The way the story is written is well done, and easy to read and flow extremely well. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures
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Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.
Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza.
Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.
The Final Score by Jaci Burton is the latest in the Play-by-Play series and it was a highly anticipated story for this reviewer. When I heard that the hero and heroine were going to be Nathan Riley, the adopted son of Mick Riley from book 1, with the youngest sister of the Cassidy brothers, Mia, of books 9-12, I was intrigued and excited about this prospect. Here are two young people who come from high profile sports families, who become good friends in college, and had one night of sex after drinking, now living in the same town with budding new careers. Both can’t deny that it was spectacular but Mia is the one that put the brakes on it from happening again because she wants to stay friends. Nathan agrees but he can’t forget. What I thought would be a great story fell short of the mark even with these very likeable characters.
Mia and Nathan are both embarking on exciting careers and are very absorbed in succeeding. Nathan is taking over the starting quarterback job from his own father after he retires and feels the pressure. He has big shoes to fill and doesn’t want to let the team down and his father. That conflict could have been played up a bit more but wasn’t and I thought it could have been a missing factor for this story. Mia has started her own sports management company and is out recruiting new clients working long days with little breaks for fun and relaxation. They both think an orgasm would be a great stress reliever and Nathan is more than willing to help out in that department. Mia thinks long and hard about it and finally gives in. She thinks one and done and all good, but finds out that one time together is not enough. Of course in the back of Mia’s mind is that sex is going to wreck the friendship and she isn’t sure if it’s a good idea. The conflict she feels takes her to the point of a bad decision and ultimately their friendship breaks apart. Mia was so worried about how things looked instead of worrying about hers and Nathan’s feelings that are going from friends to lovers. What I didn’t see was either of them communicating their feelings while all that sex was going on. Granted there is nothing wrong with the sex; and believe me it was very hot sex indeed, but no one was talking about where it all was heading. Mia would rather ignore and/or push aside her commitment issue than face them. The couple did get their happy ending but for some reason it just didn’t quite feel enough for me to warrant a big smile at the end.
The way the story is written is well done, and I love the whole multi-generation of both families showing up throughout the stories, along with a wedding thrown in, just made the story easy to read and flow extremely well. I love seeing the previous couples all showing up and getting caught up on what is new in their world. I hope this review doesn’t discourage anyone from reading it because it was a good story. It just wasn’t a great story and I really had high hopes for it to be one. I hope we get another chance to see this couple in a novella because I would love to see them in a few years and how things are going for them.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.