Sophie Pope is devastated when she hears the news: her former boyfriend, college football star Anthony “Rocket” Rogers, is engaged to be married. Determined to win him back before he says “I do,” Sophie hatches a foolproof plan to stop the wedding. But when Rocket’s best man, aspiring baseball player David Savage, thwarts her plot, she realizes the game is up. For David, though, it’s just beginning . . .
David knows that Sophie is just another pretty face, and he’s more than happy to save his best friend from her shallow advances. She’s not his type at all, so he’s baffled by his response to an awkward encounter with Donovan, another of Sophie’s former flames. Despite himself, David feels driven by an inexplicable need to protect her. Pretending to be Sophie’s new fiancé leads to unexpected sparks between the pair, and soon they’re searching for excuses to spend time together. But when a curveball threatens to send them in opposite directions, will Sophie and David step up to the plate for the possibility of true love?
|Published||Traverse Press (April 5, 2016)|
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2016-03-18
I love this book! Sophie assumes she has it all - everything that is except her ex-boyfriend, BYU's star quarterback Anthony, and now he is getting married, to someone, the exact opposite of her. She has decided she wants him back, no-one will be better at being an NFL wife than she will, and she is determined to get him. David, Anthony's best friend since childhood has known Sophie a long time, and they're friends, of a sort. He's just what is needed to take her down a peg or two. Sophie works for her Mom's successful Wedding Planning company, and as part of her 'evil' scheme has arranged for her to plan the wedding that she is convinced will never happen! David is dragged into the meeting at the bakery to choose wedding cake, and finds himself with an arm around Sophie, standing up to a condescending ex-fiancé of Sophie's, and discovers there just might be a little more between them than he first thought. You are taken on an adventure with these two, that starts out light hearted, but soon develops into something neither of them expected where serious choices need to be made, crunch time! There is a subtle message about modesty within the pages, that is not at all preachy but aimed to lift the confidence of readers about not defining themselves by looks alone. I could not put this one down, this is a great piece of LDS romance fiction. I was not aware this was a sequel, and from reading other reviews I'm kind of glad I read this one firest. I don't think I would have liked reading a book that made Sophie out so bad first, and then tried to change my mind about her.
I received this ARC from Netgalley & Covenant Communications in return for my review.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2016-01-26
This is a sequel to "Playing for Keeps." I didn't like Sophie in "Playing for Keeps" so I wasn't sure how I would like reading a book that focused on her. My opinion on her didn't change at first since her main goal was to break up Anthony and Ty. They are engaged so Sophie finds a way to become more involved with them. They see through her so are able to thwart her, which created some funny scenes.
David is Anthony's best friend so he starts to play interference. As he gets to know Sophie better, he sees her in a different light, and starts looking forward to spending time with her. It's not all smooth sailing as there are obstacles for them to overcome.
I must admit, as I got to know Sophie better, she grew on me, too. It always helps to understand where someone is coming from when they are difficult to like. David was more flawed in this book, too, but he was still likable from the beginning and it helped to see Sophie through his eyes.
I personally think you'll get more out of this book if you read "Playing for Keeps" first. There's quite a bit of background and history between the characters that will help this book make more sense. It's a clean, fun read that kept me turning pages to see if Sophie would get her happy ending!
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2016-01-22
My first thought when I saw this book is how much I LOVE the cover. My favorite color is red, so this book is great that way. But I love all the little details, the shoes shopping bags, couch and I love it even more after reading this great book. The cover really fits Sophie to a tee.
Sophie is a strong willed young woman who is determined that she won't lose Anthony Rogers to a girl like Ty who knows really nothing about shopping, fashion or how to be a wife to a famous NFL player. She hatches a plan to get Ty and Anthony to break up and it all starts with a gift to Ty of a wedding from her mother's wedding planning company for very little money. Of course, Ty takes the bait and Sophie's plan is up and running. There's one thing Sophie didn't plan on though, David.
David and Anthony are on to what Ty's up to and David soon realizes that he doesn't just not want Sophie to break Anthony and Ty for obvious reasons, he's hoping that there's a way that Sophie could look at him as a man that she could one day want to marry.
I loved the plot of this one. There were times that I really loved Sophie, and there were times that I thought that she was about the most selfish human being on the face of the planet. I really loved the scene where she is sick and vulnerable and you see that she really is a good person. I liked David, I liked the way that he was willing to keep trying even when it didn't seem as though there were any way he was going to come out the victor. I loved the ending too.
This is a cute, clean romance that you won't want to put down!
By Katie, Submitted on 2016-01-22
First of all, this book is a companion to Playing for Keeps. Unless you want things spoiled, do not read this book without reading that book first.
Beautiful Sophie is good at what she does. She's good at fashion, organizing, and pulling off beautiful weddings, as a wedding planner, but she's also shallow. For her, it's all about looking good, and good she always looks. I was very fascinated by all of the clothing coordination. Does Ms. Clark have a hidden talent for fashion? In an effort to win back her ex-boyfriend, who is now engaged, Sophie offers to plan his wedding for cheap. Things backfire for her in a humorous and almost pitiful way, but she's not one to be knocked down for long. Handsome David, the groom's best friend, steps in the thwart her attempts and to rescue her.
From the start, I didn't really like Sophie, but as the story progressed, she grew on me and my heart was softened towards her. I was humbly reminded through these pages that more often than not, people are the way they are for a reason. A lot of times, walls are built and prickles emerge for protection. David is a very genial kind of guy, one who's heart is in the right place, but his actions don't always convey that message. I couldn't help but absolutely adore him though!
