Scoring the Player's Baby

Scoring the Player's Baby

by Naima Simone

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ISBN-13: 9781640635654
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/09/2018
Series: WAGS , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 11,574
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Naima Simone's love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown, and Linda Howard many years ago. Well, not that many. She is only eighteen...ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading, and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights—creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bulletproof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Come visit Naima at www.naimasimone.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Jesus Harry Christ. Kill me now.

Ronin Palamo winced as his sister slapped him in the stomach. Two things occurred to him at once: he'd uttered his slightly blasphemous prayer out loud, and Hana packed a punch. Since he'd been the one to teach her how to throw a smack, he couldn't prevent the thump of pride from pounding in his chest.

"Oh, stop being such a drama queen," Hana grumbled. "You keep mumbling under your breath, and you won't have to ask God to take you out. I'll do the job myself."

In spite of the threat she delivered with convincing menace, he grinned, wisely deciding to keep the "bridezilla" comment to himself. It still shocked him a little when he thought of their family's tomboy with the Napoleon complex getting married. Hence this dreaded, mind-numbing, soul- snatching afternoon at the Seattle Wedding Expo.

He shuddered. Just the word "wedding" sent fingernails scraping down his back. And not in the good, hot-and-sweaty-mid-sex way either. It was a wonder he hadn't broken out in hives. Yet.

Still, Ronin was the big brother — the only brother — of his loud, crazy, but loving brood of four sisters. And when Hana had come to him, asking if he'd attend this idea of hell with her, well, he couldn't refuse. He loved her and would do anything for her. Including subject himself to boutonniere-induced seizures.

"You would threaten the man who gave up his Saturday — his last free Saturday before preseason starts, I might add? Talk about ungrateful." Ronin tsked. "Who raised you? Wolves?"

"No, your mother."

"Close enough."

They glanced at each other and started snickering. Truth be told, their mother would probably find the comparison flattering. A fierce, dominant, protective female who provided for her pack and would rip anyone to shreds who dared cross them? Hell, the wolf was probably her probably her patronus. Thank you very much, Harry Potter.

"Seriously, Han, how much longer am I required to suffer? We've been here" — he peered down at his watch — "two hours already. How many floral arrangements and invitations can you look at in one afternoon?"

Yep, he was whining. He didn't care if he was being a big man-baby. The occasion called for it. And if any of his teammates found out about this, he would be the brunt of every joke in the locker room. Didn't matter that he was the star wide receiver for the Washington Warriors football franchise and had been for seven of the eight years he'd been on the NFL team. Didn't matter that he'd been All Pro six years running. Nope, if any images of him studying wedding favors leaked, his ass would be in a sling from now until the end of the season.

Thank God, no one had seemed to recognize him, probably due in part to a "gently used," black fedora he'd picked up from one of the thrift stores near his house, and his long hair tucked into a bun that "only samurais and girls should wear," as his oldest sister, Alea, put it.

He scrubbed a hand over the nape of his neck. He wouldn't dare steal any of his sister's joy and excitement, but all these flowers with their cloying smells were like delicate-scented nooses strangling the hell out of him. Each slow pull drew him back to another time — exactly two years ago in just three more days — when baskets, arches, and sprays of flowers had filled a church, their fragrances suffocating him along with the dark hole of grief ...

With something that felt uncomfortably close to desperation, he scanned the hall, searching until he located her.

The noose loosened a fraction, enough for him to drag in a cleansing, free breath of air. Yeah, this he was used to. Familiar with. How many times in the last two years had he eased the dagger-sharp pain of loss, the yawning, empty loneliness, with lust, with sex? Too damn many to count.

He'd noticed her almost the moment he'd arrived. Standing in front of a booth bearing a huge banner with an image of a glamorous hotel that looked like something out of a 50s black-and-white movie, and aptly named the Grand, she was a stunner. Rivaled the sophistication and beauty of the seven-foot image behind her. Even from across the convention hall, he noted her beautiful, almost ... aristocratic features. Yeah, she had that "don't come for me unless I call for you" vibe his youngest sister described as "resting bitch face."

Except he didn't see it as a negative.

No, she exuded graceful poise and confidence.

From the slanting, sharp cheekbones, to the elegant slope of her nose, to the full, damn near lush mouth that had his dick giving its stamp of approval, to the sleek fall of dark brown hair that framed her face and fell inches below her shoulders, she could've been a supermodel, or a warrior queen sitting on a throne, demanding her subjects' attention and adoration.

