In this grudge match, the first to score…
When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.
…could win it all!
Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!
I wanted to like this, it had potential, but there were a couple of issues that I was unable to get past, and this colored my enjoyment of the book.
1. The reason Matilda held the grudge didn't seem reasonable, especially as she never discussed it with him at the time and refused to discuss it with him in the present for quite a while.
2. The "revenge" motivation was both childish and beneath someone who was interested in being a serious journalist...a feature on a major star is career making, for her to be so set on "revenge" after years spent getting to the next level in her career didn't make any sense.
3. The "what happened between us isn't resolved" angle went on for way too long. As a reader, you know what happened from Tanner's POV, but this is drug way too long into the book for it to work. The reaction of both of them gets old. The fact that they haven't discussed it gets old. And, as a reader you know the reason Matilda is still angry, well, it isn't mature...and years later for her not to see that was getting annoying. She never talked to Tanner, just assumed events and held onto the anger for years, using this as a reason to fuel her revenge plans...and I just found her annoying overall and I was not at all sure why he would find her the least bit appealing.
The writing was ok, the characters were, I guess, realistic...if juvenile. I was not able to relate to either of them, which made this a difficult read. I also had issues with the pacing of the story and the amount of time the backstory was used as a reason for the behavior of both of them.
Overall, I am not able to highly recommend this book.