Book Review – Keeping Score

Posted November 23, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

Book Review – Keeping ScoreKeeping Score Series: The Perfect Play #2
by Sara Rider
Published by Pocket Star on November 7, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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From Sara Rider, a fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Keeping Score is a fast-paced, sizzling sequel in the Perfect Play series that’ll leave everyone needing a cool down...

Professional soccer player Jaime Chen is used to hearing the word “no”—she’s just not used to listening to it. Despite her tiny frame, she’s won two Olympic medals and earned the title of Assistant Captain of the Seattle Falcons. And when Sport Fitness magazine decides it wants her for the cover of its annual Bodies of Sport issue, she finally has the chance to prove to the world that she truly is a top-class athlete. But when a lingering ankle injury forces the team’s physiotherapist to bench her, Jaime’s top-ranking dreams start to slip through her fingers.

In his career as a pro sports physiotherapist, Alex Martinez’s instincts have never steered him wrong. But he’s also never met someone as obstinate and frustrating as the snarky Jaime Chen. With their spot in the playoffs on the line, the Falcons’ owner gives him an ultimatum: get Jaime back in the game or kiss his job goodbye. When she skips yet another appointment with him, the only way he can wrangle a diagnosis from the medically-phobic midfielder is to stick to her like a shadow. But getting close to the woman who simultaneously irritates him and turns him on like no other is the last thing he wants to do.


5 Stars for Keeping Score

Keeping Score is a fun and sexy romance. This was my first Sara Rider book and it won’t be my last. I loved this!

Keeping Score is a sports romance set in the fast-paced lifestyle of the professional soccer world. I don’t know anything about soccer but I found the play by play action exciting. But what really stood out for me was the minority main characters Jamie Chen and Alex Martinez.  Jamie Chen is a two-time Olympic medalist and a professional soccer player.  She is driven by her love for sports but is disappointed with her lack of recognition because she’s Asian.  As a Filipina-American I identified with Jamie and her responsibility as being a positive female role model for minorities.  Just like Jamie I found it difficult growing up with no minority public figures (athletes, artists, etc.) who I can identify with. Author Sara Rider was spot on with Jamie’s frustrations and determination to make a difference. I really appreciated the authors decision to create diverse characters. Jamie and Alex are beautiful characters struggling to follow their dreams but discover love and support in each other. There was sexy banter, sizzling romance and heartwarming moments.

Keeping Score is the second book in The Perfect Play series and it can be read as a standalone. I plan to read the first book and I can’t wait until the next book in the series is released.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Sara Rider

Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them. Growing up, Sara dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics and daydreams about plotlines and character arcs. She spends far too much time at public libraries and never leaves the house without a paperback or an e-reader stuffed into her purse.


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