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The Play

(Brit Boys Sports #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,019 ratings  ·  156 reviews
This is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01MR0BLWG.

A steamy, full-length, standalone romance with a guaranteed HEA from Bestselling author J.H. Croix! If you like smoking hot sports romance with alpha men and the women who challenge them, you’ll love this series!

Playing ball is easy.

Falling in love is complicated.

A famous Brit footballer off his game.

A young doc
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published March 14th 2017
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
The Play by Author J.H. Croix

I really enjoyed this book, it was very HOT to get to know each and every move that the two characters Liam & Olivia made :) Can't wait to read more by Author J.H. Croix :) *****5 STARS*****
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Nice enough sports romance with well developed characters. Still there was a little depth in the story missing for me but I assume that is just me and many others will enjoy it just as it is


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Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: compiliations, sport
This book was part of the book " Dark Desires: A Contemporary Romance Collection Full of Bad Boys, Bikers, Billionaires…"
The anthology is quite a bargain with 22 novels for just 0,73 Euro/0,82 Dollar - at first glance. Once you start reading you’ll notice that the authors did without anybody proof reading, editor or somebody with a knowledge of grammar. There are so many mistakes in regard to sequence of tenses, difference of your and you’re, spelling errors (he went passed (meaning:past) his ca
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
I really liked the story of Liam and Olivia.Nice story with characters with depth. Liam is a star soccer/football player He is from London but was traded to Seattle after a rough year. He is a superstar and everything is starting to fall into place until he injures his knee. When he meet Dr Olivia, there is instant attraction.Olivia who always follows the rules is concerned about the doctor/patient issue. However, after the surgery, Liam is no longer her patient. O
Ana Rita
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've had so many books to read lately that I seriously don't know were to start. Do I start a book from a new author, do I begin with a to go author? Do I start a new series? Or do I keep reading from a series that I've already know of?
Well... The choice isn't easy but I gotta start somewhere so... Let's dig in.
As you already know, but if you don't I'll tell you, I really love this author. Every single book from her is magnificent and intense. J. H. Croix is the one. Her writing is hot and sas
Christine (KizzieReads)
I loved this! I would have liked a bit more story, but overall it was good. The issue I had with it was that it needed to be better edited. There were spelling mistakes, open ended sentences going nowhere, and several missing words from sentences.

Liam is a transplanted Londoner in Seattle with his friend Alex, who have been recruited to play soccer (football to Liam) and he has torn his ACL. He has to have surgery and meets with the surgeon, who happens to be a single, beautiful woman who has n
Marissa Chavez
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Liam and Olivia were absolutely perfect! He definitely knew he wanted something with Olivia and he never gave up on her. Olivia finally found someone to get her out of comfort zone and Liam was the right guy for it. Such a great book. Can't wait to read about Alex and Harper next! 💙
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the 1st book I read by JH Croix. This book's story line was okay. I liked the sports theme in this story. I liked the hot & steamy scenes. I liked Olivia & Liam's characters. I liked the ending.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

I really breathe chemistry between Liam and Olivia. They were a cute couple and they lit up the pages of this novel. The story and dialogue were well written.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turned out to be pretty good

I wasn't sure I'd finish this when I first started reading it. I didn't like Olivia, and I definitely didn't like her lack of professionalism. I also wasn't overly fond of some of the odd terms and descriptive words the author used. I suppose they were "British", but they seemed odd and out of place. I definitely got tired of Olivia's constant and very repetitive inner dialogue about why she needed to keep pushing Liam away.

I'm glad I forged through though, because wh
Aug 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Having just read and enjoyed a book with a very similar premise (Challenge - another free Kindle find), I was curious how reading them almost back-to-back would be. Well, I liked some of the same things about each, and I was irritated about some of the same things too.