And he should really lay the fuck off Outlander. All this poise — elegant-cheekbones — adoration shit was threatening his Man Card.

It would help if he could stop staring at her like a creepy stalker. But even with the features of a queen — there he went again — her body was that of a goddamn porn star. Slender, but damn, curves for days. The form-fitting black suit jacket and skinny skirt didn't conceal the breasts that appeared to be a perfect handful — perfect for hands his size — or the generous flare of hips that could no doubt take a little rough handling. Hell, she looked built for sex. And not the gentle, under the covers, all the lights out sex. No. Fucking. She seemed like she could not only take a fucking but give one out so good it'd make a man sell his soul for another raw, sticky-skinned, dirty round.

Need, rough and spiked, knotted his gut as he returned his regard to her lovely face. From this distance, he couldn't detect the color of her eyes, but he'd bet his left nut her gaze was straightforward, unwavering, and didn't take any shit. Damn, he wished he could see the color, so he could picture what they would look like glazed from a hard-won orgasm.

"Here," Hana said, tearing him from his slightly obsessed scrutiny of a sexy-as-hell stranger. He glanced down to see her shove a small piece of cake in a sparkly paper cup into his chest. "Have some cake. You're not yourself when you're hungry."

He snorted, but for the next half hour, he gorged himself on bite-sized samples of hideously expensive cake, going from table to table bearing banners for various bakers. Red velvet, devil's food, strawberry delight ... The sweets violated his strict diet, and he'd have to put extra hours in the weight room. But totally worth it.

"When I did this, I always imagined Mom with me, not you," Hana murmured. She lifted a shoulder in a half shrug. "No offense."

"None taken." Ronin pulled his sister close and pressed a quick kiss to the top of her dark curls even as he forced himself to swallow past the sadness, anger, and worry that had lodged in his chest. Clearing his throat, he squeezed her shoulders. "I wish she was, too."

Because their mother should've been with her daughter, oohing and aahing over all this wedding shit that bored the hell out of him. And if she hadn't just been diagnosed with stage two breast cancer, she would've been. So, he'd volunteered to go with his sister, all the while trying to remain strong for his mom, the woman who'd been his rock his entire life. Struggling to hide that he was shaken, hurting, and fucking terrified of losing her.

Jesus, he didn't think he could survive another loss of someone he loved.

"Mom's going to be fine. And if she knew you were at this expo upset, she would rip me a new one. And let's be honest. My ass is way too nice for that." Hana's fist connected with his stomach, and he released an exaggerated grunt then laughed. "It's almost time to check out these dresses that cost more than my car," he announced. "Let's go get a seat."

This was Hana's day. No sadness. He took her empty paper plate and tossed it along with his before letting her lead the way to the huge stage and runway set up in the middle of the convention center. Several rows of chairs flanked either side, and he groaned as Hana headed toward the few empty seats on the front row.

"I feel like such a pussy," he muttered, crossing his arms. "Hold my seat. I have to hit the can."

Before his sister could object or stop him, he shot to his feet and slid past the row full of women, hurrying in the direction of the bathrooms ... and freedom.

As soon as he cleared the area with most of the booths, he inhaled the first wedding-free breath he'd taken in hours. The heavy metal doors with their crossbars beckoned, and he detoured toward them. If he was going to make it the rest of the afternoon, he needed a break, even if it was a short-lived one. As long as it was absent of flowers, arches, dresses, and embellished card stock.

Pushing on one of the doors and exiting as if committing a jailbreak, he strode across the convention center's lobby. For the life of him, he couldn't understand all the fuss and money spent on one day, when the ceremony would probably last longer than the actual marriage. Why in the hell would someone willingly put themselves through the torture of —

"Ronin," an unfortunately familiar voice called his name.

No fucking way. He groaned, not needing to turn around to lay eyes on the woman behind him to identify her. Marissa. The Clinger. Mentally, he slapped his palm to his forehead. How had she found him? Did she have a GPS tracker on his truck? As soon as he and Hana left this place, he was taking his vehicle in to be checked.

