Let's Play: A Sports Romance Anthology Paperback – November 13, 2021
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Down, set, play!
Muscled men on every… single… page!
Beauty, brains, and talent, can the fierce women from each story whip these players into shape?
This heart racing, sweat pouring, limited edition collection is full of unforgettable romances, built to stand the test of time.
From bad boy quarterbacks to sweet short stops, the characters use the field to their advantage.
All your favorite story lines with the right amount of heat.
Don’t miss the plays in this fiery collection.
With contributions from:
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- ASIN : B09LZX7LRJ
- Publisher : Independently published (November 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 770 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8768605742
- Item Weight : 2.42 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.74 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,896,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a short story, I felt like it was a fully developed plot. I could feel her angst and his cluelessness as the story played out. The story had enough heat that kept me engaged throughout.
If you only have time for a quick but satisfying read, I recommend giving Shootout try.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
4-stars for both The Shootout by Lynn Stevens
It's a quick, fun, short sports romance read that I definitely recommend, after all who can pass up a hot, sexy ice hockey guy.
4-stars for All I've Got by Marissa Ann
It's also a quick, fun, cute sports romance but instead it features a previous baseball player who's now turn to coaching and falls for a single mom.
Definitely recommend Let's Play, sports romance anthology for not only The Shootout and All I've Got but also for all the other hot, sports romance reads.
Even though I did receive an advanced review copy of this book, I also purchased the book and am voluntarily leaving my own unsolicited opinion with my voluntary review.
One of those authors is relative newcomer and sports romance storyteller, Melissa Ivers. She hooked me from page 1 of Forbidden Devil (Jazz and Lincoln’s story) in March, the first book in her Nashville Devils series. Now, Ivers has expanded her world with a prequel novella as part of a limited-edition anthology series, Let’s Play.
In Loose End, Ivers introduces us to the Nashville Aces, a football team that exists within the same universe as the Devils hockey team. This is a steamy teaser to lead in to the first book in the football series, Tight End.
Unfortunately for readers like me (read: obssessed), we will have to wait for quite some time for Tight End to make it into our hands when it releases in August of 2022.
That being said, Loose End was just long enough to be appropriate for an anthology but just short enough to be not nearly enough as to leave a reader completely satisfied – cliffhangers and I do NOT mix!
Not that I didn’t enjoy meeting June and Ryan, but this girl needs more, and I am going to be VERY frustrated waiting until August to find out how this story progresses.
Ivers to me appears to be the queen of hooking a reader in from the first paragraph, and this remains true with Loose End.
June’s intro is cringeworthy but compelling, and the situation she finds herself in begs the reader to invest in finding out how June will handle it, and exactly when she will get her Happily Ever After.
Ryan’s meet cute with June leaves us a bit skeptical as to how he could possibly be one of Ivers’ well-rounded alpha heroes, and yet by the end of this prequel novella, you’re already half in love with the big lug.
I have no idea about any of the other stories within the Let’s Play anthology, which features a total of 15 authors including Ivers, but if she’s featured, it’s an immediate must-buy for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait to see what the future holds for June and Ryan!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The other ARC I received from this anthology was 𝕃𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝔼𝕟𝕕 by Melissa Ivers. This is the beginning story of June & Ryan’s meeting that will be continued in ‘Tight End’ coming sometime in 2022. I feel as June is sort of my spirit animal and I am here for it! Ready to see how this couple plays out.
Y’all…I’m dead. Yes, this is a novella and wouldn’t take long to read to begin with but I absolutely flew through this story. I was sucked in from the beginning and loved every second of it. Between the story, the heat, the chemistry between June and Ryan that jumps off the page, and the moments that had me literally laughing out loud, I couldn’t stop reading until I was finished. Now Melissa, we need to talk about that ending, because it had my mind going in so many different directions, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I cannot wait to see what happens next so I’m going to need Ms. Ivers to get on writing that book as soon as possible!
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Loose End is one of those stories that is hard to review without giving too much away.
So let’s just say that it surprised me (in the best way possible). That pretty much summarizes my reading experience as I don’t want to ruin the story for future readers.
The story also made me wonder what will happen next many times. After I finished it, the biggest question wasn’t what. It was why.
𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘥? 𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘸?𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨?𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘰𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘺?
Just like with many other novellas and short stories, my only issue with Loose End was the length of the story. Like mentioned, it leaves too many unanswered questions. I know it is the point of prequel novellas like this… but I don’t have to like it. 😇
I still enjoyed it a lot and can’t wait for the next book. Thank god we are getting it some point!
To conclude, Melissa Ivers knows how to write interesting stories that will make you want more. Read this if you enjoy sport romance and unexpected events (but be ready to wait for the rest of the story!).
⭐️ 4 stars
𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯.