Series: Play Hard, #3
Release Date: February 16th, 2021
The last thing I expected was to run into the boy who took my first kiss and broke my heart: only now Drew Bowman is all grown up.
Sexy. Scandal-tainted. Second-string. The crush I never got over.
I tell myself work is the reason I can’t get him out of my head. I tell him his talent far outweighs his position, and I know I can help. I lie and lie, because admitting that I want a second chance at my first love is impossible.
Some lines cannot be crossed, and ours was drawn in the sand years ago.
I’m supposed to hate her.
I’ve been told so time and again for ten years – her father ruined our family, smeared my name before my career even began.
But that’s not what I’m feeling now.
Brexton Kincade just strode out of my memories and onto my field.
Driven. Determined. Grown up. The Capulet to my Montague.
Being with her would be an unforgivable sin against my father, but I can’t resist the pull between us. Even if it means hiding what we have. Even if it means confronting the secrets I’ve always feared were lies.
“Drew Bowman is hot in a football uniform. He is sexy at home, barefoot in his sweatpants. But in a dark suit and tie? He’s absolutely devastating.”
I am in love with the Kincade family. After meeting Lennox and falling in love with her and Rush, I was more than ready to meet Brexton and go on her journey of love. I just did not expect to have my heart feel this way at the end of it all! Hard to Score covers many of my favourite tropes – sports romance, second chance romance, childhood friends – and K. Bromberg masterfully combines all of this together in one very addictive story.
Brexton Kincade and Drew Bowman have known each other since they were kids. His father played football, her father was his agent and the two families holidayed together every summer, they were in each other’s lives a lot and there’s a whole lot of memories there that just won’t go away. But then one year, something went wrong with Drew’s dad and football was ripped away and the Kincade family was ignored and since then, Brexton and Drew haven’t seen each other. And Drew’s been living in the dark and unfortunate shadow of what his father once did and he’s never had a shot at anything more.
“She looks like the perfect mix of siren and saint, and I want a piece of both.”
Like her sisters, Brexton is a badass boss babe who works her butt off because she’s one of the few women in a male-dominated industry of sports agents. But that’s not going to hold Brexton back. She’s such a brilliant character, tough, sexy, smart, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. I love that Brexton goes after what she wants, even when she knows it could be hard to achieve. Because she believes that she can do it and that kind of confidence is incredibly sexy. Drew would agree. Because after not seeing each other for a few years, when they do come face to face, he’s completely thrown by how beautiful, successful and sex this woman is.
Watching Drew and Brexton together was incredible. There’s chemistry right off the bat, all those unrequited feelings from when she was a kid and all his feelings for her now – it’s a lot, but it’s so damn good. What I really loved about their friendship/relationship is that they support each other. Drew’s been bumped to second-string QB, benched while a young hotshot takes all the plays. But Brexton pushes Drew to believe that he’s worthy and she’s doing whatever she can to make sure he has his day in the sun. And Drew is out there, helping Brexton get the players she wants, cheering her from the sidelines as she works to establish herself even further.
““You’re not getting me until I get you, baby.”
Their chemistry is palatable. It’s been there for years and now, they finally get to act on it. Gah, Drew and Brexton have seriously delicious steam and I was craving more with each page! But it’s so beautiful because of the love they have for each other. It’s not just about sex for them, that much is known right off the bat, they love each other, they want the best for each other and if that means going above and beyond to make each other happy, then they’ll do it. From the minute they’re reunited, I was cheering them on, because all those feelings were definitely going somewhere good.
I really enjoyed the flashbacks, watching Drew and Brexton fall in love in little ways as teenagers. Because it added so much to the way they fall in love as adults too. But more than that, I love how some of those flashbacks translated into their current relationship. There’s one particularly sweet moment with helmets and initials and guys, it made my heart so full!
We’ve got one more Kincade sister’s story to explore and I am SO ready for Chase’s story!
Thanks to K. Bromberg and Valentine PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!