Review: The Varsity Dad Dilemma by Lex Martin
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
Lex Martin is back and she's got one heck of a feel-good, can't-help-but-fall-for-everyone romance about a college football player, the neighbor who hates him, and a baby who could or could not be his daughter. The Varsity Dad Dilemma features Rider Kingston, a college senior and star quarterback and team captain whose one dream in life is to be drafted into the National Football League. His sole focus on football cost him his friendship with Gabriela Duran when they were freshmen--a friendship that most certainly could have been more. Now, they're neighbors, and she's made it pretty clear she wants nothing to do with him. But when Gabby discovers an abandoned baby with a note stating that she belongs to one of the guys living in the house where Gabby's brother also happens to live, she can't help but become involved. Once the paternity's been established, she'll step away. Only Rider's decided he let her go once--he won't do it again.
Gah! This book was such a joy to read! It gave me ALL. THE. FEELS! Rider and Gabby had the sort of crazy connection that demands to be explored, but I also understood Gabby's hesitation considering Rider ghosted her a few years back. I loved that he had to earn back that trust and that she didn't give in to all that Rider-ness right away. Now, as far as the surprise baby angle is concerned, can I just say that I absolutely adore how Lex Martin weaved it into the story? I'm not a huge fan of this particular trope, but the discovery of Poppy (aka the baby) and how she came about to be one of the football players' child was something different and refreshing. This was a story about second chances and taking responsibility and how dreams can shift and change to make way for new ones. I so loved this book, and with such intriguing supporting characters, I REALLY hope The Varsity Dad Dilemma is just the first in a new series. Fingers crossed. Five stars!
Release Date: 20 July 2021
Date Read: 16 July 2021
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