I love the whole sports god, or goddess (sport isn’t really an issue) falling hard for the nerd, so giving this novella a go didn’t take too much convincing and overall I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read with interesting characters, but found that I fell more into like with it than love.
Marcus lives and breathes football and as far as he is concerned, defines who he is as a person. Without it he feels as if he has nothing. I loved Marcus. He may believe that he is all about football, but it is so far from the truth. He has a generous and compassionate heart and is someone who actually does ‘pay it forward’ when he can.
Claire is so focused on getting a military contract for her wearable tech that she doesn’t really notice much else. She isn’t absolutely cut off from the world around her, but she isn’t about to let anything or anyone get in her way. I had a bit of a time with Claire. On the one hand I loved her determination to get her tech approved by the military and the reason behind it couldn’t have been more heartfelt. But on the other hand she was so blinded by her own goal that it made her shortsighted and disregard what really matters, the heart. I found myself irritated with her quite a bit and though she finally does open her eyes, it was a little late for me.
Marcus and Claire’s enemies to lovers relationship evolves quickly, but was done well and we get to see just how similar they both are in their outlook on life. They both feel as if they only have one thing to offer the world and is the only thing that defines them, but as they spend more time together they start to see that they may have more to offer the world. Since this is a novella issues are resolved quickly, but I just felt like Marcus bent more and therefore things felt lopsided when it came to their relationship, but overall I did enjoy watching as they went from aggravating each other to being friends and more.
The writing was engaging and the pacing was good. There is a part of me that wishes it had been a full length book instead of a novella to see some aspects play out a little more, but overall the characters were well written and I liked the dual 3rd person POV. While I didn’t love this one, I did like it and found it to be a good, quick read.
~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley & reviewed voluntarily ~
Star quarterback Marcus Kingston lives and breathes football. He’s trusted his abilities and instincts to get him this far, but an injury last season nearly ended his career. When his coaches want him to wear biofeedback technology to analyze his game, Marcus thinks the idea is ridiculous. Plus, the mousy scientist behind the project knows nothing about sports, and she quickly gets under his skin. But with another QB waiting on the sidelines, Marcus can either agree to participate, or be benched—permanently.
Scientist Clare Wynifred values intellect above most things. With her brain constantly working, she has little interest in her appearance and zero interest in sports. She never imagined her wearable tech being used to improve someone’s game, but its success with the team could get her a military contract. Clare may be too late to save her brother, but her technology could save the lives of countless soldiers. She just has to make it work with the stubborn quarterback, and she’ll be one step closer to her goal.
Marcus and Clare butt heads at first, but their mutual attraction quickly grows. And yet, with everything to lose, it’s easy to ignore that together they might be able to go the distance.
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