Friday, September 28, 2018

Love for Keeps by Maria Hoagland {Review}

Love for Keeps (Sports Moms and Romance) by Maria Hoagland
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published September 9th 2018 by Gelato Publishing LLC 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
City home inspector Kendall Nomellini follows rules to a fault. As a single mom of a high school soccer player, she has no choice but to plan her time to the minute—fitting her work, education, and future goals into a tidy, no-surprises schedule. What’s not in her plan? Falling for the worst soccer referee in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Why would she when she knows from experience that the perfect man doesn’t exist?

Between owning a successful business and running a fulfilling charity, former MLS goalkeeper Zeke Hartford’s life is working out just fine. Except time and again, he crosses paths with the spitfire club coach who has no problem telling him exactly where he falls short. And while the beautiful home inspector could easily throw a wrench into his professional life, he’s intrigued enough to win her over.

Can Zeke change her scowls to smiles and her criticism to compliments? It’s a challenge he’s willing to take—on the pitch and off—but is Kendall willing to play his game?
My Review: 5 Stars
So. Cute! The witty banter and zingy dialogue really made this one entertaining. Kendall is a spitfire soccer mom/coach and her small size can't quite contain her larger-than-life personality and attitude. So when Zeke gets on her wrong side, the sparks fly. 
Only one of my sons was into soccer for a short time, but I can definitely appreciate the sport and the intense emotions that sports bring out, especially for moms. I loved the backgrounds of these characters and how they each carry their persistence and dedication over into their day jobs. And what a tangle of relationships that was!
This story really engaged me and kept me flipping through the pages as much as time would allow for today. Kendall and Zeke both had such large, generous hearts and I loved watching that aspect develop. I also loved the sweet romance so much, but the zings are what drew me in, especially as they started to melt into something more.
Great story, great characters. This one is a keeper!
Content: mild romance

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