Damn, this sucked. His best friends Zephirin and Dom might call him a man-whore — and in all fairness, he might have earned that title in the last couple of years — but being raised by a single mom with four sisters prevented him from being disrespectful and offensive to any woman. Which was why he never lied to one, was always upfront about only wanting a night or two of mutually satisfying sex and nothing more. Most women accepted it. Sad but true — a lot of women he encountered just wanted the bragging rights of fucking a professional football player.

But Marissa was a whole 'nother story.

Desperate, he surveyed the partially empty lobby. He could head back into the convention hall, but he didn't put it past the persistent one-night stand from hell to follow him inside and cause a scene. He didn't want to put Hana into that position.

Damn, he should've just kept his ass in the seat for the fashion —

The door leading to the wedding expo opened, and she exited. The woman from the hotel booth. The one who'd captured his attention and fascination.

His feet moved in her direction even before his brain had fully formed an idea.

* * *

"Landon, just let Rankin know that even though I'm in Seattle, the team that came up with the concept for his marketing campaign is still in place in Boston. Tell him everything is running smoothly and set to launch next week as planned. And if any issues pop up, I'm just a phone call away." Kim Matlock shoved out of one of the wide doors and into the partially empty — and much quieter — lobby of the convention center where the Seattle Wedding Expo was being held. Holding back a relieved sigh, she continued her conversation with one of her Public Relations department heads from Bishop Enterprises' Boston offices. Pinching the bridge of her nose, she listened as Landon continued on about the complaints from a high-maintenance president of an insurance company they'd recently acquired. "He should be satisfied that we'll provide the necessary rebranding and publicity, as promised when Bishop Enterprises bought them. Listen, shoot me his email, and I'll reply to him, okay?"

Seconds later, Kim ended the call and exhaled a deep breath.

This she could handle — projects, clients, campaigns. Give her a problem, and she thrived on solving it. As Vice President of Public Relations with Bishop Enterprises, her half brother's financial and holding company, she'd spent the last eight years proving her presence and position had been earned rather than gifted through nepotism. And to some degree, she'd succeeded. But being a woman — and a woman with brown skin when her CEO brother's was white — in a male-dominated field brought its own set of challenges. But damn if she didn't meet those head on, too. She refused to be defeated.

In business, at least.

This time, she released the sigh that she'd previously held back and scrolled through the list of texts she hadn't been able to answer for the past few hours. Today, all her attention had been devoted to ensuring the expo was a success for Bishop Enterprises as a sponsor, and the Grand as the hotel chain they were promoting. This expo was just step one in revamping the marketing and branding for the beautiful, old-world hotels. Advertising their huge ballrooms as the perfect wedding and reception venues to excited brides and mothers-of-the-brides had been one of the ideas she'd come up with when directed to take on this project. The Grand hotel chain was bleeding money, and if she didn't turn the financial trajectory around in a year, they would have to dump it, sell to the highest bidder. Which would only piss off her father since the chain had originally been his acquisition. First, his son had taken over as CEO a year ago and had relegated Malcolm to the position of another Vice President. And now, his bastard daughter, who he resented the hell out of, had been called in to save his failing project. He was not overjoyed.

Still, regardless of her father's connection to the hotel chain, she wasn't letting it go under without a fight.

Even if it meant spending a weekend in her private version of hell.

Weddings. Brides. Love. Marriage. Commitment.

Lies. Pain. Betrayal.

Bullshit.

Only a few years ago, she'd been like one of those excited women in the convention hall, visiting the different vendors and ogling the wedding dresses in the fashion show.

But marriage to a cheating football player had obliterated those hopes of happily ever after, boisterous kids, a messy but deliriously happy home, and celebrated anniversaries. Her shit-show of a union had reduced her dreams to just that — dreams.

Now, thirty years old and divorced, she'd rather dance barefoot on a bed of Washington state's famed prickly pine tree needles than be here among these smiling, foolishly optimistic and naive women. Lambs to the proverbial slaughter.

Her phone vibrated then pinged in her hand, dragging her from her morose, bitter thoughts. Thank God. She was depressing her own self.

"That was fast." Glancing down at her screen, she expected to see an email notification from Landon, but instead ... "Oh, shit," she muttered, fingers tightening around the cell. "You've got to be kidding me." She narrowed her eyes at the little card-like text notification, but nope. The name stayed the same.

Matt Cooper. Her low-life, cheating, lying ex-husband.

Her ex-husband who obviously couldn't take a hint about leaving her alone. This was the fourth text he'd sent in as many days.