This couple has been friends for years and their interactions don't start out romantic at all. Much to their surprise, feelings start to develop without them realizing it. The humor, flirty romance, and growth is very endearing and sweet. Their romance isn't easy, since both characters are flawed and they have some hurdles to tackle and huge decisions to make, some of which will shatter their fragile relationship. I love a story with some depth to it and felt this book fulfilled that desire. The characters are realistic and developed in a way that I couldn't help but want to be friends with them in real life! I can't wait to read what the author comes up with next.
Content: mild religious content; mild romance (kissing). Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
By Heidi Reads..., Submitted on 2016-01-22
I had a hard time relating to the main characters in this book. Sophie is initially portrayed as a shallow, manipulative, and selfish fashionista. Her agenda to steal the groom was a turn off, but her interactions with David started bringing out her more relaxed side. I enjoyed the book more as the focus shifted to the two of them, and the banter and chemistry they shared. A big theme of the book was modesty and Sophie's ideal that a woman should be able to dress however she feels represents her and not be responsible for any inappropriate thoughts that it inspires in men who view her. She finds herself changing and wearing longer shorts and skirts around David because he respects her for her personality instead of solely for her looks, then feels conflicted that she might be doing it for him instead of herself. I appreciated her roommate's personal account that when she dressed immodestly, it influenced how she felt and acted, in a more edgy and worldly way, making choices that she ultimately came to regret. It was interesting to read about a Mormon "mean girl" and her journey of growing up a bit, even though I felt like she is a person I would avoid in real life.
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2016-01-22
I was so excited to read this book. I love the first book in this series, Playing for Keeps, and I love Ranee Clark's writing style.
Sophie makes quite an impression in the first book. I wasn't her biggest fan and I was a bit nervous and a bit curious to see how the author would spin this book so I would love Sophie. Getting in Sophie's head surely helped that process along. Sophie grew on me throughout the book as I felt I understood her better.
David though? He is the hero star of the show. Even though he makes a couple mistakes, he is so kind to Sophie. He really is the sure thing against Sophie's up and down. I loved David. Oh, and I love that he has a heart for baseball. I love baseball!
It was also good to see the characters of the previous book making their way through wedding preparations. It was nice to have them included in this book. Old friends and all that.
I read through this book so quickly. It was easy to settle in with and I loved reading it.
This is an LDS fiction book with religious elements. Clean!
By Charissa, Submitted on 2016-01-21
This is the companion book to Playing for Keeps, and it takes one of the side characters from that book--one that I didn't like, mind you--and centers the story around her. When I realized that Sophie Pope was the heroine in this novel, I almost rolled my eyes. I mean...I really didn't like her in Ty's story. But this author outdid herself again by making me come to like Sophie--a huge challenge with my bias. Sophie is kind of one of those 'mean' girls. But Clark showed through this story that Sophie was deeper than anyone could see or give her credit for. Her bad traits had been strengthened by toxic relationships in the past that had damaged her self-esteem and pushed her to overcompensate in order to feel good about herself.
Anyway, this book didn't have quite so much sports detail as the first, although baseball and football are a big part of it. This is David's story too (he was Anthony's best friend in the first book, and I absolutely love him.). But style, fancy clothes and stilettos come into play as much as sports in this romance. All I can say is kudos to author Renee Clark for writing an excellent book that made me understand and connect with a character I didn't think I could like. Sophie became someone I cheered for by the end, and I'm happy with her genuine growth and happy ending.
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2016-01-19
Clark has written another cute, clean romance with fun characters and an interesting plot. I'll admit I wasn't sure the fashion and sports angles would come together very well, but they ended up working pretty well. It was fun to read about Anthony and Ty again (Playing for Keeps) and David was a favorite character from the first book as well so I enjoyed reading more about him. Sophie I wasn't thrilled with at the beginning as she plots to try to break up Anthony and Ty, but as she and David get more interested in each other I liked her better. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book though was how real the characters seemed. Each character had his/her own strengths and weaknesses and it showed in the relationships. Both Sophie and David have their own flaws that complicate the relationship. It was also great to see how Sophie and David helped each other improve in terms of who they were and their actions and beliefs. Sophie learns that how she dresses has a huge impact on how she feels and David learns that dating a girl to change her isn't the best way to go. A sweet clean read for those who enjoy realistic stories with a dash of sports and fashion.
By Bonnie Harris, Submitted on 2016-01-18
This is a darling book. I loved it from the first page to the last. Sophie is a riot. Her journey is a fascinating one that I feel a lot of women follow to some extent or another. David is such a good guy that has his own flaws to work through. There are many good lessons to learn from Sophie and David. It is fabulous story that will have anyone turning the pages to find out how it ends. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2016-01-17
I got this book confused with another book blurb I'd read, and it took me a bit to realize the character I was expecting was not going to make an appearance. Even after I straightened that out, I was still a bit thrown that the focus was on Sofie. She'd been the "bad guy" in the first book (well, one of them). She was so shallow and so . . . opposite of everything I like in most human beings. ;) However, throughout the book the reader really gets to know her a lot better. Some of those shallow traits come across differently as we learn more about her. She started using her talents for good instead of evil, and became quite likable.
Luckily I did like David (he was great in Playing for Keeps and I'm glad he was given his own story), and his likability helped get me through the first part of the book. His character was sort of opposite of Sofie. He seemed perfect initially, and as the story went on we came to see some of his faults. But, that made him somewhat more relatable. I was pretty invested in seeing him make choices that would lead to happiness in his life.
It took some time to draw me in, but after awhile I didn't want to put it down. I liked that there was a lot less focus on BYU and athlete worship than in the first book. This is a clean, fast read.