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Peek Inside The Player’s Game

NFL quarterback, Grant Howard has only one regret—losing his ex-wife, Katy. So when he finds her at his hotel room door, he’s surprised…especially when he finds out what she really wants.

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I’ve got to admit, life is sweet these days. As a starting NFL quarterback, I do okay, and I haven’t been lacking for female companionship. But I’d give it all up in a heartbeat if I could get back the woman I loved and lost—my ex-wife, Katy.

Now I’m at a wedding, watching one of my best friends tie the knot. I’m happy for him—really. I just wish things had turned out better when I’d taken that walk down the aisle. Still, those days are over.

I’m on my way up to my room when I run into my ex in the elevator. It’s like karma. Has to be. Only she’s with some random guy, who’s getting a little too handsy for my liking. I can’t help myself—I have to say something. Something that ruins her night…and mine, too.

Now, I’m sitting alone in my hotel room, when suddenly, Katy’s at my door, complaining that I ruined her 30th birthday. Her solution—that I give her the night of sexual adventure I’d derailed in the elevator.

I never was very good at saying no to her...


"It's a hot and steamy romance novel that's perfect for those looking to spend their free time well. The story is good but the best part is the characters, I loved both of them. It is well-paced and well-written. It has everything one might look in a romance novel." --Fizza, Goodreads

"If you enjoy sports romances and second chance romances with a lot of steam then you need to read this book." --HeyAnci, Goodreads

"A steamy second chance romance." --Alicia, Goodreads

"What a beautiful story of second chances! I truly enjoyed Grant and Katy's story. You could feel their connection and love throughout the book." --Lori, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370082
Series: The Players’ Pact, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 13, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: opposites attract, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Fizza July 02, 2020

It's a hot and steamy romance novel that's perfect for those looking to spend there free time well. The story is good but the best part is the characters, I loved both of them. It is well-paced and well-written. It has everything one might look in a romance novel.
Grant is a football player who will ...more

By Aracely July 09, 2020

3.5 ⭐️

The blur of this book sounds like a really good story, unfortunately for me wasn’t all what I was expecting.
The characters almost lost me at the beginning, but I was hopping that with such a good synopsis it has to be good.
Well I do liked the male hero, he’s such a good guy, very noble and car ...more

By Kari July 11, 2020

Grant and Kathy were college sweethearts who thought their love was invincible until they let the pressures of their careers and their different views of the future cause a wedge between them. Hurtful words were said and rather than trying to compromise they find themselves divorced and facing their ...more

By Within July 13, 2020

Meeting Grant and Katy gives you a sense of Love is today and gone tomorrow. Two people are who are headstrong and allow their personal goals to get in the way of their happiness.

The Author Alice takes us through their story showing the good the bad and the ugly. She has done a great job of showing ...more

By Pamela July 15, 2020

Grant is a football player about to retire and is looking to settle down. Katy is an attorney and his ex wife. The two were college sweethearts then got married but ended up divorced due to differing places in their lives. They meet years later in a hotel and end up together for one night that ends ...more

By HeyAnci June 29, 2020

I loved this book! It made the winter nights a little warmer. This is my first Alice Gaines and I have zero regrets because I enjoyed this second chance romance. If you enjoy sports romances and second chance romances with a lot of steam then you need to read this book. Enjoyed it xx Thanks to the p ...more

By Pelusa June 23, 2020

so we have Grant who is at his friends wedding and while he happy for them that they found their happiness, it reminds him about the woman he loves his ex-wife and wished they would have made it. Coincidentally he ends up seeing her in the elevator and he thinking this was fate since he was just thi ...more

They once shared a home, a life, and a last name... but somewhere along the way things went array and it lead to divorce. One that Grant regrets still to this day, he wishes he never let Katy walk away, and if he ever had a second chance with her he would take it in a heartbeat. But he is certain th ...more

By Nickie June 27, 2020

Grant is at his best friends wedding. He knows he will pick up one of the single women at the wedding and take her back to his room for some good sex. However, he really wishes that it could be the one woman that meant everything to him, his ex-wife Katy. On his way to his floor in the elevator, the ...more

By Julie August 18, 2020

Alice Gaines’ The Player’s Game is a sexy second chance sports romance that will certainly turn up the heat this summer.

Rich, successful and with no shortage of female admirers, NFL quarterback Grant leads a charmed life. He gets to spend his days doing something he is passionate about and his night ...more

By Becky July 06, 2020

Katy- young up and coming lawyer. Lots of self-doubt, Lack of confidence mostly from an overbearing father figure. Ex wife to Grant
Grant- veteran NFL football player. Top of his game. All Star Quarterback for the NYC team. Has a strong protect and Provide vibe. Ex-husband to Katy

Trope: Second Chanc ...more

By Jen June 10, 2020

4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of The Player’s Game through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions in the below review are my own.

