Contemporary Sports Romance Review: Play Dead by Avery Cockburn

Play Dead (Glasgow Lads # 3.5) by Avery Cockburn

Published by: Self-Published

Format: mobi

Genre: Contemporary Sports LGBTQ+ Romance

Order at: Goodreads

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: It’s late at night and you want something just so…unghf…and hmmm…and aargh…and maybe opposites/enemies-to-lovers…needs to be hot…(scroll, scroll, scroll)… nothing else seems right but you open this one — and surprise, surprise, it hits all the sweet spots. Read More

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Sports Romance Review: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Title and Author: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Published by: HarperCollins Publisher

Format: E-Book

Genre: Sports Romance

Order at: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: A fun typical romantic comedy book with a lovable and realistic protagonist with a dash of hockey! Read More

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Sports Romance Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

hard-hitterHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

Published by: Berkley

Format: mobi ARC

Genre: Contemporary sports romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: Adults acting like adults, with complicated, competent lives. Mutual respect all over the place. And soooooo much hockey and yoga.

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Hockey Double Shot: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen and Empty Net by Avon Gale

Hey guys, it’s almost hockey season! I say that with excitement, despite the fact that I’m a Bruins fan and they’re probably going to be terrible this year. Sigh. Anyway, if you just can’t wait until October, or if you just like a good sports romance for the romance, not the sport, here are two hockey romances you can read now!

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rookie moveRookie Move by Sarina Bowen

This book features Leo Trevi, a pro hockey players with the Brooklyn Bruisers, and his high school girlfriend Georgia. They were each other’s’ first love, and nobody else has measured up since. Leo is traded to the Bruisers, where he has to come face to face with Georgia (and her father, the coach, who hates Leo’s guts) and all they left behind. Georgia is dealing with trying to keep up after a new promotion and doesn’t have time to be distracted by the long-lost love of her life.

One thing I found refreshing about this book is that, while the event that pulls Leo and Georgia apart is her rape in senior year of high school, the rape itself is never described. The aftermath of Georgia’s assault has echoed through both of their lives, but it’s never dramatized or treated as the only defining event in her life. It’s a choice you don’t often see, and I appreciated the choice the author made.

As always, Bowen does a fantastic job weaving in hockey details with the romance. I also really liked that, even though this was a workplace romance, both Leo and Georgia take their jobs very seriously. They both come to the decision individually that their jobs are more important than the romance, and that never really wavers. They both take pride in their work and are ambitious — there is never the sense that her job is less important than his because she works in PR rather than being on the ice, and her personal ambitions are central to the plot. (I loved the Mark Zuckerberg-like character who owns the team, and I really hope he gets his own book.)

This was a really hard book for me to review. Sarina Bowen is an author who knows how to hit my id hard with tropes and relationships I love. She writes interesting, vibrant characters who have complicated histories, and she should be a  very uncomplicated auto-buy for me. That said, she takes a weird turn into misogyny in almost every book. It’s usually brief, but it’s like, “gorgeous ride, beautiful scenery, CAR CRASH, ok, back on the road, gorgeous ride, beautiful scenery..” She has written an incredibly powerful book about slut-shaming (The Shameless Hour) and then, in other books, she has female characters roll their eyes at other female characters for being shallow or “puck bunnies.” There’s always a moment where the heroine is “not like those other girls” and it really grates.

I think it grates so much because I otherwise love her damn books. I know that when I pick up a Sarina Bowen book, I won’t be able to put it down until it’s done. I know that she’ll have characters that feel full and real. I just wish she would never write anyone’s ex-girlfriend ever again.

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Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series shows a different side of professional hockey: the less-glamorous, lower-paying minor hockey world of the ECHL. The first three books can be read as standalones, but Empty Net doesn’t make nearly as much sense if you haven’t read the third book (Power Play) as it continues pretty directly from the end of that.

This book is all about the drama! Like Sarina Bowen’s book, I couldn’t put it down once I started. However, I definitely think this is going to be the kind of book people will either love or hate. It’s very much a soap opera, with enemies-to-lovers, eating disorders and abusive parents and a hero with a past as a prostitute. Oh, and did I mention that one of the heroes is a virgin? This book is packed with so many tropes, it’s bound to be somebody’s catnip.

The things I loved about this book: good hockey and good therapy. Gale does a great job writing the game, showing a side of pro sports that’s rarely depicted anywhere…the life of struggling minor-league player. She also does a terrific job writing Laurent’s therapist and depicts therapy sessions fairly realistically. Therapy done badly is a huge pet peeve of mine.

