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Publisher's Summary

This tight end is at the top of his game. 

He's good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His--ahem--stats are perfect. 

But I can't fall for him. He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there's one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I've spent my entire life hating--my beloved school's arch-rival? 

This guy is their star player.

©2017 Nikki Sloane (P)2017 Nikki Sloane

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The Heart Wants What It Wants

I absolutely LOVED this story! I am a huge sports romance lover and this NA football romance hit the spot! I both listened and read this one, but I enjoyed the narration so much that I often went back to chapters I read just so I could listen to it as well. This book was so playful and hilarious! I could completely relate to the horror that Kayla experienced upon finding out the sexy stranger she was falling for attended and played for her school's rival. Anyone who is a die hard fan can understand the conflict and confusion poor Kayla was faced with, especially given how she came into this world (what a prologue!) LOL I think my enjoyment of the story mainly revolves around my own unwavering love for my alma mater (GO BRUINS!) and the deep loathing I have for our cross town rivals (boo! hiss!). Listeners/readers who aren't quite as "enthusiastic" fans might not find Kayla's reactions quite as endearing as I did. Carson Beck is a new narrator to me, but I thought his narration as Jay was fantastic! He embodied the confident and sexy tight end, but also gave him just the right amount of sweetness and vulnerability. Stephanie Rose was also amazing, delivering Kayla's sass and snark perfectly! I loved all of Kayla's jabs at Michigan and how despite her love for Ohio State, she tried so hard to be supportive of Jay (in her own way). Each of them made some mistakes along the way, but it was understandable given their ages and the pressures they both were facing. It made Kayla and Jay's struggles so much more realistic to me. The build up and chemistry between them was amazing and I could not have been happier with how everything came together in the end. Definitely recommend this one! Overall 5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4.5 stars

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Loved this story so hard!!

There aren’t enough words in the world to explain or describe how much I loved this story. Nikki Sloane did such an awesome job with this one. I originally picked up this book because of my love for football and sports romances. I was not prepared for how much I would fall in love with these characters and this story line. I had to know what happened next. The characters were witty, funny and strong. I loved that beneath their strength there was vulnerability. Jay was the perfect match for Kayla’s brand of crazy. He knew how to handle, Kayla. He was hot and swoon worthy in every way. I loved Kayla and her spit fire attitude. This was a refreshing read that had me laughing out loud and cheering loudly for these two. Perfect story. Perfectly performed by Stephanie and Carson.

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Sexy, Fun, College Rom Com. Perfect Holiday Read

What makes a good story? THIS. Because most people who attended any school understands the idea of The Rivalry. And Kayla was deep into her distaste of Michigan's football team and everything they stood for, except Jay.

I've listened to four sport romance books this year, and this one easily makes me swoon. Not only was I excited about the build up of the relationship between Jay and Kayla, but I loved their interaction, and the banter keeping things fresh and provided a reminder of my college days.

Favorite scene has to do with the "fakegasm". That's all I'm gonna say, oh and a real man knows when it's fake. Take a note from Jay people lol.

Stephanie Rose's performance of Kayla is believable. She captured the heart and soul of Kayla and has the voice, tone and pacing that went well with the age of the character. Wonderful job.

Carson is Jay. I will also hear him as Jay. He, being in similar age to Jay knew exactly how to portray this Midwestern, guy next door, heart throb. I love everything he did with Jay's tone. Again, great pacing that came across very natural in both storytelling and the dialogue.

The Rivalry is a feel-good new adult romantic comedy, that takes you back to the good old days of enjoying life, having a good time and figuring out what or who is important. And...of course, Nikki Sloane brought the heat that definitely kept me warm at night!

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Combines my two favorite things, romance books and college football.

This was such a fun book and full of all the things that make a romance book great. Great character development, lots of chemistry and swoon worthy moments. The narrators were perfectly cast and did a great job performing the book.

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A sexy and swoony college romance!

I basically needed a sports romance that was light, but had a little oomph. The Rivalry fit it. I like that Kayla was literally born to be in OSU. I love that a chance meeting with star Michigan player Jay comes from a wedding with mutual friends. This leads to a romance between them and a rivalry that tests their relationship. There was a bit to unpack with allegiance of schools and friends. I think Nikki Sloane wrote this pretty well. If you know her writing, you also know that the sex scenes were pretty hot as well. I really enjoyed that Jay was willing to be the man Kayla wasn’t used to. To be someone together in a relationship instead of someone appearing in one. Overall I just really enjoyed the story. I haven’t listened to a lot of Carson Beck or Stephanie Rose, but they did a very good job with narration.

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so freaking cute! when this book finished I had the dumbest smile on my face. good book cute story great narrators five stars

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Fun and Fast!

A fun, fast-paced read to the end. Loved the dialogue and the characters. Especially for a UMich alum who went to every home football game.

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Grt book

I loved this book did not want it to end !!! Characters were easy to relate to

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Great story!

I don't typically go for sports romances, but I've read Nikki Sloane before and loved her, so I took chance. I, once again, enjoyed her writing, and the narrators were great! Will definitely recommend to friends.

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Great book!

I laughed out loud so many times and fell in love with the characters. It’s a must read!

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  • Carissa R.
  • 06-11-19

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I have to say Kayla and her mother got on my nerves real quick about enforcing the whole rivalry of Michigan/Ohio state schools in the family. Kayla was just too over the top and I think maybe hearing the narration of it sounded worse? Overall I did enjoy the story and most of the audiobook though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-19

Super cute

Beautiful college love story. Even though I could predict the storyline, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The narrators we're good too. This is the perfect lazy Sunday listen. Definitely a great one to add to the collection.