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Peek Inside Once Upon A Player

When my mum gets sick, I volunteer to fill in for her and clean some hot jock’s penthouse. After my last experience with a “sports hero,” I’m done with that sort of guy. Unfortunately, spending time with Lucas Carter is dangerous. I can’t let myself forget––once a player, always a player.

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When my mum gets sick, I volunteer to fill in for her and clean some hot jock’s penthouse. I’ve heard all the rumors about him, so the plan is get in, clean some toilet bowls, and get out. After my last experience with a “sports hero,” I’m done with that sort of guy.

But Lucas Carter is full of surprises. He wants to help me clean and is nothing like the toad the press has made him out to be. Resistance may be futile for some girls, but not me. Then he asks me to help him with the interior design of his new place. I can’t say, no. It’s going to look great on my resume.

Unfortunately, spending time with Lucas is dangerous. He’s so charming and sweet, but I can’t let myself forget––once a player, always a player.


I fell in love with Lucas!” –Heather A., NetGalley

Once Upon A Player was a fast-paced, entertaining, quick read. Christina Phillips drew the reader in with her charming characters; it was super sweet!” –Ess A., NetGalley

“I loved this bad boy from Britain! I never knew I could enjoy a bad boy scooter player from England so much. Lucas and Violet have amazing chemistry that keeps you on your toes the whole time you are reading!” – Danielle L., Goodreads

“This was a fast paced book that was filled with lots of chemistry between Lucas and Violet. Lucas is quite the charmer! I loved reading about him!” –Laura O., NetGalley

Once Upon a Player was a cute read. Their chemistry was indisputably hot. It’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s a perfect light read to relax with.” –Urvashi H., Goodreads

“I’ve been dying for this since the 1st book. OMG I fell so hard for Lucas. You knew from book one there was more to him than met the eye but I didn’t know it was run this deep. Lucas stole my heart. This whole book had me swooning. The boat scene broke my heart but I was glad it didn’t last long. Absolutely perfect read. Highly recommend. CANNOT wait for their sister’s story.” –Samantha C., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635678
Series: British Bad Boys, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 16, 2018
Page Count: 265
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, friends to lovers

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By Kate (beautifulbookland) July 25, 2018

*Shrugs* what can I say, I’m a sucker for a good ole cheesy romance story.

I mean, it’s pretty predictable, really; girl who’s been burned by a football player swears off players for life meets a bad-boy footballer but is absolutely not going there.

(Spoiler alert: she goes there)

But who ca...


By Bette July 16, 2018

Loved this book! It's a quick and totally enjoyable read. The story is fun, sexy, sweet, and lighthearted. Lucas and Violet are great characters. He's a footballer with a reputation as a bad boy. She's a woman who has been burned by the jock type before so there's no way she's going to get involv... ...more

By Becky July 20, 2018

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 7/20/18.

Once Upon a Player is a cute and sweet new adult romance that was a pleasant way to spend a few hours but ultimately is probably not going to be terribly memorable. Violet and Lucas are likable characters who it's easy to root for, but their main conflicts come from 1).../>

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Christina Phillips

About the author

Christina Phillips

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees. Christina is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong. If you would like to know when her next book is available, sign up for her new release mailing list at her website -

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