Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Title: The Rivalry
Author: Nikki Sloane
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2017


This tight end is at the top of his game. 

He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His, ahem, stats are perfect. 

But I can’t fall for him. 

He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival? 

This guy is their star player. 


I love Nikki Sloane; she's written some of the steamiest books I've had the pleasure of reading. So when I saw she had a new title coming out AND that it involved football? I couldn't sign up fast enough.  There couldn't be a better title for this book-it fits it perfectly.  This was a fast, fun read for me. 

I liked Kayla. She was smart, funny and spirited. She was incredibly focused, which can be a good thing. She had me laughing but she also had me shaking my head in frustration, more than once. I just kind of wanted to shake her and wake her up. But...to be fair, I understand the whole school rivalry.

Now Jay? Jay snuck into my heart right away. Sweet, sexy, smart and kind? Did I mention he goes to the best college ever, too? He was definitely a fabulous book boyfriend for me.

These two definitely had sparks flying between them. There was no denying their chemistry, it was just a matter of whether or not they could put their differences aside. I loved watching them figure each other out, truly. The sex was hot and I fully expect that from this author.

I really did find this book to be entertaining. I'm quite familiar with the settings mentioned, but even if you weren't it all made sense. I liked the supporting characters and thought they served their roles well. Like I said, I wanted to shake Kayla at times but then I remembered this is a college football book-so her behavior was age appropriate I think. I love that this book is coming out the week of the actual game between these two schools...and I'm just going to say loud and proud, GO BLUE!

I recommend this title.

Kayla and Jay go to rival schools, Michigan and Ohio State. My husband is from Ohio, and I know how seriously these football fans take their football. Heck, we had a person ask me if I knew we had scheduled our WEDDING on a Saturday the Buckeyes were playing. So, I get it and I was expecting this book, and the rivalry, to be funny.

It mostly was, and maybe I haven't experienced enough of it, but this went too far in places for me. Was it amusing? Yes, and it was a humorous premise for the "forbidden romance" so I mostly let this go and enjoyed the story.

It was well written as Nikki Sloane books always are. The pacing was strong and I mostly believed the characters. There were times where I thought, as I said earlier, that the rivalry was overdone in places and it did result in a few areas where I was not totally able to engage with the story, but I enjoyed it overall.

I do recommend this title.

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Author Bio

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is married and has two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn't be any happier.

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