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Erotic Romance Review: Team Player by Cate Ellink

Team Player by Cate Ellink


Egalley courtesy of Escape Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
She’s never been shy about what she wants – and now she wants them both...

Hannah Maynard, sports reporter, is sure it’s only her lust-filled fantasies linking Australian rugby league captain, Charlie Maxxin, with relative newcomer, Lyle Smythe-Jones. She and Charlie have shared quite a few steamy sessions over the years, so surely he’s not in a relationship with the young, unflappable player she’s dubbed Marble Boy?

Hannah lures Charlie to dinner and his reaction is all the answer she needs. But she doesn’t want to report on the biggest secret in Australian sport – she wants to take part. However, it’s not just Charlie’s decision and it can’t be just casual. If Hannah wants in, she has to be all in, with Lyle, with Charlie, and with the hottest action any of them have ever experienced.


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5/10

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Right, I'm going to try and be short explaining why this didn't work for me.

You know that I review plenty of erotic romances exploring topics of MMF/MFM relationship? I hope the experience gave me an understanding that this kind of dynamics can be tricky to pull off, and I can count the authors who managed to do it on one hand. Unfortunately, Miss Ellink isn't one of them.


The potential is there. I liked the two men, Charlie and Lyle straight away. They had banter, they had history and spark. Their families were adorable and were perhaps my favourite part of the narration.

Which only made Hannah stick out like a sore thumb so much more. She is awkward, and it takes awhile to warm up to her. She is supposed to have a long history of friendship with benefits with Charlie, but while we are told it, a few flashbacks would have been nice and helped the reader to understand what drives her so much more.

That brings me to the last issue and the one which was a deal breaker for me. Sex. You heard me right. It's an erotic romance, and I am complaining about sex. Ironic, I know.

I get that Hannah was fascinated by man-on-man action, but I really did not need spreadsheets with the logistics of who put what where in minute detail.  It was taking the romantic, emotional impact away and turning it into a chore to read.

So, as it often happens, over-descriptiveness did not do it for me. Not recommended if it's an issue for you too.
 

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Хорошо, постараюсь быстренько рассказать почему для меня эта книга не сработала.

Вы знаете, что я рецензирую достаточно эротических романов с динамикой ММЖ/МЖМ, чтобы понимать, что заставить такие отношения работать очень нелегко, и удается это всего лишь нескольким авторам. К сожалению,  мисс Эллинк - не одна из них.

Потенциал здесь есть. Главные герои:  Чарли и Лайл выписаны хороши. В их отношениях и приколы и перепалки и искорки. Видно, что у них есть багаж чувств и совместных воспоминаний. Их семьи вообще милейшие и живые, и были моей любимой частью повествования.

Ханна по контрасту с ними выглядит неловко и как-то неуютно, и читателю приходится долго к ней приглядываться как к аутсайдеру.

Не помогает то, что нас уверяют, что с Чарли она была другом и сексуальным партнером много лет, но никаких воспоминаний в этой книге нет, которые помогли бы нам принять и  понять Ханну быстрее.

Что приводит меня к главной проблеме этой книги - сексу. Нет, я вижу иронию. Это эротический роман, а я жалуюсь по поводу сексу. Ну что за ерунда!

Я понимаю, что Ханна заворожена сексом между двумя мужчинами, но описывать каждую сцену в десятистраничном трактате и графами что-куда-кому в малейших деталях - это перебор.

Это не только убило романтический, эмоциональный аспект интимной близости, но и превратило ее в занудное чтиво.

В общем, как всегда, чрезмерное описание происходящего - не мой друг. Если это вызывает и у вас нервный тик, проходите мимо этой книги,  нервы себе сбережете. Не рекомендую.
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