My Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 12th 2016
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
“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?
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
For Laura Bennet, studying in Madrid is about self-improvement and exploring the beauty of Spain guided by her bucket list. Everything is organized and planned until Rhys Maddox came in the picture. He’s a well-known Football player who recently came back after an injury. After their hook up, Rhys can’t stay away and considered her as his lucky charm. As they hang out more, it progressed into a casual relationship. Laura adjusts in his glamorous lifestyle but when she noticed he’s getting more obsessed with fame, she decides to leave him. She can’t keep up and this time, she’ll prioritize what she wants first before him.
I understand where Rhys is coming from and give him the benefit of the doubt. His perseverance to reach the top of his career is admirable and it’s kind of him to help his family on their burdens. However, he really gets on my nerves for being selfish, immature, arrogant, inconsiderate, jerk and showy. It took me a while to read this book for such reason. When he gets a wake up call for his actions, he tries to win Laura back and he can’t take her off his mind. These two have a hot romance but their relationship is toxic. They lacked communication which is unhealthy and I don’t like Rhys’s treament on Laura (particularly near the last chapter) and I hate him for that. Laura has a better character development than Rhys. The low moments in her life helped her to become stronger and braver. Unfortunately, Rhys and Laura’s story was a let down for me though they get a happy ending they deserved. I just wish Rhys treated her with more respect.
Despite of my disappointment, I am still looking forward for the upcoming books for this series. Getting a hint for the next book, oh man.. I can’t help getting more curious about it.