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The Legends #2

The Player and the Bookworm

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I’ve got a hot pro football career, a grumpy attitude, and a big old problem. I’m determined to stay away from women after yet another failed relationship, until an adorable law student asks me for some no-strings-attached lessons on how she can make the grade in bed. Turn down that straightforward and very sexy offer? No way.
Only now, what in the we-complicated-everything hell have we done? Oh, boy. Or more like, oh, baby...


I’m an amazing student. I can learn anything, so that should include how to drive men wild, right? Who better to ask for instruction than a big, brooding football player who isn’t afraid to teach me how to get down and dirty. He’s got the experience, I’ve got the enthusiasm.
But oops. Accidentally getting pregnant isn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

And now I have a certain alpha male all up in my business demanding we get married. The idea is crazy. Insane. Yet I find Olek impossible to resist. It must be the hormones…

188 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 26, 2021

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Erin McCarthy

186 books4,776 followers
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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Profile Image for Karen.
386 reviews
August 2, 2021
I loved this addition to The Legends series. I love Olek, he is a riot.

Olek is a famous football player who is super grumpy from his recent breakup and is staying away from women all together. He is living the single life and keeping it that way, or so he thought until Sydney storms into his world.

Sydney is hurting after her last relationship. Her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and told her she stinks at sex, hence why he cheated. Well Sydney is over him, well over him, but needs to know if there is any truth to what he actually said to her. She is out to get someone to teach her the ways of good sex and has her eye set on Olek, but he completely turns her down. She accepts it and moves on to another football player, or 3, until one does accept, but however, Olek intervenes and steps up to the plate and decides to break his 9 month celibacy streak.

Little did either of them know that their one night together will change their lives forever.

Sydney ends up pregnant even with birth control and Olek sweeps in and does the right thing. Along the way they both fall for each other and Olek makes all the decisions of where they will live, where Sydney will live, and that they should get married. But Sydney doesn't want to marry Olek just because of the baby, but because she loves him, but does he love her back? Olek is not one for words and just does what he feels is correct. His love language is action 100%.

Reading about these two falling in love and finding their way to each other was a great read. I didn't put this book down until I finished it. I can't wait for the next one!
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406 reviews30 followers
September 17, 2021
Eh I’m undecided if I like this one or not. The H was sweet until the little bit of drama hit. The h was good.
The hero was not a player as in man whore but a football player.

Dual POV
Celibate h/H
Not with others during separation
No ow/om drama
Epilogue ok
Profile Image for JenMcJ.
2,222 reviews319 followers
August 2, 2021
This was another easy romance in the series without any real angst. It was fun and I liked the characters even if I think they were both a bit uneven and stepped out of character a little too often.
Profile Image for Katie Goodson.
131 reviews8 followers
March 6, 2022
A surprise pregnancy romance!

The ‘Ukraine Train’ & Sydney hook up on New Years Eve & a month later, she calls him & gives him the news that they are expecting!

Olek is super sweet, while controlling, but he steps up & helps Sydney get ready for their bouncing baby!

This is a HEA!
Profile Image for Christina.
606 reviews82 followers
August 4, 2021
I love pregnancy tropes within sport romance. This was super cute, fun, sexy, sweet. I loved it!
Profile Image for Robin Reviewer.
760 reviews5 followers
June 21, 2022
Had some issues - read on KU

This book had some great things about it. The main characters are quite likeable. We spend time with the 5 guys and now two girl friend group, which I love in a series. That is the only improvement over book 1. The biggest problem with this book is their isn't much to build a relationship on between the MCs. They have sex together more than once in the beginning when she gets pregnant. And those were decent scenes. But she had propositioned every one of Dak's friends. That isn't cool. I don't think it makes her a slut but it does make her desperate and not very respectable.

They would probably not have gotten together again if she had not gotten pregnant. And at no time did I feel love between them. There was some chemistry and definitely friendship and respect but there just wasn't love. Olek immediately did the right thing by standing by her for every doctor's appointment and through every small issue she had to face. If anything, he was almost too perfect. And he was excited to be having a baby.

The book was just boring, as is most of the series. They all have more action in the first halves and then just kind of peter out. The last 10% did improve, at least.

I finished the series hoping it would get better. I really can't recommend this author or this series. I have added her to my list of authors I won't read again. I read almost a book a day, so I have a lot of material to compare it to, and this series is average at best and this book and book 4 aren't even what I would consider average. If you did like this book, you will probably like the rest of the series except book 4. The dialogue there is irritating. It is as if they say things just to be contrary the entire book. I couldn't read all of it.
Profile Image for Jasmin.
142 reviews3 followers
July 28, 2021
When I say this book had me laughing… I literally giggled through the first few chapters. Here we meet Oleksander who is a grumpy professional football player and Sydney the law student that’s super talkative.

