The Final Score by Jaci Burton Release Date: September 12, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Book #13 in the Play-by-Play series Number of Pages: 352 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: XXX Read 1/21/18 – 1/22/18
Once in a while I go through and try to make sure I posted all of my reviews. Sometimes one falls through the cracks since I’m usually not posting my review until a week or so after I read the book. And sometimes I accidentally discover I missed one. That’s the case with this one. If you’ll not the above stats on the book, I finished this one on 1/22/18. Oops! Luckily I actually write my reviews within a day of finishing a book, even if I don’t post them right away. Without further ado…
Before I dive into my review of this story, can we take a moment to talk about this cover? I mean, c’mon! It’s enough to get someone to read this book even if they know nothing about this series or this author. Kudos to whoever designed this one!
It took me longer than I would have liked to get to this story. After all, it was published more than 3 months ago. Not to mention that I’ve read all of the books in this series so I’ve “known” Nathan since the very first story, The Perfect Play. So it pains me to say that it didn’t live up to my expectations. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, it was very good. It just wasn’t spectacular.
As much as I adore Mia Cassidy from previous stories that featured her brothers, she lost some of her luster for me here. I understand her being a young woman starting her own company and wanting to prove herself. But her protestation to that end wouldn’t always match what she was protesting. I know that’s a confusion sentence, I hope you get what I’m saying though.
I still love Nathan. He’s such a great guy. I absolutely appreciate Jaci Burton including scenes in which Nathan and Mia seem to be heading to the bedroom and Nathan’s reactions when it doesn’t go as planned. No cajoling, only understanding. Isn’t that the way things should be always?
What was lacking in this story was chemistry. The actual sex scenes had some chemistry and were extremely well written. But overall I didn’t feel that pull between Mia and Nathan that I want to feel when reading a romance. I can’t tell you how sad that makes me. This is a story with two characters I already loved who seem as though they’d make a perfect couple. It just somehow missed its mark for me.
Because I do love this series as a whole and I still enjoyed this story, I can’t even imagine giving it a poor rating. I also cannot give it a great rating either. I’m still looking forward to the next book in this series which will be out in a couple of weeks! <– See! This actually came out a couple of days ago. I don’t know how this one got missed.