Okay, I think it’s really not necessary to say that LJ Shen’s books are gorgeous to a fault. Each of them. I suppose it’s mostly because her writing style makes each thought so damn personal even if the sentences defy the laws of grammar most of the time. I’ve been obsessed with her work ever since diving into Vicious, Book1 in the Sinners of Saints series, and I’ll definitely read all of her future books.
BUT… Two things I need to complain about. First, this book isn’t really a sports romance. The only thing ‘sporty’ about it is the cover. In Vicious, Baron was also into football (or was it baseball? I can’t remember), and there were just as many ‘sport scenes’. Second – and I already mentioned this in my review for Midnight Blue – this book is basically the same as Vicious and Midnight Blue. As I already said, I love her writing style and her permanent sarcasm and her sense of humor, but all her books have the same storylines. A) The hero is always the epitome of a bad guy – cocky, arrogant and rich. B) The heroines all have the same characters (and funny hair colors like ‘purple’ or ‘strawberry’ – what’s wrong with plain old brown or blonde?). C) There’s always a guy who’s the third wheel (like Dean in Vicious or Mark in this book) who makes the hero realize what he really wants. So, the story enfolds always in the same way which gets a little old…
Also, I don’t need ten different descriptions about ‘Trish’ smoking like a chimney, I already got it the first time when she had ash in her hair (a little exaggerated?). And – I always have to laugh when that happens in books – who the hell doesn’t hear their boyfriend out when he tries to explain why he hugged another girl? I mean, it wasn’t as if Sage kissed Amber or made out with her. If you truly care about someone, you’ll give them an opportunity to explain, especially after something innocent like a hug. The same goes for the extended epilogue where she finds the lipstick. Really, the first thing she does is calling her mother and telling her Sage is cheating on her? And then he flies back all the way from Colorado? This is just a tactic to add drama, something LJ really doesn’t need. I hope she’ll cut it down a bit in her future books because I’d really like to read something new from her!