Released: June 6th 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Perfect Play #1
Published by Pocket Star
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
“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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