I’ve been looking for this kind of sporty love story my whole life and I didn’t even realize it.
Cait Johannssen just watched her best friend and roommate fall in love with her TA, and since Lizzie got an apartment to house her brothers, Cait is getting a new roommate. She thought her biggest issues used to be trying to fit all of her stuff on one half of the room again and make captain of the lacrosse team, but it turns out there are bigger issues—upwards of six and a half feet of issues in the form of her roommate’s boyfriend, Lawrence Mason, to be exact. Plus, her dad is getting remarried. And she isn’t handling either situation well.
Mase is the guy who broke her heart a couple years earlier, her first love from sports camp. He was a standout basketball player at Indiana until a concussion made him rethink his participation in the sport. So he transfers to Radleigh as a student-coach, and is happily dating someone who just so happens to be moving in with Cait.
As if that wasn’t enough.
Half in retaliation and half as a favor to a friend, Cait starts posing as the girlfriend of a player on Mase’s team. They are both jealous and trying to be happy separately, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize they’re never going to be as good apart as they are together. Too bad it’s not that easy.
Mase is written as being nearly seven feet tall, and Cait is close to six feet. Their sexy-time is as big and well-trained as they are.
This is unlike any other NA book I’ve ever read. As a former high school athlete, I could relate to Cait and Mase on a level that I don’t usually feel with book characters. Their competitiveness, their drive, the way they love in the same way they play—that was real to me. But what I loved most was that it wasn’t just the guy who was the athlete—Cait is a Division 1 lacrosse player, and it’s the most important thing in her life. This book resonated with me very uniquely, so my grade should surprise no one.