Reviewed by Kini
When I saw the request for this I thought I would try a new to me author. I am always looking for a good romantic comedy and this seemed like it could be one. The description says it is a stand alone, so I assumed I would be able to read it without reading book one. I was wrong.
I made it to 64% and decided to do myself a favor and declare this book a DNF. I had many issues with the story. First being the main characters, they were annoying and mean to each other. I think it is supposed to come off as opposites attract/enemies to lovers type of thing, but I never understood what the hero and heroine saw in the other. The hero felt especially one-dimensional and made me wonder why the heroine would even be interested in him.
I mention it says it is a stand alone, I would argue that. Elle and Henry had a casual sex relationship that I think may have been referenced in book one, at the very least we don’t see much of their beginnings. There is a lot of telling how it used to be and how they have chemistry, but I wasn’t feeling it. There’s also a secondary couple that were probably in book one, but they resolve their issues and get back together during this book. Maybe they are happening at the same time, but it was weird and I didn’t like it.
Misogyny was rampant in this book and I just couldn’t handle it. The way the women are described was gross. The hero makes a crack at his coach because the coach has a “chick’s” name. The hero also gets into a scuffle with his teammate and makes disparaging comments about his penis. His main motivation for getting the heroine back is that he feels like she’s his lucky charm, but it takes him a really long time to discover that she is more than just a thing. He pretty much demands she I’ve recently read a couple of books where the heroes are masculine without being grossly misogynistic, so it is hard to go into reading this.
I can’t recommend this book. I think there are many new adult sports romances where the characters are fully drawn and not one-dimensional characters. The first and most recent is Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, where the hero is silly and flawed but is the kindest, sweetest man under his flaws.