!!!!

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Galley copy of The Playmaker provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.