REVIEW – THE PLAYER by Claire Contreras



I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.

From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.

I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee)


Camila Avila is a beautiful Dominican woman living in Washington Heights, New York. There was a time when she attended private school & lived a good life. After her family loses it all, she struggles to make ends meet on her own.

Camila is trying to make a future for herself, but when a company wants to tear down the apartment complex she lives in to build a strip mall, she is furious. This normally quiet woman decides to head to a meeting to give the shareholders responsible for her fate a piece of her mind.

Camila meets Warren Silva. Warren is a pro-European soccer star. He’s one of the most successful players in the world. After growing up in Manhattan to a wealthy family Warren moved to Spain to play football when he was fourteen. He’s been gone over seventeen years & hardly looked back. Needing to deal with some family business, Warren takes a couple weeks vacation & heads home to New York. While in town he needs to deal with some investments of his. While attending a shareholder meeting he crosses paths with a gorgeous woman named Camila Avila. He is intrigued with her & wants to know more about her.


Warren pursues Camila & decides he wants her. Camila thinks he’s stunning to look at but has no clue who “The War Zone” is. He has a reputation with the ladies & grew up privileged. Camila just sees him as one of the people trying to take away her home & thinks he’s just some rich guy. They come from different worlds, & she’s not all that interested. Warren is persistent & really goes after Camila hard. He’s charming & hot as hell. She eventually agrees to go out with him.

-There was something about her presence that made me feel I was where I was supposed to be.

-I knew she wanted me just as badly as I wanted her.

-“I can’t remember the last time I wanted anybody the way I want you. If ever.”

-“I’m physically aching for you, Camila.”

-She was my game changer.

War is relentless on and off the field & eventually gets what he wants, which is Camila. He went from wanting her in his bed, to wanting so much more. He’s crazy about her & suddenly grows quite attached. His life is all about football & appearances. When they started out they knew it would be temporary. That goodbye was inevitable since they live in different countries. Can they make it work & find a way to be together?

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 My New York Girl Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
(BR with the lovely Mel)

When I saw the gorgeous cover and learned that Claire Contreras was writing a new sports theme romance, immediately I thought; I’M IN! and who do I need to torture to get this book???

Be ready ladies and gentleman, because Claire Contreras is back and coming full throttle with this sexy, vibrant and entertaining story. One you cannot miss!


Warren Silva is an international soccer superstar. He has been playing from a very young age and he has proven with time, and a lot of talent, that he is the best on the field. His life has been all about the sport; his one only love, his only focus, and purpose has been playing soccer

Warren has been putting off a visit to his native city, New York city, for a long time. Now he has two weeks off, and some pressing family and business matters, so he has no choice, but to return.

When he attends a business meeting with all the tenants from one of the properties he owns, he meets a beautiful woman named Camila. She is smart, independent, and also the first woman to deny his advances and he is completely taken with her.

Warren is used to getting what he wants, so he is prepared to do something he hasn’t done in ages, chase a woman to go out with, and chasing he does…

Camila has been through a lot in her life. A lot of family pain and a lot of heartaches have shaped her into a very independent woman, who has a hard time accepting help or relying on other people. She is not necessarily immune to Warren Silva’s charms and looks, but she knows that they belong in two different worlds, so she doesn’t see the point in going out with him, only to get her heart broken.

Since Warren doesn’t take no for an answer, he becomes relentless in breaking Camila down, until she finally agrees to go out with him. Their chemistry is instant and explosive, they can barely keep their hands off each other, but unfortunately for them, when things start getting good between them, the past decides to come back, threatening to destroy everything they have.

If you like sports romances, this one is a goal straight to the heart. Packed with thrill, and a lot of passion, Warren, and Camila’s story will be one you won’t forget.

I’ve always been a fan of Claire Contreras, her writing style is always beautiful and poignant, and I was happy to see her Hispanic roots shine through the pages of this novel, let’s just say that was the cherry on top of a very delicious treat for me.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she’d be different. From the first conversation, I knew she’d be worth it. From the moment I had her, I knew I’d never get enough.




THE PLAYER is Claire Contreras’ first sports romance novel and she has succeeded in delivering an intoxicating and sensual read!! As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover I just knew there was no way the story wasn’t going to be anything less than a winner. Ladies, we have a new cocky and sexy as hell book boyfriend to fall in love with and his name is Warren “War Zone” Silva!!!

Warren, aka “War”, is Manchester’s most famous and beloved soccer player. He’s known for driving fast cars and seducing tons of women. Soccer has been his entire world since he was fourteen, which is when he left his home and family for Europe, where he began his career in the sport. In all the years that he has been away from the states, he’s only made it back a couple of times and managed to avoid visiting with his family. His relationship with his father was damaged beyond repair and it’s the reason why he’s kept his distance from New York, but now during his three-week vacation, he finds himself back in the city he never thought he’d be back in. War is a partner in one of the biggest real estate corporations in NYC and the tenants of one of his apartment complexes have a bone to pick with him. During a meeting with the tenants, he finds himself drawn to a beautiful and feisty woman who will come to be one of the biggest challenges of his life.

Camila Silva finds herself on the verge of being homeless and decides she will not go down without a fight. At a meeting with some of the tenants and the building owners, she notices War and can’t help but appreciate his stunning good looks. But Camila has had her heart broken in the past and she can tell that War is a serious player, one in which she needs to keep her distance from. She has no idea the tenacity that War has and that she is no match for his persistence. War always gets what he wants and it seems that Camila has beyond captivated him and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

Even though Camila thinks War is out of her league because she doesn’t come from a wealthy background, the two actually have so much in common. They both have non-existent relationships with their estranged fathers and both have been burned by love in the past, but now War is willing to take another chance on love and when Camila finally gives in to his advances, well let’s just say their passion burns hotter than the sun!!

When they realize that they’re starting to fall in love, the big question is – how can they make it work while living on different Continents?? War is about to reach the pinnacle of his career in soccer and Cami has just gotten her father back and has a rewarding career herself. But that isn’t the only hurdle the couple will have to overcome. A secret could end up destroying any chances they have at an HEA.

THE PLAYER is currently available. This is one to bump up your TBR if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet. You’ll find it hard not to fall head over heels in love with War!!!


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