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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 to Win: The Trouble with Tomboys #2 by Stephanie Street

Jordan is the coach’s daughter of the most decorated boy’s hockey team in the region. Having a dream of playing hockey professionally, she decides to try out for his team to play alongside her brother and the rest of the boys because that will give her the best chance to reach her goals. 

But there’s one problem. The new kid at school, an annoyingly handsome boy named Asher who stole her parking spot, is not only competing for her parking space, but also for her place on the hockey team. And he’s good. 

Asher has dreams of being a music star like his mother. Unfortunately, ever since his mother left to pursue her music dreams, Asher’s father has refused to let him pursue his dream, instead pushing him toward hockey. They have an agreement; work hard at hockey and he gets to spend time doing his music. He doesn’t want to take away Jordan’s dreams of being a starting hockey player on her Dad’s team, but he needs to try his best at hockey or give up his music. 

Complicating matters for Jordan’s hatred of Asher is that he is a great singer. How does she know? He’s her new neighbor and spends time in his backyard, accidentally serenading her without realizing he is. 

This enemies-to-lovers, boy-next-door trope was a romance to die for. I lived for the laughs and the swoons and the kisses. One thing Stephanie Street does well is writing swoon-worthy YA romance kisses. I loved her characters and how driven they were for their dreams and how those dreams clashed until the very end. It was a wonderful story that kept me reading all day and night (hey, I’m a slow reader. Don’t judge!) just to see what would happen next. 

I would definitely recommend this story for anyone who loves YA sweet 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.