I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jock Romeo by Sara Ney
Series: Jock Hard #6
Published by Sara Ney on December 9, 2021
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance
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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sara Ney comes the last book in the #JockHard sports RomCom series, Jock Romeo.
HE IS THIS STORIES LEAST LIKELY ROMEO.
Roman Whitaker is every girl’s best friend. An easy going nice guy, Rome is brilliant, and funny. At the age of twenty-two, he’s moving out of his parents’ house for the first time and into off-campus housing with two complete strangers.
No more Mister “Playing it Safe.”
Rome may be wicked smart, but math and science will only get him so far, and they certainly won’t land him a first date with the girl of his dreams.
For that, he’ll get a little unwanted help from his friends—and meddling family members.
YOU NEVER FORGET A FRIENDLY FACE.
Lilly Howard is tired of being taken for granted. After breaking up with her philandering boyfriend, she’s giving up guys and learning to love herself again.
She’s sick of playing nice.
When she bumps into Rome, they become instant friends. When he asks her to be his fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back, she agrees—but only if he’ll return the favor…
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Okay, I loved the prologue and how we didn’t get back to these two right away when the book started on chapter one. Normally that would drive me crazy, but it was perfect for this book! And then the way these characters were connected to the last book was fun as well. I love how this author intertwines all the characters so perfectly!
Now I started this on the day that Amazon and Goodreads were down for most of the day. So I didn’t get as many notes taken as I normally would. But one thing I loved at the beginning of the story was the reference to the 80s movie where the parents took their kid up to the high school dance and wouldn’t let him out and he was banging on the door saying he just wanted to go home and hang out with them. I always loved that little bit in the movie Sixteen Candles.
Strangely I related to Lilly in several ways, even though she was a cheerleader and I am sooooooo not at all like a cheerleader. The way she said she wouldn’t probably know a guy was into her unless he actually told her he was. That’s me. I’m pretty sure I might have missed out on some possible dates by not realizing a guy was into me. Then the things her inner voice would say to her during makeout sessions with Roman, yeah, those are the types of things that might run though my mind. lol
This book really reminded me of what was my first introduction to Sara Ney’s stories, The Learning Hours, the 3rd book in the How to Date a Douchebag series. That book was about a guy that was ugly. And the way she made a real story out of it. A guy not being just the perfect handsome, suave guy. Well, Roman, or Rome, was cute, in a nerdy sort of way. But he was so inexperienced and really shy and awkward. More-so than probably any guy in any book I’ve ever read. It was perfect! And then, when the whole thing got really physical and real, I didn’t see a certain part coming, at least not that fast! Lol. This author is not afraid to put in some real stuff. Some real embarrassing and just so good stuff!
I also loved Rome’s family. The great-aunt reminded me so much of one of the geriatric characters that I love in books by another favorite author, Emma Hart. And that little brother, so funny! Actually kind of reminded me of the little brother in another favorite 80s movie, Can’t Buy Me Love. I ended this book smiling so much. There wasn’t drama just for drama’s sake, all of the problems and complications they had just felt so real. I actually kind of wondered though if something else was going to happen with her ex that didn’t end up happening. And I’m okay with that. Because really, this story was perfect! Love, love, loved it!
About the Author:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances.
Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced lattes, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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