The Final Score – Jaci Burton (Play by Play – Book 13)

the-final-score-jaci-burton-laylareads The Final Score
– Jaci Burton

Genre : Contemporary romance, New Adult, Sport romance
Rating : ♥♥♥♥

My review : The Final Score by Jaci Burton is a friends to lovers kind of story so…needless to say, I’m in! You must know by now that I can’t stay away from this theme. I just love it. I could read 100+ books with the same theme and still want more. This is my first book by this author and I’m really glad I got to read her work.


♥ The story 

Nathan and Mia have been best friends for years. Today, they need each other more than ever as they’re facing stressful life changes. Nathan is taking his father’s place as quarterback for his former team and has a lot of pressure as everyone expects him to live up to his father’s reputation. And Mia is starting her own sports management company. They both need stress relief but more importantly they need each other’s support. Throw in that they try to resist each other in order not to ruin their friendship and we’re in for a lot of sexual tension and hot talks.

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Scoring Wilder – R.S. Grey

scoring-wilder-r-s-grey-laylareads Scoring Wilder
– R.S. Grey

Genre : Contemporary romance, New Adult, Sport romance
Rating : ♥♥♥♥

My review : Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey was the sweetest and sexiest story. It’s no secret that this author is one of my favorite. I know when I pick one of her books that I’m going to have a good time. The same goes for this one. I really enjoyed it!

♥ The story ♥

Kinsley‘s goal is to make it to the Olympics. It’s a bit compromised when she meets her new coach, Liam Wilder, America’s favorite bad-boy and a professional soccer player. A relationship between those two is forbidden but it’s hard to keep their distance when they’re both so attracted to each other.

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Bad Reputation – Nicole Edwards (Bad Boys of Sports – Book 1)

bad reputation - nicole edwards - laylareads Bad Reputation
– Nicole Edwards

Genre : Contemporary romance, New Adult, Sport romance
Rating : ♥♥♥♥

My review : Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards was really hot and sweet. That is the first book I read from this author and knowing I love the theme of best friends to lovers stories, well, I was intrigued. And I’m glad I got to read this.

♥ The story 

Chase and Cassie have been best friends for years, despite all their differences. Indeed, they are complete opposites. Chase, the handsome hockey player, has quite the reputation with the ladies, while Cassie is more traditional in regards of her relationships. They do everything together and know all about each other. Chase has had a thing for Cassie for years but never acted on it. But then they go to Vegas, and well…everything changes.

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The Deal – Elle Kennedy (Off-Campus series #1)

the deal - elle kennedyThe Deal  – Elle Kennedy
Genre : Romance sportNew-AdultRomance ContemporaineComédie Romantique
Rating : ♥♥♥♥

My review :

« The Deal » or the most endearing book from the « University romance » genre ! Book one from the Off-campus serie is according to me the perfect illustration of the expression « feeling in love while reading ».

I have to admit that at the 5 first pages I was doubtful. We learned outright about the traumatic event that scarred our female character and I immediately thought there would be a lot of unnecessary drama. Then, the hero appears and I thought of the cliché of the good-looking football captain who’s full of himself. Well, guess what ? It was that…but so much more !!! (Fisrt, because he was a hockey captain and not a football one…yeah, that’s definitely not the same thing…duh.)

Garrett is confident (a little too much sometimes) but so funny and endearing. Hannah is strong, humble and smart. They’re both talented and determined. Elle Kennedy created characters with such depth and realism that I never wanted the story to end. The remarkable thing the author did in writing this book I think is : taking a « deja-vu » scenario and turning it into something entirely unique.

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Stroked – Meghan Quinn (Book 1)

Stroked - Meghan Quinn

– Meghan Quinn

Genre Romance Sport, New adult, Romance contemporaine
Rating : ♥♥

My review

Stroked was my first book from Meghan Quinn. The blurb appealed to me strongly as I like sports romance. Also, the reviews were good so I wanted to give it a go.

General impression

First, I must admit that it took me too much time to get into the story and as long to finish it.
It could have been an awesome read but it turned out to be just an okay read.  I felt there were too many unnecessary details. For example, Bellini’s POV chapters… it’s not to be mean but I seriously couldn’t care.

Otherwise, Stroked was…well, ok. The love story was kind of nice but not particularly sweet or endearing. I didn’t love it nor hated it and I think that’s the worst. I mean, if I can’t get the feel while reading, I don’t see the point.

The characters

Well, I feel really bad about saying this about a book because I know there’s serious work behind it. But I’m always honest while giving my views and I must say I sincerely didn’t get attached to any of the characters.

Reese : On paper, he’s totally the kind of character I like. And I guess he was. It’s just that I couldn’t feel the chemistry with the female character and when it’s the case in a romance, I must say I’m too disappointed to care about each character. But on a more objective note, yes, Reese is likable. He’s your super good-looking alpha male hero and acts possessively towards Paisley which is nice.

Paisley : I must say she’s quite original. She’s strong, driven, determined and is working on saving her career. She is pretty nice.

Bellini : That’s seriously the biggest flaw of this book for me. Bellini is Paisley’s boss and Reese’s so-called ‘girlfriend’. She has the role of the villain in this story. But what I don’t get is why does she take that much place. She was really uninteresting and annoying.

To conclude, I was a bit disappointed by this book. But that’s my opinion only. Many enjoyed it and I guess the story has its appeal. If you can get into it then it might be a very enjoyable read for you.

Have you read it ? What are your thoughts ? Most importantly, what did you think of Bellini (I need to know!) ? 

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Summary (Goodreads) 

Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.

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