Contemporary Fiction, Review

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy Matayo

The Thirteenth Chance by Amy MatayoBaseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor.

Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track.

The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal.

But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

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My Thoughts

Y’all, this book is so much fun!!! Olivia is a real peach! Believe it or not, she’s even more neurotic than I am. Let me tell ya, I love her all the more for it, though I’m sure I’d be even more like her if left to my own devices. In addition to Olivia’s quirky personality and sometimes compulsive behaviors, she is a compassionate and dedicated teacher. She doesn’t have much of a social life but she goes above and beyond the call of duty to take care of her students.

Whenever Will catches a glimpse of his neighbor lady out the window, she’s often doing something he deems odd or borderline crazy. But hey, that assessment is coming from a guy who obsesses over superstitions like which sock he puts on first before each game. Will asks Olivia to pose as his fake girlfriend in order to bolster his reputation. If you ask me, he crosses the crazy line when he claims her as his new good luck charm and begs her to attend all his games.

They are both nuts and they’re perfect for each other. I adore this book! I’m not a sports fan by any stretch of the imagination yet I devoured this book in one day. Furthermore, my final reading stretch was from 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. That’s right, this book is better than sleep! Flirty, fun, quirky, and heartwarming, Amy hit this one out of the park!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Amy MatayoAmy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World.

She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don’t feel sorry for her–she’s super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.

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