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Calling the Plays by Julia Clarke
Football taught me to always keep my eye on the ball. But three players have captured my focus-and now, my heart.Before them, the idea that I could care about anything more than football was inconceivable. And I never would've allowed one man to threaten my dreams, let alone three. Then again, I'd never met anyone like Xavier, Colt, and Tristan. They want me to call the plays both on and off the field. Now I'm forced to decide whether to chase the glass slipper or keep charging through the glass sideline. *Calling the Plays is the third book in a slow-burn contemporary reverse harem series.*
Series: The Rebels #3
Genres: Contemporary, Sports Romance, Reverse Harem
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
Julia Clarke is one of my favorite authors (if youâve read any of my reviews before, this will come as no secret) and sheâs yet again stolen my heart with the conclusion of her contemporary sports reverse harem series, The Rebels.
**Warning: possible spoilers ahead if you havenât read the previous books**
Book 3 in The Rebels series picks up right where book 2 left off. Blakeâs dad is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack, Blake is reeling over Coltâs suggestion that she date all three men and the implications of said relationship(s), not to mention the personal/professional complications. Blake is definitely in a tough spot and I certainly do not envy her position. On the one hand, sheâs worked her entire life to get to where she is professionally; sheâs done her damnedest to be taken seriously in a world dominated by men and she finally feels like sheâs doing what sheâs been working so hard for. And then thereâs Tristan, Colt, and Xavier â¦ These men have shown her the true meaning of love and friendship and her heart is telling her she canât let go.
Let me just say â¦ the sexy times in this book did NOT disappoint. Each man treated her differently and each one was just as steamy as the last. I was especially excited for Xavier and Blakeâs one-on-one time because up until now, heâd been the most reserved and the least likely to agree to the unconventional relationship. But man, oh, man â¦ once he agreed, he was all in and it was so sweet.
These guys are amazing. I love each of them for different reasons. Tristan is an alpha male, complete control freak, but also kind and gentle and treats Blake like sheâs something to be cherished. He also has a love of cooking and has a dream of being the star of his own cooking show. Colt is the comedian of the group; heâs always making jokes and looking on the lighter side. Underneath his joking exterior, though, is a passionate and fiery spirit that makes quite the appearance in this book (sidenote: I LOVED PASSION-FUELED COLT).Â And then you have Xavier; the sweet, quiet, compassionate man with a huge heart and unrivaled loyalty. I truly felt like we got to know the real Xavier in this book. There was a whole new side to him that we hadnât seen before.
As Iâve stated in my previous reviews, Blake is one of my favorite heroines that Iâve read. Ms. Clarke has created a character who is strong but not unapproachable; sheâs feminine and soft, but sheâs also capable of being a hard ass when necessary. Sheâs that perfect balance of hard and soft without being too much of either. While as a reader I did get a little frustrated with Blake regarding her insistence that they keep their relationship a secret, as a woman, I understood her reluctance. My heart broke for her–and the guys–as they attempted to navigate uncharted territory.
This is a must read for sports romance fans who are sick of the heroine having to choose just one guy. I know next to nothing about football, but thankfully, Julia was able to write a story about football that didnât make my head spin, lol. I think this book wrapped up The Rebelsâ story quite well, albeit with a few disappointments through a few family members disapproval of the relationship. It was inevitable that the nature of their relationship wouldnât be accepted by everyone in their lives, but it was still sad nonetheless.
Anyway, I loved it and I couldnât be happier with the ending. Everything came together the way it shouldâve, and I appreciated how it was realistic. It wasnât all rainbows and butterflies; they had to go through some serious trials before the ending of this book. And it wasnât like they got together and that solved all their problems. It was extremely well-written and I appreciated the realism (as much as a fictional story about fictional characters can be realistic, that is).
If you havenât started this series yet, you need to!!
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