The relationship is sweet and mutually supportive, but the book is ultimately all about Laurent and his journey, discovering his sexuality, (he’s demisexual and a virgin) gettiIfng healthy, and freeing himself from his father. Gale’s books deal with difficult subjects but somehow always feel safe, in the way where you know everything is going to be all good at the end.

If you’re in the mood for deep dive into the trope deep end, this is an excellently-written book for you.

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ErinErin is a full time contributor to Binge on Books. She is a voracious reader and reviewer who has been been reading romances since she stole them from under her neighbor’s mom’s bed while she was at work. You can read all her reviews here.

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Playing with the Boys (A PrettyTOUGH Novel)

Playing with the Boys (A PrettyTOUGH Novel)

Author Note: There’s something odd about this one. It seems like the paperback edition is listed as written by Liz Tigelaar (like this photo) but the Kindle edition has Nicole Leigh Shepherd. They’re the same book, I just don’t know which to list as the author.              

Publisher: Razorbill (April 10, 2008)

Format: Kindle

Reviewed By: Ellen

Football, hot guys, a girl playing a “boy” sport – what’s not to love?! Happy Super Bowl Day!

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Books and Boys: We all have “types”

A few days ago, after yet another Judith/Ellen books conversation, I realized something: I totally have a book “type”. Just like how I know that the tall, über-jock looking guy at the bar will be the one I go for (it’s a weakness!) there are some books that, no matter how bad they might be for me, I will buy. Doesn’t matter if they’re YA/NA/romance novels, or if the book has a zillion 1 star reviews on Amazon, I just can’t say no! So now, dear readers, Judith and I are joining forces for just the second time to discuss our book types. Do you agree? Have we missed any important ones? What are yours??? Please let us know we’re not alone! Read More

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From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

From What I Remember, by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Publisher: Hyperion, 2012

Format: Kindle

My very last Olympic review!!! And I’m actually doing this while I watch the Closing Ceremony so if this makes even less sense than my normal review I’m sorry but it’s not easy to sing, type, and keep an eye out for Prince Hot Ginger at the same time. But according to my resume I’m an excellent multi-tasker so let’s do this!!

Plot: Max and Kylie have been going to the same posh private school outside of San Diego for years but it’s not until days before graduation that they actually interact. When an evil teacher pairs off the class and gives them an assignment on the second-to-last day of school everyone is determined to ignore it. Well, everyone except Kylie who needs to keep her average up so she can remain class valedictorian. Unfortunately she’s paired with hottie hot hot Max who couldn’t care less about the assignment. After a VERY public confrontation Max and Kylie agree to meet up. During the meeting Kylie’s book bag is stolen – the book bag which contains her laptop with her screenplay, her valedictory speech, her journal…and none if it is backed up (girl, I feel your pain). Kylie follows the thief, with Max deciding to tag along, which leads to the two of them ending up in a U-Haul full of stolen merchandise on its way to Mexico. They eventually rescue Kylie’s laptop but are now stranded in Mexico with no passports and no way to get home. What follows is quite possibly the craziest/greatest day ever full of amazing tacos, revealing family backstory, deep talks, celebrating St. John the Baptist, group weddings, and lots of margaritas (YAY!!!!).

Sport: This one just barely made the cut because there’s only one scene but Max is an excellent squash player. I’m not going to lie – I have NO CLUE what squash is and sounds really WASPy but it counts! I mean, I’d never heard of handball until last week and yet it’s evidently an Olympic sport? The more you know (picture the rainbow).

Review: What I like best about this book is that, unlike so many of the books we love, these are not perfect characters. Both Kylie and Max are flawed people who can be uptight, stand-offish, suspicious of people’s motives…but also fun, loyal friends, adventurous, and totally awesome. I loved how much the two of them grew as individuals throughout the book. Max stopped being afraid of living up to people’s expectations, Kylie learned how to let her hair down and not be such a control freak, and together they became such an amazing couple who compliment each other in so many ways.

The sub-plot in which they just happen to end up in the town where Kylie’s father grew up, and stumble into the bar run by his best friend who Kylie has never even heard of, was overly convenient but it still worked. I loved all the house party stuff, Max trying on the dress so Kylie would also, how welcoming everyone was, the fact that Max didn’t completely freak out when told he’d eaten tripe (ewwwwwwwwww!). It was all great.

