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- Publication Date: June 16, 2016
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- Language: English
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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't love it but I didn't dislike it. I feel like it read a little bit more like a novella than a full length novel. I would have loved to have seen more of the character's friendship and romance develop. This is is one of the instances where I felt like I was being "told" that they were best friends and attracted to each other more than I actually "saw" it happening.
Put the character development issues aside, and all in all I really did enjoy this story. Daniel was amazing, and Quincy was very likable for a romance novel heroine. She didn't need a man in her life, but she accepted him for who he was. It was a fun and quick read, and I wasn't disappointed by it.
I'm actually looking forward to reading Groupie and plan to purchase it after my next couple of reads!
ME Carter's writing style is simple to a degree, but full of dialogue just like I like it. She does a fabulous job with character development as well. I fell hard for these characters! I wanted to jump in and be best friends with Quincy - to watch Outlander with her and share a bottle of wine! I wanted to know Daniel, not for his soccer fame, but as a person. He has a huge heart and he is a family man whether he wants to admit it or not. Then there was Geni, another girl I would love to have in my corner, she reminded me of my best friend at times! There are some other amazing side characters I can't wait to read more about in the second book although I haven't looked to see who the focus will be on yet!
If you're looking for a steamy, sport adjacent romance, this is a good one for sure! Not too much sport, some drama, lots of romantic gestures and a little sex. It's a perfect mix for an indie romance!
What's funny is that usually it's characters that put me over the top on a book, and while I enjoyed both characters, individually they weren't what stood out to me in this book. It was a bunch of other things that mixed together made for a very enjoyable read.
As a lover of sports romance, I thought this one did a pretty good job actually including some sport in the story. I loved that while Daniel was a sports celebrity, he wasn't some rich guy necessarily. I know next to nothing about soccer, and honestly find it kind of boring, but I thought it was funny that they didn't shy away from the dramatic acting that happens on the field and is apparently part of the play (with injuries to get penalties).
This book actually made me really happy with its diversity!! I actually felt like it wasn't just token, you know? Like I couldn't just imagine Daniel as white and basically nothing would change. I LOVED his big Mexican family, and I really enjoyed that we got to see their dynamics, and the struggles they all faced after his father's betrayal. It's really interesting to see how that doesn't just affect young children, but adult/young adult children as well. I appreciated that they weren't perfect.
I also really appreciated a lot of the frank internal and external observations/conversations Daniel had about sex. It felt more realistic than so many other playboy heroes. And not only that, but he acknowledged that there was a difference in being able to separate your emotions from the act, and...I don't know... It just worked for me. And I appreciated the conversations that Daniel had with his nephew Nicky, and how he navigated being a role model and giving good advice to a teenage boy.
On Quincy's side of things, I really loved the whole story with baby Chance, and navigating becoming an emergency caregiver. I really felt for what she was dealing with, and it felt so real... I hurt for her, I felt her fears and feelings of inadequacy. I loved the way the custody storyline played out, it took some interesting turns I wasn't expecting.
And I LOVED Quincy and Daniel together, they made me laugh! They had fantastic chemistry, and I felt their draw to each other. I also enjoyed their friendship and how it developed (though sometimes it was a tiny bit showy instead of telly). And I appreciated that the conflict of the story and the climax wasn't a LONG drawn out misunderstanding. It felt real, again.
I ADORED the way Daniel was with Chance. I'm not a kid person you guys, and a lot of times I don't think kids/babies are depicted realistically in books (the struggles are glossed over). I thought the author nailed a lot of this, and I really could imagine so many of those situations.
So those are all the pros. Unfortunately, it wasn't all sunshine and roses. I wasn't as excited about them both not wanting to define their relationship. I understood where Daniel was coming from, but not as much with Quincy. And my biggest pet peeve was the slut shaming that occurred. Now, luckily, it was mostly from Quincy's best friend Geni, and less so from Quincy herself, but it still kind of annoyed me. Now, I realize it's sort of setting up for Tiffany's book and showing how she's viewed by so many, but I just really wanted Quincy to get more mad at Geni (though I suppose the author kind of made Geni look bad for doing it...). Strangely, there was even a degree of guy-type slut shaming. I'm not saying I don't find some sexual things people engage in to be...well, not to my taste. But I felt a bit of judgement from Daniel towards his teammates. This wasn't a major part of the book, but if slut-shaming is a 100% no-go for you, well, there is a bit...
So there you have it. I seem to be getting more and more verbose as time goes on. I always feel like people are going to think books are bad based on my reviews, but I just really like hearing myself talk...and I'm picky. I note things. So always look at the star rating...the star rating tells you how much my cons actually play a part in the whole shebang. And obviously they played very little part here, there was just too much else to love...
Most recent customer reviews
A cute fast paced, low drama sports read.
I found this enjoyable and lighthearted.
Couldnt help loving Quincy, Daniel and baby Chance
OH wow! I really liked this one. I heard about this book because of an upcoming author event happening in my city.Read more