Playing the Player Miami Piranhas, Book 2 By: Beth Bolden Narrated by: Darcy Stark

Playing the Player is a charming and exhilarating fake boyfriend/biawakening listen filled with spice and humor! 

From the blurb:

Center Logan Banks didn’t come to Miami looking for a best friend.

He came for football and for a chance at freedom—the freedom to live out of the closet.

But after a water main break, he lands an unexpected roommate, the new Piranhas kicker, Dylan Leonard. Between practices, games, and too many late nights on the couch, a best friend is exactly what he gets.

When Logan’s past rears its ugly head and outs him ahead of schedule, Dylan becomes more than just a friend. He becomes a lifeline.

But then their friendship gets incorrectly labeled as something more, and Dylan shocks Logan by suggesting they play along with a fake relationship.

Logan knows it’s off limits to fall in love with Dylan. He’s supposed to be straight—he’s his best friend, his roommate, and his teammate. But the closer they grow, and the more he and Dylan fake falling in love, the more real it feels.

The more real Logan wants it to be.

Making a play for love is the biggest risk he’s ever taken, but he wants it all, and he wants it with Dylan.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

Playing the Player was such a fun listen that was filled with an adequate mix of wit and unrest. Logan and Dylan were so exhilarating, with fierce sexual tension, leaving a satisfied heart and mind.  Loved the storyline, and ending, even if the Sharks beat my Cowboys 🫶🏽

Darcy Stark delivers an amazing performance, capturing their essence, and eliciting them on a silver platter! Loved how Darcy was able to capture the emotions of Dylan’s first sexual experience with a man while nailing Logan’s eagerness!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lesetiger's Review:

Beth Bolden is a great address for sports romances and that's why I was already excited about this volume. This time it's about Dylan, who has joined a new team. Logan offers him a room in his house at the new place. The two become fast friends and in time best friends. But what happens when you suddenly develop feelings and you actually thought you were straight. Due to unexpected circumstances, the two decide to pretend a fake relationship to the outside world, but that's not so easy when the feelings are real. 

I loved this story and the football setting. I found the two main characters very likable, but my secret favorite is Coach Dawson and I really hope he gets a story as well. 

I liked the budding love story, you could feel the sexual tension but also that they are very happy together. 

Darcy Stark did a fantastic job narrating the audiobook. He has a talent for expressing the feelings of the protagonists and giving each character a voice to match. 

I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series!

🎧Audiobook Review🎧
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(⭐️)
Performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Playing the Player is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.