Published by Pocket Star on November 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From Sara Rider, a fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Keeping Score is a fast-paced, sizzling sequel in the Perfect Play series thatÔÇÖll leave everyone needing a cool down...
Professional soccer player Jaime Chen is used to hearing the word ÔÇ£noÔÇØÔÇösheÔÇÖs just not used to listening to it. Despite her tiny frame, sheÔÇÖs won two Olympic medals and earned the title of Assistant Captain of the Seattle Falcons. And when Sport Fitness magazine decides it wants her for the cover of its annual Bodies of Sport issue, she finally has the chance to prove to the world that she truly is a top-class athlete. But when a lingering ankle injury forces the teamÔÇÖs physiotherapist to bench her, JaimeÔÇÖs top-ranking dreams start to slip through her fingers.
In his career as a pro sports physiotherapist, Alex MartinezÔÇÖs instincts have never steered him wrong. But heÔÇÖs also never met someone as obstinate and frustrating as the snarky Jaime Chen. With their spot in the playoffs on the line, the FalconsÔÇÖ owner gives him an ultimatum: get Jaime back in the game or kiss his job goodbye. When she skips yet another appointment with him, the only way he can wrangle a diagnosis from the medically-phobic midfielder is to stick to her like a shadow. But getting close to the woman who simultaneously irritates him and turns him on like no other is the last thing he wants to do.
Keeping Score is a sweet “firsts” love story about an young spitfire profession soccer player named Jaime, and the teams’ physiotherapist Alex. The are constantly at odds with each other (when they are not giving into their attraction), and it makes for a slightly dizzying ride. It’s a bit of a risk, but some things are simply worth it and love is that thing.
The story takes us through the weeks leading up to the season end and the finals. I’m not familiar with the pro soccer world so it was interesting to read about the culture and the sport in general. There’s conflict centering around Jaime evading Alex in attempt to keep him from benching her due to an ankle issue (which has further reaching ramifications) and the forbidden aspect of the attraction between them creates additional stress. Both characters have interesting back stories , with complex emotional states and Rider does a great job revealing their secrets and creating their connection at the same time. The chemistry between them is sizzling and makes for a sexy read.
Keeping Score is the first of Sara Riders books that I’ve read. Her writing is solid and the story line is well developed. There were questions that popped up in my mind and I found that by the end of the book they were answered. She really does a great job in describing a game and the rules with just the right detail. I’ve read plenty of sports romance stories and I was attracted to this because it featured a female player and for that alone it was refreshing. But really it’s Alex and Jaime’s budding connection that made this a sweet read.
~Review by Cyndi