Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo

Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

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I saw this book on NetGalley and I knew I had to read it.  Amy Matayo is an author I'm always on the lookout for and I was super excited to see this new book by her!  I think I'm probably the last of my Goodreads friends to write my review for this book but I can tell you that there is a lot of love going around for this book, which makes me so happy.

The characters in this book are fantastic.  They are larger than life and literally fill up the pages.  I felt like I knew them.  I could visualize them so easily and hear them in my head.  That's what I love!  I wouldn't say that I loved either character from the beginning but their personalities were distinct and very human.

Will is just a jerk in the beginning.  He is full of himself and over the top but as the book goes on, he softens and let's down his jerk wall a bit.  :)

Olivia is quirky and has some definite neurotic tendencies.  She is so endearing!  I fell in love with her right along with Will.

This book was just so fun.  I loved settling in and becoming wrapped up in this love story.  The characters really made this story come alive for me.  So well done!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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