Scoring With the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone
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Author website: http://naimasimone.com/
Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.
After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…
Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.
Enjoyable. Sweet. I loved the book and the story overall at the end, but there were certain parts, in how the main character decided to act, that had me slightly turned off. Once again similar to my previous review on ARC The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson and ARC Searching for Billy Shakespeare by Crista McHugh, the plot and the devices used to move the story and the characters forwards (cough together) is nothing new to me at least. However, the writing was addictive. The editing and pace of the story telling kept my attention from start to end. I became invested into the characters and I loved that aspect of Simone. This is my first book I have read that is by Simone, but I am happy to say that I expect more great books from her. I wish I saw her work before since this book has the right skills and blends of attention few authors possess to attract and keep a reader’s nose page after page.
I thought Zeph was an interesting character, while Sophia was great overall. [Spoiler alert, kind of] Sophia does not reveal her identity directly to Zeph. I wish Sophia wouldn’t continue lying to Zeph’s face, but I can understand why Sophia continued her lies until everything was set free. Fear does amazing things to people and the choices they lean towards. Also, I wonder if the truth was revealed too soon would have the story finished much faster than it did? It was only towards the last few chapters were I felt the urge to wing Sophia’s neck for her stupid choices in her relationship. She’s human so I guess I would have given her a chance, but overall lies (at least in stories) must go full force to succeed [think Ocean’s 11 level lies] or crumble [as it did here].
4 out of 5 stars.
The writing was great. Like I said before, I thought the pacing was well done, and this was the first book I read from this author Ms. Simone, but I will be looking forward towards seeing what other books in her catalog seem interesting to me. I enjoyed the story, character and the twists for what they were since I knew from the start how predictable the story would be. If you do not want predictable stories then this book will surely bore you and you might want to skip it.
I would recommend this book. The blurb did not interest me at first (or rather it was a story all too predicable for me), but then I decided to give this book a chance and I was shocked at how addictive the writing and story telling was. I read the book rather quickly since I could not put it down as I wanted to see how certain plot points and twists were going to be revealed. I am always interested in how conflicts and drama is established, progressed and resolved. Some authors like to prolong drama or some authors like to fluff the drama to the point where everything seems unbearable and fake. The plot was not new. I felt like a parrot saying that, but most novels in this genre are not new in terms of plots and such, but nonetheless the story was enjoyable.