I received this book for free from Chapter by Chapter Tours, Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner
Published by Entangled: Crush on November 4, 2019
Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera
Cover Photographer: David Lee
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Source: Chapter by Chapter Tours, Entangled Teen
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When Avery Stone learns her dad will be fired if his high school team doesn’t make the playoffs, she has to get her head out of her day planner and do something—anything—to help him win. Even if it means secretly coaching the team’s newest player, who seems to have more game than skill.
Lucas Black just transferred to Hillside with a fake name and a big secret. The MVP of every team he’d played on since he was seven—not to mention the MVP of every post-game party—he can’t understand why since arriving at Hillside, he’s been unable to catch a single. Freaking. Ball.
Until…Avery. Amazing, kind, generous, and crazy-freaking-hot Avery.
As Lucas goes from zero back to hero and Avery struggles with just what Lucas means to her, she inadvertently sets them on a collision course with Lucas’s secret…a secret that could take down not only Lucas but her father too.
DISCLAIMER: This Entangled Teen Crush contains a football player hotter than the Texas sun, hotel cuddles, and a steamy makeout session in the rain.
Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Third Person, dual-POV
This is a standalone book with HEA.
He’d lost his place at college, lost all his football ability, lost his ability to speak to girls, lost his car-okay, just its wheels, but still-lost his home, lost his friends, lost his iPhone, lost his MacBook Pro, and his mom had lost her job.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was an easy read with lovable characters and a plot that kept me interested until the end. It was a cute, fun read. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 4/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5 Great characters with painful past. I just wished we had learn more about them.
Lucas was a good hero. He was not perfect, he had make mistakes, but not really the mistake he believed he had fail at. His biggest mistake was at 14 years old trusting adults and their intentions. If I was to fault someone, which I didn’t, it would have been his mother, never Lucas. The fact that he took upon himself to carry the weight of that burden said a lot about his true self. Yes, he was being selfish and risking a lot, but he was just a kid wanting to play a sport that he always believed was his future. He was a sweet kid, very polite, well behaved, respect women and elders, loved his mom and was a great boyfriend.
Avery was a great heroine. She has had a tough year and was worried about her family. When she overheard people talking about her dad, she impulsively decided to fixed it herself. She was a girl with lots of knowledge of football, specially of how to coach football. That was refreshing!!! She was an exceptional daughter, a wonderful sister, a superb best friend and a very sweet girlfriend. She was afraid of the past and her way of feeling control over her life was trying to plan every step of her future. I loved her strength, but I’ve specially loved her weaknesses . It showed so much of her true, gentle, loving personality.
I know this is a standalone, but I can see a book for Lexi and Colin in the future. At least I hope they get their own book. Besides them, I liked the twin’s dad and LeVonn.
Villains.. antagonists… I don’t really think we had them here. Really a whole town, institution had done Lucas wrong and life had done Avery’s wrong. Them, they were just teen discovering life and their path in it.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I really liked this cover. We can see that it was made for this story. We can see Avery and Lucas in a football field. The title is cute and fits, the subtitle is wonderful, it works so well. The colors and font are ok, but something didn’t work for me, maybe it was too big. I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 4/5 This was a YA contemporary romance and it had all the cute cliches that it usually has, but somehow, it felt fresh. The fact that a football player needed help from a girl it was cool and unusual. Also how it ended was unexpected and perfect. As fresh as ice mint tea!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5 Good opening and wonderful ending. Believable plot, with cute dialogues and satisfying pace. Superb setting, interesting subplots with exceptional twists. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 1/5 Lucas was coming out of a hard lesson and was fighting depression and trying to get his life on track. He found in Avery the caring and unjudgmental attention that he craved and needed. They had both been broken by life and were lost, trying to get out of the dark tunnel. They became each other’s light and strength to keep going. Their love come out of angst and doubts but it beautifully bloomed and became strong. There is no smut here, being totally appropriate for young adults. Cute love!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 Cute characters, interesting plot, enchanting romance in a clean, cohesive writing with perfect pace. Good writing!!!
I guess I wanted to know more about the characters. They were cute, nice, but I wished I had known them better. I wanted them to have more depth. Specially Lucas, he was sort of a mystery. We only really saw him interesting with Avery and her friends. I wanted to know him better.
This was a cute, sweet romance with a dash of angst and teenager problems.
I love small town romances and the small community friendship. I’ve truly enjoyed how the entire town stepped up for Lucas and I hope to read more of them.
I would love to read Colin and Lexi’s book; also to have one for LeVonn.
A sweet love story that was perfect in its simplicity!!!
29.5/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 4 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 4
Action 2/5 Angst 4/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Definitely! For everybody that wants cute sports romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? Sure.
Would I read more from the author? Yes, I will be on the look out for more.