• Tempting the Player

  • Gamble Brothers, Book 2
  • By: J. Lynn
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (373 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on - and off - the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with...and that's the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad's manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multimillion-dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn't just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn't easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together...or in love.

©2013 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2013 Tantor

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Blackmailed Into Love...

I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than the first book. The story is about Chad Gamble, the star pitcher for the Nationals, who has a bad reputation. He's a bad boy that needs to clean up his act before his team decides not to renew his contract. Meanwhile, Chad meets the insecure, quirky Bridget at a night club. She makes a big impression on him and he takes her home. Bridget knows all about this Gamble brother. She knows that she is not his usually type of women is...hot bomb shell model type.Chad really wants her but she basically runs from him instead.
To make a long story short, they eventually run into each other, he gets busted kissing Bridget by the paparazzi. The team gives an ultimatum and the team publicist ends up blackmailing them into a fake relationship. Little does the couple know that the relationship is far more than just fake.

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Fun listen!

Probably more of a 4.5 for me. I loved this book even more than the first one in series. This had a little more depth than book 1 and some humor and some really hot scenes but still a lighthearted fun story. Chad is pretty humorous with his huge ego and was often kept in check by various characters. Made him kind of lovable. Still had room for some depth in this book but that's always better than beating the same issue over and over and over. I enjoyed it and will definitely be getting book 3.

As always, Kaleo Griffith is AWESOME!!! I love his mail character narration!

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  • DK
  • 01-23-15

J. Lynn PLUS Kaleo Griffith = Hot Read and Listen!

What made the experience of listening to Tempting the Player the most enjoyable?


I'm stingy with my stars, so to receive 5*'s in all categories is difficult for MOST to achieve.


What a fantastic book! The plot was great and if you can accept the founding premise (it was a bit 'unrealistic,' but this IS fiction.)

Tempting the Player was one of the few listens that actually pulled at my heartstrings a bit (that IS a feat, as I have a cold, black heart.) I really like J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will continue with this series. I will also check out more of her work-with caution as most of her work is YA, not a genre I like - but thus far, her contemporary, adult category books all sound good.

The bad boy baseball player needs to clean up his reputation as a player (off the field) in order to keep his baseball contract. He meets the beautiful friend of his sister-in-law and they are instantly attracted to one another. However, unlike the usual plot one might expect from a book in this style, it takes them a while to discover their feelings for one another, good or bad.

The boring, self deprecating girl is offered and then blackmailed to play the part of the girlfriend for a month or so. The book is a bit unique even though the plot seems like it has been done before. It is not a deep and dark-no past abuse, etc. If you like JC Burton and her Players Series then I think you will like this book as well.

Kaleo Griffith's performance cannot be topped. Griffith is very good, as always. My only tiny gripe with him is that his way of feminizing female characters is to speak with a lisp. That is a peeve of mine and should not render into your decision whether or not to listen to this book.

Note: Mature themes and strong language

Credit worthy: Absolutely.

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What a player

This was a quick read for me, I’m not really into players and I knew it would be a bit of a hard read but I ended up liking chad. It was an easy read if you’re looking for something quick. I love JLA but am glad her style has evolved from this traditional romance to something so much more.

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Easy heroine

This was another story that the author created easy heroine. It is too bad that many good writers wrote such a sad story and created dumb, doormat, easy heroine. What happened with self respect? Why not make the hero work a little harder? If you like easy, dumb and doormat heroine, this one is for you!

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Good story.

Good story. Really likable characters with the exception of the PR Devil. I did feel like some parts were rushed and should have been developed differently. Nonetheless, really good.

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Entertaining

Story and narration were surprisingly good. Don't be deceived by the cover, which does not match the story. My favorite character was the publicist. You can't help but both hate and love her.

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Tempted!

I loved this book! It was SO good. I’m not overly fond of books with sports as a theme... but this was just so good.

It was also full of chemistry and heat... and some very well written sex.
Kaleo Griffith did a very good job with the narration . I’m not fond of his female voices, but the yumminess of the male voices makes up for it.

Never read book one. Can’t decide if I’ll go after book three. Glad it was romance package but would have happily used a credit for it too.

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I loved it!!

This story was so sweet. I loved Chad and Bridget! What more can you ask for. my only complaint was the narrator was horrible!

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Sweet. Really liked it.

Very Sweet and funny story. Some typical romance novel drama. Ireally enjoyed it.
Great narration by Kaleo Griffith as always.

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  • Carla Aston
  • 09-01-20

Great series so far

I have enjoyed both the books in the gamble brothers series so far. I am looking forward to the next one. Like with some of the other audible books it would have been better to have a male and female narrator for both parts but this works well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-15

good read

If you could sum up Tempting the Player in three words, what would they be?

funny,hot,sexy

What did you like best about this story?

Chad decides it time to take responsibility for his actions

What does Kaleo Griffith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

he did a pretty good job

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes Christmas day

Any additional comments?

good short book