Title: Challenge Accepted
Author: Jacqueline Snowe
Series: Cleat Chasers #1
Genre: NA Sports Romance
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Finch Books
Source: E-book received from YA Bound Book Tours - which did not influence my opinion in any way
My rating: 3 stars
Most college girls ‘swipe right’ to meet the right guy—Callie meets All-Star pitcher Zade while he’s buying tampons. College is all about learning, right?
How often do you meet your dream guy buying tampons at Target? Never, right? For Callie, a baseball-loving, closet chef, hardworking college student, it happened just once. The magic was too real, too fast, and too much so, she left the store without exchanging names. Fate worked in wonderful ways, right?
Zade Willows, the All-Star pitcher rumored to be drafted his senior year, gets what he wants. He has a fan club named after him who follow his every move but when he meets Callie, the game changes. She knows all his plays and knows how the game always ends: in heartbreak. Zade doesn't back down and is willing to try anything. He'll eventually get the girl, right?
I usually love a good sports romance, and this one had some of the qualities of that, although overall, it wasn't one of the best that I've read. There was definitely a lot of potential, the story-line itself was good. It moved kind of slow for me though. I did like the characters, and there were definitely some pretty humorous parts, the sarcastic banter was fun at times. For the most part it was predictable, although it took some twists that I didn't see coming, and that is what bumped it up to the 3 stars for me. There were quite a few writing issues, something I tend to equate with some self-published books. Another issue I had was the characters' last names. Zade Willows and Callie Williams. And then there was one chapter that actually said that Zade had Callie's last name. As I said, overall a good story. There was the misunderstanding at the end that was as you'd expect in this type of story, and while of course it irritated me, that always is my irritation in these stories, because I don't understand why! I know, I know, drama is needed! There are other characters that I assume will be in future books in the series, but I don't know that I'll read on.