Apparently, "I hope you die, resurrect, choke on a bag of dicks, and die again," didn't mean what it used to.

Swiping her thumb across the screen, she relegated the message to the trash can, unread. On a good day, she had a limited number of fucks to give, and this weekend's event had drained her of every last one. But even if she'd been home doing her couch potato act, she still wouldn't waste a single, solitary fuck on him, of all people.

"Damn," she whispered, shoving her phone in her jacket pocket, hating that her hand trembled. Hating that even though a year had passed since she'd discovered Matt's infidelity, she still resembled a bombed-out, burned shell of a house after a riot — looted, empty, scarred, abandoned ... lonely.

Hated herself for allowing just the sight of his name on her phone screen to affect her.

Get it together, she ordered herself, jerking her chin up in a defiant gesture that was lost on everyone in the lobby except her. Matt, her marriage, the devastation he'd wreaked — they were her past. Her career, this project revamping the hotel — they were her future ...

Big, thick arms covered in geometric patterns and swirls of black ink banded her waist, pulling her back against a rock-solid wall of muscle.

Holy shit.

(Continues…)


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Scoring the Player's Baby 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 11 months ago
4.5 Star Review Scoring The Player’s Baby (WAGS #3) by Naima Simone Although this is a stand alone, I feel you may get more enjoyment if you were to read the first two books in the series prior to reading this one as it will give you an insight into Ronin Palamo and his friends. I was intrigued by Ronin Palamo when he was introduced in the first book and was looking forward to his story and oh what a story. I Kim Matlock has been badly hurt and is divorcing her cheating soon to be ex husband, a professional football player and the last thing she wants or needs is another man in her life. That is until Ronin storms his way into her life. Ronin is an alpha male, confident and sure of himself and a professional footballer.When he sees Kim at an event he is attending with his sister she intrigues him, but Ronin is not looking for a relationship either.In fact he is doing his best to avoid a woman who wants more than he is prepared to give and that is when he decides to enlist Kim’s help. What can it hurt to embark on a crazy journey of passion? What’s the worst that could happen? The chemistry between Ronin and Kim simply sizzles but complications, in the form of an unplanned pregnancy soon puts the cat among the pigeons. I really loved Kim, what a strong and determined woman she is. It is at times an emotional roller coaster filled with angst that had my heart pounding at times. I felt for both Ronin and Kim as they struggled; can Ronin and Kim, both hurt by their pasts, push through their fears and come together to embrace a future? It was also great catching up with the couples form the previous books, the banter and camaraderie makes you want to join this group of friends and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times whilst reading this book. I look forward to more in the series.
fantasylandblog 10 months ago
#ScoringThePlayer'sBaby #NetGalley So I have read Scoring off the Field and loved it, and I could wait for this book. But for whatever reason, I kept getting distracted and missing this one. But I finally found the time and was able to get to it. Man, I wish I had found time earlier. I loved this story. It made me laugh, cry, and laugh some more. Kim is a woman that is a year out of her divorce from a dick of a football player. He cheated on her and made her feel less of everything. She has a history of men walking away from her and she is just so tired of it. But she doesn't have the spirit or fight in her to make a change. When Ronan sees Kim at a wedding expo he knows he wants her. So when a stalker shows up he uses Kim as a block and gets to kiss her. They trade numbers and he lets Kim set the pace. When she decides to get a hold of him that night. They both use each other to forget their past. Little does he know what that one night might bring. Ronan is a wonderful character. He has a lot going on in his life, but he makes time and effort with Kim even when she tries to push him away. He might not want love any more than she does but sometimes you don't always get what you want. I loved this story and am happy to have read it. I can't wait to see where Naima brings us next.
Timitra 10 months ago
Rated 4.5 Stars Scoring The Player's Baby was funny, sexy, so damn hot and amazing. I found myself laughing loud many times while reading this book. The sexy times damn near burned me to cinders. I loved every minute of it. I loved watching Kim and Ronin not only fall for each other but grow as well. I loved that they found strength in each other, strength to overcome the things that had cast shadows over their lives. I also loved the fact that the book highlighted the ways in which women, especially women of colour are treated/viewed in the workplace and relationships juxtaposing it with men. I simply adored this story and highly recommend it. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
beckymmoe 10 months ago
Scoring the Player's Baby was a fun read. Unplanned pregnancy isn't my favorite troupe--especially when one of the characters has had a lot of partners, birth control had better be a priority--but it worked well here. With all of their hang-ups and past relationship issues, I'm not sure if anything else would have gotten these two together. And there is no question that Kim and Ronin need to be together :) I especially appreciated that Ronin, though he wasn't technically a widower, had had a positive past relationship that ended in death and he was able to move on to another positive one without vilifying or reducing the importance of the first. His guilt over moving on felt spot on, even as his worry about Grace's family being upset felt a teensy bit over the top (especially since given her situation she and her entire family had to know that the long term dream of marriage and a family were truly a long shot. Of course Ronin deserves a chance to move on and be happy, and they'll agree with that. Grace would have agreed with that.) I haven't read a lot of books from Ms. Simone, but she's quickly moving toward my list of must-read authors :) And OMG, that grand gesture...loved!!! Abso-freaking-lutely perfect :) The third book in the WAGs series, Scoring the Player's Baby works fine as a standalone. The other couples from the series make an appearance (and a future couple--Renee and Jason, yes? ;)) but you don't have to have read their books to enjoy this one. (But if you have read the others, that epilogue... :D) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
sweetpotato101 11 months ago
Naima Simone’s WAGS series is one of my favorites to date. Hit after hit, and they just keep coming. Scoring the Player’s Baby takes it up a notch. Hella hot sex, giggle-like-crazy banter, all wrapped up in a VP businesswoman and the football player she brings to his knees. Kim was burned by a football player, and she’s sworn them off for good. So, of course, her one night of letting loose and getting freaky is with a football player. And she gets knocked up, to boot. So, I loved Kim. I loved Ronan. I loved them together. So much keeps them apart, but that chemistry just jumps right off the page. There’s something so engaging and effortless about Simone’s writing, too, and add in the emotional punch that knocks you off your feet? It makes this an unforgettable romance. And that ending?? Oh my god, I smiled ear to ear, and I laughed in pure joy. Loved! If you’re looking for romance, romance is what you’re gonna get and then some. So sit back, grab your book and some Kleenex and settle in. 4.5 stars!
carvanz 11 months ago
All the men in Kim’s life have let her down, shown her to be less and not worth acknowledging. A move across the country with her job is her attempt to get her life together and prove that she is more than her brother’s sister. What she didn’t plan on was a one night stand with the sexy Ronin after he pulls her into a make belive scenario at a wedding expo. And she certainly never expected to find herself pregnant. But more than anything, she never expected to find herself involved with another professional football player. Ronin is attracted to Kim the minute he lays eyes on her. In an attempt to politely repel a casual hookup that has turned clinger, he gets the benefit of putting his arms around her. He should be happy she hasn’t called him after their one night together. There’s a reason he doesn’t do relationships and Kim has the potential to blow those reasons to smithereens. But his guilt can’t allow that to happen. I loved both of these characters. Kim was strong and independent but when she let her guard down she was approachable, sweet and fun. I enjoyed watching her morph from a woman who had preconceived opinions to one that was willing to lay everything she was on the line for love. Ronin had such a great sense of humor and he used it often to ease the distance Kim put between them. His response and future actions concerning the baby was heartwarming and totally swoon worthy. It also didn’t hurt his case any that he was a total dirty talker. This is a fast paced read that doesn’t carry a lot of angst. There was a good bit of push and pull from Kim and just a tad from Ronin as they worked through their past issues. Kim’s ex has a bit of a sideline but I’m not really sure what the purpose of that was. I was more concerned over Ronin’s past and his ability to get beyond it. Overall, this was a very nice read with awesome secondary characters that liven up the pages and plenty of steamy goodness between Kim and Ronin. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 11 months ago
3.75 stars--SCORING THE PLAYER’S BABY is the third instalment in Naima Simone’s contemporary, adult WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) football, romance series focusing on the men and women of the profession football league’s the Washington Warriors. This is PR specialist, thirty-year old Kim Matlock, and wide receiver for the Washington Warriors, twenty-eight year old Ronin Palamo’s story line. SCORING THE PLAYER’S BABY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. There is a slight cross-over with the author’s Bachelor Auction series where we were first introduced to our heroine Kim Matlock, her half-brother Alexander, and father Malcolm Bishop. Told from dual third person perspectives (Ronin and Kim) SCORING THE PLAYER’S BABY follows the building but struggling relationship between PR