Title: The Final Score
Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.
Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza.
Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.
Author: Jaci Burton
Series: Play-By-Play #13
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: September 12th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports Theme
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Jaci Burton writes very well. The Final Score is my first Burton novel and I enjoyed it. Nathan and Mia are well developed and very likeable. Their relationship is easy and comfortable. I enjoyed their interaction. Their friends and family were a mixed bag and all very interesting. I liked that Mia is incredibly smart, knowledgeable and beyond competent in a field I’m sure is dominated by men. While Nathan is very talented he isn’t full of himself and is still a nice guy. They make a great couple.
I struggled with the story though. Mia’s response to her deepening feelings for Nathan was disappointing. She’s so smart and together that I expected a lot more from her. Her lack of communication and her unilateral relationship decisions created the major source of plot to the book’s detriment . If the story had been less predictable, the writing was good enough to have been a five star read.
I had not read the rest of the books in this long series but never felt I was missing needed information or lacked an understanding of the characters and backstory.