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Unlucky in love, sports photographer Stevie Dowd has given up on men on order to concentrate on her goal of getting a cover shot for a prestigious sports magazine. Connor Riley, wide receiver for the New Orleans Sinners, has remained celibate all season to strengthen his game for a Super Bowl victory. Their goals collide, literally, when Connor bowls over Stevie on the sidelines as she attempts to get her perfect picture. Realizing Stevie is the woman he had a crush on in high school, Connor feels his vow is about to be broken. Can he win both the Super Bowl and Stevie Dowd?

©2009 Carla S. Hostetter (P)2017 Carla S. Hostetter

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Good!

I really enjoyed this fun sports romance! I thought the narrator did a good job with narration. Recommend to anyone who enjoys sports romance!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Good sports story

This was a good story a bit twisty hard to follow in spots but over all I liked it. I do love sports romances.
This was an unbiased review with a credit from audiobookboom

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Fun sports romance!

Listening to sports romances are always entertaining, but I have to say that the twists and turns in this one are particularly gratifying. Unlike most where the player is just that, a player, we have Conner, the up and rising football player that is finally getting together with the woman he has been pining over for years. The ex-girlfriend of his brother, Stevie gets tackled during a game while taking pictures for Sports Illustrated. The two are destined to be together after that. But can it really be that easy? Instead of women being the issue though, Lynn Shurr puts a couple of different twists and turns in this story that keep these two apart. Along with a supporting cast of hilarious people, this book will keep your earbuds on just so you find out if they can find their way to happiness.

This is my first narration by Ashley Holt, and it is very good. She has voice that fits these characters well, and a pace that is well suited for narration. I enjoyed her ability to switch between the many characters and still give each a unique voice.

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Okay, but could've been better

I liked the premise for the book. Stevie is a sports photographer, she ends up getting trampled by a sexy football player, and it turns out he's her ex-boyfriend's brother, Connor. Connor had a huge crush on Stevie, but couldn't find her after his poor excuse for a man brother cheated on her. Luckily, Stevie and the brother didn't really get together, but it's still really awkward. I liked the connection between Stevie and Connor, they are cute together. I liked the football aspect, and I liked that Connor takes care of Stevie while she recuperates. Stevie does get on my nerves sometimes. She's been hurt a few times, but really she takes it all too hard. She makes some stupid decisions because she doesn't want to be hurt. I understand some of her hesitancy, but she takes it too far a lot of the time. Overall, they are a sweet couple.

One of the things I didn't like about this book, was Connor's team members. One of them is totally disgusting, and the author has way too much of him in the story. He even has his own POV briefly, and I think the next book is his story, but I couldn't stand him in this book, so I really don't think I'll read the next book. He has this book of all these desperate women who want to degrade themselves by sleeping with this douche bag just because he's a football player. Even if they have to share him with other women at the time, it's totally gross, and the women are so pathetic. And everyone is fine with it, it's so dirty and gross. He even prostitutes himself for Stevie, which I was very disappointed in Stevie for asking that of him. Also, Stevie tries to pawn him off on some nice girl, who definitely deserves someone better than this manwhore.

Another thing I didn't like, is the situation with Connor's brother. He's married to the girl he cheated on Stevie with because she was pregnant, which she did, so he'd come back to her and marry her. The brother did marry her, but he cheats on her all the time, so the wife keeps getting pregnant to keep him married to her. She keeps throwing major shade at Stevie, and acting like a complete hag for the whole book. Another example of pathetic women, and another situation that no one seems to have any issue with.

Both of those situations were depressing, and ruined a lot of my enjoyment of the story. I wish the author would've just stuck with Connor and Stevie's story.

The audio was fine, but the accent the narrator puts on the characters doesn't work. I think it's suppose to be southern, but it sounds pretty bad. I've listened to other books narrated by the narrator, and she did a good job, so this story just wasn't a fit. The narration made the story too comical.

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Great Sports Book

I was given the code for this book for a honest review. If you like sports this is a great a book that involves sports and love. Beautiful narrated. I would definitely recommend this book. Great job from the author and narrator.

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I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read that is light and sexy and to pass the time

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Fantastic listen!

I loved this book! Such a great story, I loved following Stevie and Connor through their highs and lows. Plenty of humor and action, I don’t normally listen to sports romances but I’m very glad I listened to this one. Fantastic narrator, she really brought the characters to life and captured the emotions of the story perfectly. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Goals for a Sinner Review

Plot was decent throughout. Not a fan of the narrator though- seemed like she was just reading, somewhat mismatched for the characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Sports Romance

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. I love sports romance so was excited to listen to this one. Stevie Dowd initially met Conner Riley when they were teens and she was his brother's girlfriend. Conner knew immediately that he was going to marry Stevie one day. Ten years later, Conner is playing for the Sinners and Stevie is a photographer on the sidelines who gets "tackled" by Conner. Thus begins their journey to romance. This book just didn't do it for me. I found Stevie annoying. The story was somewhat interesting, but I felt it could have been shortened quite a bit. I had a hard time with the narrator's voice - I never could tell who was talking since the narrator's voice didn't seem to change with the different characters.

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I think the story could be good

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. I didn't care for this audiobook. Maybe the hard book would have been better. I really didn't like the narrator. Maybe if someone else had narrated it, it would have been more enjoyable to me. The story was good, Stevie and Connor, but it was way too long and way too many side stories. I couldn't keep up with the characters. The narrator didn't help much in that area either. Couldn't tell the people apart. Need to add this narrator to my list of narrators not to listen to. The New Orleans accent by the narrator didn't sound like any I have heard when I was in New Orleans.

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I lost Interest

Thank you to Anneliese Rennie for providing me with a free audiobook in return for my honest review.

Goals for a Sinner focuses on Stevie, a sports photographer who was in the wrong place at the wrong time when sports star Connor ran into her and put her into the hospital. Unknown to her, Connor has had his eye on Stevie for a while, ever since his brother brought her home as his girlfriend back in College.



I really liked the chemistry between Connor and Stevie to start with. Stevie was a tolerable character but Connor was so sweet for the first part of the book.

I liked the idea of Stevie being Connor's brother's ex. Especially when we read a little further in, I think from what I've read I actually prefer Kevin to Connor. He didn't seem like a complete asshole like Stevie made him out to be, he definitely grew up.



Unfortunately, I didn't manage to finish this book because I just got sick of it. It's a manageable length but I just got so bored whenever I listened to it that I completely gave up. Characters would have very irrelevant conversations that I really didn't care about and the two main characters got a little intolerable for me.

Although the narrator was good, she used a very strong Southern American accent, this did seem very appropriate due to where the story seemed to be set, however, as someone who lives more or less in the centre of England, I found a lot of it very hard to understand without really trying to. The accent did also start to grate on me after getting about halfway through.

The characters all had the same voice via the narrator and I think, more due to how the book was written rather than the fault of the narrator, it did get quite hard to stay on track with who was talking due to it being quite a script heavy book.


I did really enjoy this book until about halfway through, listening to the audiobook I struggled a little with the heavy dialect but could have gotten past that if the characters weren't so boring. I probably will try and finish it at some point as I would like to find out if anything else happens but in this case I couldn't.