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A Review of Us At The Beach by Stephanie Street

Blythe’s childhood friend and Neighbor, Walker, moves back to town with his family. Their families are close and go on vacation together to the beach. Blythe figures that Walker is just paying attention to her because she’s there and he’s bored, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

They spend lots of time together at the beach, even kissing in the dark during a game of hide and seek with their little siblings. Sparks fly, but when they return home, things cool down. Walker has practice all the time and stops calling and talking to Blythe who assumes the worst: she was just another conquest for him. 

Walker has his work cut out for him to repair things, and repair them, he does. 

This cute story was swoon-worthy, especially the once scene where Walker has Blythe clinging to him in the ocean, jumping in the waves because she can’t swim. And the ending? So perfect. The gifts he gives her are so cute and memorable and sweet. 

I read this book several months ago, and it is still fresh in my mind. I loved the characters and how authentic they were. I also loved how the characters interacted with each other and how important family was to them. The whole cast of characters was great, and the setting was cute, in this old, small seaside tourist town. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend to lovers of sweet YA romances who love the tropes Best Friends and Boy Next Door. I will read this again soon. 

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A Review of “Playing The Field (The Trouble with Tomboys Book 3)”

Baseball legacy Alex Prince is used to moving across the country for her dad’s coaching jobs. Unfortunately, her new school doesn’t have a softball team. She has to play ball this year, but fear not, her dad has a solution! Her dad pulls some strings and she can try out for the boys’ baseball team. 

The only problem? Her crush, the guy who seemed to like her, too (and almost kissed her on the first day of school,) plays on the team, and he’s competing for her position. 

A prank war ensues as these two are pushed together repeatedly and start to fall for each other. But they can’t get over their rivalry for a long time, until they figure out how to work together for the good of the team. 

This romance was cute and well written, a great read to end out this trilogy. Christina Benjamin wrote a good enemies-to-lovers romance with a cute ending that made my heart warm. The banter was well done, and I lived for the pranks, laughing out loud at a few of them. I read this book in two sittings, which is a lot quicker than average for me. It was an enjoyable, quick read and I would recommend this, and the entire series, to anyone who loves swoon worthy, sweet, YA sports romances. 

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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.