Release Day Review: The Problem with Players by Brittainy Cherry

As a female coach, I’ve always lived by a simple mantra: throw hard, swing for the fences, and never, ever look back--especially when it comes to past flames.

So when my ex-boyfriend somehow manages to land the job as my new assistant coach, my life is flipped upside down. The game I thought I'd mastered is now being played with a whole new set of rules.

My ex is baseball's all-star Nathan Pierce. He’s tall, dark, and undeniably handsome. He's also all too eager to spend extra hours working together while flashing that familiar devilish smirk of his that still sends my heart racing.

Between playful teasing and lingering stares I discover that Nathan isn’t just here to work. He’s here to rewrite history. Our history.

And when fate throws another curveball involving me needing a place to stay, Nathan offers up his spare bedroom, which sends me spiraling into emotions I believed had long since faded.

Now I’m faced with the ultimate decision: keep it professional and continue fleeing from our past, or confront it head-on by playing the game he thinks we were meant to finish together.

“I like you so damn much that it scares me, Avery Kingsley. I’m around you all day, and then I still go ahead and dream about you, too.”

Brittainy Cherry's The Problem with Players, the second book in the Problems series, is a fantastic blend of humor, romance, and heartfelt moments. The story centers around Avery, a determined female coach, whose world gets a shake-up when her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Pierce, becomes her new assistant coach. Nathan’s not just back for work—he wants to fix their past.

Nathan is a gem—supportive, sweet, and persistent. His charm and optimism balance Avery’s grumpiness perfectly, making their interactions both fun and heartwarming. The slow build of their romance feels real, letting their connection grow naturally.

Cherry’s humor shines through in Avery and Nathan’s witty banter, keeping things lively. Avery’s struggles with her past, especially losing her mom and dealing with Nathan’s earlier departure, are portrayed with a lot of empathy, adding depth to her character.

"There was no other woman for me. It was Avery Kingsley or no one."

The third-act breakup might seem a bit predictable, but Cherry handles it well, giving both characters a chance to grow individually. This time apart is crucial, especially for Avery, as she learns to confront her trauma and embrace her self-worth.

The interaction between Evan (Nathan's brother) and Willow (Avery's sister) hints at exciting things to come and set up excitement for the next book in the series.

Overall, The Problem with Players hits the sweet spot between romance, humor, and emotional depth. It’s even better than the first book, keeping you hooked from start to finish. If you’re into contemporary romance, this book is a must-read for its heartfelt and engaging story.

Meet Brittainy


Amazon #1 Bestselling author, Brittainy Cherry, has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.

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