Author: Marquita Valentine
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Scored is a brand new sexy and fun contemporary romance between a cocky football player and the quirky librarian who catches his eye.
*It’s a complete standalone and not part of any series.*
Dallas Drake has a big salary and an even bigger…ego…and he’s not afraid to use either of them to his advantage. As infamous as he is attractive, Dallas has all the equipment necessary to bring home the win.
The first time I met him, I was in handcuffs.
The second, he saved me when I fell off a ladder.
Now? Now we’re working together to plan a charity event.
I may not be interested in what Dallas has to offer, but as the game goes on, I’m becoming more open to his passes.
Is he looking for the win, or just determined to score?
Scored has just the right blend of sweet to go along with the HOT with a capital H.
Marquita hooks the reader with a stunning mike-drop moment at the very beginning. Witnessing the events from the back to the beginning provided a unique perspective for the plot. There are moments when you can’t help but wave the Team Dallas flag to alleviate any doubts as to the outcome of the cliffhanger moment mentioned in the prologue ♥
Dallas is a superstar football player with the ego to go with it, however, it is quickly apparent that is far more to him than a giant ego. Dallas is dedicated to the charity he has established to help benefit children with special medical requirements. His commitment to the charity stemming from his own experience growing up with a brother requiring life saving medical treatment. Dallas is a family man at heart, loyal and devoted, however, his true personality did little to gain publicity for both his career and his charity. Being practical, Dallas carefully crafted his bad boy playboy image in order to get the notoriety required to maintain the interest of the press/social media, although he wasn’t particularly upset at embracing the perks this type of lifestyle included 😉
Paige is utterly adorable, a cool librarian but socially awkward outside her comfort zone. I absolutely loved her. Paige is an utter romantic at heart although she carries a lot of baggage with her stemming from her mothers attitude to love and marriage. I’ve got to be honest I didn’t totally get the A League of Their Own reference but could only surmise that Paige’s mother somehow marries baseball players as a way of helping their career then letting them go when they are successful *shrugs*. Adding to her avoidance of sports players is her sister’s warning to stay away from jocks with her own failed relationship and career in sports PR, Paige takes her advice very seriously. Especially as her sister, Finley, basically raised Paige rather than their mother.
Dallas and Paige have a sizzling attraction from the beginning, which Paige is absolutely determined to ignore, resulting in some fabulous wooing on Dallas’s part. Unable to resist his charms, Paige agrees to date Dallas in secret believing she will be able to compartmentalise her emotions if she believes the relationship between them is purely physical.
There are some interesting additions to the plot with Paige’s best friend, Layton’s upcoming marriage and Finley’s ex and Dallas’s teammate Aiden, which have left me extremely intrigues and wishing for more details and a possible story of their own.
The best part of Scored for me was watching the way in which the relationship between Dallas and Paige developed, altering their perception, making them face their fears in order to move forward with a fuller, richer life together *SWOON*