specialist Kim Matlock, and wide receiver for the Washington Warriors Ronin Palamo. Kim Matlock is a well-educated, accomplished and intelligent PR specialist; a woman who doesn’t do relationships, and refuses to date anything resembling a professional football player-been there, done that and has the divorce papers to prove it. A one-night stand with a mysterious but sexy as sin stranger results in an unplanned pregnancy that forces Kim back into the stranger’s radar, three months later. Unable to forget about her ex-husband’s betrayal, Kim struggles with building a relationship with the father of her child. Enter Ronin Palamo, who also struggles with relationship issues from the past, but a man who is willing to take responsibility for his unborn child, offering Kim a chance at family and a happily ever after. What ensues is the building romance and love between Kim and Ronin, and the potential fall-out as our couple continue to battle memories and ghost from the past. Kim Matlock knows rejection first hand including her ex-husband’s infidelity, and the ongoing rejection from the father she never knew. Fifteen years earlier, her then sixteen year old half-brother Alex, heir apparent to Bishop Enterprises, went in search of the sister he would grow to love, forcing Kim’s father, billionaire Malcolm Bishop to reluctantly acknowledge his bast*rd child. Guarded and cautious Kim continues to mistrust Ronin’s intentions for a life-long commitment. Ronin Palamo’s father abandoned the family for his love of the bottle, ensuring a life-long rejection by the children he fathered but Ronin would suffer an even greater loss when his best friend and the love of his life succumbed to a life-threatening disease. A man-wh*re by reputation, Ronin buried his grief in one-night stands but something about Kim drew Ronin like a moth to a flame. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Kim’s unwelcoming father Malcolm Bishop, her brother Alexander, and her ex-husband, defensive back Matt Cooper. We catch up with Ronin’s teammates and friend, and their partners -Zeph Black and Sophia Cruz; Tennyson Clark and Dominic Anderson, as well as Sophia’s twin sister Giovanna Cruz- the camaraderie and support is endearing and fun. SCORING THE PLAYER’S BABY is a spirited and character driven story line. The premise is realistic and enjoyable; the romance is passionate and energetic; the characters are sexy and edgy.
Linda__ 11 months ago
LOVED this book!!! This is a sexy romance with the hotness off the charts! Ronin is a pro football player and also a player off the field, while Kim is rigid and has locked her heart away after it was destroyed by her father and her ex-husband. So when the two of them meet, it's just for one night of adult fun....until it's not because there's a baby involved. I loved the characters and felt invested in their story. I wanted them to have a HEA ending, almost as much as I wanted Kim to do something about her father. This is a well told tale that fans of the genre will love and want to put at the top of their summer reading list. While this is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel, however, it's so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Nicolerko 11 months ago
I LOVED this book so hard! I mean Ronin had me wrapped around his finger in the first chapter making a Harry Potter and Outlander reference. Then he had to add a Lord of the Rings reference for good measure. Yup he made it on my top book boyfriends list pretty quickly. What really makes him swoon worthy book boyfriend material is the way he is with Kim then with the baby. I think I may need to fight Kim for him. It's not going to be easy for Ronin because he has a huge strike against him when it comes to Kim, he's a football player. The humor and banter between the two is one of my favorite things about this book. I would highly recommend this one along with the other books in the series.
CRISSYM 11 months ago
Scoring the Player's Baby was such a fantastic read and I finished this book within a few hours. I absolutely enjoyed this book and the characters within the story. The chemistry between Kim and Ronin was off the charts from the very beginning. I loved the back and forth banter between them and if I wasn't laughing out loud at their banter, I was smiling. I wished Kim's dad would have changed his ways but she was better off without him. She had her brother Alex who adored her and I am glad they developed such a strong bond. I also enjoyed Ronin's teammates. Overall, this was a fantastic sports romance read that readers will enjoy. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! I can't wait to read the next book from this author.
ReadYourWrites 11 months ago