The Player’s Game follows a divorced couple, Grant and Katy, who accidentally r ...more

By Tanja OMGReads July 14, 2020

I'm giving this one a 3.5˙* and here's why;

the main reason is that I don't think they were ready for second chance. They both had a lot of issues left from their failed marriage and how they worked them out was a bit flat.

Now to the things I liked; I liked how protective Grant was. I believed him w ...more

By Sharon July 13, 2020

4.25 stars
Grant is an NFL quarterback who is attending his friend’s wedding when he accidentally runs into his ex-wife. Katy is an attorney who fell in love with Grant when they were both in their teens. Each one had an idea as to what he/she wanted out of life but unfortunately, they were not on th ...more

By Traci August 04, 2020

Katy hadn’t dated much after divorcing Grant so on her 30th birthday she decided to go to a resort and celebrate. Only she runs into Grant, an NFL player, who happened to be there for a wedding. Fate put them both in the same elevator with their dates for the night, but they leave as Grant and Katy ...more

By Sharon June 14, 2020

NFL quarterback Grant is at a friends wedding when he sees his ex-wife Katy. The awkward thing is he’s getting into the elevator with his fling for the night and it appears so is Katy. Old possessive feelings flare up and he scares off Katy's guy and his girl as well. Katy it seems had planned a ni ...more

By Wendy July 12, 2020

Grant is an NFL quarterback, and Katy is an attorney. These two were married and madly in love until career demands take their toll and they end up divorced. Now fate brings them together again in a hotel elevator. Grant has been to a wedding, and Katy is celebrating her 30th birthday, and she has d ...more

By Sara June 17, 2020

The Players Game by Alice Gaines a fancy four-star read. This is number two in the Players Pact series, but they can be read as stand-alone, as they each deal with a different player. This wasn’t a bad story, that was good and really picked some great topics, Grant and Katy have great chemistry and ...more

By Samantha June 27, 2020

What do you do when you run into your ex while trying to score and realize they are doing the same thing ? Grant is a successful NFL quarterback. He’s divorced, one of his best friends just got married, and he has a groupie what could be better?

Katy is a successful business woman and has started to ...more

By Alicia July 07, 2020

A steamy second chance romance.

NFL quarterback Grant Howard is out-of-town at his best friends wedding. On his way up to his room, he runs into his ex-wife Katy. The guy she's with is getting a little too handsy and he can't help but say something. Next thing they know they are both standing there d ...more

By Jeanne August 25, 2020

The Player's Game is the second book in The Player's Pact series.
Grant has it all, fame, fortune and his dream job as starting quarterback for his team. He's able to get any woman he wants... and he does, no strings, no commitments. He's been there, done that and still has the scars to prove it.
Kat ...more

By Janet July 12, 2020

All the feels in this one.

When Katy and Grant meet up on an elevator in a very strained and awkward position, sparks fly and you may think you know why they divorced. But there is nothing simple about a relationship that ends in divorce.

Katy finds she needs Grant to pull off a scam on her boss, so s ...more

By Jennifer July 15, 2020

I'm all for any story which has anything to do with the NFL, so I was excited about The Player's Game, and it didn't let me down. Grant is a QB in the NFL, who has all the female companionship he wants. but what he wants more is his ex-wife Katy, a hard working attorney. Fate steps in as they come f ...more

By Lori June 20, 2020

What a beautiful story of second chances! I truly enjoyed Grant and Katy's story. You could feel their connection and love throughout the book. Even with all their problems, the love remained. It was heartwarming to read their history and their connection that lasted many years and how both were esp ...more

By Fedora June 30, 2020

Four and a half stars

The Player's Game by Alice Gaines is the second in the Players' Pact series. Grant Howard and Katy McCord married right out of college and spent several blissful years together before work and poor communication led them to divorce. Neither has truly gotten over the other, and w ...more

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Alice Gaines

About the author

Award Winning, USA Today Best Selling Author

Alice Gaines

Award-winning author, Alice Gaines is the author of several full-length books and dozens of shorter works. She lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper. While Alice isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her pottering in her garden or cooking something in her kitchen. She’s passionate about her church and funky soul band, Tower of Power, not necessarily in that order. Alice loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at [email protected] If you visit her website at http;// and sign up for her newsletter you’ll be entered to win her hand-knitted and crocheted projects.

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