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The Player | [J.R. Ward]

The Player

Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him.
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Publisher's Summary

Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core.

And so has the most unlikely of women.

The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won’t let himself lay a hand on her…until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That’s when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath - and wanting more.

©2012 J. R. Ward (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“[A] sumptuous mix of danger and romance.” (Booklist on Crave)

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    Mary Richboro, PA, United States 05-31-12
    Mary Richboro, PA, United States 05-31-12
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    "DO NOT ORDER"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First would need to hear complete book to determine any star ...incomplete it's a zero


    How could the performance have been better?

    A complete book ... though reader could also be improved


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    W/o a complete book, cannot say


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has only supplied 2/3 of the book then suddenly switches to another book. You are left hanging after listening to what might be a good book .... why wasn't this found before listing it...why hasn't it been taken off yet. All purchasers should get money back plus book credits

    it is quite disconcerting as well as a waste of time to listen, get involved then suddenly hear an entirely different story and wonder what happened .... going back and forth trying to find the original book continuation.

    I am extremely disappointed with Audible...very poor quality and customer service!!!!! I called and they were willing to refund purchase but said couldn't do anything else. Don'the t they realize aggravation in listening to part of a book then be left hanging. Finally plus question on how this happened, I was given a small $ credit but IMO anyone who bought this book in good faith and went thru the aggravation plus wasted time searching should get at least a free credit ..actually even two ... Believe me, it was very disturbing listening to a book while sick so as to occupy mind and wham...story disappears and I'm going back and forth trying to find the story with no luck

    Well Audible, are you going to take this book off list and give fairer compensation to customers who were so put out?????


    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 05-31-12
    Jake 05-31-12
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    "Two different stories combined in 2nd part"
    What would have made The Player better?

    Please re-do the 2nd part of The Player. In the middle of the 2nd part, the story abruptly stops and continues with part of Susan Mallory's latest book which was posted on the same date.


    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 06-02-12
    Jan 06-02-12
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    "2 separate stories/narrators in Pt. 2 - MISTAKE!"

    I love JR Ward, and was enjoying this story when Chapter 7 on Part Two ended - and Chapter 8 began with a different narrator, different characters, time period, story, etc. The rest of Part Two is obviously been mistakenly combined with another story. I have called, and the call center indicated it will be corrected - I hope soon, and I would like to download the correct part or get my money back. Would really like to see how the story ends, though.
    That being said, if you like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, be warned that this is a comtemporary romance, not at all like the BDB series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rowena Portch Silverdale, WA, United States 06-28-12
    Rowena Portch Silverdale, WA, United States 06-28-12

    Award-winning blind author who enjoys listening to books as much as she does writing them.

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    "Wow, this is a different book for J.R Ward"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read every book this author has written. I must say, I was surprised that this book came from the same author. Joy, the female lead, was not the typical strong character that Ward casts in her stories. Gray, the male character, was strong in some respects, but rather weak in others that didn't seem to quite fit. Honestly, I wanted to reach out and slap them both.

    The ending was nice, but I was not truly satisfied with their relationship. It was too wishy washy for my tastes and lacked the in-your-face comments, descriptions and dialog that is typical for J.R Ward.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not my type of romance. The characters were weak and seemed to sacrifice core values for the sake of physical gratification.


    Did The Player inspire you to do anything?

    She made the characters sound too young. I felt as if I were reading about teenagers and not adults.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie E. Glick Westchester, NY 06-14-12
    Julie E. Glick Westchester, NY 06-14-12 Member Since 2007

    JULIE

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    "Story OK, narrator seemed a little inexperienced"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version -- the narrator made it a little tough to listen to


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. Ward again?

    YES! I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Jim Frangione is a superb narrator. I also enjoyed Covet and the other 2 books in this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I could tell she was reading and her inflections and male voices were off. It seems that the best narrators are good actors too. I don't like criticizing, but in the name of honesty it was kind of painful and made me want to stop listening at times.


