Longtime friends fight their growing feelings for each other in this romance full of heart and soul. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The First Score by Amie Knight, along with my impressions of this charming romance, then add it to your bookshelf!
There was something about that first score, and not just on the football field.
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I loved all of life's firsts, which was why I’d been saving mine for one girl, my older sister’s best friend—Hazel Jones. She was tough and sarcastic with walls around her heart as tall as a football stadium, but I knew she was the one for me.
Desperate times called for desperate measures and I’d have done anything to make her mine.
Like create a fake online persona. Lie about my age. Pretend I wasn’t some naive virgin.
And catfish the hell out of the love of my life.
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“Thanks so much for taking her home, Hazel.” Ollie nudged me to get my attention and I turned to look at him, not having much choice in the matter now. I couldn’t be rude. It was a mistake. The green of his eyes was deeper today, less brown. I knew it was the jersey. It was always that way. A bead of sweat slid down the side of his face and he ran a hand through his hair like he always did. I knew it was a habit of his, just like I knew so many other things about him.
“You owe me.” I tried lightening the mood like I had with Scarlett. I nudged his shoulder but only came into contact with a pad.
Dragging his bottom lip into his mouth, he raked his teeth over the fullness and his eyes heated. He leaned his face close to mine. “You name it and it’s yours, brat.”
My face flamed and my mouth watered. Lord, he was a terrible flirt and by terrible I meant amazing. I swallowed the saliva pooling in my mouth and stepped back.
“Cut it out, Olls. Quit giving her a hard time. She came all this way so your ass would have a way home tonight.” Scarlett attempted to save me.
He eyed me. “Oh, I haven’t even started giving her a hard time yet,” he said before walking backward down the stadium steps, hot eyes still on me. I was thanking whatever gods were listening that he was walking backward. Please, God. Spare me that ass. I couldn’t handle it after his damn lip trick.
“You’re shameless, Oliver Knox,” Scarlett called down to him.
She wasn’t wrong. Oliver flirted with all the women. I never could tell if he had a preference for a certain kind of girl. If it walked and had tits and a vagina, he flirted.
“Bye, ladies,” Oliver said loudly and jangled Scarlett’s keys over his head before doing the most awful thing in the world to me—he spun around and gave me his ass.
And God, was it a marvelous ass. Immediately my eyes ate it up. Was there anything better than a hot ass in some football pants? It was round and firm and high and I bet I could have bounced fifty quarters off of it. But I didn’t have any change. Damn. That was just my luck.
I was being mesmerized by the twin all white globes when they stopped just barely and my eyes diverted up to see Oliver looking over his shoulder and smiling. Damn him. He gave me a slow wink before continuing down the steps at a trot.
The tease. The bastard. He knew how good-looking he was. It didn’t matter a bit that he was my best friend’s brother or that he was a year and a half younger than me. Oliver Winston Knox was fine on a regular day, but in a football uniform he was the stuff dreams were made of. My dreams to be exact.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
With all the grief and sense of hopelessness prevalent right now I’ve tried to find comfort in books and with this friends to lovers I found just what the doctor ordered. From its sweet and sensual storyline, to a dreamy hero saving himself for the girl he’s always been drawn to, this story put a permanent smile on my face while wrapping me in a blanket of love and comfort.
Oliver is the quintessential book boyfriend for his caring and supportive nature and he endeared himself to me from an early age. From the moment he met his sister’s best friend he knew his mission was to make her happy and put a smile on her face and everything he did was in support of that goal. He was a determined man, utterly charming, and frequently put his heart in her hands which resulted in heartbreak a time or two that he dusted himself off of as he kept his eyes on the prize...a HEA with her. He knew she was the one for him and his saving himself for her made their romance even more romantic and it was a refreshing change of pace to have a virgin hero. His interactions with his sister Scarlet were a lot of fun too, realistic and playful in their banter, and showed a protective side to him. Throughout this story I fell more and more in love with Oliver, valued his honesty no matter how embarrassing the truth was to him, and adored him for all his tender words and deeds.
Hazel had a difficult upbringing with her mother giving her up at an early age. If it weren’t for her grandfather who knows where she woul’ve ended up. Being sent away though damaged her self-esteem and had her inner pain emerge through cutting herself. The scars remain today, those both outside and inside, as she doesn’t feel good enough for someone like Oliver. She’s content with flings with older men, content with one night stands, so she can leave before others do. Oliver won’t let her push him away though, won’t settle for one night when he wants her forever, and it was a constant tug of war while fighting their desires. Hazel was an immensely likable heroine, supportive to her friends and watchful over her grandpa. She too felt an attraction to Oliver from an early age, but didn’t feel worthy and didn’t want to jeopardize their friendship. The connection between them became more and more combustible and I enjoyed the sensual dance they did navigating their feelings, enjoyed the warm fuzzies they gave me, while I saw Hazel become more empowered through Oliver’s truth telling.
From the first page to the last, this was a delightful tale with characters that were very likable and easy to relate to. Oliver and Hazel were fun and flirty together with encounters that crackled. They were a caring and supportive couple as friends while being a scorching duo as lovers. Hazel’s relationship with her grandfather was sweet and humorous as he was larger than life and lived life to the fullest with his own girlfriend who was equally bold. On a whole this was a feel good read, sweet and sensual, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It was everything I needed to put a smile on my face while bringing me a bit of heat too!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to '90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South.