Thank you to Lauren Blakely and her team for the advance reader copy of The Virgin Game Plan, the second story in the Rules of Love series. This story releases on June 9th!
I enjoyed the first book in the Rules of Love series, The Virgin Rulebook so I was excited to pick up another baseball romance from Lauren. This time it is the coach’s daughter trope!
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Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“A sexy standalone forbidden sports romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!
The woman I want is as off-limits as they come.
I had an excuse two years ago when I met her on campus. She interviewed me for a story on major league baseball’s rising stars, and we shared a hot, passionate night that ended far too soon, and without a mention of who her father was.
Now I know the innocent but sexy woman I can’t stop thinking about is the coach’s daughter.
That means her dad is the guy who determines if I bat fourth in the starting lineup in every game, or ride the bench.
All the more reason to resist alluring, confident, brainy Reese every time I run into the reporter-turned-sports publicist.
That ought to be easy enough, until the time she confesses she’s still carrying her V card, and she’s been wanting me to cash it in since the day we met.
Staying away from her is going to be harder than resisting a fastball down the middle.
Especially since I’m pretty sure she’s the one who got away, and letting her slip through my fingers again would be a rookie mistake.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: We meet Reese Fallon at age 22, as an almost college graduate. The college Volleyball player is a podcaster who wants to go into sports marketing. She meets Holden Kingsley to interview him. He is 25 and an alumnus of the same uni. He is currently a baseball player on the LA bandits. Holden is kind, determined, and a family man. While Reese has a good relationship with her mom but has struggled with her dad.
- Setting: The story is primarily set in San Francisco. As years after Reese and Holden meet their paths cross again there. After Reese had spent the last two years working in South America, she came back to California to be close to her mom and work for a nonprofit. Holden is traded to the San Francisco dragons and just as it looks like everything can fall into place, Reese’s dad becomes the head coach of the Dragons.
- Pacing: I love how Lauren chose to tell this story in its entirety. She dedicates a significant portion of the story to Holden and Reese’s meet-cute and night of fun years ago. Setting it up perfectly for the reader to be dedicated to these two in the long run.
- Romance: The romance kicks off with an easy attraction and so many commonalities. Holden cannot help but fall for the stunning woman who knows her way around sports. I loved their fun banter that cascaded into innuendos. An interview turns into a walk around the campus, turns into dinner, turns into a kiss, and finishes with an epic orgasm for Reese. All these years later Reese is still a virgin and Holden has refused to kiss anyone else. Their second chance is in front of them, only if they are willing to take the plunge.
The Virgin Game Plan receives four out of five stars.
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