I asked for his criteria for bed buddies-that’s the PG version.
He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.
Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder.
Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation.
He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.
Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job.
And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?
Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates.
And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)
I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA.
This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.
Published Date: June 24th, 2019
My Favourite Quote:
I held my arms open and he stepped in, folding his body around me. I heard the distant sound of the door closing, and it was just him and me in the room. Not a word was said. My heart swelled up too, beating hard, beating strong.
He buried his head into the crook of my shoulder and neck. I felt his body shudder.
So, in all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. Was it going to be read like a Mariana Zapata romance? Because everyone knows that no one can create friendship between the protagonists like MZ.
BUT. Tijan pulls it off! And she pulls it off in her own style.
There was a certain point at which Tijan’s heroines had all had a certain jaded-Devil-may-care attitude to them that started to feel like it was part of Tijan’s writing style. I was so very happy when that changed (which for me happened in Anti-Stepbrother). Her heroines started to take on a lot more character under their wing, more real and etched from pain and their past and her books started to become hard-hitting.
And Teardrop Shot was a surprise for me in many ways. Firstly because, at 50%, the book had already arrived at the point that authors usually take 100% to arrive at. This book could have easily been split into two books if Tijan wanted, but she doesn’t do that; showing us Reese and Charlie growing in their friendship and then in their feelings.
The best part for me, however, was the struggle Charlie went through. The emotional weight that she carried around; the fear, awkwardness and the general need to escape when feeling caged that was on the very edge of her every interaction in the beginning. Charlie’s narration is what makes this book what it is. Her doubt doesn’t fade suddenly, abating only when faced with love; but even that is not healing…which Tijan knows and she takes Charlie down the path that was true healing so that Charlie wouldn’t bleed over the person that hadn’t cut her.
Reese was a wonderful hero, bearing responsibilities without complaint, kind, caring and–typical of professional sports players who are always under the spotlight–wary and very very careful. Until Charlie of course. *chuckles* Honestly, from the very beginning you know Reese is different. He gets Charlie, and in the end, she gets him too.
This book was a deeply emotional love story. Actually, it’s almost two love stories. Both different, but equally gut-wrenching. I highly recommend this book. Five unicorns are taking off in happiness!