The only thing that upsets me about this book isn’t actually about the book (Closing Ceremony note: OMG SPICE GIRLS!!!!!!!! Even though I knew this was coming I’m so beyond excited. I love them!) but that our review structure doesn’t have a “How awesome was the bff” category. Because Charlie would get a 10 but Will would get a 1000000000. I love Will so much I want him to be my bestie. Not only can he quote an amazing number of movies, but he’s so loyal, and fun, and endearing, and has great fashion sense, and honestly – I want to read a book just about Will.

In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 9. Kylie defines anal-retentive. Granted this is in large part because of the pressure from her parents to be valedictorian, get into a great college, take care of her brother with Asperger’s…basically to be perfect. I love the scenes with her and Will quoting all those movies, and she was SO Jason Bourne when she and Max were in jeopardy. I loved the fact that when Max began to f everything up she didn’t get all whiny but knew that she’d be able to get through it all. I would definitely want to be friends with this girl…even though she’d probably intimidate me a lot. Oh and she gave the greatest graduation speech EVER. At the end all I could picture was this. (Closing Ceremony: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!” And Prince Hot Ginger is singing!!!! I’m the happiest Ellen ever!)

How much did I like the love interest: 9. Oh Max. Seemingly so confident on the outside but in reality you have no clue who you are or how to be yourself. In the pre-Mexico scenes I really disliked you and when Kylie told you off I cheered. But then you gradually exposed your real self to Kylie and I fell in love. The love of photography, ability to talk to anyone, adventurous spirit, even how quick you were to realize that Kylie was an amazing person. I also have to give major props for realizing that it’s best in a crisis situation to let Kylie lead the way rather than arguing and trying to always be the alpha male. Which is probably the first time in my life I’ve ever felt that way.

How believable is the plot: 10. While a little overly dramatic at times and too convenient at others in the end it’s all still believable. And awesome.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 9. There was only one error I saw but it was a pretty big one – the chapters are labeled by narrator and there was one chapter labeled “Kylie” which should have been “Max”. I was SO confused for an embarrassing length of time. Other than that it was all good.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. There was not a dull moment in this one. On my list of books to review I have this one listed as “Mexico…squash…SO GOOD”.

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 3. But only because they constantly drank what my family now refers to as “the ‘S’ drink”

Have of While doesn’t over the counter lasix spontaneously this waste work.

(Sangr…don’t make me finish). It brought back a very bad night which needed to be erased and drinking is always the answer!

Final Score: 10/10. I can’t recommend this one enough. When I realized this would be my last official Olympic review (although obvi I’ll never stop the sports reviews) I knew I had to end on something I loved and this was the first book that came to mind. (Last Closing Ceremony note: This was my favorite cauldron ever. I know people keep mentioning Barcelona but I don’t remember it and this was was just tops for me. Opinions??)

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The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club by J.C. Isabella

The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club by J.C. Isabella

Publisher: Self-Published

 Format: Kindle, 2012

It’s my latest Olympic review!! Sorry I’m a little late on this one but let’s be honest, it’s a complete  miracle I’ve torn myself away from my constant viewing in order to read anything, let alone write a review. Better get this done so I can go back to my regularly-scheduled obsessing!!! (Also it’s my mission to make sure everyone alive has seen this. Olympic swimmers + “Call Me Maybe” = Ellen heaven)

Plot: When she was just 7 years old Chloe fell in love with 9-year old Zack Warren, a love so strong that she began an “unofficial club” for like-minded girls to worship from afar. Unfortunately, as we all know, even the purest love can be tested and after not only dropping a lizard on her head but then pulling the beloved pink streamers out of her brand-new bike, by fifth grade Chloe has moved on and tries to distance herself from the club. Unfortunately her (my opinion: psycho) bff Lana refuses to let it go, even starting a club when Lana and Chloe end up attending the same college as Zack. When Chloe’s mom and Zack’s dad unexpectedly elope, Chloe and Zack are thrown together in a way neither expected and are finally forced to deal with all the emotions they have for each other: are they really enemies or is it just a way to disguise their actual romantical feelings?