    Could you see The Player being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Murray, UT, United States 07-24-12
    Michelle Murray, UT, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Player the most enjoyable?

    J. R. Ward knows how to deliver an emotionally rich story. I really feel something for the characters, whether it be frustration, sadness or happiness; my emotions are touched.


    Any additional comments?

    About two-thirds of the way through the book, just as some of the main issues were nearing resolution, the narration changed to that of a completely different book! I was so very dissatisfied. I called customer service to make them aware of the problem and they reassured me that it would soon be resolved. To my knowledge, it has not yet been fixed. I am still waiting for someone from customer service to contact me and let me know that the problem has been resolved allowing me to reload it to my library. Until this happens, my advice to you is this: DON'T PURCHASE THIS BOOK, unless you like to hang indefinitely waiting for the ending. Why torture yourself?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-08-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well I'm ticked!"

    Yes the book was good, but it was misrepresented. After the book was over I felt there was more to the story, turns out I was right. JR wars wrote a series as Jessica Bird, this is book 2 in The Moorehouse series, none of the others are available on audible which makes me ticked!

    Now onto the story. The chemistry was good the build up of sexual tension was great the overall premise was a bit unrealistic and frankly out of character for the characters but it was a good fluff love story kind of like the Sullivan series. It's a light read nothing suspenseful just nice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-26-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "SOMETIMES DREAMS (AND FANTASIES) CAN COME TRUE"

    I love JRW's works and this contemporary rich love story is just delicious and there's no glitches, change in narrator or storyline change - everything is a okay.

    Gray's a cynical, wealthy, arrogant, powerful, behind the scenes ruthless political figure who's a 'been their done it all', disillusioned with life empty man and it's partly due to his family and partly with the type of business life he leads (and of course he's drop dead gorgeous too). Suddenly during a visit home things 'perk up' when he sees just how much Joy (a local hometown girl) has changed and, shall we call it 'little Gray', wants her.

    Joy has been drawn to and dreamt of Gray since forever but he has never noticed her before, but now things are about to change but the trouble is she's just a naive virgin who's a family girl and an all-round good girl but he's finding it hard to resist her or believe in her and is torn between truth or lies. It's a well written, bitter-sweet romance that's sexy, tender, has a great storyline (it's a little unbelievable but hey and shrug this is fiction but we all love to dream), it's got interesting secondary characters who have problems of their own and the message of the book..... hold on to your dreams - 'cause they can come true.

    Worth a credit? It would have been but at this price you'd be silly to use one - however, if I had of used one I certainly wouldn't be complaining. Go ahead and try this what have you got to lose - apart from $4.89 for nearly 8 hours so surely it's worth the gamble isn't it?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie 03-16-13
    Rosemarie 03-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story"

    Most of the other reviews seem to have been written over a year ago so maybe that's why I ran into no issues with the audio book switching stories in the middle of the recording.

    I enjoyed this story but felt the narrarator was a little inexperienced. Her male voices are pretty good but every sentence seemed to be spoken with an exclamation mark after it. She seemed more relaxed with the 2nd half of the book.
    All in all worth the money I spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Ridgecrest, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Ashley Ridgecrest, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"

    Loved the book and reader had no problems with 2 stories being combined or a reader switch in the middle like some have said it was great and smooth :) If you like J.R Ward pick this series up its a nice to read some of her early work

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • lucy
    leicester, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "goood listen"

    love ,lust, heart break and love again . j r ward is a good writer i love her work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Bampton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Not the best story from J R Ward"

    I have read many books by J R Ward and find most of them well written to the point i can't put them down so was excited to start listening to this. But I was disappointed with the story line. Its another tale of playboy who changes for one girl, the one from his youth who always only had eyes for him. There seemed to be no imagination and could have been written by someone. The ending is quite abrupt I would have liked to have known more. All this being said it was an easy listen, great to have when doing the housework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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