Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2019
Cover Designer: Amy Daws
4.5 Bonnie CROWNS
Friends to lovers is a hard trope for me. The pacing is generally too slow, and I hate the lack gumption the characters have to admit how they feel. However, Amy Daws change the game of this particular trope, and I found Mac and Freya to be a breath of fresh air in the friends to lovers storyline.
Mac was such a great hero. I loved the way he built up Freya and called her on her crap. He is fantastic. I love that he was a support system for her throughout the novel, even if at the end he is man-dumb for a bit.
Freya is the character who kind of steals the show. Readers will connect with her and the insecurities she has, but I ultimately love that she is the quirky and lovable heroine who gets the man. She is who she is, and although she does struggle in the dating realm, she never tries to change who she is as a result. This was the most refreshing part of it all.
What really makes the book for me was the relationship between these two – the camaraderie, the love, and even the fighting. They are real friends and their chemistry seamlessly transitions to more. Even though I knew how the story would unfold, the feeling and emotion behind their words struck a nerve, and my heart broke for these two as they floundered. The reconciliation was fantastically romantic and perfectly Freya and Mac.
There are a few words that I did feel were overly used, and once I noticed them, I couldn’t stop my count of words. This did detract from my overall reading a tiny bit. And while I understand it is the verbiage of the characters according to where they are from, I would have like to see more diction within the story.
Overall, though, Amy Daws delivers another fantastically funny and charming romance. I absolutely fell in love with them and their journey.
What happens when an almost thirty-year-old virgin agrees to let her Scottish footballer best friend give her some lessons in seduction?
Lots of banter, awkwardness, jealousy, and heat.
Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Loganis a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when an adorably-freckled seamstress comes barreling into his life, he finds Netflix-And-Bickering with her to be his new favorite pastime.
Freya Cook is used to being the invisible woman with a needle and thread, offering cheeky punchlines as she helps dress London’s finest. She’s plus-sized in body and spirit, and other than her friendship with Mac, talking to the opposite sex is one skill she never mastered.
However, after one innocent g
ame of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.
What neither of them see coming are the feelings that develop when the clothes come off.
Now they’re both about to learn the biggest lesson of all: Don’t fall in love with your best friend.
I wake the next morning to a rough tongue touching my nipple. A smile spreads across my face as I open my eyes and expect to find Freya. My face falls when I see it’s her fucking demon of a cat laving at my pec like it’s going to produce milk at any moment.
“Fuck off, you wee bastard!” I bellow and shove the animal off my chest.
Hercules takes off down the hallway, and a snort echoes in the room. I turn my gaze to find Freya perched on a chair in the corner of her bedroom. She’s dressed in a long nightshirt, her red hair a wild mess of curls, and her makeup smudged like she was properly fucked last night. And she looks positively entertained.
“Did you just sit there and watch your cat violate me?” I croak, sitting up and rubbing my tender nipple.
She giggles and steadies herself so as not to spill the two cups of coffee in her hands. “I came in to bring you a coffee, but Hercules looked like he was warming up to you, so I just sat down here to not interrupt. I had no idea he was going to lick your tit.” She bursts out laughing all over again.
“You and I are in a fight then,” I reply gruffly, propping myself up on the headboard of her bed. “That was disturbing.”
She nods, her face still tormented with poorly concealed laughter. “For us all.”
About the Author:
Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. For more of Amy’s work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com