The Playmaker by Lane Swift

The Playmaker by Lane Swift
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary, GLBT (F/F)
Length: Short Story (142 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Ask Meg, and she’ll say she’s content. A promising career, a steady boyfriend—her future is secure. Just like her position on the 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.

How do you know when you’re with the right person? Is this even the right question to be asking in a tough situation?

Chemistry isn’t something that can be faked. It either exists it doesn’t. In this case, the sparks flying between Meg and Jacqueline were undeniable. Some of my favorite scenes showed the little, flirtatious moments that occur between two people when they’re attracted to each other but haven’t yet admitted it out loud yet. Those small, subtle interactions were a highlight of this story because so much effort was obviously spent weaving them into the plot.

With that being said, everything moved incredibly fast between them, especially since both women were with other people when they first developed feelings for one another. The explanations given for why both characters were willing to act on their urges despite their complex home lives were never quite satisfactory for me. I would have liked to see much more time spent exploring what Jacqueline and Meg were thinking when they first became aware of their feelings for one another.

Meg’s character development was strong. It was nice to learn as much as I did about her earlier life. Those anecdotes really helped to explain why she made certain choices that otherwise wouldn’t have made as much sense. They also gave me a three-dimensional understanding of her personality. She was so well rounded and interesting that I continued liking her even when she did things that I had trouble understanding.

Give The Playmaker if you’re in the mood for something steamy.

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