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A Review of “Playing the Enemy” by Maggie Dallen (Trouble with Tomboys #1)

The first installment of “The Trouble With Tomboys” series follows Hannah, who has just been kicked off of her intramural soccer team by her neighbor, and now ex-boyfriend. He broke up with her using a text message. She overhears that the team on the wrong side of the tracks needs a female soccer player to round out their team because of an injury and tries out. The only problem? The team captain, River, thinks she’s still with her ex and is there to spy on his team. Not only that, but River has had a crush on her forever. 

She works hard to get the team and River’s respect. Things with River turn into something more, but he doesn’t think he’s worthy of her because he’s not affluent like her family is. 

Overall, this was a sweet romance with a slow burn and swoon worthy kisses that made my heart melt. I love Maggie Dallen’s style and the strong start to this series! River was sweet and Hannah was a strong, decisive female character who had a healthy dose of agency. It was a wonderful, quick read that I devoured. I couldn’t wait for the next installment by Stephanie Street; that review is coming up. 

The twists and turns were great, especially when you realize Hannah’s ex’s motivation for dating her, but he is redeemed in the end. That set this book apart for me. Sometimes the villains don’t get redeemed, and that was a great twist. It made for a great read with a truly happy ending for everyone. But make no mistake, the ex got his due.

Fast-paced and easy to read, I would recommend this book for anyone who loves sweet YA romances and is looking for a sporty read. 

Author:

I am an aspiring author and contributor here on Coffee House Writers, Functionally Fictional and a character blog called West Oak, OR (coming soon). I am currently going to school online to get my BA in English Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. I am an avid reader and have been writing since I was a child. For me, the writing was an extension of playing pretend. In many ways, it still is. I hope to inspire and entertain people with my writing. You can see my blog at https://hayleygreen.blog and my character blog at https://westoakor.com (coming soon).

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