Series: Study Abroad #3
Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance
“Ten minutes ago, I was just an American student studying abroad in Spain. But now? Now I’m a professional soccer player’s muse. His good luck charm...”
Soccer star Rhys Maddox’s recovery from an injury isn’t going well—until one night with a beautiful American and a few terrible pick-up lines changes everything. With Laura at his side, he plays smarter, runs faster, and fights harder than he ever has on the pitch. She’s just the good luck charm he needs to turn his flailing career around.
Laura Bennet begins her semester in Madrid with plans to ditch bad habits and worse boyfriends. But when she unexpectedly gets caught up in Rhys's A-list life, her plans are put on hold. Who wouldn’t skip class to fly on a private jet with a studly Welsh footballer? It’s a no brainer, or so she thinks. Turns out Rhys’s glamorous lifestyle hides an obsession with appearances—an obsession that makes her totally miserable. Determined to take back her happiness, Laura decides to dump Rhys and tackle a “Spain Bucket List” on her own.
But Rhys isn’t letting his good luck charm go without a fight. He’s spent his entire life trying to earn his way into the big leagues, and he’ll do anything to win—even risk his carefully crafted image to help Laura with her bucket list. Will he be able to let go of his ego? Or will he and Laura ultimately let go of each other?
Hot soccer player? Check! Exotic locale? Check! Lessons in Letting Go has 2 of my favorite things in books: sports heroes and cool settings!
Rhys is a major douchecanoe. Like, seriously douchey. I wanted bad things to happen to him for most of the story. But Laura? I loved her. She joins the semester abroad program so that she can reinvent herself. She has identified the things in her life that she wasn’t happy with and is making a plan to change. Who can’t admire that!? She meets Rhys and gets a bit caught up in his douchey lifestyle and she starts doing things the ‘old Laura’ would do. And God bless her, she realizes it and decides she needs to stand up for herself and the person she wants to be! I think Laura is the person lots of us wish we could be. We wish we would have been stronger and resisted certain things in our lives. However, so few people can really say they were able to except Laura.
The main ‘conflict’ in the story comes from their lack of communication and as a trope, its my least favorite. Second to Rhys’ douchey behavior (did I mention that yet?), this was my biggest issue with the story. I think in the end, I wanted better for Laura. Maybe I didn’t feel Rhys had changed soon enough in the story? Maybe I just didn’t really buy that he was actually going to be good for her. Whatever it was, I felt like Laura deserved more.
- POV: 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: miscommunication, famous athlete
- Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, Emerge by SE Hall, Home Tears by Tijan…then you will probably like Lessons in Letting Go!