* Really liked Liam. Yes, cocky and arrogant, typical alpha H and all that. But just so amusingly confused as he sorts through all these emotions
* Liked Alex too. Both were r
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brit Boys Sports Romance is the new series from J.H. Croix, and her trademark emotional scenes are present all throughout THE PLAY. A sports theme is skillfully interwoven into an engaging love story, which results in interesting plus very romantic scenes. There is always believability during whatever happens, and I was totally pulled into the lives of the main characters from the start. Earnest feelings and genuine responses had me wanting the British footballer and the American surgeon to not ...more
Terri Eaches
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J. H. Croix is an amazing author that connects you to her stories whether your in Alaska or Maine with her previous series or in Seattle with these sexy British soccer players. Liam Reed and three other British soccer players were traded to a Seattle soccer team after a great season but for one game. Liam had just lost his mum and now facing a knee injury that could damage his career. When he meets his surgeon Olivia he feels more alive and and an instant attraction and knows he has to have her. ...more
One of the things I hoped to do this year was do a review of every book I’ve read this year. Well, sadly I don’t think I’m going to make it, I’ve simply read to many to keep up. So I think at least I can do a couple of lines on the books that don’t get a full review.

I have a lot of this author’s books as she often offers different ones for free or a very good price so I’ve been ‘collecting’ them for a few years now but only read my first one a very short time ago. And while reading I wondered wh
Christine Karmelreads2665 W.
Love From Across The Pond

Football or Soccer the name means something different to players across the world. If you listen to everyone else the americans have it wrong. Maybe the other countries are right....

Liam is a brit by birth and he is know to be a great "footballer" when he is sent to Seattle to play for a US team. The game he plays is what we call soccer and the brits call football. Are you confused yet?

While in living in Seattle he meets Olivia and is out of his depth. She is highly inte
Penny  Mooney
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book about the Brit footballers (soccer) who were playing for the Stars. This is the story of Tristan and Daisy. They were drawn to each other with a combustible chemistry. Tristan was a player who didn’t do relationships and Daisy was looking for a happy ever after. They had a scorching kiss in the stairwell of a hotel a year before and Daisy had been avoiding Tristan ever since that kiss.
Their relationship started when Tristan told Daisy he could give her an organism and they c
Catherine Edwards
Great start to the series

This is the start of a series of books about British soccer players who come to Seattle to play. This is Liam's story. Liam is unsettled due to a recent loss in his family. He suffers an injury and his surgeon is Olivia, who he falls for instantly. You'll have to read the book to see how it all shakes out. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. It is written from the both the hero and the heroine's viewpoints. I loved how the author u
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great love story by J.H. Croix. This was a bit of a departure from her previous books. You don't get the beautiful scenery of Alaska but you don't need it in this book. All I can say is a want an Alex whispering Luv to me in his British accent. This story takes place in Seattle and all about footballer, aka soccer for us US fans, Alex and his Dr. Olivia Bowen.
This story had all the feels and I needed it after the last book that I read leaving me with a WTH feeling. I could feel Olivia's
2.5 Stars for the Brit

I love a sports romance, love a British H and a little controversy surrounding a new relationship BUT this was so slow in the beginning.
Liam Reed has just done his knee. He's a British soccer (yes soccer - footy is completely different to soccer and here in Australia our footy is again completely different to US footy!) player who's not long joined a team in Seattle.
When he meets the curly haired surgeon Olivia Bowen, he can't deny his attraction.

