Afternoon Delight: Play by Play by Kate Donovan

Posted October 22, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 9 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight: Play by Play by Kate Donovan
Play by Play

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Series: Play Makers,
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Beyond the Page
Released on September 9, 2013
Pages: 85
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Oh how NetGalley drew me in with the cover of this book and the hint of getting some football time. While it is sports related, there really isn’t much in the way of sports action in the story. Jake Dublin’s football career ended in college, but he went on to be a sports writer and the owner of a sports blog. When he meets a new woman in the elevator of his apartment building, he immediately falls under her spell and writes about her on his blog as the Elevator Girl, EG for short.

Seeming a little stalkerish, Jake waits for Sophie in the parking garage to just get to know her and ask her out. But Sophie just moved her to get away from a stalker ex-boyfriend and she doesn’t need more of that. Also growing up in a household of jocks, she has sworn off of men who enjoy sports. So Jake starts keeping secrets and lying to keep what he feels is a wonderful romance alive.

In between the chapters are posts from Jake’s blog for us to follow along with the comments people leave for him. He keeps everything PG and so does the author. The sex builds up and is over extremely quickly. While I like following the blog, it took away valuable time in a short book to build the relationship between these two.

They fall in love fast and everything comes to a head in an almost expected way. While I enjoyed the interesting mix of the blog with the story, I wanted more character development. I felt I just got glimpses of everyone, but not enough to grow to like or dislike anyone. So while this is short, it doesn’t pack a punch to keep me going.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Ooh, a blogging hero! That sounds fun already.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I really liked the hero and the blogging, but the story just moved quickly and felt cheesy at times. Not sure how I felt about the heroine other than she didn’t know what she wanted. Truthfully, I think the story suffered because it was so short.

Anna@herding cats
6 years ago

*thud* that cover is incredible! Too bad it wasn’t quite developed enough to keep you going. It does sound like an interesting one with the blogging bits added in.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago

I think the story mostly suffered from being too short and not much development of the heroine. The premise was very good, but I wanted more.

Elizabeth
6 years ago

Couldn’t agree with you more. This one just missed it for me however I loved the blogging aspect and thought that it had great potential.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Exactly! It lacked character development and was just kind of short. The blogging part was actually the best part of the book. I wanted to love this book so much, but it failed for me on so many levels.

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Ooh, a blogging hero! That sounds fun already.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I really liked the hero and the blogging, but the story just moved quickly and felt cheesy at times. Not sure how I felt about the heroine other than she didn’t know what she wanted. Truthfully, I think the story suffered because it was so short.