4.5 Stars Kim Matlock finally has her own story!!! Happy dance. Wait...She divorces her cheating football player husband, she gets accosted by the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen, kissed within an inch of her life, has a one-night stand with said hottie, discovers he’s a freaking football player and oops, also discovers she’s pregnant with his child…..Not really what I pictured for her story. But man oh man...This. Is. The. Story. Kim. Needed. Remind me to never doubt Naima Simone ever again! I love reading Naima because I know two things are going to happen; 1) I’m going to laugh and 2) I’m going to fall in love with the hero and heroine of the story. Honestly, before I picked up Scoring the Player’s Baby I was critical of it for surface reasons. The title screams gold-digger to me. Excuse me, but Kim isn’t one. She has a job she loves, makes her own money, and doesn’t need a man. Thank you very much. The hero has a beard. Not just a sexy five o’clock shadow, but a full mountain man beard. Eww. No thank you. By the end of the first chapter, I could care less about those issues. Ronin Palamo is a man who seems to not have a care in the world. As star wide receiver for the Washington Warriors, he has money, adoring fans, NFL records, and his choice of any woman he wants. But behind his smiling face and electric personality is a man who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Since his father abandoned the family when he was ten, Ronin has felt as if he had to be the “man of the house”, a protector and caregiver to his mother and four sisters. He also feels like a failure for not saving and protecting the love of his life two years ago. Kim first made an appearance as the half sister of Alex Bishop, the hero of A Millionaire at Midnight. She was funny, gracious, and seemed to love life. As VP of Public Relations for Bishop Enterprises, Kim was at the top of her game. That is until her life came crashing down around her with the realization that her husband of three years had been cheating on her. Now, a year and a half later, Kim finds herself in Seattle being less than half the woman she use to be. I haven’t read all of Naima’s books and I don’t profess to be an expert on her writings, but Scoring the Player’s Baby seems different from her other books. Ronin and Kim really had to fight the demons of their past to be together. Ronin had to prove to Kim, a woman who no one ever put first, that she was worth loving, fighting for, and worthy of being number one. I loved Ronin’s reaction to discovering he was going to be a father. He has such a tenderness about him that my heart sighs and leaps with joy. I loved that he isn’t a typical guy. He and Kim prove that opposites really do attract. For me, the best part of this story was the declaration of love moment. The WAGS series features three football players who happen to be best friends. The books are all standalones, however Scoring the Player’s Baby has a big moment for Sophia and Zeph from Scoring with the Wrong Twin. There are two friends who have been around the whole series, neither are players, but Jason and Renee have been dancing around each other. I really really hope they get their own friends to enemies to lovers story. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed. I will definitely be purchasing a paperback copy to add to my bookshelf.**
Bette313 11 months ago
Loved this book! What was suppose to be one night turned into a lifetime connection when an unexpected pregnancy results from Ronin and and Kim's one night of passion. Ronin a rough and tough football player with a heart of gold. Kim appears to be tough as nails and that may be true in business but when it comes to her personal life she's scared and insecure. Can these two wounded souls open their hearts and let love in? This book is wonderfully written, scorchingly hot, with a romance at the center that will steal your heart. I highly recommend it to everyone.
mamalovestoread22 11 months ago
To say that Kim Matlock has a general distrust for football players, is a complete understatement, she married one and he broke her heart, and she decided then and there not again!! She is a determined woman who wants to put her crappy marriage, with her two-timing football playing ex behind her, and close that chapter on her life. So she pours herself into her work, shifts her focus on living her best life and helping save her families company. Men are not on her radar at all, then she attends a wedding expo, and winds up finding herself in the arms of a handsome man, who is apparently trying to shake off a clingy ex, and she can't help but want to take him up on his offer for a night of strings free fun... maybe he'll be just what he needs to help her get over her disastrous divorce. Or he could be the start of something that leads to a whole lot of fun!! Ronin Palamo doesn't do relationships, he knows what happens when love doesn't work, and he wants no part of it, so when he encounters a beautiful woman who wants to spend time with him, he makes a point to tell her that it's a one night kind of deal. But his last one night stand seems to have a hard time accepting that after their night between the sheets, and she makes an appearance at a wedding expo trying to get near him again, so he grabs the nearest woman and makes her believe he's moved on... in hopes she will take the hint and walk away. Not realizing that one little move is about to change the entire course of his life... Scoring The Player's Baby is sure to score some serious points with sports romance fans, the moment they meet the star player Ronin their heart will be lost to him, he's a beast on the field, and a charmer off of it! I loved everything about this one, the sports related theme, the sexy heart stealing wide-receiver, and the ballsy heroine who gave him a run for his money, and the heartfelt story line that gave me a serious case of the feels!! I highly recommend readers get their hands on this one, it's guaranteed to leave them highly satisfied! I requested an advanced copy of this title, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
