There’s a little tongue in cheek reference to extended separations in this that made me laugh and think, “okay, this series might just be back on track.” Because… yeah, I’m still mad about the last one. Thankfully, there’s nothing rage-inducing about this love story – it’s banter-filled, playful, and STEAMY. Don’t get me started on the fact that these two act like 16-year-old idiots but bang like 30-year-old experts, because I really did like a lot of it, and I’m choosing to focus on that. It’s 90% sweet and 10% angsty, feeling so light and fun because of the instant chemistry between these two. I loved this hero, and I love a guy who relentlessly pursues his girl, so there’s a whole lot to like about this college romance.
If you read the beginning of this love story in the Team Player 2 anthology, then you know just how this starts. That’s the first quarter of the book, and then there’s a lot more of the journey to be told afterwards. The story follows Holt and Harmony, two college students who meet and feel an immediate spark – though they have different reactions to that. Holt wants nothing more than to find out more about the girl who seems to have taken his heart hostage, while Harmony wants to tamp down her attraction to the guy she assumes is a cocky player. As the two get to know each other better, Harmony realizes that there’s a lot more to Holt than meets the eye, and that makes him much harder to resist.
This has all of the banter, humor, and chemistry that I look forward to from Quinn’s books. It’s lighter (and steamier) than a lot of her romances, leaning into playfulness in the first half. And while I prefer a slower burn, I could get behind the evolution of this relationship. I definitely struggled more in the back half, mostly because of some… unexpected developments, shall we say… and that sort of took the glow out of this love story just as it had won me over. It’s not my favorite from the author, but didn’t have anything that made me want to smash my Kindle, so I’m going to say that’s a definite win. I liked most of it, loved parts of it, but it’s not a standout for me. Those that prefer a romance that feels young (because this definitely does) and don’t mind steam early on (because it definitely has it) will probably enjoy this the most. Holt is an outstanding hero, so his sweet/sexy combo paired with all the humor makes this a worthwhile read. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this college romance.
It started with one night out with the boys.
She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school.
I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges.
On paper we didn’t match.
Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.
She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me.
She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm.
But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.
I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time – just a good time.
She’s changed me.
But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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