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Review: The Playmaker (A Big Play Novel #1) by Jordan Ford

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This is it—Tori Lomax’s senior year.
Her last chance to leave Nelson High without a bucketload of regrets.
Number one priority—get Colt Burgess to fall in love with her. So what if he’s the Raider’s number one playmaker? So what if he’s so far out of her league, the idea of them together would rupture the school’s social order?
She has to try, before it’s too late.
She’s come up with the perfect set of plays. All Colt has to do now is buy into them.

Colt Burgess wants one thing: to play football after high school. But his grades are tanking and his dreams of playing college ball are fading…fast. He shouldn’t waste time on Tori Lomax. However, she was a friend back in middle school, and he can’t really ignore her small request for a favor. How hard can it be to get the guy she’s lusting after to notice her?
He’ll help her out, and then he’ll focus on what’s really important: football.
Assuming he can stop thinking about her…

My Review

“When he falls in love with a girl, she’s going to be the luckiest human on the planet, because if he looks like that when he’s talking about a game, imagine what he’ll look like taking about the woman of his dreams.”

The Playmaker is the exciting debut novel for author Jordan Ford. The Playmaker is well written and told from dual points of view. From the moment I picked this book up, I was sucked in Tori and Colt’s story. You see Tori has been in love with Colt for as long as she can remember and now that it’s her senior year in high school, Tori is ready to make her move. The only problem; Tori doesn’t live in Colt’s world. Colt is sexy, a football player and one of the most popular boys in school. Tori and Colt used to be good friends, until one day they weren’t. But, that little fact doesn’t change the way that Tori feels about Colt. So, now she’s on a mission to win Colt over. Tori comes up with all these plans and ideas to get Colt to notice her, and they all fail….that is until one day, Tori comes up with this completely crazy idea, and actually gets Colt to go along with it. Colt is supposed to “help” Tori get noticed by her dream guy. At first, it seems like an easy enough favor, but the more time that Colt spends with Tori, the more he realizes that there’s more to her than meets the eye. Will Colt finally open his eyes to what’s been in front of him the whole time??? You’ll just have to read for yourself and find out!

The Playmaker was such a fun and refreshing read. It reminded me a lot of that 90’s movie; She’s All That. It reminded me just how tough crushes can be, especially when the object of your obsession doesn’t know you exist. I honestly don’t get to read a lot of YA books that much anymore and this book reminded me of why I enjoy them so much. This book is a wonderful story about young love and accepting who you are. You can tell that a lot of heart went into telling this story and it really made my heart swoon.

The Playmaker was an excellent read from start to finish. It had the perfect mix of angst and romance. It gave me lots of feels and left with a big smile on my face. I think that this series is off to a really wonderful start and I’m looking forward to checking out the next book in this series.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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