Smut factor: 🔥🔥
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: Sports/New Adult/College Romance
Synopsis from the book:
A mouthy soccer stud virgin meets the secretive new girl on campus…
The last time I got laid was… oh right. Never. The only game I have is on the soccer field, where I mostly exist to make my teammates look good. I don’t get the glory or the girl, and in true Lavin Saint fashion, the first impression I make to the gorgeous new girl on campus is chair-crashingly, soul-crushingly bad.
Bianca Santos seems undeterred and even intrigued by my inability to form coherent sentences around her, which is why it sucks when I find out she’s my coach’s niece. Off limits.
Except Bianca doesn’t listen to that memo, and the more she focuses on me with those beautiful brown eyes, the less I care about the real possibility of being relegated to the bench. So when I find out she’s hiding something that’s threatening her, I’m done playing passive defense. I’m on the offensive now, no matter the risk–my sport, my sanity, or my life.
This time, I’m getting the glory. And the girl.
First off let me start by saying that this is my first book by Megan Erickson. I actually picked it up because a blog I follow on Instagram had posted it as a new release. New adult/sports romance isn’t a genre that I normally gravitate toward but I read the synopsis thought it sounded cute and decided to dive out of my comfort zone and try something new! I am really glad that I did.
This book is a really easy read, and I don’t say that to be negative toward the author but this isn’t a book that jumps into a lot of deep, angsty emotions. What it is, is utterly adorable, funny and charismatic. It has actually been a while for me since I read something that had me laughing the entire book but False 9 delivers on that. It’s written from the hero (Lavins) point of view, which I absolutely loved. He is funny, super charming and you can’t help but cheer for him throughout the book. The sub characters, Lavin’s roommates and two-gay Dad’s, were a good group of supporting cast around him that didn’t take away from his story but instead help build it. Lavin is also a 20 year old virgin, which I know seems impossible in today’s world, but Erickson does a good job of selling the possibility. It never felt forced or unbelievable and while it’s part of the story line it’s not the whole story line, which helped.
Now, I was a huge fan of the heroine, Bianca Santos. This is more a personal thing for me than anything to do with the authors writing I just didn’t connect with her. She was okay, I just don’t know that necessarily loved her for Lavin and maybe it’s because I loved his character so much.
The story line was good, I was nervous about when Lavin finally loses his v-card. At first I wasn’t sure I liked how that was going to go down but the author got me through it and in the end it really did make sense and fit the personality the author had created for him. There is some drama/suspense with Bianca but overall Lavin is the star of this book.
Overall False 9 made me laugh a lot, remember what it felt like to fall in love for the first time and I did not regret deciding to take a chance on it. I’d say this is a 4 star read!
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