- File Size: 3846 KB
- Print Length: 472 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XV6CBPR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Project: A Football Romance Story Kindle Edition
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So, most of the reviews I've read say that it's short and sweet. They're right, it is. It's sweet, with good, sassy characters and solid writing. I wish I could give it more stars based on that. But while others don't seem upset at the shortness, it's a glaring problem in my eyes.
The fact is that this story had so much potential and it missed it all. I literally read the entire story in about thirty minutes. In fact, since most of the content of this book comes from its additional stories, I was able to read a large chunk of the 'novel' before I even purchased it. Had I known that I'd already read most of the story prior to purchasing it, I might not have bothered.
I don't mind short stories. There are some really great short ones out there. But a short story needs to do a lot in a, well, short amount of time. They're difficult to write for that reason. Trying to cram an entire novel's worth of story, exposition, and drama into such an itty-bitty package is hard and writers often fail. Considering the fact that I enjoyed most of what I read, I wouldn't say this author failed, but she left a lot on the table and I don't understand why.
First, this book is just 9 chapters long and ends at just about 17% read, at least on the kindle app on my phone. Just 17% percent. If there are 3 additional stories, if they'd all been about the same length, that would have had them end up at around 25%. But no, it's just 17%, which means that the story that I bought is actually shorter than some of the other additional ones crammed in. Why is that a thing now?
Second, the author set up what was shaping up to be a great universe that I was starting to feel I could get comfortable in. A nice college, two awesome characters that gave as good as they got, and a great setup for a novel. The project, their family drama (his dad and her mom), their schedules, roommates: it was all there. Why was it all left to rot? She could have made a great novel detailing just some of that and it would have been fantastic, especially if the characters had stayed true and consistent in their personalities all the way through. She wasted it.
Third, I don't care how short your story is, nobody goes 0 to 60 with the I love you's. One minute she's saying that they hardly know each other and she needs to be in a committed relationship for sex, the next she's crying that he's cheating, he's explaining and she says that's okay, I love you, let's have some fun smexy times now.
The sex scene felt forced, almost like an obligatory afterthought. Oh, yeah, gotta have some sex in there otherwise nobody will buy it. Here, I'll just stick it right in at the end. I'm definitely not saying there should have been more or earlier in the novel or anything like that: it just didn't feel right where she put it. I would rather there haven't been a sex scene at all.
Like I said, I like short stories well enough. This story had the makings to be an actual novel, though, and it's just disappointing that this is all these great characters get. The author sold herself short, she sold the story short, and she sold her great characters short, too. It was going somewhere I think would have been great and the screeching breaks and quick wrap up left my head spinning.
Getting paired with the star football player for a project that is 40% of her grade is not how Leigh wants to spend her time, but their professor won't let them out of it. So she's stuck trying to work with Dean.... Who doesn't seem to care about making time to work in the project. However Leigh isn't like all the other girls around him... To read what happens between Leigh and Dean you'll have to read The Project. It's a sweet and quick YA HEA, perfect for cuddling under a blanket and getting lost in the story. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 17 and older. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author via instafreebie for an honest review.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
I loved the character development & the story was incredibly sweet. Dean was kind of coasting by on his talent on the field & Leigh wasn't overly pleased when they got paired up for a project together but she soon learns that Dean is deeper than he lets on. Her sass & wit had me chuckling.