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New Release Review! HUSTLE by Christine Bell (Skin in the Game #2)

Hustle: A Skin in the Game Standalone Sports Romance
by Christine Bell

 

Synopsis:

A man in a room full of boys…

Ty Maxwell is a twenty-three year old college freshman with a chip on his shoulder, and more secrets than the CIA. In a word? Trouble. So why can’t I stop staring at those dark, tortured eyes and wondering what those hands would feel like on my body?

No sex. No friends. Just football.

Straight off a bloody tour in Iraq, I’m battling night terrors while my peers squabble over beer pong. If it wasn’t for my NFL dreams, I wouldn’t be here at all. But when I sign up for an easy “A” Drama class, I take my eye off the ball, totally distracted by Teacher’s Assistant, Flora Vasquez. She’s like a ray of sunlight in the darkness that is my life… a darkness that will consume her if I get too close.

 

Review:

A great follow-up to Score!

I really liked both Flora and Ty. Their chemistry is off-the-charts hot, but Ty’s got issues on top of issues (and they’re doozies–not over the top and/or overblown drama like some new adult heroes or heroines tend to have) which means they’re doomed to spend a good chunk of the novel not together, sadly.

But when they are? Watch out!

I was bummed about one aspect of the story [spoiler]that Ty didn’t end up playing Othello to Flora’s Desdemona–though I admit that it just wouldn’t have worked for them as the story unfolded, it still would have been something to see[/spoiler] and do think that their relationship woes ended up being fixed pretty quickly at the end, but still Hustle was a darn good read overall.

If Ms. Bell is going to write more in this series? I am SO there.

Hustle does work as a standalone, but since Score‘s Cal and Bee play pretty prominent roles in Flora and Ty’s story, you’ll probably get more out of them both if you read them together.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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