There was something about that first score, and not just on the football field.
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4 Hollie CROWNS
Like Ollie himself admits, he’s been in love with Hazel since he could remember. Their first encounter when he was 5 years old prancing around in his tighty whities was so sweet, cute and funny but also rather touching, as although Hazel clearly had a sassy side to her, it was apparent even then that there was much more to her story.
I loved the way Ollie and Hazel’s journey was explained by way of chapters from the present and from the past. It really gave me an understanding of their relationship and how it developed and grew over the years. Despite the fact that they were so young when they first met and that Hazel is Ollie’s older sister’s best friend, as time goes on it’s clear to me they were made for each other. For quite some time, there’s nothing really awkward about their relationship, even when thoughts start to turn towards more than friendship, until they don’t remain simply fantasies. Ollie has turned into one hot guy but Hazel has problems with giving into her feelings. I thought those moments and their reactions to certain situations, were understandable and realistic.
My very favorite thing about friends to lovers romances, especially when the main couple meet so young, or if they’ve spent any time apart, is when one of them, in this case Hazel, at some point realises how the other has grown and changed and Ms Knight has nailed this when it comes to Hazel’s transforming feelings for Ollie. We already know he has a great personality, so kind and caring, patient and understanding, but her descriptions of Ollie’s physical changes and the effect they had on her had me chuckling. They have great chemistry and I loved the sexual tension between them too. Their banter was just great and came so easy, as it would with someone you’d known for years. There are some brilliant supporting characters as well, all with their own unique personalities, no more so than the adorable Pops. His love and devotion to Hazel was heartwarming and his shenanigans had me in hysterics on more than one occasion.
The overall feel to the book is lighthearted but there were some emotional moments and underlying drama, which I thought the author dealt with really well and in a sensitive manner. The First Score is a gorgeous, slow burn romance which left me with a big, satisfied smile on my face.
I loved all of life’s firsts, which was why I’d been saving mine for one girl, my older sister’s best friend—Hazel Jones.
She was tough and sarcastic with walls around her heart as tall as a football stadium, but I knew she was the one for me.
Desperate times called for desperate measures and I’d have done anything to make her mine.
Like create a fake online persona.
Lie about my age.
Pretend I wasn’t some naive virgin.
And catfish the hell out of the love of my life.
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“Thanks so much for taking her home, Hazel.” Ollie nudged me to get my attention and I turned to look at him, not having much choice in the matter now. I couldn’t be rude. It was a mistake. The green of his eyes was deeper today, less brown. I knew it was the jersey. It was always that way. A bead of sweat slid down the side of his face and he ran a hand through his hair like he always did. I knew it was a habit of his, just like I knew so many other things about him.
“You owe me.” I tried lightening the mood like I had with Scarlett. I nudged his shoulder but only came into contact with a pad.
Dragging his bottom lip into his mouth, he raked his teeth over the fullness and his eyes heated. He leaned his face close to mine. “You name it and it’s yours, brat.”
My face flamed and my mouth watered. Lord, he was a terrible flirt and by terrible I meant amazing. I swallowed the saliva pooling in my mouth and stepped back.
“Cut it out, Olls. Quit giving her a hard time. She came all this way so your ass would have a way home tonight.” Scarlett attempted to save me. He eyed me. “Oh, I haven’t even started giving her a hard time yet,” he said before walking backward down the stadium steps, hot eyes still on me. I was thanking whatever gods were listening that he was walking backward. Please, God. Spare me that ass. I couldn’t handle it after his damn lip trick. “You’re shameless, Oliver Knox,” Scarlett called down to him.
She wasn’t wrong. Oliver flirted with all the women. I never could tell if he had a preference for a certain kind of girl. If it walked and had tits and a vagina, he flirted.
“Bye, ladies,” Oliver said loudly and jangled Scarlett’s keys over his head before doing the most awful thing in the world to me—he spun around and gave me his ass. And God, was it a marvelous ass. Immediately my eyes ate it up. Was there anything better than a hot ass in some football pants? It was round and firm and high and I bet I could have bounced fifty quarters off of it. But I didn’t have any change. Damn. That was just my luck.
I was being mesmerized by the twin all white globes when they stopped just barely and my eyes diverted up to see Oliver looking over his shoulder and smiling. Damn him. He gave me a slow wink before continuing down the steps at a trot.
The tease. The bastard. He knew how good-looking he was. It didn’t matter a bit that he was my best friend’s brother or that he was a year and a half younger than me. Oliver Winston Knox was fine on a regular day, but in a football uniform he was the stuff dreams were made of. My dreams to be exact.
About the Author:
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.
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