Author: Taylor Hart
Series: Last Play Masquerade Romance
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: ArchStone Ink
A hot football player and a bet—what more could you want for Valentine’s day?
Ziggy Brady, center for the Denver Storm, doesn’t expect to dance with the woman who broke his heart ten years ago. But a bet issued by the owner of the Storm, is the catalyst for asking her. He certainly can’t believe she slaps him, and he really doesn’t know what to do when she throws in his face the fact her boyfriend is proposing later that night. The truth, is that Sophia Charles will always be his biggest regret.
Sophia Charles doesn’t want to dance with Ziggy Brady at a fundraiser; but his brother has ALS and she actually likes Ty. Ziggy, on the other hand, has serious ego issues and the media doesn’t help them by calling him Aquaman. When Ziggy shows up at her office asking her to go on a ‘bucket list’ trip for Ty to help create awareness and raise money to find a cure for ALS, she reluctantly agrees.
The No Regrets Tour consists of: driving cross country in a Retro RV, visiting an old Prison, staying at a Haunted Mansion, rafting the Snake River, and putting Graffiti Art on Devil’s Tower—which will most-likely land them in jail.
Sophia and Ziggy find themselves unable to stay away from one another. When Ty confesses to writing a bogus break up letter from Ziggy to Sophia ten years ago, all the reasons they should stay away from one another melt away. And they find themselves, laughing and talking and kissing and catching up for all the time they missed out on.
When Ty has a break down and the tour comes to a halt, they must make a choice—walk away from it all or forgive and have No Regrets!
Our experiences make us who we are. This isn’t necessarily the theme of this book but it is a conclusion drawn in the book. Ziggy and Sophia are separated believing that the other broke their heart. Ten years later they learn the truth. But what would they be like, their lives be like, had they not gone through that tens years separated?
Forgiveness is another theme. Can Ziggy and Sophia forgive Ty for breaking them up? Ten years of missed opportunity is a lot. And can Ty forgive himself for his childish, misguided actions?
Family rallying around family in good times and bad. Letting God heal our hearts. Grief goes through stages and anger is often one of them. There are lots of things going on in this book in addition to a romance.
Ziggy and Sophia do get their second chance to be together as they’d always been meant to be. Ziggy is a strong personality and I wasn’t sure that I always liked him. Sometimes he was a little scary when dealing with his anger. But he was also cute and fiercely loyal. Just don’t make him go face to face with a ghost. Sophia was more cautious and careful. She isn’t quite as ready to jump in. But somehow they work together.
Ty is coming to grips with having ALS and knowing he is dying. And I think Ms. Hart did a good job of not treating it too lightly or too dark.
Sex: Kissing. Innuendo
Language: The books says people curse but doesn’t quote what the curse is.
Violence: Bar fight happens off page. We only hear about it after the fact. Lots of wanting to punch someone but not doing it.
I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.