Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Book Review: The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane

About the Book

This tight end is at the top of his game. 

He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His—ahem—stats are perfect. 

But I can’t fall for him. 

He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival? 

This guy is their star player.


My Thoughts

Kayla and Jay meet at the wedding of mutual friends and immediately hit it off. Too bad they don’t discover until later that they are on opposite sides of a long-standing rivalry between two college football teams. A rivalry that’s ingrained in the blood, especially on Kayla’s side.

Kayla and Jay have great chemistry. What little time they manage to eke out together in between their combined commitments is well written and well-paced as we see their relationship progress over the course of their senior year.

 What I found difficult to understand was Kayla’s hesitation in committing to the relationship because of a sporting rivalry. I understand you can be a fan of a sport. What I don’t understand is why anyone would jeopardise a wonderful relationship for it. This extreme level of support is completely foreign to me. In fact, it’s pointed out to Kayla by several characters much later in the book that her level of devotion is extreme. However, for readers like me, it’s already too late to redeem Kayla because it’s taken her far too long to understand how special Jay and their relationship is.

There is a good cast of supporting characters, and I especially liked Chuck and Beth. Too bad we only get to see them interact in the late stages of this book. It would be nice to read their story.

The book is interspersed with comedic moments which make it a light read. Overall, this book is definitely one for the sports fans. There’s a lot of talk about the game itself and the devotees that follow the game.

About the Author

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. 

Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

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