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(The Player #5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Money, power, prestige…reject. Ransom Cox is —The Player.

His whole life, hockey player, Ransom Cox, has watched the people he loves the most reject and leave him. He’s learned it’s better to be on his own. After the scandal of his wife walking out on him right before the championships, citing his bedroom “over” prowess as the reason, he can’t seem to escape the spotlight
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published May 2nd 2017
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May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Ransom and I can still barely breathe. So hot! I loved it so much I. Want. To. Read. It. Again. Right now!

Ransom is a hockey legend not just for his skills on the ice, but for the rumors about the massive size of his personal "equipment". It doesn't help some reporter nicknamed him "Handsome" Ransom due to his movie star looks and it stuck. But despite the women who want to line up to join him in bed, he's not the Player he's been made out to be. Ever since his marriage
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series, so glad it was recommended to me! This was a quick listen, Ransom Cox, hockey player comes home to his mother and brings her the beloved cup. He has been burnt by love in the past, and is hesitant to get serious with anyone. He does have his fantasy girl from high school in the back of his mind all the time though, and who should he meet up with? Lexa Carlisle, fired from her job comes back home to lick her wounds and who does she see? This couple is hot from the very start. ...more
Nana Malone
Mar 17, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"You've always been mine... You just didn't know it yet."


Linda Ketter
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great book from Nana Malone. Yet again another story with an underlying theme.

The theme in this book was about not feeling good enough. Both Ransom and Lexa believed they were not good enough to be loved by anyone. Ransom's father and ex-wife walked out on him destroying his self-worth and making him question anyone's ability to love him. Lexa always picked the wrong guy to get involved with making her question his decision making and worthiness of love. What a pair these two make.

May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ransom is a hockey star! But he's also known for the large size of his....  Um "personal stick" He's been nicknamed "Handsome" Ransom due to his sexy, hot good looks and it stuck with him. Ever since his marriage failed, and his wife writes a tell all story about him, he tends to avoid relationships. Just looking for hookups. He still remembers Lexa, the girl from high school. The girl he fell for, but from a distance. Feeling she'd never want him.

Lexa is a journalist who seems to always choose
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I did not think I would find one of the guys that I would love as much as I did Fox or maybe a bit more. This one for me was a total slap-shot. A man lost, confused, reject, unwanted, or so he thought and felt. This one was just warm, intense, deep, sweet, gentle, sexy, exhausting. I loved getting to know Ransom and Lexa as individuals and together as they explored their chance at love together. Both having had the desire to be with the other years earlier but it just did not work out for them t ...more
Jean Marie
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book in this series and by this author and I have to say I really liked it! Ransom Cox just won the Cup in hockey and is on break visiting his mom when he sees Lexa. Lexa is a girl from high school that Ransom had quietly crushed on but never did anything about. A storm hits and Lexa's car ends up sliding into a ditch. Ransom sees this car in a ditch on his way home and helps the person out, not realizing that it's Lexa. He takes her home to wait out the storm but now they're st ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ransom just won the hockey championship and returns home to celebrate with his mom. During his hometown visit, he runs into Lexa, the woman he's had a crush on since high school. Unbeknownst to Ransom, Lexa has also had feelings for him.

Ransom is still reeling from a difficult divorce. Lexa is trying to recover from an affair that ended badly. Even though neither one of them wants to fall in love and get hurt again, Ransom and Lexa give into temptation.

Most of the barriers keeping Ransom and L
Chiquita  Bee
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved This Nana Malone Book

Alexa Carlisle has had some bad breaks with relationships and men so she’s on vacation to figure out she wants to do. Ransom Cox is currently visiting his mom during the off season from the NFL to rest and restore since his divorce. He’s had a crush on Alexa since he was 15 and while he’s mesmerized by her, he knows she deserves so much more than him. The two cannot resist temptation and wound up falling into bed and experiencing orgasms of a life time. When evil force
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Ransom isn’t exactly part of the Coulter family. So, for the most part, we don’t see or even hear about the rest of the family. I am curious to see how much interaction there will be in the last book.

Ransom is hot. His relationship with his mom is really sweet. He has definite self esteem issues coming off his divorce though. And Lexa sometimes feels like she isn’t “cool” enough for a star hockey player. But I admired the way she stood up for herself.

Despite the fact that our protagonists went t
Christine (Queen of Books)
This was my first Nana Malone and it is safe to say it will not be my last!

