Author- Alexa Martin
Genre- contemporary romance
POV- first person, present tense. So I definitely prefer romcoms in first person compared to third person writing.
Trope- second chance
Similar Books/Comps– Ten Rules for Faking It
My emotions- calm
This is #2 in a series, which I didn’t know, so it can also stand-alone.
This is a second chance romance … but 10 years apart felt like too long of a time to hold onto passion & “missing” someone. It was hard for me to fully believe the feelings were strong after such a long time, especially when they were so young when everything started. That first kiss early in the book kind of had me rolling my eyes, thought the descriptive writing was steamy hot. The secrets kept between the characters were annoying, juvenile and frustrating but I understand their importance to the plot. I appreciated the couple being interracial and I continually attempt to search for diversity in my reads. Lastly, I loved that the author was an NFL-wife and wrote from experience. Sometimes the injury and medical information felt preachy, but that wasn’t a deal breaker.
I loved Poppy’s voice and attitude.
ingle-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.
T.K. Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.
When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.
What I’d change-
I wanted the happily ever after to be a bit stronger/more powerful at the very end