Review: For the Win by Sara Rider

Posted July 13, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: For the Win by Sara Rider
For the Win
by Sara Rider

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 6th 2016
Series: The Perfect Play #1
Published by Pocket Star
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
 

“This may be the closest you can get to soccer romance perfection, blending the sport and the romance.”
~ Under the Covers

Talk about a new to me author taking me by surprise!  If it hadn’t been for the fact I was looking for soccer reads, I probably would’ve missed this series and trying out Sara Rider.  And what a pity that would be.  As an added bonus, this was part of the Audible Romance package so I got to give it a try without spending extra money.  Win/win!

FOR THE WIN is about two professional soccer players.  Lainey is just coming from a terrible head injury during the World Cup final eight months ago.  A game her team won and she never got to bask in that glory, the highlight of her career, because she was being rushed to the hospital.  Now she gets to play at the same stadium as her all time crush, Gabe Havelak.

This starts out a tiny bit like an enemies to lovers story that quickly turns into a temporary and fun sexual relationship.  There’s great chemistry between the H/h and I confess Gabe made me all swoony.  But I also really enjoyed the team aspects and the way they both interacted with their team members.  And then Gabe’s family, also adorable!  Overall, this felt so very well rounded.

I think of all the soccer romances I’ve read, this one had the most game stuff in it and I loved it.  It wasn’t just the characters job that somehow is in the background.  So definitely it was a plus for me.  And I also loved the fact that both main characters are pros.  There was a nice dynamic to that.

Probably the star of the show here was Ms. Rider’s easy writing style.  I had no trouble jumping in and enjoying the flow of this story from start to finish.  The pacing was excellent as well.  This may be the closest you can get to soccer romance perfection, blending the sport and the romance.

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About Sara Rider

Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them. Growing up, Sara dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics and daydreams about plotlines and character arcs. She spends far too much time at public libraries and never leaves the house without a paperback or an e-reader stuffed into her purse.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

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Another awesome review Francesca!! Shared on all my socials!!

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I like that both main characters are professional athletes and Gabe sounds great.

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Thanks for the review, I’ll be adding to my wishlist.

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Sounds good. Thanks for the review Francesca