caroldh4 11 months ago
Scoring the Player’s Baby is book three in the WAGS series by Naima Simone. Don’t you love it when you find an author that you know going in that you are going to love the book?! That’s how I’ve come to feel about Naima’s books. She just has a way with words that pulls me right in. And wow can she write steam. This book was smokin’! I loved the second book in the series, Scoring Off the Field and couldn’t wait for this book. Not to mention that cover! Ronin Palamo is a star wide receiver for the Washington Warriors NFL football team. He’s a huge man with a huge heart. He and his four sisters were raised by their single mother. Ronin has nothing against love and is happy to see his two best friends on the team find love for themselves. But he had his one shot at love and now it’s part of his past. He will never allow himself to feel that way for a woman again, to endure that kind of pain because that’s what love does, it leaves you torn apart and bleeding in the end. Ronin does enjoy women though but only for one night. And he is always upfront with the women he spends time with what their time together will be. Kim Matlock is Vice President of Public Relations with Bishop Enterprises, her half brother’s financial and holding company. Kim is in Seattle helping to rebrand a hotel. But her time in Seattle might have other advantages as well. It’s been a year since Kim’s divorce from her cheating football player of an ex husband. A year since her heart was shredded. She hasn’t been able to bring herself to date since the divorce. She has no interest in it at the moment. But one thing you can bet on is that if she ever does start dating again, she will stay as far away from football players as possible. Kim is trying to gain business for her hotel from brides looking for places to hold their weddings. So, she is working at the Seattle Wedding Expo. It wouldn’t be her favorite place to hang out for a day but it’s good for the hotel. Little did she expect to be grabbed in the lobby and get the breath kissed right out of her by the best looking man and biggest man she has ever seen. Ronin has been having trouble with one particular woman that just can’t seem to accept that their one night together is all they are going to have. He is at the wedding expo with one of his sisters when the would be stalker shows up in the lobby. He had noticed the beautiful woman working the hotel booth inside earlier and now spots her in the lobby. He doesn’t think, just acts, and grabs her and ends up with the best kiss of his life. That kiss eventually leads to a night beyond Ronin and Kim’s wildest dreams. A night that both of them consider perhaps repeating. But the morning after Kim realizes that this man that rocked her world right off it’s axis was in deed a football player. About three months later, Kim found out something else. That she was pregnant with Ronin’s baby. And so begins Ronin and Kim’s journey. Ronin is all in. Kim doesn’t trust him and he understands why. He will prove to her that she can trust him to be the best kind of man and do whatever is needed. Even though each of these two are determined not to let feelings in, their hearts have other plans. And don’t even get me started on their chemistry. It was off the charts. Ronin is every woman’s dream. He is all alpha and just seems to know exactly what Kim needs. These two have a lot of hurdles to overcome, though, before they can admit the
MBurton 11 months ago
Ronin was an absolute treat to read about. For being a football player that isn't into relationships, he came off very charming, loyal and honest. He has a healthy respect for women because of his mother and sisters and he treated Kim very well despite the restrictions to their relationship. Kim has been burned by not only her father but her ex-husband who also happens to be in the NFL. When she meets Ronin, she doesn't know who he is or she would have never given him the time of day. She already decided to give in to her attraction to him before she found out who he was. Both characters have some heavy baggage that did take some of the fun, loving vibe out of the story but not all of it. I laughed quite a bit because of Ronin and really enjoyed his easy manner when his past didn't pop up. That was a great read that is a bit on the shorter side and it has me intrigued to get the other players story.
Theresakerch-28 11 months ago
Another score in this series. This is my favorite book so far in the WAG’s stand alone series. Naima Simone did not disappoint. The characters and story kept me so interested that I did not want to put it down. Ronin Palamo is a star player for Washington Warriors football team who is very close to his family. Kim Matlock is a divorcee from another football player that had sworn off all sports men. She has a great job as a VP in her family owned business that she doesn’t have a great relationship with her father. These two meet by accident do not exchange last names, but decide on one night together. When they go their separate ways little do they know that Kim will end up pregnant. They try to just co-parent but will it become more. I highly recommend this book to anyone along with the other books in this series and also Kim’s brother and sister in law are from a millionaire at midnight.