Player by M.L. Sparrow (Arc Review)


Release Date: September 1, 2016

**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?

(Provisional) August 2016 TBR

August TBR

You may be wondering about the title of this post … or maybe not? I don’t know, you could be thinking that my indecisiveness is totally normal, which it technically is, but I am rambling. My point being that I do not have a fixed TBR for this month, because my birthday is in two days and I am not 100% sure what I am going to get in terms of books and therefore that could change EVERYTHING. Before I stop making even less sense, here’s what I provisionally had in mind:

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
    I am so in love with the quiet excitement of this book. I am knee-deep into it all and my poor baby August isn’t fairing so well. As you could probably already guess, I won’t need much longer for this book now that I am so pumped about what’s going on.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
    Mentioned it quite a lot, but I have not read any of the Potter books … I have seen the movies and know that that’s not the same, but I still like the world. So we will see how this script will fare with me.
  • Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren
    I don’t really have anything to say about this book yet. It’s an eArc Cátia and I are going to read together. It looks promising, but we will see how it is when we get to it.
  • Player by M.L. Sparrow
    Yep, I am going to dabble my feet in NA again, which is like my only contribution to NA August, but whatever. Small steps!
  • All the birthday books?

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)  Gone Wild  Player

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads and don’t forget to tell me which books you are planning on reading in August!!! 

Cover Reveal: Player by M.L. Sparrow

Some of you may remember my review of Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow from not too long ago. I really enjoyed that book and was happen when she contacted me about her new book Player, a New Adult Contemporary Romance in her upcoming series What Happens on Campus series. Now, I am not known for reading NA a lot, but I do want to get into it a little more and I completely love it when authors aren’t afraid to venture out into different genres. I haven’t read the book yet, because I want to review it closer to its release date on September 1st, but I am definitely intrigued by what I know so far!

You may wonder what Player is actually about, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here’s the blurb:

Let the game begin…

After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field.

Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parker’s jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience. But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle…

Now, without further ado – the cover:

(for Amazon upload) ebook cover - Player

Amazon | Goodreads

I think it looks edgy and definitely has the Football vibe down. Obviously … because there is an actual Football on it. But I have to say that was part of the reason I wanted to pick up Player. It seems like I enjoy myself some athletic guys in my NA.

If you want to know more about the author and her books, you can visit M.L. Sparrow‘s website by clicking here.


Tell me, what do you think? Are you interested in picking up this book?