The Thirteenth Chance  -     By: Amy Matayo
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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? 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 287
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 1503935779
ISBN-13: 9781503935778

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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 team’s 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 she’s 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 performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

Author Bio

Amy Matayo is the award-winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune with Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated, with barely passing grades, from John Brown University, earning a degree in journalism. But dont feel sorry for hershes superproud of that degree and all the ways she hasnt put it to good use. Matayo laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel. Visit her website at www.amymatayo.com to find out more.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny, original, and romantic!
    October 30, 2016
    cameracourt
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From 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.
  2. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must read more Amy Matayo
    October 25, 2016
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Thirteenth Chance is written in first person, from the points of view of Will and Olivia. Thats an interesting choicemost books I read are in third person point of view, and a lot of readers prefer that. Also, few authors can pull off alternative first person viewpoints (the worst have both characters sounding exactly the same).

    But Amy Matayo can and does, and I liked it. Using first person gave an insight into both Olivia and Wills personalities. Olivia has issues. Big issues. She grew up feeling second-best, because her brother was an up-and-coming baseball star, and everything the family did came behind his sport commitments. But something happened, she no longer speaks to her brother, her father abandoned them, and she has an everlasting hatred of baseball and everything associated with it. Which doesnt bode well for her relationship with Will, her new next-door neighbour.

    Will has issues as well, although his are perhaps a little more predictable. Hes a lad, who keeps getting media attention for the wrong (female) reasons, who isnt playing well, and who needs to clean up his game (in more ways than one). Enter Olivia, the perfect temporary girlfriend

    Several people have recommended Amy Matayo to me.

    They were all right. Her writing is excellentshes funny and clever and all those things I like in contemporary fiction. Her characters are real people with real problems, who grow and change as the novel progresses. The story was engaging and moved along at a good pace with no slow patches. Overall, it was close to perfect.

    In fact, the only thing missing for me was the Christian aspect.

    Although The Thirteenth Chance is published by Waterfall Press, Amazons Christian imprint, there was no faith aspect to the novel at all. This isnt necessarily a weakness, but if youre looking for fiction with a Christian thread or theme, then The Thirteenth Chance isnt it. But if youre looking for a fun contemporary romance with no sex or bad language, give this a chance.

    Recommended for fans of authors like Christa Allen, Sally Bradley, Tammy L Gray and Tammy L Gray.

    Thanks to Waterfall Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  3. FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    you get seven times seventy seven chances with GOD
    October 7, 2016
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This 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
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ms Matayo hit it outta the park!!
    October 2, 2016
    AshleyMartin86
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Nothing 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!
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun read
    October 2, 2016
    Meg
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 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.
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