I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
Really liked this one a lot. On the surface it's a sports romance and the heroine is a DV survivor who's still got a lot of issues. I was very happy to find there is no magic penis cure for the aftermath of DV in this book. The hero and heroine have to work to get to their HEA. Both of them are pretty realistically written. He was pretty alpha-pushy but I like that in a hero and he is very determined and I love that in a hero. The heroine has a lot of backbone - enough that it gets in the way of her happiness but she grows more well-rounded over the course of the book. The secondary characters are very well written. It could use a little bit of tightening up, especially in the more introspective parts and I would have like a little less of the 9 year old child but those were minor flaws. Overall this was a very enjoyable read for me.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating it!