The Beautiful Game (Man of the Match Book #1)
by A. Meredith Walters
4.5 Beautiful Life CROWNS
My first experience with A. Meredith Walters was the story One More Day, and I absolutely, without a doubt, fell in love with her prose. They way she wrote, her diction and syntax, sucked me into this world, and while this book is completely different, less angst, it was still the well-written, enjoyable experience that I have come to expect from this writer.
While the characters in this novel, particularly the hero, Lucas, tend to follow the typical sports romance trope, I still really enjoyed their characters and their romance. Lucas is the playboy, bad boy athlete who is expected to clean up his act, and while he loves football (soccer), he has become disillusioned with the fame part. At his core, though, Lucas is a really good guy, a bit damaged from his past, but really tries to be a good guy. One aspect of his character that I enjoyed was his honesty and openness with Morgan. He also works to win her and keep her, and I loved watching him woo her. Morgan is another enjoyable heroine who doesn’t just cave to Lucas, rolling over and swooning over his star status. She is awkward and insecure, but readers will enjoy that she owns it and is honest with Lucas about it. Both of them are really lovely characters, just like the rest of the secondary characters, making this reader so excited for more in the series.
Beautiful Game is not filled with super heavy or angsty plot details. It is rather light hearted and fast paced. There are conflicts, ones most readers will figure out as they read, that challenge them as a couple, but they are resolved quickly. And while that may bother some readers, I wasn’t because they were rational and reasonable resolutions. Plus, she leaves the readers with such a poignant, although not so concrete, ending (it is an HEA).
This story is another book that should be on your TBR! It is fun with a touch of drama, and it is filled with so many lovable characters. It will certainly be a new fave sports series of mine!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Lucas Bradley enjoys many things.
The roar of the crowd.
Scoring a goal.
Being worshipped and adored by a growing legion of rabid, football obsessed fans.
But gaining a reputation as English football’s newest bad boy—not so much.
Morgan Carter is a fish out of water.
Having moved from America to the United Kingdom, she had hoped for a great adventure.
Instead she’s floundering in a job she doesn’t like and a country she doesn’t understand.
And she finds herself more than ready to leave the land of hot accents behind.
Until a drunken kiss at the local pub changes everything.
Passions ignite. Tempers flare. And what starts as a temporary distraction turns into something deeper.
Yet sleeping with a man on the cusp of full-blown fame comes with a price—one that Morgan isn’t sure she’s willing to pay. And Lucas, forced into the spotlight, finds his world turned upside down.
Love is a game.
But are Lucas and Morgan ready to play?
And can they learn the rules before they run out of time?
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About the Author:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romances including the Bad Rep, Find You in the Dark, Reclaiming the Sand, and Twisted Love series.