I don't play dirty, I play to win.
"The more innocent a girl looks, the wilder she is in bed...and that goes double for Natalie"
I went to see my childhood idol but instead I saw the girl I could never forget. People always say there's always one that got away, and for me that was Natalie. We spent one amazing summer together but then I never saw her again...until now.
"Good girls love bad boys always seemed like such a cliché saying to me."
From the moment I saw him on my doorstep I knew I was his, whether I wanted to be or not. Our time together was sinfully sweet but also short, as we both knew it had to come to an end. Only for me, it was just the beginning, as after Chris left I found out I was pregnant with his child.
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A ROMANCE WINNER
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
The story is one of Roxie's best. Although it spans about 6-7 years in total, she managed to endear both characters to me in the short 4-1/2 hour listen. The situations they faced were believable and the insta-love wasn't a forerunner but worked into the HEA.
Natalie was sweet but proved she had the determination of steel. Chris was likable from the start. As he entered the "black zone" in their relationship, I was dismayed that little was mentioned of his regrets and thoughts of Natalie. He came across as the Dick the media promoted. Here is where a more detailed, longer story could have upped the story experience. But that said, he does redeem himself later.
This listen will satisfy those looking for a light romance. There's a lack of periphery descriptions such as team colors, what homes look like (inside and out), the weather or the season, clothing, and minute details of people other than height and hair color (I still can't picture Natalie's father or Michael).
Although I've enjoyed Andrea Mitchell's narration when coupled with a male narrator but alone, she fell short on my yardstick for the male vocals. There were a few more "she said, he said's" than I can overlook.
All in all, one of the best romances I've listened to of Roxie's works.
Two Thumbs Up!
- sheryl beauchemin
Great Second Chance Romance
This is Book 5 in the Pass To Win series and is a standalone. Chris and Natalie were together briefly but Natalie's father put an end to their relationship. Five years later, Chris is now an NFL player with a bad reputation and Natalie is now a mother - of his child. When they meet again, will they finally get their happily ever after or will circumstances once again stand in their way?
Game Winning Catch was a quick and enjoyable listen and I love the second chance romance trope. Sometimes it takes time, maturity and a new perspective to make things work out in the end. Aundrea Mitchell is one of my favorite female narrators, with an immediately recognizable voice and narrative style. For me, Game Winning Catch was a winning experience and I would recommend it.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.
- Karen M.