Trusting You by Ketley Allison



Title: Trusting You
Series: Players to Lovers #1
Author: Ketley Allison
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8, 2018


My best friend died
tonight and her baby girl might be taken away from me, too, if I don’t find
Lily’s father before she’s ripped out of my life and given to another family.
Unfortunately, I
know who he is. He’s my best friend’s ex, and I hate him in memory and on
I love this baby,
but I don’t love him. Even if he does whatever it takes to make me trust him,
and it seems he’s determined to do exactly that.
There’s just so
little of my heart left, and I can’t—won’t—reserve any of it for that bastard,
Lachlan Hayes.
A pro-football
prodigy, success was laid out in golden dollar signs—until an injury so
cringe-worthy it went viral laid me out for good.
Since then, I’ve
discovered booze and sex, and I get both whenever I want.
Until a girl shows
up at my literal doorstep, telling me about a baby I never knew I had.
As she looks at me
with tears her eyes, I have a sick feeling my world is about to spin out again.
I’m in deep sh*t,
because in no life plan did I think I’d raise a daughter, and I sure as hell
didn’t think I’d fall in love with the woman that comes with her.


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“I’d better go,” I say.
“Yeah.” Locke waves us off. “Go. But make sure to come back,
I offer him a small, deflated smile as I push the stroller
through the doorway. “I’m not going to abscond with your baby.”
“I don’t just mean the baby.”
The door’s almost shut, but I catch a glimpse of his face as
he says it, and in those brief seconds, I detect nothing but irritation.
It makes no sense, his words coupled with his expression,
but I’m coming to understand that about Locke. The conflict and layers and
constant upkeep it takes for him to keep pretending everything in his life is
I lift the stroller the way I saw Locke do it—surprised by
the lightness—and descend the staircase sideways. Lily smacks at my face and
tries to palm my nose. I blow a raspberry at her, but I’m thinking about the
man I left behind, and how I’m coming to learn that sometimes, it’s not
kindness I crave.
Seeing Locke angry is upsetting. But understanding its
impact unearths a sexual lust coiled beneath my bones. 
I’m used to emotional charge. Usually in the rollercoaster
form of grief, thinking everything will to be all right, like when the
treatment’s working and Paige has more energy, before the crash of devastation
when told there’s nothing more that can be done.
But this ride with Locke…the leap from
anger to happiness to sweetness, then back to anger, in such a short amount of
time, has me wanting to lift my dress and deal with the overdrive in an
entirely different way. I want to straddle him, to massage and kiss and tame
I shudder as I drop Lily’s wheels to the ground.
I can keep looking forward to dinner. 


Author Bio
Ketley Allison has
always been a romantic at heart. That passion ignited when she realized she
could put those dreams into words and her soul into characters. Ketley was born
in Canada, moved to Australia when she was thirteen, to California when she was
twenty, and finally to New York to attend law school, but most of that time was
spent sitting in coffee shops and wine bars thinking of her next book.
Her other passions
include coffee, wine, Big Macs, her cat, and her husband, possibly in that
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I was really intrigued with the blurb of Trusting You by Ketley Allison, the first book in her Players to Lovers series. A dead friend, a baby and an ex-football prodigy with no idea he is a father. Yes, please!

Carter lost her best friend and is ready to do whatever it takes to take care of her daughter. Even if it means facing the baby’s father, who she hates. Locke knows he is not the best kind of man, but an injury sidelined his career and is a little lost. Then a woman shows up with a baby he never knew about. He never expected to want them both.

Locke was known as a playboy. After his injury, his life was out of control. Carter does not trust Locke, but he is Lily’s father. Locke is determined to show her he can be the man he needs to be. I love how much Locke changed once Lily entered his life. Carter drove me crazy for a bit with her attitude towards Locke, but this was a slow burn romance.

Trusting You by Ketley Allison was a slow burn romance that was angsty and emotional. This was my first read by this author and I am excited to read more of this series.

~ Liz


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