The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo

the-13th-chanceBlurb:  Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.


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Favorite Quotes:

“You might think you’re cute and all, but baseball players aren’t my thing.  Especially not you.” With those words, I’m looking at what used to be that skyrocketing ego lying in small chunks all around my feet.  I consider stepping on them myself just to watch the way they flatten.  It makes me think of pancakes, but suddenly I’m not at all hungry.  

“And what are you smiling at? Stop smiling at me.”  Really, it’s unnerving, like he can see inside my mind and he’s discovered a secret he still hasn’t shared with me.  I don’t like people knowing things about me when I don’t know them first.  

My voice is a quiet, loud, a simmering pan of water, a violent explosion in a downtown skyscraper.  I feel everything at once, and nothing at all. 

Her touch feels like fire.  I’m glad she keeps going, because it turns out I love getting burned. 

There’s something nice about knowing someone would maim another individual for you.  That’s real friendship.  




5 Stars

Wow, I’m so shocked with all the quote worthy sections in this book.  Seriously, I have way more quotes but I can’t fit them all!  This author was excellent with metaphors and dialogue and internal emoting. Just everything in this book was awesome. If I had to pick one thing that wasn’t, it would be the suspense of their first kiss damn near killed me dead! But well worth the wait.

This book was interesting because the romance built very slowly but it never really got boring for me.  It just took a bit longer to get to where it was going.  Almost no kissing, but lots of… I don’t want to say foreplay cause there wasn’t that.  I guess flirting would be the next closest descriptor.  That sounds weird but that’s the only way I can really explain it.

Olivia’s internal monologue was a bit long winded yet it held my attention.  I didn’t think I was gonna like this book as much as I did.  I thought she was clinical at one point but the author never clarified if she had an anxiety/OCD order so I don’t know.  I think my tastes are changing.

Will’s character was a bit tropey and I don’t think I found out what exactly attracted him to her in the first place,(she just seemed crazy to him) it seemed a bunch of little things.  Not like one big thing.   I felt his character was overshadowed by Olivia’s intense personality IMO.

This is a great NA clean romance if that’s your bag.  Which is just one of the bags I like to peek into from time to time.

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. 

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