Felipe Rojas is no stranger to winning. The number one player on his college soccer team, Felipe holds all the records for scoring, on the field and off. Until the girl he falls for turns out to be taken, and he realizes he’s nothing more than a nightly stand-in.
As his personal life crashes, so does his game, and Felipe finds himself straining to get back not only his identity, but the sport that gave him everything. And then he meets India Cole: the stranger who kisses him and brings him back to life.
It’s a kiss the redirects his attention from a girl he doesn’t want to want, to a girl he isn’t sure he should want, with her curtain of silky black hair, her quick smile, and her bright green eyes that are just a little haunted.
India didn’t mean to kiss Felipe, it was simply one of those impulsive moments that her mother was always warning her about. Too late, she realizes why. Kissing Felipe was spur of the moment, but all the repercussions afterwards are permanent: like the way she can’t stop thinking of him, wanting him, believing in him. Ahem, kissing him.
But life isn’t so easy, and karma is never so nice. Secrets are kept, decisions are made, and hearts that are broken must learn to heal before these lovers can be together.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says:
If you're a regular follower of my blog or Instagram page I'm sure you'll recognize the name Kristen Kehoe... there's good reason for that: I'm a mega fan girl. That being said I was thrilled to be able to read a copy of her newest book Striking Chords early. Striking Chords is a spinoff standalone of her VERT series books and I can wholeheartedly agree that it stands remarkably strong on its own for new readers (while also saying that if you've read her Vert Series you'll be thrilled to see those familiar faces pop up in the background).
I really truly and honestly think that the synopsis gives all the background you need to know before you walk into this book. So I'm going to go ahead and jump right into my thoughts. Get ready... you're about to be hit with a full on fangirl wave of love.
Kristen writes some of the most amazing book boyfriends ever (like ever!). So walking into this book I already had a slight inkling that I was going to fall head over heels for Felipe. I fell over and over and over for this one y'all. There's a lot of popularity with the alpha men in the romance community but I always love a beta guy. Felipe is the best kind of beta (don't get me wrong, he knows when to be alpha
He's mine. I'm staking claim. You heard it here first.
But something else got me going...India.
I love her. I love her. I love her.
And guess what? I fell in love with her even before I fell for Felipe.
She's smart, driven, witty, fun... and broken. I wanted to be her best friend almost instantly. Her heart has been bruised in such a life altering way that you can't help but to cheer her on to find redemption not from anyone else but herself.
The balance they found with each other is a ode to the friendship they forged first. Both things rounded this story out so well I wasn't left wishing or wanting for more or less of anything. It was that well done.
Up until yesterday VERTICAL LINES was my top favorite book by Kristen Kehoe. Brooks and Jordan held an undisputable spot on the top of my list... well Felipe and India just changed the game. I'm going have to call it a tie on this one.
I plan on getting a copy of this book on my shelf ASAP because I just need to hold it in my hands!
I'm giving it a top recommendation and a full 5 STARS!
I'll just be over here crossing my fingers that we'll get a dose of Gus sooner than later... because swoon... just all the swoon....