November 4, 2019
Blurb: When Avery Stone learns her dad will be fired if his high school team doesn’t make the playoffs, she has to get her head out of her day planner and do something—anything—to help him win. Even if it means secretly coaching the team’s newest player, who seems to have more game than skill.
Lucas Black just transferred to Hillside with a fake name and a big secret. The MVP of every team he’d played on since he was seven—not to mention the MVP of every post-game party—he can’t understand why since arriving at Hillside, he’s been unable to catch a single. Freaking. Ball.
Until…Avery. Amazing, kind, generous, and crazy-freaking-hot Avery.
As Lucas goes from zero back to hero and Avery struggles with just what Lucas means to her, she inadvertently sets them on a collision course with Lucas’s secret…a secret that could take down not only Lucas but her father too.
DISCLAIMER: This Entangled Teen Crush contains a football player hotter than the Texas sun, hotel cuddles, and a steamy makeout session in the rain.
This review is going to be short and (probably not) sweet as I didn’t like The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner and won’t belabor the point.
It’s very rare that I don’t enjoy an Entangled Crush novel. While they might not have the depth of Sarah Dessen YA novels, they can be relied on to entertain. Sometimes that’s all you want and need.
Between the plot holes (how is it possible a student’s real name wouldn’t be on his high school transfer records? This is only the tip of the ice berg on this plot hole), misinformation (tornadoes do not have a calm eye like hurricanes; if they do/did, they’d be so large (f5) that no one in their path would experience them because they’d be dead!), repetition, and dragging pace, The Love Playbook just didn’t score for me.
While I appreciated the teenage angst: Avery losing her mother and Lucas losing his future career due to his flagrant disregard of rules (a fact that he obviously didn’t learn from), this was not enough to carry the novel or my interest.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
2 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies