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The Thirteenth Chance, by Amy Matayo
Olivia Pratt is a superstitious and lonely perfectionist even if she won't admit it. When party-loving professional baseball player Will Vandergriff moves in next door, it doesn't take long for him to get caught up in a scandal. Will his "prudish" neighbor be just the person to heal his reputation---and the void in his heart?
Disclaimer: Contains language and innuendo offensive to some.,/p>
Number of Pages: 287
Vendor: Waterfall Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his teams higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but shes a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.
After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performancenot only reluctantly posing as Wills girlfriend but also insisting that shes oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Wills side feels good. Really good. Maybe its finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wantsand to find out just how exhilarating love can be.
cameracourt4 Stars Out Of 5Funny, original, and romantic!October 30, 2016cameracourtQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From first reading the synopsis, I knew baseball was central to the theme, and I'm not really a sports fan -- I'm neutral. The good news? Reading this I discovered you don't have to know anything beyond "3 strikes and you're out", and the fact that fastball and curveball pitches are completely different. That's it. :)
Olivia has walls. Walls she thought were for her own good, to protect herself, but are instead keeping her distant from others. Her wariness and slight superstition related to the number "13" shows itself when she learns it's Will's number. When we finally learn the truth behind her "13" superstition, it sheds major light on her personal baggage and family story. Will is bold and different, not afraid to call out her quirks and dig deeper into her personality. While he can be brash and outspoken, Olivia can hold her own in a battle of words. This makes for some hilarious exchanges between the two, my personal favorites being when Perry the cat is involved. I think the two of them really compliment each other.
The story is told with alternating 1st person points-of-view. It's a clever tool Amy uses to accomplish just the right tone of humor and directness. It gives us an inside look at the thoughts and emotions of Olivia and Will. At times, though, the narrative is as much about what is not being said or outright avoided in the character's head as what is directly told. After a couple of chapters of learning the tones of Olivia and Will, I could start to read between the lines and see what each was choosing not to focus on. (especially in a few key scenes near the end. what fun!)
This is a cute romantic comedy with life lessons each of the lead characters must face. Underneath the humor, spark, and banter of these two lies a deeper story of letting go, of risking self and heart to gain kinship and acceptance. Both of them learn, in different ways, that perceptions and initial judgments can be "off base" (pun intended by myself and Amy). They must decide if they will bravely let the past be the past and strive to be better in the future. If you enjoy romance, wit, or stories of crazy-cat-ladies paired up with impulsive, flirty sports fanatics, (or clean new adult in general), this is a story I'd definitely recommend trying out!
Thank you to the author/publisher for a complimentary review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5you get seven times seventy seven chances with GODOctober 7, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2This book is funny and well written and it keeps you so enthralled up until I got to the first curse word. Then that was it for me - you see as a Christian I am not to read that - even in the Scriptures it warns you against curse words - so I wanted to let you know what you are in for in the book if you are thinking this will be a clean book - it wont be. The book has a great story - It is a story of breaking down walls, learning to trust and giving up on the superstition of number 13. I received a copy of this book to read to give you an honest review
AshleyMartin865 Stars Out Of 5Ms Matayo hit it outta the park!!October 2, 2016AshleyMartin86Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Nothing better than a clean, wholesome romance for a quick weekend read!
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review from Net Galley.
These characters, whew...they were so wonderfully written and very relatable. Especially Olivia, for me personally. I felt like I was reading my own diary. It was so good! Without spoiling anything, the way she overcame her past and problems was just inspiring. I wish I had the guts she does!
Now, Will. Man, what a player! But Olivia has him second guessing his party boy, womanizing ways!! Their interactions are comical and sweet. When they finally realize what's in front of them, it's almost magical!
Not to forget the little pranks and flirting along the way! That poor kitty!
Another great read from the talented Amy Matayo!
Meg4 Stars Out Of 5A fun readOctober 2, 2016MegQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Thirteenth Chance is a fun, easy read. It is the story of Will and Olivia, next door neighbors, and their journey from mutual dislike to love. It is cheesy at times, but mostly in a good way. For much of the book, I hated the character Will. He is cocky and a womanizer. I think we see the beginning of a character turnaround for him by the end, though. This book would be perfect as a beach read or a stress relief, just like watching a good romantic comedy movie. It will have you laughing at times and near tears at others. One note: The Thirteenth Chance is not a raunchy romance, but it is not as clean as most Christian romance novels I have read. There is plenty of talk of how hot Olivia is and much to say about her butt. There is no sex, but plenty of sexual innuendo.
I received The Thirteenth Chance for free in exchange for my review.
Teresa5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome story! Beautiful Romance!September 27, 2016TeresaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amy Matayo is a masterful storyteller! Her characters become my friends and I feel personally invested in their story! I read this in just 2 sittings- I just had to keep reading! The love interest between Olivia and Will is perfect. It's full of desire, denial, and that KISS! Matayo keeps it all very tasteful! I would recommend this to any reader who likes a great story with twists and turns, tension between characters, and romance! Perfectly suitable for teen readers too!
**I was given an advanced reader copy in return for my honest opinion.**