Sport: Zack is a pitcher on the university baseball team (I know, not an Olympic sport but it used to be!). Mostly there’s talk about being on the team, his future prospects, and his “hot baseball body” (btw – really, a pitcher? Not typically the fittest player on the team. For every Cole Hamels there are like 3 who look like Joe Blanton or Joba Chamberlain). But there are several pitching sessions and practices which are detailed enough to make this count! (Also can I tell you how painful it is to read a baseball book right now as a Phillies fan? It’s honestly salt in my open wound of awfulness.)

Review: I think I’ve mentioned that right before I review a book I re-read in order to remind myself why I liked/disliked it since they all tend to blend together. Sometimes this just cements the awesomeness of a book but many times due to the fact that I’m able to focus on more than just “come on! When are they going to get together?! I CAN’T HANDLE IT!” the flaws start to come forward. Which is exactly what happened this time, unfortunately.

My main issues with this book are the sub-plots which were needless and included  to create additional dramatic situations. I think that the whole “this guy has been my pseudo-enemy my entire life and now he’s my step-brother and omg we’re finally realizing we love each other” thing is dramatic enough. The fact that Zack’s teammate Max starts out joking about having sex with Chloe and then almost out of nowhere becomes the mayor of Creepersville was just a tool for Zack to be all macho and protective (which can be totally hot but it bugged after the 5th time). And Lana’s insanity and inability to realize that her actions are completely crazypants was way too far-fetched. Honestly if someone said they were fostering this sort of club for a celebrity I’d think they were out there, but to do it for a classmate (no matter how cute) was over the top. If the book had just focused on the Chloe/Zack relationship – going from enemies, to friends, to admitting they love each other; dealing with the fact that they’re step-siblings; hiding their relationship from their parents; people at school finding out step-siblings are dating; Zack’s recruitment; having little moments together – that would have been a great book.

One thing that didn’t bug me at all but totally skeeved Judith out was the step-sibling aspect. The fact that Chloe and Zack have known each other since grade school and their parents didn’t even start dating – let alone get married – until Chloe and Zack were both in college doesn’t make this a relationship I would consider “real” step-siblings. Hell, it didn’t bother me with Serena and Dan on Gossip Girl so why should it here?

In the end I’m going to give this one a 7 out of 10.   

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 7. Yes Chloe started this crazy club but she was just a kid and quickly distances herself from the whole thing. I like that Chloe is kinda quirky but completely confident in who she is and who she wants to be. She’s your normal girl-next-door but, unlike so many YA females, doesn’t spend all her time focusing on guys. Hell, on the weekends she lives a door away from hottie hot hot Zack and yet doesn’t even worry about looking perfect before coming downstairs in the morning! Who amongst us could say that? I do think her character could be flushed out a little more – does Chloe have any hobbies? What does she like to do other than hang out at home or with Stella/Carlos/Zack? And why the F is she still friends with crazypants Lucy??? 

How much did I like the love interest: 9. Despite the fact that the book is told from both Chloe and Zack’s POV I feel like I have a much better grasp on Zack’s personality. He’s smart, a great ballplayer, a gentleman, can kick some serious ass, and is someone who made some bad decisions after losing his mom at an early age but then straightened up after a fairly confrontational speech from Chloe when they were in junior high. I think his reaction after finding out about the club was a bit extreme but of course he had to act that way so there could be draaaaammmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaa. However I can overlook this because I believe the world is divided into either Target or Wal-Mart people and both Zack and I are affirmed Target people.

How believable is the plot:  7. If not for the previously mentioned sub-plots I would have given this a 10 but the club thing combined with the Max drama was just too much.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 3. I liked the writing style and flow but this book seriously needed some proof reading. There was a major over-usage of both commas and apostrophes, incorrect words, and at one point the author even mistyped THE NAME OF THE BOOK!!! (“The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Flub”). Not okay. (But unintentionally hilarious)

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. Both times I’ve read it I’ve been engrossed. Not like “miss my stop on the subway” level but definitely “UGH! I’m about to yell at a telemarketer for calling” level.

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 2. But only the second time around. The overly-dramatic and completely unnecessary plotlines just got to me.

Final Score: 7/10. Despite some things I did include this, and at some point I vow to get around to reading Chasing McCree which Judith really enjoyed.

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Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford

Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford

Publisher: Moonstruck Media (2012)

Format: Kindle

In the second edition of my Olympics-inspired sport reviews I’ve chosen a book that ended up completely shocking me. There are so many football books that I’m going to try to spread them out, this is just the first new one I stumbled upon.

