The Naughty Vixen

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Play by Play by Kate Donovan

cover36051-medium (1)Title:  Play by Play (novella)

Series:  N/A

Author:  Kate Donovan

Rating:  B-

Former college football star Jake Dublin’s wildly popular sports blog also details his personal life. And lately it’s all about Sophie, the pretty young woman who just moved into his apartment building. His readers know her only as “Elevator Girl,” and they’re all rooting for Jake to score. The blog posts and banter with his followers are all in good fun, and he fully intends to come clean with the woman he’s wooing and wowing. That is, until she confides that she grew up in a house full of jocks and even dated a few. Her verdict? Never again!

Jake knows he needs to confess. But somewhere along the line he fell in love with Sophie and can’t stand the thought of losing her. So he procrastinates, and blogs, and digs himself deeper into a hole, until it all leads to a showdown that’s so nail-biting, not even the best play-by-play guy could ever have seen it coming.

Review:  The cover definitely drew me in on this one, as well as the sports theme.  And I must admit, it is a cute little read.  The whole ‘blog’ aspect was my absolute favorite part!  It gave us a bit more insight into Jake’s character, and it was just fun to read.  It definitely made the story for me. However, outside of that it was really difficult to connect with the characters.  ‘Elevator Girl’ and ‘The Opinionated Sports Guy’ almost seemed like completely different people when compared to the characters of Jake and Sophie.  They almost seemed flat and one-dimensional in comparison.

Part of the issue, for me, was the length.  This is a novella of course, but in this case I felt like we didn’t get to know the characters because of it.  Everything in regards to their relationship just seemed sped up.  I would have liked to see more if their interactions with each other.  A little more feeling between the characters.  There was also all this build up when it came to the lies Jake had told and Sophie’s reaction, but in the end it just kindof fell to the wayside.  I was expecting a bit more along those lines.  I would have liked a little more depth to the overall story.

Overall, it was a quick read, that was fun and entertaining, but not really a stand out title.  I would like to read a bit more from the author,  maybe something full-length later on…:)

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