Tension-packed and superbly paced sports romance

51182447._SY475_The Rivalry by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I beta read this book for Beth.

Having got that out of the way, I still absolutely adored this book even though I spent most of the time wanting to thump Heath or give him a right good shake!

I loved the tensions Beth created between the two men, not only personally, but professionally. The sparks, and the back and forth, was built up with enough leeway that it never became too frustrating and I liked having both POVs so we could see what their thoughts were.

Sam is just wonderful, he’s honest and open, but he’s a bit flaky on the football field. Heath is the absolute opposite and he hides such deep pain that while I was shaking him, I’d also have been patting his back going there, there because what an awful life.

I liked how the positions between the two quarterbacks regarding their feelings for playing football were also mirrored and then twisted, the solution I felt was an earned one and made sense.

Great secondary characters and can I get a shout out to my main guys Nick and Colin, whose special guest appearance reminded me just how much I loved their book (more please Beth?!) and whose sage advice made a big difference to Heath’s expectation of himself.

Definitely not your typical fluffy sports romance, this covers some tough subjects and has a fairly angsty journey to happiness but the ending is all ends up awesome 😁

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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