I love a good sports romance, so this bookwhore was excited to dive into Tia Lewis’ debut novel Draw Play. Lewis tells the tale of Jake, a star football player who is forced to acquire a tutor, and Claire, the highly intelligent, curvy, pre-law student who is hired to assist Jake improve his performance in the classroom.
Honestly, when I first started this novel I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy it since I wasn’t sure that I liked the hero or the heroine too much. In the first chapter we are introduced to Jake. He is arrogant and cocky about his exploits on and off the field; he isn’t hesitant to brag about the abundant “tail” that he enjoys as a result of his athletic prowess. I found this highly off putting. Then there’s Claire, who seemed to have a tremendous chip on her shoulder when it comes to student athletes, particularly football players. She considered football players to be Neanderthals with sub-par intelligence who are incapable of excelling academically. This stereotypical attitude was annoying at its best and unfairly judgemental at its worst. It is not until additional plot points are revealed that the reader discovers the reason for both of their behaviors. It’s the revelations behind their tumultuous pasts that kept me riveted for the duration of the story.
Sparks fly between Jake and Claire from their very first meeting. Jake resents the fact that he is being tutored. He also picks up on Claire’s unflattering opinion of football players. Though Claire finds Jake extremely attractive his confidence, conceited nature and inflated sense of self-importance turn her off in a major way. This introductory meeting sets the tone of the events to come, and it was highly enjoyable to see the latent resentment between the two blossom into a love affair.
There are additional themes in Draw Play that endeared this novel to me. Lewis does a fine job exploring the insecurity that often plagues women who are not rail-thin in an athletic-based environment where smaller women are often celebrated. I wanted to hug her every time that she second guessed her budding relationship with Jake because she considered him physically out of her league. The author also explores the pressures associated with carrying the financial burdens of an inept, unfit parent and the emotional and mental turmoil that occurs as a result of shouldering that responsibility. Another subject that is tactfully addressed is bullying and the way that it shapes the future attitudes, beliefs, and psychological state of mind of the victim.
All in all, Draw Play is well with the read. The writing is excellent and I thought about this book long after I finished it. Additionally, the author made me care about the characters, their goals and their futures and that’s why I fell in love with this book.
And let me be honest; I **love** a hot, steamy read and Draw Play does not disappoint. The chemistry that the reader experiences via Jake and Claire’s fiery banter definitely shines through in the love scenes as well.😍
I received an ARC for an honest review, but I will be purchasing Draw Play when the kindle version becomes available as a show of support for Ms. Lewis’ work.
Well Played Ms. Lewis!
I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
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