Also by this author: The Assist, The Fadeaway, The Tip-Off, Slapshot
Also in this series: The Assist, The Fadeaway, The Tip-Off
Series: Smart Jocks #4
on December 11, 2019
Genres: sports romance, New Adult
Tropes: Fake Relationship
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Narrator: Jason Clarke, Ava Erickson
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
I've made a lot of dumb mistakes but none dumber than losing her.
Senior year. I should be partying and living it up with my friends before graduation, but one more mistake and I'm off the team.
Enter Chloe. She comes into my life at a low point, but she becomes the bright spot I reach for every day. She's the kind of girl who makes a guy want to be a better man. And for a while, I even start to believe I've changed enough to deserve her.
I've got my eye on the future, and I'm letting my past stay where it belongs.
But the thing about the past... it always comes back to bite you when you least expect it.
by Rebecca Jenshak
Jason Clarke and Ava Erickson are two of my top favorite narrators and they knocked THE FAKE out of the park. Ava has such a melodic, young voice and performs her characters so well, she’s perfection for New Adult romance. And we all know that Jason’s sexy, deep voice is pretty awesome.
With that out of the way let me get to the heart of this story. Chloe and Nathan were adorable. Nathan had some growth to do over the course of the story an he did it beautifully. With his little brother being in school and his mother without a job he is the main provider for his family and always struggling to make enough money to make ends meet. Enter rich girl Chloe.
Chloe never lacked for money but her issues aren’t material. After being kicked out of school she’s transferred to Valley and that’s not how she imagined her senior year. While her parents mean well, buying their daughter’s way into college isn’t what endears you to your fellow students and Volleyball teammates. That stain doesn’t go away so she’s having a hard time connecting to people at Valley. I loved Chloe’s resilience, her strength and willingness to forgive, not just Nathan but her teammates too.
Before Nathan met Chloe he was used to taking the path of least resistance. Fighting for Chloe changed all that. I simply adored how Nathan treated her. He was head over heels in love with this girl and showed her with everything he did how much he cherished her.
If you love a good, low-drama fake relationship trope in your sports romance don’t hesitate to grab this one. It’s sexy, flirty and wonderfully sweet with absolutely endearing characters.