18-20/100 Books: All for the Game Trilogy

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THE FOXHOLE COURT, THE RAVEN KING, and THE KING’S MEN by Nora Sakavic

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary of the first book:

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I don’t normally read sports-centered stories, but this one has the added element of murder and violence that drew me in. This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you enjoy dark stories with deeply flawed, broken characters, this is for you!

I’ve had a few disappointing experiences with self-published novels, but this one is generally well-crafted with a tension-filled plot and stakes as high as they go (when the fate of the world/universe isn’t involved, at least.) Do yourself a favor and don’t start this one before bed, unless you don’t have early morning plans the next day.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you may have noticed I’m super picky about my romance, but this series has a fantastic slow-burn romantic subplot that wasn’t what I expected!

The only major drawback (other than the Very Dark subject matter which might not be for every reader) is the dialogue, which was often stiff and distracted me from the narrative. But it was an engaging read despite that, so take a look if you’re in the mood for something with sports, romance, murder, and a bunch of characters whose lives are one disaster after another.

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