Title: The Playmaker
Author Name: Lane Swift
Publication Date & Length: April 8, 2015 – 142pgs
Ask Meg, and she’ll say she’s content. A promising career, a steady boyfriend—her future is secure. Just like her position on Brentley Women’s Rugby Team.
Her fascination with Jacqueline, the team’s wild and beautiful flanker—that’s nothing more than infatuation. When Jacqueline unexpectedly corners her and kisses her breathless, Meg is blindsided.
Forced to admit her secure future isn’t nearly as appealing as it had seemed, Meg realises she has two options: keep playing it safe or change the game.
What would you risk to follow your heart?
For Meg, it would be everything. She is excited about her new career and content in a long-term relationship. But when a crush on a teammate becomes something more, Meg must take a hard look at her life and make some very difficult decisions.
There are such universal themes in this story. Is it wrong to settle for a comfortable, easy life with a good partner? Is chasing after a fantasy ever a good idea? I love the way Swift doesn’t shy away from tough coming-of-age questions or offer easy answers. Meg’s character is plagued by the choices and doubts of every twenty-something everywhere.
Swift’s characters are exquisitely written. Jacqueline is the perfect girl crush. Beautiful, self-confident and slightly aloof, she is the ultimate unattainable fantasy. And Fraser is a pretty amazing boyfriend. Swift doesn’t create any villains in this story, just good people Meg will inevitably hurt with her decisions.
This story is an emotionally charged, introspective journey. But the journey isn’t just cerebral. The chemistry between Meg and Jacqueline is exquisite. A first bewildering kiss builds to steamy, sensual love scenes.
This is a beautifully written book for anyone who has ever had to choose between security and passion.
Lane Swift is a fiction writer, mainly of contemporary romance, sometimes featuring a mild dash of paranormal.
She lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with her husband, two children and two guinea pigs, and can often be found at her beach hut, imbibing coffee and dreaming up happy-ever-afters for her heroes and heroines.
Over the years, she’s worked as a waitress, a lab technician, a science teacher and a telecommunications consultant. She’s also played women’s rugby, climbed one mountain and run one marathon, but has never managed to learn how to whistle.