Review: The Player Gets Coached by Janet Nissenson

Reviewed by Debz

I like Janet Nissenson’s work. I’ve read two or three other pieces of her work and I really liked them so I picked this book up without doing too much research. So, I place myself firmly in the wrong for that. 

There is nothing weirder than a middle aged man who refuses to act his age and just relieves his glory days over and over to anyone who would care to listen. It’s weird in real life and comes off weird in prose too. The hero is a glorified manchild. Honestly, if you didn’t calculate his age from clues and timelines the author gave, I would not be surprised if you thought he was in his 20s. This is a 40 year old man. WOW. 

It’s not even the womanizing that puts me off. It’s his general aura. He just feels like a smarmy old (I’m 24, so yes, old AND he’s considerably older than the heroine as well) man who still thinks he’s got it. He decides to focus all his attention on his new hot neighbor and he makes it his mission to go out on a date with her. He basically changes himself; becomes better, stops sleeping with everyone, dresses better and the whole nine yards to get with this woman. 

Let me just say that I don’t think relationships can change people that much. I also don’t think anyone should enter into a relationship with the intention of changing their partner. That’s why I didn’t find the hero genuine. He didn’t start changing because he had an internal audit and decided to become a better person; he changed because the heroine said he wasn’t her type and he wanted to have sex with her so bad he was willing to basically become another person. 

The author tried to convey that his change was actually his coming into his real self, but I don’t buy it. I feel like, in reality, after he got what he wanted from the heroine (sex obviously) he would revert to standard douche mode. 

There was no other redeeming quality for this book to be honest. The story line was not novel or new; same old formula of  the protagonists getting together, then breaking up ¾ into the book and finally getting back together at the end. 

I have to say that Desi, our heroine, had serious daddy issues as well. I’m not going to place on the blame on that guy. Even the huge break up just before the conclusion, you know the one I’m talking about, it’s in all romance novels; I felt like she overreacted and did the most for the longest time. But they seem to suit each other. Manchild and Daddy Issues. That marriage is going to be interesting. 

The author made a huge point to showcase that the hero had grown up at the end of the book but I’m very skeptical of men, both fictional and real that need the love of a good woman to make them into passable human beings. That’s something you should be able to do for yourself and not wait for a woman to change you. It’s too much pressure on women. 

The fact that there was no other exciting thing happening made it impossible for me to get over the weird ass hero. SO overall very unexciting. I had to stop and come back to it 2 weeks later. It was still painful for me to finish nonetheless. 

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

The Player Gets Coached
by Janet Nissenson
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Bookbaby

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