Review: Scoring the Player by Rebecca Jenshak (Campus Wallflowers #3)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Valentine PR.
We're back at Valley U with the third novel in Rebecca Jenshak's Campus Wallflowers series, and if you've read her Holiday with the Players duet, then you've probably been eager to see Holly and Stella Walters's older brother, Felix, get his own happily-ever-after as well. Yup, Scoring the Player has Felix Walters as the male main character, he being the aforementioned (football) player and a twenty-two-year-old senior majoring in art history. He's paired with Dahlia Brady, twenty years old and a junior studying design, particularly in fashion. Since he's known her, Dahlia has always been shy, barely saying a word whenever she's around. Then a video of her chatting with her best friends goes viral, and she sure as heck had a lot to say in it--specifically about Felix himself. Now, she's beyond embarrassed, but Felix has an idea. You see, he thinks pretending to be in a relationship would allow him to help Dahlia become more social and meet new people, and having a fake girlfriend would keep his cheating ex away from Felix (and the rest of the football team). They could totally be real friends, though, but he's made it clear he isn't interested in a relationship, not when he can't be the sort of guy deserving of someone like her. But could their real score change over the next six weeks?
Felix was one of those supporting characters who simply needed his time in the spotlight, and I'm glad his love interest turned out to be Dahlia. These two were seemingly opposites--Felix the far more social one and oftentimes the center of attention, and Dahlia the one who was more introverted and didn't mind being on the fringes. But they also had their similarities, what with both of them being athletes (Felix and football; Dahlia and golf) while also having connections to the arts (i.e. their respective majors), and they also had close-knit circles of friends. I liked seeing these two find common ground while also being genuinely supportive of each other's interests. There wasn't much in terms of drama--unless you count Felix's oh-so-NOT-charming ex-girlfriend--and I appreciated that the focus was on the relationship between the main characters while also touching on their ties to those closest to them. I quite enjoyed the heck out Dahlia and Felix, plus the cameos from Felix's sisters, and I can't wait to see if I'm right about who gets paired up with Jane in the fourth Campus Wallflowers book. For this third book, however, well, I'm happy to say that Scoring the Player has deservedly scored itself five stars out of five stars.
Read my reviews for the Campus Wallflowers series:
Tutoring the Player (book one) - five stars - My Review
Hating the Player (book two) - five stars - My Review
Scoring the Player (book three) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 23 May 2023
Date Read: 23 May 2023
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