**I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review**
This is my second book by M.L. Sparrow (you can check out my review for Ghetto here) and it was a complete change of genre, going from dystopian to NA. I’ve actually already posted a cover reveal for Player, which you can find here, but I hadn’t read the book by that time. Now, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll have noticed that I have read some NA books, but I am far from being an expert on the topic. I like trying new things though, so when I was asked to review this one, I took the chance and said yes.
In my opinion, the set-up was fairly standard for Player. We have the beautiful, bookish girl, who knows that she’s pretty, but sometimes lacks confidence nonetheless and the rugged, popular boy with commitment issues. What was interesting though was the fact that Chloe was from England and Parker was a real Southern boy with a drawl. It took me forever to get that image in my head and to hear their distinct voices in their separate accents, but it was a still cute and sexy. Their relationship in general was amazing. Barely any unnecessary jealousy, but a lot of protectiveness and fierceness towards intruders. There was a bit of a rocky start, but then, to me, everything just seemed easy.
And that is the point where I struggled a little. There definitely were conflicts, but I never felt like the stakes were that high. To me, their issues either didn’t seem to be an irremovable obstacle or where placed at a part of the book that didn’t make me fret for their relationship status. Generally the story was fast-paced and covered a lot of ground quickly, but the balance of what happened when was just a tiny bit off for me.
However, I did get invested a little and there are a lot of open storylines for the side-characters that I would like to explore further. Player is only the first installment in the “What Happens on Campus”-series and at the end there was already a little tease for the next book, which seemed interesting as well. I can see about three more love stories unfolding before my inner eye already, so even though I didn’t fall head over heels for this one, I will definitely check out the rest of the series!
Fazit: 3/5 stars! A good start to the series!
Do you intend to read Player? Have you dabbled in NA as well?