Release Day Review ~ The Player’s Protégé by CJane Elliott

Title: The Player’s Protégé
Series: Campus Connections: Book 2
Author: CJane Elliott
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Category: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 93

Dreamspinner Press  |  Amazon 


When his friends bet cynical Jerry that he can’t turn sweet Arlo into a player, Jerry might win the bet but lose his heart.

College senior Jerry Helstrom survived a gay childhood in Texas by being fierce and fabulous. At school he’s known as a player and has kept his heart so guarded that he’s forgotten he has one. When his friends bet him he can’t teach inexperienced Arlo Barnes to become a stud like him, Jerry takes on the challenge and quickly finds himself drawn to his enticing trainee.

Arlo kicks butt as a Tae Kwon Do black belt, but his sexual game is lacking. He’s been dumped by his only boyfriend and needs help getting himself out there. Enter Jerry Helstrom, player extraordinaire and happy to provide Arlo with some hands-on coaching. Jerry encourages Arlo to ask for what he wants in sex and in life, something Arlo struggles with. The struggle deepens when Arlo discovers that what he truly wants is the seemingly unattainable Jerry Helstrom.

Jerry can teach Arlo to play the field, but can Arlo teach Jerry to play for keeps?

3.5 Stars
I didn’t read the first book in the series and had no trouble reading this one as a standalone, although it seems the series follows a group of college friends, so it might make for a better experience to read them in order. 
Arlo was adorable and sweet and all kinds of sexy once he put his mind to it. While I liked Arlo well enough, I was disappointed we didn’t get his POV, especially since it took me a long time to warm up to Jerry. Jerry was just so jaded and cynical for being a 21-22 year old. He seemed way older than that. *shrugs* 
I liked Jerry’s friends a lot. They definitely were master manipulators, LOL, and a scene near the end of the story at the club where all of them stage a kind of intervention for Jerry was my favorite in the book. 
The book was short and while the ending was predictable, it was a good way to spend a couple of hours. 
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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