Ransom was a great quick read - I generally don't enjoy when romances drag on or take awhile to get started, so I loved that Malone got right into the story, and that it clipped on along. I read it over a few days but this is definitely a book you can sit down with and finish in one sitting (and honestly, you might want to!).

I understand this is the fifth in the series, but I didn't feel like jumping in here diminished m
Nicole  Henderson
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Props to Nana for giving us a hint that the famous Coulters might have some more family. I just never expected it to come this fast or be so good. Ransom brings the Coulters back down to earth and makes me wonder even more about Gramps and his back story. I liked that unlike the other Coulters, Ransom did not grow up in wealth. I also loved the love story. I would like to know how both of the main characters got their names. They are getting pretty weird in a cute sort of way. Both characters ar ...more
Clotilde Martinez
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
In high school, Ransom Cox had a crush on Lexa Carisle and vice versa. Neither act on it. Years later, Ransom is back home to celebrate winning the cup with his mom. Lexa is also back home after discovering that the guy she was dating is engaged to her boss. Yikes!
Ransom and Lexa run into each other and immediately, there are sparks between the two. Making both Ransom and Lexa to be wary of each other. After all, Lexa's the queen of picking the wrong guys while Ransom had watched the people he c
Heather andrews
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Lexa, she was sassy and knew how to give Ransom a run for his money, "if I can learn hockey, you can learn Game of Thrones. Besides, you’re lucky. I'm here to give you a full commentary." I liked that Ransom was sometimes thoughtful about what he was going to say, " the heck could he explain this? He could hardly say, "Hey, women have been scared off by my ***k, and I'd rather you not run away screaming. So can we take this a little slower until you're begging beneath m ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-finished
eh, 2 stars. this was a novella-length entry in a series I haven't read by an author I *may* have read something by. I got it on sale because of the blurb. in a way, it lived up to the blurb, but in another it was a letdown in that it went no deeper than the blurb. it was basically stuck in a house in a storm together sex. which by this point in life, I've read so many things along those lines that I'm looking for a bit more. at least it was a quick easy read. ...more
Spoiler alert: I was fine with the story until almost the end when there's a "bad guy" revealed. Did anybody else wonder how this gossip hag got into his house to place a bug or into his mother's house to steal something? That was just glossed over! I mean, there was never even a mention of the woman being in his town! I'm just saying...if you're going to make it pivotal, make it believable.
At least the sex was hot!
Carolina Pedreira
I love the vulnerability of the hero, Ransom, who fights his inner demons and insecurities while the heroine in on a path of wrong choices that made her life turn upside down and both have to work on their problems to make a relationship between them possible. Was a fast, enjoyable read full of hot moments.
Linda Kam
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book. Loved the storyline and the characters and their connections.
Loved Ransom and Lexa.
Wow what a runaround they had but so glad they found each other and ended up with a HEA. I did worry at one point that they wouldn't come together but so happy for them both as they both so deserved the happiness.
Charity Thornhill
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was cute...

This was a cute little romance. Hockey player, journalist, long lost love from childhood. I wasn’t so much into the self pity between them and their inner dialogues, that got old fast. The beginning was good, the middle was kind of like “eh” and then the end was adorable. Overall it was a good book.
Amanda Gard
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

I originally read this story in the Hot in Ice anthology, and I really enjoyed it. I loved both MCs, who were actually pretty down to earth and relatable. I had hoped there would be a bit more tacked on in this version, but alas.
Sharon Noble
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book!

This book is about earning about being wrong & trusting someone.
Random had come home to see his Mum after winning the championship. He bumps in to Lexa, a girl he feel in love with when he was 15?
Felice Foster
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I honestly couldn’t get past the volume of GoT references that couldn’t be bothered to spell Emelia Clarke’s name correctly.
Angela Hurdle
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this author

I’m looking for the other books in this series now. I read this one fast and couldn’t put it down.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Good read, writing is on point, enjoyable storyline. This is my first read from Nana Malone, but I'm going to try a few more. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. I just couldn’t! I was hoping for a bit of sensitivity in a story about an issue most people think is a joke. Didn’t get it!
Sherry Vitaniemi
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

There he to be a guy like Random out there. Ladies deserve the ending to this story. One of the best endings I have read.
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
2.5 stars rounded up

IDK, I felt like I missed something. There was just a giant jump to love...
Dawn Ireland
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little story

Looks like I’m a fan of Nana Malone. She writes fresh stories with real characters and fresh plots. The dialogue is very natural. Good job!
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Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author, Nana Malone writes Sexy Feel-Good Romance and loves of all things romance and adventure.

That love started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and chan

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