- File Size: 2736 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Publisher: Jillian Liota; 1 edition (November 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MF6U12S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Oh and if you happened to write something that touched on Jeremy and Charlie.... I'd be cool with that 😄
Wow, this book has been hiding in plain sight since it's release mid November and I feel like I've found a treasure. This is a writing debut from Jillian Liota and frankly, I'm stunned. Sports romance is one of my absolute favourite genres and I have read varying quality within that area, this is in the top ten. Can I remind you that this is the author's debut and that this author can write, indeed write well.
When I signed up to read this, I recall reading the blurb and being interested to sign up, because it was sports romance. I knew I couldn't read for publication date and now I'm kicking myself and want shout a little about how this book absorbed my thoughts, reading time and gave me book love.
I thought the title meant one thing, then another, then both; even the title is clever. The strongest character in this book is RJ (Rachel), a soccer-playing college girl. She's shy, she keeps to herself and a few others but has some strength of character and spark that reeled me in. She meets Mack and whilst feeling some out-of-character swoons around him, she connects with him. Mack took me on a roller coaster of like, love, dislike and belief. He had his moments of constant and flaky and there's a thread of angst, especially in the last 25%. Essentially both these characters had depth, connection, personality and chemistry. The sports theme was strong which is a must for me in this genre. There were great backstories and character development to get your teeth into.
I didn't want this book to end and yet I needed the culmination like I needed to breathe. I devoured this book over 24 hours. I was unsure of the journey and I liked the unpredictability of certain elements and the way everything wasn't tied up too neatly. I don't know this author but I want to share how good this book is from a story, character and writing perspective. Highly recommended.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can continue.
This story, about a girl, soccer, a boy she wants but can't have, about abuse and self worth, and taking chances not just on other people but on your own happiness, deserves so much more attention than it currently has. Yes, there's drama, yes, some of the motions RJ and Mack go through will feel familiar, hell, even I compared it to KULTI, but there's so much more here than just a comparison. This isn't a copycat or even homage. But if you liked Zapata's book, you'll like this one, too.
Liota handles some tough subject matter in this story yet still manages to craft a sweet, engaging, compelling, suckered-in-the-gut, omg-why-stop-this-is-killing-me, swoony-angsty-heart-in-eyes kind of read. In the best of ways.
For a debut novel this is pretty unbelievably solid though there were a few spelling and continuity errors. And I only bring this up because if she's reading this review and needs a beta reader for her next book, I volunteer as tribute.
I hope this gets more buzz, for all the reasons above and even reasons I haven't gone into -- like how it's therapy-positive, touches on depression and self-harm in a way that doesn't trivialize either, and goes on to show that when something awful happens to someone, something life changing, it doesn't necessarily have to change your life or how you view the world -- and I will do my best to try and generate that by crossposting this review everywhere I can and talking it up amongst readers (you know, the best people ever). Can't wait to see what Liota does next.
4.5 "the keeper and the sweeper" stars
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