Published by Piper Rayne Incorporated on December 27, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance Romance, Secret Romance, Sports Romance, Workplace
Format: eBook, Paperback
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I needed less time re-hashing the past and more relationship building when they weren’t hiding in secret to make this a more enjoyable story. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
I’ve always enjoyed this writing duo’s work and after reading False Start I couldn’t wait to see how the relationship played out with these two and it honestly was a bit anti-climatic. Why, you ask? Because this story has been told time and time again in more sports romances than I can count and I’m tired of it. Any time a woman working for a sports organizations gets involved with a player their job is in jeopardy (there’s been a few where it worked out but that’s not the norm) and it’s time this changed. That said after the prequel, I wasn’t a big fan of Lee; he made a big error in college not coming clean with Shayna even though he had a reason for doing what he did, he should have told her. I needed less time re-hashing the past and more relationship building when they weren’t hiding in secret to make this a more enjoyable story.
Shayna worked hard to get where she is today coming from a family that didn’t have money she became an athletic trainer and being hired by the Kingsman was a dream come true despite knowing that Lee is their star player. She plans to ignore him and do her job only he isn’t willing to let that happen. Lee was a bit off an a$$ in this book, getting jealous when other players or other men talked to her and he had absolutely no claim to her and even though he regrets what he did back in college I felt like he expected her to forgive him just because he said he was sorry. He wouldn’t let it be, he wouldn’t give her time to breathe and that kind of pissed me off. It was obvious that Shayna was still affected by Lee and I was so happy she made a girlfriend early on so she had someone on her side throughout the story.
What really made this book for me was the other players, I’m so curious about them all and even though this book wasn’t a favorite of mine by Piper Rayne, I am looking forward to the next book in this series. That book will either convince me to keep going or to let this series go.
While I was a bit disappointed in the romance aspect of this book I do think there’s a lot of potential for it to be an interesting and entertaining series.