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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 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 involved ...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 confl ...more

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 cares if it ...more

By Amanda June 24, 2018

Love this book so hard. Lucas is my kind of hero! ...more

By Danielle July 07, 2018

4 stars
I loved this bad boys 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! I enjoyed that Lucas and Violet wasn't falling for Lucas's charm. She made him work ...more

By Sandy S July 19, 2018

3.75 stars--ONCE UPON A PLAYER is the second instalment in Christina Phillips’ contemporary, adult BRITISH BAD BOYS romance series. This is British footballer Lucas Carter, and interior design student Violet Henderson’s story line. ONCE UPON A PLAYER can be read as a stand alone without any difficul ...more

By Sophie (slovenianbookworm) July 18, 2018

I love sports romance and I’m always happy when I can get my hands on one. Lucas is a football player who can’t play because of the injury. So he’s doing his physical appointments with his therapist and waiting till he gets the all clear to start playing again. After one of his parties in the new ap ...more

By Magic book club July 14, 2018

I read this book in a few hours and I can say that I enjoyed it .The story is a cliche-footballer and student girl-but it has some kind of chemistry and you have to read it all the way. The main characters are funny,interesting. I also like that British accent and I will certainly read other books w ...more

By Karen July 17, 2018

Pretty typical plot but written quite nicely. I think cover model fits the character very well. I liked Violet. Her low esteem comes from a nasty ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with her best friend. It does take a lot to get over that but Violet is ambitious and confident in what she wants from lif ...more

By Kacie July 16, 2018

I loved this book!!! I thought it was so damn cute! You immediately fall in love with Violet. She is doing everything right, she is going to school, working part time but has no luck when it comes to men. She especially hates footballers. Well here comes Lucas a famous footballer. And of course they ...more

By Linda July 09, 2018

I loved this book! Lucas is the totally hot and swoon-worthy professional athlete, while Violet is the young woman filled with insecurities and an ill mom who first encounters Lucas while helping her mom out by cleaning his house. He isn't quite what she expected and they begin a tenuous friendship. ...more

By Sara June 25, 2018

Love this book. Highly recommended. ...more

By Urvashi July 08, 2018

Violets mum runs a cleaning service agency and to help her out, Violet is at a penthouse cleaning. She is in for a shock when she realizes it’s Lucas Carters, the guy she had a huge crush on as a teenager, penthouse.
Lucas is instantly taken in by Violet, but she has been burned by a football player ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) July 27, 2018

This was really a good book and an interesting concept. Because you see this about a London soccer player, Lucas Carter. Who started playing professional ball when he was seventeen and he is going to be twenty-five in a matter of days.
But unfortunately, he had been injured and had surgery on his l ...more

By Bec July 24, 2018

Violet has sworn off athletes, especially after what her ex-boyfriend did. However, there's something about Lucas Carter that's hard to ignore. Yet, cleaning his apartment is all she's ready for. But Lucas has other ideas and is determined to win her over. Will happy ever after be possible for these ...more

By Jennifer July 16, 2018

Violet has been burned by a footballer in the past, so she's guarding her heart against them. However, when her mom needs her to step in to help with the cleaning business, she ends up cleaning Lucas Carter's place, and while he instantly wants her, she's not falling for another footballer as her ex ...more

By thecoffeeqween July 24, 2018

I loved this book! It was a fun and quick read. Violet has already done the "hot jock" dating scene and it didn't end well. When she finds herself at Lucas Carter's, "it boy" of team United, penthouse filling in for her mum's cleaning service, she is determined not to get lost in his playboy web. Lu ...more

By Diane November 19, 2018

Complicated people that don’t talk to each other!

Mackenzie Carter summer at home is almost at end and she is not sure she wants to return to med school and she’s not sure she wants to be a doctor but she’s receiving a bursary from where her mom had worked that makes it hard to change degree plans an ...more

By Elaine October 14, 2018

If you’re looking for a story where a prominent sports star, a footballer with the world at his feet, falls for Cinderella who doesn’t exactly trust him, look no further . . . .

Lucas Carter finds his usual cleaner has been temporarily replaced by someone he’s attracted to. Shouldn’t be a problem fo ...more

By Ree July 16, 2018

I was looking forward to this installment in the British Bad Boys, and am glad to say I enjoyed it.

Despite shining on a football field, Lucas Carter has insecurities just as huge as said field. Waiting out the season after an injury, he meets and is intrigued by a red-haired girl who, despite her ow ...more

By Johanna September 27, 2018

Thanks to the publisher for an eARC to read and give my opinion.

This author never fails to deliver a sweet and charming but sexy romance. Violet and Lucas made a fun match as they get pushed and pulled into a dreamy relationship. Of course Violets displays some insecurity dating someone famous but ...more

By Nicole July 18, 2018

4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this one. I love sports romance, but I don't normally go for a soccer/football books. I'm so glad to read this one. I wanted to read this one because I'm a fan of Christina Phillps so I knew it was going to be good. I was sucked into this one right from the beginning and I ...more

I really enjoyed this one. And I love this authors books so it was a bonus for me. Just what I needed.

Fast paced book that was filled with lots of chemistry between Lucas and Violet.
Violet is helping her mom who runs a cleaning service agency. So she's cleaning some penthouse and can't believe that ...more

By Suzette July 16, 2018

Christina Phillips immerses her readers in the world of the sexy super jock. Her use of the slang and distinctive language of the British millennial is phenomenal. She gets into the insecurities they face even in the face of success. As a couple Violet and Lucas make a great pair. They are sweet, se ...more

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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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