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Shoot The Gap (Big Play Novel #4) by Jordan Ford

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Shoot The Gap (A Big Play Novel, #4)Title: Shoot The Gap
Author: Jordan Ford
Genre: Young Adult Romance

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Tyler Schumann has always been known as Nelson High’s goofy clown, the guy with the big mouth. But there’s something people don’t know: he’s tired of being in the shadows of his Raiders’ buddies, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get the one girl in school he wants to finally notice him: Roxanne Carmichael.

Sammy Carmichael is just one of the guys, known for her mad boarding skills and her razor-sharp wit. But she has a secret, too—a crush on her best friend. It’s a relationship she’s not willing to risk damaging by getting all romantic about it.

When Tyler asks for Sammy’s help, she’s stoked to be able to spend a little one-on-one time with him. Their secret mission will bring them closer together…until she realizes what he’s really after—her sister. Tired of being in the shadows herself, Sammy sets out on a mission of her own to prove that she’s the Carmichael girl he really wants.

But the secrets and lies she discovers as she embarks on her quest could tear her relationship with Tyler to shreds, and Sammy must decide which lies are worth exposing and how much damage the truth will cause.

my thoughts

I feel sort of sad to say goodbye to this series. Jordan Ford’s books have made been dear to me as I read the journey of these characters.

I’ve always like Tyler and I think it’s just fitting to end the series with him. Tyler was mostly seen through the series as a goofy guy and it’s so nice to see a different side of him in this book. With him, along with Sam showed us that it’s not so bad to be true to yourself.

Sam’s strength is so admirable. I like how she stood firm and stood for who she is despite how dysfunctional her family was.

I guess that’s another great thing about this series. We not only get to see diverse characters but we also get to see diverse parents and how they contribute to these youngsters up bringing and shaping their characters as they make their way into the world.

This book is so much more than I expected it and I enjoyed every moment with Sam and Tyler. Praises to Jordan Ford for writing an awesome young adult series.

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The Handoff (The Big Play #3) by Jordan Ford

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It’s nearly spring break. Mack is leaving for New Zealand to win back his girl and he asks Finn to do him a favor—keep an eye on his little sister, Layla. Finn has his reservations about the party girl, but he isn’t about to let one of his best friends down, so he agrees. Unfortunately for him, he has no idea what he’s getting into…or the effect this dynamic beauty will have on him.

Layla Mahoney likes to party. It’s the only sure-fire medicine for helping her forget the fact that her father’s dead and a new guy has taken his place. But when she’s drunk, Layla has a big mouth…and the wrong friends. Unable to remember what she’s been up to at her various parties, Layla falls into a nasty trap. Thanks to some compromising photographs, Layla is now under the thumb of the person she hates most in this world—her stepbrother, Derek. With Mack gone, she’s forced to turn to someone who’s always kept his distance, a good guy who has never had time for her partying ways. Letting Finn in on her dark and dirty secrets is something she never planned to do, but his tender strength and quiet protection draws it out of her, creating a bond between them that neither saw coming…and a whirlwind of problems that they’ll only survive if they stick together.

my thoughts

There are two things I absolutely love about Jordan’s novels. One, the diversity of the characters which she does so naturally and the way the characters developed with each book.

Layla’s story is just heartbreaking but it was also beautiful. I like how she grew up from what she was before to how she is now. I liked how Finn helped her to become better. And though Layla’s attitude bothered me a tad in the previous books, reading about her story felt like getting to know her more. Actually, not just her but the other characters as well.

I like how the love between her and Finn slowly developed. And I think that they are really suited for each other.

I like getting to know a bit more about the other characters too. Like Roxanne and Tyler. I saw a different side of them in this book and it really makes me look forward to reading their story.

Once again, Jordan Ford did an awesome job. (And the cover artist did an awesome job too!)

 

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The Red Zone (Big Play #2) by Jordan Ford Reviewed

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The Red Zone (Big Play #2) by Jordan Ford Reviewed

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Title: The Red Zone
Author: Jordan Ford
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2016
my thoughts

Mack Mahoney is hot, popular and used to getting exactly what he wants…until he sets his sights on the new girl—Kaija Bennett. She’s an exchange student from New Zealand and attending Nelson High for three months. Mack’s never been one for love at first sight, but this chick has him feeling things he never knew existed within him and in spite of her feisty rejections, he’s determined to get to know her.

Kaija Bennett did not escape her New Zealand high school only to be dragged into the popular crowd at Nelson High. She’s on the run from a past she wants to forget, and the attention of the gorgeous quarterback is not helping. Can she resist his pulling power and keep her secret safe? Or will the dynamic football captain unearth the truth and make her fall harder than she ever has before?

my thoughts

My feelings are torn with regards to this book. On one hand, love at first sight stories are not really my thing and considering that this is Young adult that adds more to my personal negative bias. Because it’s this stage when I can’t truly believe that the love they share is really love and I’m weary that they might change their mind in the future about each other.

All through the middle of the book I was so sure I wouldn’t like this book as much as I liked the first one that Jordan Ford wrote but somewhere near the end, when Kaija’s character was let known I kind of appreciated her a bit more. Also even though I wasn’t feeling the development of feelings between Kaija and Mack, I was moved by how Mack worked to win her in the end.

Still, there were a few stuff that bug me including with how the book end. It left me questions about their relationship but hopefully, I’ll get to see that work out in the next book.

I think the story and the writing is good and whatever reservations I have about this book, it’s mostly due to my personal preference.

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The Playmaker by Jordan Ford Reviewed

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Title: The Playmaker (Big Play #1)
Author: Jordan Ford
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

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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 thoughts

Tori isn’t something like me at all, yet reading The Playmaker felt like I rode a time machine to my high school years. This book brings the feelings you have back then, the worries you used to have thinking life revolves around those. Actions you badly wanted to take thinking it was your last chance.

This book was well written and I believed it portrayed well what it wanted to portray. I love all the characters in this novel too. There are mature ones, a little too childish ones, arrogant ones… well you know, pretty much everyone in high school.

I was just a little disappointed that it didn’t tell at the last part if Tori ever figured out what she really wanted to do. I hope to see that in the other books.

I’m glad that I was given a chance to read this early. It was a breathe of fresh air from all the heavy and serious stuff I read from last month. I’m looking forward for more of what Jordan Ford have for us in the future.

 

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Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author.

“Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”

Her first series, The Big Game Novels is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho. The first book, The Playmaker, comes out March 22nd, 2016.

“I can’t wait to share this series with people. I’ve totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts.”