Sydney who is annoyed with her ex boyfriend saying that she was bad in bed set out on a mission for someone to give her lessons. With her straightforward personality she plans to ask every sexy football at her cousin’s New Year’s Eve party. When she propositions Oleksander he shoots her down at first, but reconsiders when he sees her about to leave with one of his manwhore teammates.

After their hot passionate night together where Oleksander teaches and rocks Sydney’s world they part ways. Even after that night they can’t stop thinking about each other. But fate had other plans when two pink lines pop up. The two are about to take a whole new journey together which is parenthood.

The sexual chemistry was so hot that Sydney and Oleksander couldn’t deny the attraction. Both were scared and excited about becoming parents, but feelings also developed. Oleksander decided to ask Sydney to marry him but will love be in the equation? The chemistry is already there but can both admit they are undeniably in love with each other? Their journey was so fun and filled with wittiness, passion and all the feels.
Profile Image for Booklover Judy Lynn.
1,205 reviews18 followers
July 29, 2021
Olek and Sydney meet on New Year's Eve and end up sharing a night that changes their lives forever. Their story is written in first person from an alternating dual POV. In addition, the reader is treated to a couple of sections written from Dak's POV, which are highly entertaining.

Olek and Sydney have chemistry for days. They have hot and passionate moments together and then go their separate ways. That is, until Sydney is late and a baby is imminent. I loved how Sydney handled the surprise. In some ways, her analytical and studious character communicates very effectively. In others, both characters have to learn new communication skills because of their parental baggage with their mothers. I love how possessive Olek is of Sydney, even at the beginning. I appreciated how his bossiness could be exciting for Sydney while at the same time be less than ideal. I love that they both have fears and doubts about becoming parents, like most people do. I loved the scenes at the doctors' office and I especially enjoyed their conversations trying to come up with the names for the baby. They both learn a lot about each other and themselves over the course of the pregnancy and I loved their super sweet HEA.

#SportsRomance #OneNightStand #SupriseBaby #RomanticComedy
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845 reviews48 followers
June 16, 2022

Rating and Review

Rating: 3 Stars

This started off strong for me—I really liked how direct and guileless the FMC was in the first six chapters, and how she effortlessly managed to break down the MMC’s walls. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy their story nearly as much following their ONS, as the FMC seemed to turn into a different person. I still liked her, but she had lost the spark she had in the beginning. She went from outgoing and focused to overwhelmed and unsure—am I supposed to believe that the pregnancy hormones changed her behavior that thoroughly?

Book Details

Title: The Player and the Bookworm
(The Legends #2)
by Erin McCarthy

POV(s): Multiple—First Person (Primarily MMC and FMC)
Interconnected Series: Yes
Standalone: Yes
Cliffhanger: No
Relationship: M/F
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Triggers: N/A
❖ Accidental-Pregnancy
❖ Famous-Athlete-MMC (football)
❖ One-Night-Stand
❖ Possessive-MMC
❖ Sports-Romance

Profile Image for Tammy Moldovan.
1,225 reviews13 followers
August 20, 2021
A sweet, swoony tale

This book is fun, of course, but expect to cry, swoon, and cheer along with your laughter. Sydney has recently been dumped by her long term boyfriend and told he cheated on her because she sucked in bed. Her solution is to get a sex tutor. And since her cousin is engaged to the quarterback of a professional football team, she decides that is where her tutor will come from. Olek plays tight end on the football team and going on 9 months of self-imposed celibacy when Sydney asks him to be his sex tutor. They have a great night that results in an accidental pregnancy. While Olek and Sydney follow the inevitable path to being together, it is painfully hilarious but also beautiful to watch their growth, and missteps. Olek has more growing to do then Sydney in order to be ready to embrace that he can have a relationship and share feelings. The story has plenty of hilarity, steamy scenes, sweet moments, friend support, with a small bit of angst. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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4,083 reviews
August 5, 2021
This book had an amazing hero. Originally they both planned on a one night stand. They both enjoyed themselves so much they wanted more than that, but both were afraid to ask.

She ends up pregnant even though they used condoms and she has an IUD. He immediately plans to come to every doctor's appointment, get her an apartment, starts planning for the baby. He is the perfect "I will be there for you every step of the way" example of a dad-to-be.

They are both afraid to talk about their feelings so he keeps being practical. "Let's move in together so I can help you and bond with our baby." and "Let's get married."

I took off 1 star because both of their mothers are so mean. His mom meets her for the first time and just keeps insulting her so hero makes his mom leave. He did warn heroine his mother was not a good person and would be mean.
2,188 reviews114 followers
August 1, 2021

Four and a half stars

The Player and the Bookworm is one delicious read. When Sydney’s ex explains he cheated because she was terrible in bed, she determines to get herself some experience—some coaching, if you will—to make sure that she never faces that again. Oleksander is taken aback when his teammate’s fiancée’s cousin hits him up for some intimate tutoring, but finds he can’t bring himself to say no and mean it.

Erin McCarthy’s story is warm and funny as well as hot and heartwarming. Olek and Sydney charm and delight, even as they made me laugh and laugh. Can’t wait for more in this series!

