The First Score
(An interconnected standalone)
by: Amie Knight
Everything that I absolutely love about reading is in this book!! An adorable, funny, self-deprecating, and to top it all off a virgin hero and a friend-zoning, loyal-to-a-fault, believes she’s too broken for anyone heroine…YES, YES, YES!!! Amie Knight brought these two characters together in a delightful, slow burn story that I couldn’t put down.
Friends from a very young age, Oliver “Winnie” Knox didn’t even know how to describe the feelings he had for Hazel Jones when she first arrived on his doorstep to play with his older sister, Scarlett, but he knew she was important and that feeling never went away. Hazel was it for him and he would wait until she recognized the same and was ready for all the love he would give her. Although a little nudge in the right direction never hurt, right?
Hazel didn’t have the best home life, that is until she moved in with her grandfather as a young teen. Growing up around her parents relationship makes her skittish about falling into a relationship of her own, so instead she focuses on taking care of her grandfather, her job and gaming as a way to escape. That is until one day her best friend gives her a little nudge out of the friend zone, but is she ready?
While Hazel never feels good enough for a man like Oliver and all Oliver wants to do is love Hazel and show her that she is everything to him. How do you get past your own insecurities when you don’t want to drag the one person you admire the most down into your darkness? And how do you show the one person you love that no matter what happens in their life that you want to be by their side through the storm?
If you’ve read The Red Zone you’ll love the way timelines interweave between these two stories, but Amie also did a fantastic job of making this a complete standalone if this is your first time meeting everyone in this world.
There was something about that first score, and not just on the football field.
I loved all of life’s firsts, which was why I’d been saving mine for one girl, my older sister’s best friend—Hazel Jones.
She was tough and sarcastic with walls around her heart as tall as a football stadium, but I knew she was the one for me.
Desperate times called for desperate measures and I’d have done anything to make her mine.
Like create a fake online persona.
Lie about my age.
Pretend I wasn’t some naive virgin.
And catfish the hell out of the love of my life.