Book Review, Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Series, Sports

Best Player (The Cleat Chasers, #3) by Jaqueline Snowe


Falling for my brother’s best friend is not an option—right?

Kenzie Hill needs a place to stay the summer before college, so when a spot opens up at her brother Aaron’s ‘baseball’ house, she accepts. Living with a bunch of dudes who walk around shirtless won’t distract her—she has plans and nothing will get in her way. Not even her brother’s best friend.

Tanner Johnson has one thing on his mind—his future in the MLB. After choosing to wait another year before entering the draft, he now dedicates every second to getting better on the field, or letting loose. His best friend’s sister shouldn’t even register on his radar.

The first kiss is an accident and the second leads to more. They agree it’ll just be a fling and that Aaron can never know. Kenzie’s just starting her future, while Tanner’s is already planned.

Falling for her brother’s best friend was never an option—but what happens when suddenly, it is?


A nagging, unsettling feeling kept taking root in my chest and I had no f@#king idea what to do about it. Why is Tanner breaking his rules with me.

What red-blooded American woman wouldn’t want to stay the summer in a house filled with hot baseball players?

Kenzie is excited to stay with her brother and his buddies while she takes summer classes at the university before she officially starts in the fall.  However, she didn’t know she would fall for the biggest player of them all.

She got up, giving me a perfect opportunity to stare at her long legs. She had great legs, tan and smooth, toned and the perfect length to—no. As soon as the thought entered my mind, I shut it away. She’s Aaron’s sister.

How can he do this to his best friend? Tanner didn’t plan to fall for Aaron’s sister, but she was so hot and sassy. Will the summer fling pact they make be enough or will someone get hurt in the end?

The attraction between Kenzie and Tanner is sweet and oh, so hot, and when their feelings get in the way, it’s expected that they would be confused and overwhelmed.

As with all college-aged kids, the anticipation of independence, meeting new friends, and figuring out what to do with your life is what college is all about and Kenzie is no different. She has a good head on her shoulders for her age due to the responsibilities of helping to care for her father who has cancer. Her honesty is refreshing and her relationship with Tanner is realistic

Tanner’s responsibility for his mother and brothers is noble and I understand his rule that baseball is always first. He has to make a living somehow and the money he could receive to sign with the majors would help his family.  He doesn’t want to get close to anyone, especially during his senior year in college.

As for book 3 in the series, I found it stands alone, other than wondering what the big to-do was with Kenzie’s brother, Aaron, in the past which they brought up a couple of times. Also, the deal with Kenzie’s dad seemed unresolved at the end.  However, I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and laughed, cried, and cheered for the young lovers the whole way.

Thank you to Ms. Snowe for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Jaqueline SnoweJaqueline Snowe lives in Arizona where the “dry heat” really isn’t that bad. She identifies as a full-blown Gryffindor and prefers drinking coffee all hours of the day. She is the mother to two fur-babies who don’t realize they aren’t humans. Her life revolves around balancing her day job in education and her incessant need to write and explore the world with her wonderful baseball-loving husband.

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