Published by Salted Pen Publications on September 1, 2016
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance, Sports Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
I can’t believe my coach assigned me a tutor. I dominate the field and between the sheets—who cares about grades?
But Claire doesn’t treat me like I’m stupid. When we’re not busy arguing like idiots, she actually encourages me. Something no other woman had done before. And with those sexy curves of hers, I know just how to thank her. And thank her thoroughly.
I hate football players, but I need the money. Jake is just as cocky and arrogant as the worst of them … but his touch sets me on fire.
I have to believe he’s different, that he won’t use me and break my heart. Because I can’t stop wanting him. I just hope I survive the ride.
Draw Play is a steamy standalone, full-length football sports romance novel. It’s only recommended for audiences 18+. No cheating. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed HEA.
Draw Play is a standalone new adult sports romance by Tia Lewis. I love the whole tutoring trope (like actual school tutoring, not something pervy.) and I particularly like it in the college sports arena. I’m not sure why, I just like it. And Draw Play was just what I was looking for. It is well written and it is a fun read. I also loved the fact that it was a true standalone. Draw Play is told in dual narrative between Jake and Claire. They were an interesting match, and while I really did enjoy this book, there was one thing that was holding me back from falling in love with it. More on that later, first let’s talk about what I liked about Draw Play.
I really liked the backstory from Jake’s side. I thought it was a fresh take on playing college football and being drafted and some of the home life considerations that might go on. It was not a backstory that I had seen done before. I totally got where he was coming from when it came to his mom. I liked that not everything was glamorous for him as a football player, and it wasn’t simply the fact that he came from a poor household. Tia Lewis did a great job with his story. I also really liked Claire. Her story seemed a little more generic, but she was still a decent character. I thought she was a good match for Jake, though I didn’t think her story was as compelling and certainly not as original as Jake’s. But overall, I enjoyed reading about these two together. I liked that their romance was slow burn. It kind of snuck up on both of them.
But now for my major annoyance. Both Jake and Claire were huge stereotypes. And what annoyed me the most was the fact that both of them said multiple times that they hated to be stereotyped themselves, but almost every single chapter of the book had blatant stereotyping on both of their parts. It got old really quickly. Not to mention they were really rude stereotypes, on all sides. As most stereotypes are they were uninformed, but to hear some of the things that Claire said about jocks and some of the things that Jake said about nerds were a little ridiculous. Especially on a college campus setting. I couldn’t get over it. I know you must be thinking that was a deal breaker for me. But here is the thing, I actually really enjoyed this story. There was something about Jake and Claire that made me want to keep reading. I ended up liking Draw Play.
Bottom line: Draw Play is a solid sports romance novel on a college campus. I liked the characters and I really liked the romance. I did have some issues with the book, but overall it was a good read. However, If you are someone that gets overly annoyed with stereotyping in books, this is not the book for you.