Plot: About 6 months before the start of the book Chase Walden’s dad died in a plane crash. Unable to afford their current lifestyle, Chase and his mom move to a new community where Chase falls in with a rather “fast” crowd and spends all his time drinking and doing drugs in order to try to forget how much he misses his dad. After one too many bad choices Chase’s mom decides that the two of them will move in with her parents who run a ranch on the outskirts of a small Arizona town. Chase is instantly intrigued with good girl Nikki – despite the fact that she thinks Chase is a total punk and wants nothing to do with him. Gradually Chase wears Nikki down, they start to date, he stops drinking and smoking pot, joins the football team, and becomes an all-around awesome guy. But then tragedy strikes and Chase has to figure out how to remain the person he’s become, rather than sliding back into his bad-boy ways.

Sport: This one actually had me worried because while there was tons of talk about Chase’s football career before his father’s death, it wasn’t until about 70% of the book had passed that the first action scene occurred. But there are a few practices and one game which are written about in some detail. Yay!

Review: I’m not going to lie, I thought this was going to be your normal “guy with issues meets the perfect girl who makes him turn his life around and they live happily ever after (until they go to college, at least)” story but it was so much more than that. First off I liked that we got enough glimpses of the kind of guy Chase had been before his dad passed away to understand his fairly sudden transformation. He was a great guy who experienced something awful, met a girl who also lost a parent and understood what he was feeling, and decided to be the type of guy she would fall for. Hell, I fell for him and he’s a fictional character way younger than I am.

What I did not expect at all was the end of the book. Holy crap. I’m not going to spoil anything and tell you what happens but I was literally bawling my eyes out for the last 15% of my book (no clue what that is in actual pages). I mean, this is a football story! There’s no crying in football! (Except, as Judith pointed out, we do love our FNL and obviously the town of Dillon, TX gets my tear ducts working overtime.) I kept hoping I’d turn the page and it would all have been some awful dream sequence but it wasn’t! While part of me wants a sequel so I can see what will happen with these characters, another part of me can’t stand the idea of reading about that same future.

Oh and please don’t judge the book based on this cover. I almost said “hell no” when I saw the cover but went for it anyway. So glad I did!

In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10.   

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the hero: 10. Since the story is told from Chase’s POV I’m putting him here. Chase is a really great guy who experienced one of the worst things anyone can experience. Yes he makes some really REALLY bad decisions but I think we can all understand where he’s coming from. When he meets and is immediately drawn to Nikki he doesn’t mock her for her fairly straight-laced ways but understands that if he wants this girl – and everyone else – to judge him for who he really is then he needs to stop acting out. I loved the little scenes with the two of them and reading about the growth of their relationship. He even carries her books!! SQUEE! (My heart literally grows three sizes every time a guy carries a girl’s books. I think the character could then skin bunnies and I’d still say he’s an awesome character because of the book carrying. [Note: There were NO skinned bunnies in this book!]) While it did all happen pretty sudden none of it seemed rushed our out-of-place, just perfect.

How much did I like the love interest: 10. This girl is definitely too good to be true. She’s smart, a cheerleader, volunteers with an addiction counselor, a wonderful daughter and older sister, and has an amazing sense of who she is and what she wants to do with her life. When she finally agrees to go out with Chase she doesn’t expect him to be some bad boy but makes him realize that he needs to change his behavior for his own good, not just in order to be with her. I loved that she had experience with grief and could empathize and help Chase handle everything he was feeling. The faith she has in Chase and belief that he really is an amazing person were so touching to read about. I’m getting choked up here!

How believable is the plot:  10. As upsetting as some of this stuff was it’s not hard to imagine any of it happening. When it was good it was amazing and when it was sad it was SO sad.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 9. The book could have used some more editing. There was a major over-usage of commas and some incorrect words.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. Literally couldn’t put it down.

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 2. Mostly to get me through my tears and over the shock of the last bit of the book.

Final Score: 10/10. Take my advice and read this book – but make sure you have a tissue close by.  

 

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Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys, by Kate Brian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 23, 2008)

Format: Kindle

In honor of my deep and abiding love of the Olympics I’ve decided that until they end I’m going to make one of my reviews each week about a book involving sports. Not necessarily sports that are in the Olympics but one character (preferably the main girl or guy) must spend at minimum one scene actually playing a sport. So books in which people mention several times that they play sports but there’s no action won’t count. Oh and it’s a LOT harder than expected to find YA sports books so any recommendations would be appreciated! (Except for football books, that’s the only sport I can find a bunch of.)