Oleksander Volkova and Sydney Stephenson
Profile Image for Angie.
34 reviews2 followers
August 3, 2023
This was a super cute and quick read. I read some of the others in the series and they're all good. Erin McCarthy always does such a great job developing the characters and building the world to the point you feel like you're part of it. The editing is always 10/10, the flow is always perf. This wasn't super angsty, but emotional nonetheless. I love how Erin always writes her characters in an honest way. She doesn't create relationships that are picture perfect. There's a real life quality to the interactions that always make it an enjoyable and relatable experience. Read this one and then read literally any other book she's written! You'll love them all. ❤️
Profile Image for Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog.
2,372 reviews116 followers
September 8, 2021
Quickie review: 3.25 stars. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first in the series. I didn't feel any chemistry between the couple. Olek didn't act like he was attracted or interested in Sydney at first either. Sydney was also annoying at first. I didn't totally love either of their characters. The surprise pregnancy details did not feel realistic either. The story was interesting but it had poor depth and some plot threads left hanging at the end. I never felt the love between the couple either.
Profile Image for Bookie MacEddie.
25 reviews
July 30, 2022
4.5 stars for the Sweet and Adorable Leads

This was such a wonderful surprise that gave me all the feels. Olek was so incredibly sweet and sexy. Sydney was such a funny heroine and I absolutely loved her directness - especially at the beginning. While their fears and insecurities were grounded, I knocked half a star cause I felt that it went on a bit too long. Also I hated O's mom. I felt like she was unnecessarily mean for this story. Other than those minor things, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend!
Profile Image for ies.
1,433 reviews22 followers
July 29, 2021
Lucu si Sydney, meski jenius tp insecure banget die.. ya kr emaknya kek gitu jg sih, bagaimanapun ya lingkungan dari kecil mempengaruhi lah XD

Olex nya jg punya issue sendiri karena emaknya (aduuhh ampun deh), tp akhirnya semua masalah bisa diselesaikan dgn ngobrol, maunya apa satu sama lain

gw gak sempet bikin review, bacanya jg gak sekali duduk kr bener2 cuma baca abis subuh - jam 7 pagi kali, malem gw masih harus kerja trs teler (malah curhat) ahahahahahha
Profile Image for Jennifer Artiles.
349 reviews2 followers
September 3, 2021
Olek and Sydney

This was a fun story of a young woman wanting some tutoring in sex, picking a pro football player as her instructor. They both got more than they bargained for when she ended up pregnant. Neither had a good example growing up as to what a healthy emotional relationship should look like so they learned as they went. Very sweet story with lovable characters and humor. Highly recommended.
1,324 reviews2 followers
July 27, 2021

Law student and a football player!

Cute romance between a law student who accidently gets pregnant and a football player who wants to be involved with the baby especially when Sydney knows nothing about football and likes him for himself even when he is grumpy!

Oleksander and Sydney start to realize that they have a lot more to their relationship when feelings start to be involved!
Profile Image for Stormy.
423 reviews25 followers
July 31, 2021
I am enjoying this series

Read this in a day. Quirky story line, but vibrant characters. I always enjoy getting into the middle of a group of friends and getting to know them all. Not sure why there had to be two characters named Dakota…that seems far fetched and was initially confusing, but overall, I was happy to see Olek and Sydney get to their happily ever after.
1,136 reviews5 followers
July 28, 2021
New Years will never be the same

Cute story about love, fate , hookups and make ups. Sydney is looking for lessons and Olek is tying to stay away. Together they make some great plays.
Profile Image for Berta.
546 reviews
August 12, 2021
4 and a half stars. I don't know why I love the accidental pregnancy trope, but I do. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters as well. It was fun, and sexy, and sometimes I just need a book without so much angst.
1,322 reviews5 followers
August 18, 2021
Olek a tight end football player meets Sydney at the quarter back ‘s New Years party . She had been told by a recent breakup that she was no good at sex so she propositions Olec and sexy times happen .
Profile Image for Mary Pamela.
99 reviews
October 22, 2021
Great story

I enjoyed this story and the characters. Everyone was fleshed out and funny. The sex was hottt! I also liked the premise. I recommend it to all romance lovers! I’ll be reading it again.
Profile Image for Kelly (the book hussy).
1,600 reviews54 followers
June 22, 2022
Finally a good read!

I enjoyed this one. It had some of my favorite tropes.
- surprise pregnancy
- alpha hero
- hero thats NOT a manwhore
- heroine that’s NOT a doormat

I’ll be skipping the next book since the “hero” comes off disgusting and definitely not a safe read as far as I can tell.
303 reviews
October 26, 2022
I Really Loved it!

I thought this book was adorable and a bit different..I just loved the two main characters together and the whole storyline..just what I was looking for ..a few hours of escape! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
2 reviews
July 30, 2021
This story was amazing.

Erin did it again! I laughed, I cried and got a little hot and bothered. I need me a football player now. Yummy!!
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