you can’t win.For Cain Kent, that rule is golden. Losing is not in his vocabulary, and up until
now, everything has come easy. Football, school, girls … his charm-laced ego
may just be bigger than Texas itself.
The competition he started freshman year with his friends, to make ten notches
each in their bedposts by graduation day, is practically in the bag. One more
to go, and then it’s off to college fame and eventually, the big time.
Attachments aren’t something he wants to form, but when the quiet new girl
challenges him in front of his classmates, his curiosity is peaked. She would
be the perfect final score, and what fun to break her in the process.
Too bad Harper Posy has no intention of being just another warm body,
especially to the bad boy quarterback. Even if he does quote Forster and Huxley
when no one is listening. An aspiring author herself, Cain and his hidden soft
side are dangerous to her heart. She’s seen men ruin her mother’s dreams time
and again, and she’s determined to fly far away as soon as she has that diploma
in her fist.
But as the school year’s end looms closer, both realize they didn’t quite
understand the rules to begin with. Is winning a dirty bet worth the gamble
when the stakes, or the other’s heart in this case, are so high?
Harper is the one girl who isn’t up for playing games. And she just might make
Cain lose. Everything.
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I loved this YA football romance! My first book by Carrie Aarons and I absolutely fell in love with her style of writing. This was a sweet, sexy story of first love with just enough high school drama and angst to keep it entertaining.
Cain is that bad boy Harper knows she shouldn’t fall for. He is the star quarterback, a god in their small town of Haven, Texas and he certainly doesn’t do relationships or commitments. When he seeks out Harper, it starts out as just another conquest for him. So it kind of throws him off when emotions get in the way and he starts to care about her feelings more than getting into her pants. Not gonna lie, even from the start I loved Cain despite what a jerk he was in the beginning. He was cocky, sexy and just oozed that southern charm that was hard to resist.
I loved that Harper was a mature teenager that didn’t fall at the feet of Cain like every other girl. She had a good head on her shoulders and she made Cain work for her attention. She realizes soon there are many hidden layers to Cain like their shared love of reading. He’s really a hurt little boy acting out and she discovers a side of him that others don’t get to see.
This had all the sweetness and innocence of a young romance that I love about YA but it was also really sexy as well and borders into NA territory. I also need to mention the sports aspect of this book. Now, I don’t like football. That’s right, I don’t watch it and I have zero interest in the game. However for some reason I love football in romance books and this is one of my favorites! I might not understand the rules of the game but I understand heart and passion and during the game time scenes, I felt Cain’s love for the this game in my bones. When you get me to excited about this sport, then you know this author did an amazing job and I thought it complemented this love story so well. This is a definite recommendation from me!
Young Adult Romance
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic.
A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant
dress code, much better.When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate
relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the
suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.