I liked that our h was w
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a good steamy romance.
Liam Reed is from England and is known as the Brits all-star football player (soccer in America) who has been traded to the Seattle Stars with a few of his other teammates. During a game he was injured and fears that it will be his career ending if doesn't seek help right away. When he goes in to see the doctor, he meets Olivia Bowen who is a renowned Sports Orthopedic Surgeon in Seattle.
When they meet, the attraction is instant. Olivia has a tough time concentrating o
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.H. Croix, you can write a book! Liam is too-die-for!! He is sensitive, communicative, and unafraid to express his emotions and actually TALK about his feelings. All wrapped up in a sexy, tatted, tall, muscular, professional soccer player. I love the development of the relationship between Liam and Olivia. She, of course, is Liam's complete opposite: socially awkward, somewhat insecure, and NOT a sports fan. But, J.H. develops their characters beautifully and we come to realize that Liam and Ol ...more
Mary   Getz
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily ARC for honest review. This story take place in Seattle , where Brit transplant Liam Reed and fellow teammates, are thr new players from Seattle soccer team. This cranky soccer player Liam Reed needs surgery , but he see Dr. Olivia Bowen , he starts flirting with the Doc. He now feels ,better . Dr. Olivia Bowen is responding to his flirting. Can Liam score a goal with the Dr. Olivia Bowen. They is connection between them. I love and recommend this book to everyone 😆 😙 The strong st ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars
This is the first book I have read by the author and it is a well written sports romance. This chronicles Liam and Olivia’s story. Liam is a star soccer player who left his home country to play for the Seattle Stars. Not long after coming to the US, he winds up in Seattle Sports Orthopedics as he sustained a major injury. The doctor he is waiting for, Olivia, is the best orthopedic surgeon around, graduating summa cum laude from medical school. From her first encounter with Liam, she i
Lynn Lim
I became a fan of JH Croix when I read her first contemporary romance novel When Love Comes the first book in her Diamond Creek, Alaska series. Then a couple of years later she branched out into the paranormal/shifter romance with Protected Mate the first book in her Catamount Lion Shifters series. In her latest endeavor, Ms. Croix has branched out yet again, into the sports romance genre, with The Play the first book in the Brit Boys Sports Romance series. I must say in my opinion, she has done ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a sports romance and this one is no exception! It's a great first to a series that I hope only grows in strength! This one is Liam and Olivia's story. Liam is British football player transferred to a US team who has an injury that could change his career path. Olivia is the talented doctor who manages to patch this footballer up and in the process they fall for each other, despite neither looking for love.

As a British reader of an American author I did at times become confused by some of
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun new (to me) series

Really enjoyed this first book in the Brit Boys series. Liam and Olivia are likable characters and you root for them to get their HEA. Olivia is a bit too wishy washy but we are led to believe this is a longtime behavior. It’s a tad unrealistic that she’d be such a superstar orthopedic surgeon at what has to be a pretty young age. We are never told exactly how old she is but a lot of the timelines don’t really match up. If she and Daisy are the same age their schooling and
Teresa  Christianson
I voluntarily review The Play by J. H. Croix for receiving an Advanced Reader Copy.

This is an awesome book. Liam and Olivia were lust at first sight but she fought it for a long time because she was his surgeon. Once she was officially done with followup care Liam pursued her until she finally gave in. He was in for the long haul but didn't know it at the time. Olivia didn't understand what he saw in her and figured it would pass.
Can Liam convince Olivia that he is in this forever and not just
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liam is a brilliant Brit footballer with an injured knee. Olivia is a brilliant doctor who is to fix said knee.

Sparks fly, and although she resists, Liam pursues Olivia until she goes out with him. They each feel unsure about what's happening, and their friends help them muddle through.

I like how their grief is handled, with Olivia losing her parents as a child, and Liam's mum passing only a few months before.

They finally admit their love after some painful time apart, and a happy ending ensu
Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 20%
I couldn't get past the sex play in an exam room between a doctor and her patient. Maybe it's just me but some lines are not okay to cross. This is something the doctor would lose her license for in every state. I kept trying as the author was highly recommended to me, but I just kept getting annoyed. I couldn't help thinking this woman was smart enough to become a highly sought after orthopedic surgeon to sports stars at 27, she is not going to risk her license this way. I also hated
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USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with strong independent women and rugged alpha men who aren't afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. Take a walk on the wild side ...more

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Brit Boys Sports (5 books)
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