To increase his chances of getting drafted a young football player finds himself trying to find a woman willing to be his fake girlfriend, with the only candidate the woman he recently betrayed. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of How To Lose at Love by Sara Ney, along with getting my impressions of this book, then add this first installment in the Campus Legends series to your bookshelf!
I needed a good girl to save my bad reputation.With too much on my plate, the very last thing on my mind was a relationship—the football draft was looming and dating got in the way. I never understood why my teammates bothered with girlfriends. None of us had the time.When my sports agent suggested that being seen in public with a respectable girl would be good for my bad reputation, I couldn’t think of a single person to help me out. The only girls I knew weren’t wifey material, and the ones who were? Might catch feelings.
Except Ryann Winters.
Responsible. Sarcastic. Smart. Ryann was perfect but there was one clincher: she was my teammate's ex-girlfriend and I had recently been paid by him to dump her.
Not the best start to a fake relationship...
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Fans of sports romances will rejoice with this tale of a fake romance that soon turns oh so real courtesy of a drool-worthy hero we've seen before and a heroine who's more than a match for him. With fun and flirty banter, sensually tense interactions, and a connection that grows organically through a crackling evolution of dialogue, readers will find themselves captivated. From start to finish this ends up being a thoroughly entertaining read with characters that are realistic and unforgettable.
Dallas Colter was first seen in the book The Secret Roommate, and though it was a quick glimpse, he definitely left a lasting impression! With this release readers get a more in-depth look at the football player who's completely committed to the sport and has no time or desire to date anyone. He's the big man on campus, living and breathing his future in the sport, and is quite aware of the ups and downs of being a star athlete and has his eyes on the prize. He's a tell it like it is guy, with no filter, which made for some very entertaining dialogue and the perception of being a bit gruff and rude because of his commitment to the sport. He might be uninterested in a romantic relationship, but he has strong connections to his brothers (one brother starring in The Secret Roommate and twins, whose stories I'd love to see told as they put a smile on my face here) as well as his teammates, and would do anything for them. It's this unwavering support that has him agreeing to help a teammate by breaking up with a woman on his behalf. It's not the last time he sees this woman though and when he meets her again the sparks fly in a fake relationship that soon becomes all too real. He might not have wanted a relationship before but when his agent sets him up with Ryann he finds a crackling connection that has him wanting to claim her for his own. There were times he was a bit clueless in his interactions with her but for the most part he was a charming hero whose time with Ryann was full of fun and flirtatiousness. They were utterly perfect together and I ate up their journey to HEA...one charming verbal tug of war at a time!
Ryann Winters is an unforgettable heroine, one you can easily see yourself being friends with. She's straightforward and tells it like it is, not at all a doormat in her interactions with Dallas. She's fierce and gave as good as she got and I was captivated by the journey she and Dallas took to reach HEA. They might've started out as antagonists but they subtly progressed to become friends and then ultimately a match made in Heaven in a journey that fueled so many emotions in me. They were a delight to watch in a journey that was fun and flirty, courtesy of back and forth banter that teemed with sexual tension. Through it all Ryann remained true to herself, being just the distraction Dallas needed to actually start embracing a life beyond football. She didn't make it too easy to win her over though in a journey with just the right amount of groveling from Dallas.
On a whole this was a delightful sports-fueled romance with an unforgettable first meeting between the main characters, one that crackled with the implications that were to come. Ryann and Dallas were a formidable match, both strong-willed and outspoken. Their banter was a sensual tug of war that made me smile as well as blush and it was utterly delightful to watch as they headed towards a satisfying HEA. Add in Dallas’s relationships with his brothers and readers end up with a well-rounded story courtesy of a charming romance and an exciting promise of what’s to come with the entertaining Colter twins! With memories of Dallas and Ryann in my head, I’m now left counting down the days until the next installment in this series hits bookshelves!
My rating for this is an A-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well- placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
For a list of cities/venues Sara will be signing at, or to purchase signed books, please visit her website HERE.
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