Plot: Megan is an Army brat who has spent her life following her parents from base to base. When they get transferred to South Korea right before the start of her junior year Megan decides not to go and instead moves in with the family of her father’s best friend. She hasn’t seen the seven McGowan boys in years and they are vastly different than the obnoxious pre-teens she remembers. There is a disparate number of personalities: hottie, rocker, artist, rapper, even a kid with Asperger’s Syndrome. While the boys’ mom is relieved to finally have another woman in the house, Megan has to figure out how to

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survive living with all these boys (including sharing a bathroom – ew!), making the soccer team, dealing with her crush on one of the brothers, and of course handling the normal high school drama.

Sport: While Evan McGowan mentions both lacrosse and hockey, the main sporting action in this book revolves around Megan’s love of soccer and her attempt to make the varsity soccer team in spite the fact that the would-be captain, Hailey, is a complete biatch who is involved in one of those overly-dramatic and completely codependent relationships with hottie hot hot Evan.

Review: To be honest I only bought this because I saw the word “soccer” and got so excited that it included a sport other than football, but I ended up really liking it. It’s not exactly the most original book but who cares when you like the characters? I thought Megan was very relatable and the fact that she never punched any of the McGowan boys in the face was a true miracle. I mean, I only have one brother and we had some seriously physical fights growing up (well, wrestling, not like fist fights, I like my face the way it is) (oh and they were all his fault of course! I was/am nearly perfect).

One aspect of the book that I really really really liked was how Megan tackled her relationship with Miller and his Asperger’s. She’d never met anyone before who had it and, in true nerd form, decided to do a lot of research. The fact that she takes the time to be patient and let him guide their friendship brought a sappy tear to my eye (what! I spent a semester in grad school talking almost every day about kids with Asperger’s and autism!). And then her new friends were so open to what she was doing! These scenes, even though they had zero romance, were the best parts of the book for me.

That being said the one downside to the book is that I feel like it ended at such an abrupt point and I think there is much more story left to be told. I mean, I have a very good idea who Megan will end up with but why can’t I see it happen? I wasn’t so down about this until I started this review and saw that the book was published in 2008, meaning

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that if a sequel hasn’t already been published I doubt it ever will. And I know you all realize the complete insanity of this situation – I’m actually asking for a sequel. This NEVER happens!!!

In the end I’m going to give this one an 8 out of 10.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 10. Megan is definitely a character I’d hope to be friends with. I liked that her parents respected her decision to stay in the US when they left for

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in my life (and other friends who grew up moving all over the place) and her characterization rang very true for me. I think the fact that she really gained confidence in herself and came out of her shell is understandable when considering she’s surrounded by all these guys. She’s smart, a VERY talented soccer player, humble, patient, a great friend. The fact that a certain guy I was rooting for in the beginning doesn’t end up with her is a true sign of what an idiot he is. Oh, and when she has to she can dole out an AMAZING set down. Damn those were some good scenes.

How much did I like the love interest: 5. Well this is a difficult decision because you have guy A who I thought was the guy she’d end up with. I basically ignored all other guys for the majority of the book because A seemed, underneath it all, like a really awesome guy who could be great with Megan. But then A flips a total 180° and becomes a complete asshat. Then Megan is still pining over him but I’m done with that story. And then out of NOWHERE B comes along and I guess in retrospect you can see where it’s been building but really at the time I was completely surprised and it was unfairly cut off so soon that I just can’t properly judge. Which is why I need a sequel!!!

How believable is the plot: 10. All completely believable. I mean the most unbelievable thing for me is that Megan didn’t physically attack any of the boys but that might just be my Irish temper affecting my judgment so I’ll let it slide.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 9. There were enough editing errors that I can’t give it a 10 but other than that no biggie.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. I really liked this! It was so realistic and I needed to find out when Megan would finally tell off these jerky boys!

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 2. Now to be honest I didn’t have anything to drink while reading but that was because I had to drive but since I’ve been sitting here thinking about how I feel about this book it’s taken me 2 drinks. I just want more (book, not alcohol)!

Final Score: 8/10. One of the few times in my life I’m actually begging for a sequel and it probably won’t ever happen. So I’ll just have to make one up in my mind. Or hope our site can get enough people to read it that a sequel could happen!!! (Hey! The Olympics are all about fulfilling dreams!) (Full circle!!)

 

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