4 Stars / Contemporary / New Adult / Review

Review: How to Score Off Field by Sara Ney

I, Drew Colter, have a confession to make…I’m burnt out and need a break.

From school, from football—from living with roommates, my obnoxious twin brother and our older brothers girlfriend. The only person who I can talk to these days is my best friend from high school, and he’s back in our hometown and halfway across the country but somehow convinces me that maybe…

Maybe it’s time to take a trip. Party. Have some fun.

That fun does not include his sister.

Long black hair and even longer legs, Tess Donahue had lost the braces and gained the confidence she never had as a teenager. She’s hilarious, pretty—and when I see her in those brainiac glasses? Whoa.

Stolen glances. Flirty banter. One drunk filled night.

Suddenly, my uncomplicated weekend of ‘living a little’ in my hometown becomes a lifetime being tied to the one girl that was off limits.

Title:How To Score Off Field
Author:Sara Ney
Series:Campus Legends (Book 3)
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
New Adult
Trope(s):Brother’s Best Friend
Best Friend’s Little Sister
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Wisconsin & Texas, US
Release Date:13 September, 2023
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Fun and sexy series end

4 stars

How to Score Off Field is the third (and presumably last) in the Campus Legends series about the four Colter brothers, football gods on campus and off. (The oldest brother got his story in The Secret Roommate, part of the Accidentally in Love series.) While Drake – Drew’s twin – does appear, and the other brothers and their partners are mentioned, this book completely stands alone.

Drew is the quieter of all his brothers. More serious, more thoughtful and generally a bit sweeter. He’s still a gorgeous, big deal football star at his university in Michigan but lately, he’s been feeling restless which is what sends him back to Texas and his hometown. It’s surprisingly unusual to have a new-adult hero that has the same or similar insecurities and thoughts as the heroine. It was refreshing and didn’t make Drew any less of likeable, strong and sexy man.

Tess was somewhat dichotomous (I know, how smart do I feel?) or more accurately, since we get her diary extracts when she was a young teen and then get to see her as a more confident young woman – I found it hard at times to reconcile who she was now. Every time she was sassy or seductive with Drew – I would wonder what happened to that girl with braces who cried in her diary because he didn’t notice her! But honestly, she was a really likeable character. A great blend of sassy and sweet – and acted exactly the way most of us would in her situation.

The chemistry between Drew and Tess was cute and sweet – but also scorching at times. They were both adorably awkward on occasion but at other times, so delicious and squirmy. I especially liked their sexy FaceTime calls! But they have chemistry in other ways, too. I love their text conversations and also their hugs. It’s like they really took comfort from one another and matched-up together so well.

“…hilarious, honest and I love reading [Sara Ney’s] work.”

One of the main reasons that I didn’t give this book 5 stars is due to Drew. Even if you haven’t read the previous book in the series, we still get told in this story that Drew has been feeling a bit down recently. He doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life and who he is as a person outside of football and his famous family. I was looking forward to having that, if not resolved, then at least addressed by the end of the book. Perhaps he could have decided to focus on engineering instead of football, decided to enter the draft or even move to live with Tess. Since I’m assuming this will be the end of the series, I would have liked to have seen an epilogue just so we know Tess and Drew are doing well.

There is a trigger warning accompanying this book and I can imagine, especially for someone who has gone through something similar, this can be quite upsetting. It was sad and tough to read but I think was dealt with appropriately and did help move the story and relationship along. But this is very subjective so do read other reviews or the trigger warning on the author’s website if you feel you need to.

Sara Ney’s writing style is always so fun, fresh and different to read. She writes like a stream of consciousness from her characters – like you’re actually speaking to them or listening to their internal thoughts. It’s hilarious, honest and I love reading her work. This story wasn’t as snarky or cheeky as previous books, probably because Drew is definitely quieter than crazy arrogant (but still somehow loveable) twin, Drake.

You’re going to want to set aside a few hours to just binge this fun, flirty and sexy story. If you’ve ever had a crush on someone you thought was out of your league (hello, Henry Cavill) then you’ll cheer so hard for Tess to get her guy. It’s eminently readable and I was flipping pages so hard just to read one more chapter. It was lovely to see the final Colter brother meet his match and I can only hope we meet this bunch of characters in a future Ms Ney book so I can get some sort of epilogue! But still 4 stars for what is a very enjoyable book.

4 stars

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*

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 latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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