Series: By His Game #3
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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Finding naked pictures of her best friend on her boyfriend’s phone wasn’t in Everleigh White’s five year plan. Neither was moving back to Los Angeles, the city of dreams that never managed to make hers come true. There’s only so many years you can be in love with your best friend before you realize he’s never going to love you back, after all. If only her ex would stop showing up at the gym where she works, she’d be much happier.
Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how Reid North, the Vipers’ wide receiver, imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Eventually. Now, with his ex on the verge of being released from prison, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son, Leo. Football and Leo have left Reid no time for dating… Until Everleigh comes back.
His best friend his whole life, Everleigh never knew Reid loved her. She left before he could tell her. Now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go. Even if all he gets is her friendship again. But in a city like L.A., dreams come true when you’re least expecting it.
So do nightmares.
With their exes beating down their doors with demands and explanations, their hesitant and building relationship is threatened at every corner. They’re at serious risk of being intercepted by the past, and that’s a ball Reid is determined to catch.
Except desperation can lead to stupidity—and Reid soon realizes he can’t catch every ball, no matter how perfectly it’s thrown to him. This time a fumble could cost more than a few points.
It could cost him everything.
I adore this book. Like seriously adore it. I love friends to lovers, and more than that I love when people have taken a long absence from each other and then find their way back to each other. I think it just makes everything so much more dramatic, and hey the only drama I like in my life comes from books.
So in this book Ever has been best friend with Reid for the vast majority of her life, in spite of the fact that she is four years younger than him. While four years might not seem like a whole lot when you are an adult, it is when you are 14 and someone else is 18. So while Ever has been in love with Reid for a long time, she doesn’t think anything will ever come of it. And Reid, well he’s been in love with Ever, but she’s too young to do anything about it so he waits. Until one day, after Ever graduates from college, literally up and leaves without so much as a word to Reid and doesn’t answer his calls or contact him for like four years. During this time Reid focuses on being a parent to his son, and Ever lives her life out of the L.A. spotlight and enjoying her freedom in NYC. Until she finds out her boyfriend is sleeping with her best friend and returns home.
I loved the interaction between Ever and Reid, even from the first moment that the two of them run into each other once she ends up back in town. There is so much sizzle between them. I loved the build up to the two of them admitted to how they feel about each other. Reid also has such a dirty mouth, and I have to admit sometimes I really don’t like that in characters, but it just works for them so well. From the minute the two of them stepped on the page together I wanted them to be together.
So much is going on in this book. Reid’s ex is getting out of jail and she is completely ready to try and ruin Reid’s life and mess up their son’s life as well. What I love about this story line is how much it shows how strong Reid and Ever are together. I love how Ever is so protective of Reid and his son, even after all the time apart. I love how strong she is for them, how much she loves them. The drama made the whole thing amped up with emotion. And Reid isn’t the only one with an ex back in town, Ever has one two, and a whole lot is going on behind the scenes with that (but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone).
I really adore the writing in this book, I really think I should be reading more Emma Hart, if this book is anything to go by. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance book, it has the perfect balance or drama, sexy time, and true emotional connection with the characters. So check it out!