Welcome to my stop for Her Best Shot, Book One in the Hot and Nerdy series by Shannyn Schroeder. Please be sure to check out the excerpt, see the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where five winners will get an eBook copy of Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder.
A quick and short read, this new adult romance, the first in a new series by Shannyn Schroeder fits the bill if you want hot, sweet and characters that are different from those you’ve met before.
Layla is in her last year of university, a dual maths and computers major at MIT, she and her friends have decided, at the last minute, to make this spring break count. They are planning, at the last minute to travel to South Padre island for their last fling. But, since they all started this break in different places, they’ve got to travel to meet up.
When Layla takes a rather circuitous route from her interview to Texas and ends up stranded with a broken down car in the outskirts of Atlanta, she reaches a breaking point. Her whole life’s plan is thrown into a tizzy, and she isn’t quite sure of anything anymore.
A chance encounter with a long-haired pool shark gives her a bit of release, yet when her backpack is stolen, she’s out of options. For his part, Phin is used to that instant attraction, and making do. A gypsy who has left his family behind, he works as a mechanic and supplements his income with money he earns playing pool, including big tournaments.
These two are cleverly portrayed, playing well against one another and using their palpable physical connection to escape questions they’d rather leave unanswered. Their easy-going rapport is comfortable, and Layla believes that she can escape the stress and fuss of her carefully planned life and the panic attacks that overwhelm her by giving it all up and staying in Georgia with Phin. He, however, knows that she is meant for more, and when her car is repaired he stages a scene that will push her back to her life, and on to better things. Neither expected their inability to move on or forget the other, and a not-so-chance encounter at a big tournament in Vegas brings them together again.
Hot, sexy and almost instant attraction are the hallmarks of this story. While I had issues with the repeated use of gypsy, most use Romany and the utterly incomprehensible choice of travel route from Boston to Texas – which would in no way bring you NEAR Atlanta if you only had a week, the story was exactly what I needed. Lust and attraction that morphs into something deeper and more integral for both characters, and they both did show some growth.
Title: Her Best Shot
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…
Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…
Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.