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September 26, 2016

The Thirteenth Chance {Amy Matayo}

the thirteenth chance amy matayo
Baseball star Will Vandergriff knows any number of women who would happily pretend to be his girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to restore his good standing with his team’s higher-ups, he enlists the help of his neurotic, goody-goody neighbor. Schoolteacher Olivia Pratt might be a bit quirky and a bit of a loner, but she’s a lot more inviting than she knows. Will hopes that bringing her to his next game might revamp his reckless reputation and help get his career back on track. The only problem? The plan works a little too well. Not only do the higher-ups love Olivia, but Will plays his best game yet. Suddenly his losing streak is a thing of the past, and Olivia is his new good-luck charm. Will feels anything but lucky.

After years of keeping the world at bay, Olivia Pratt is pulling off the ultimate performance—not only reluctantly posing as Will’s girlfriend but also insisting that she’s oblivious to his major-league appeal. But she can only lie to herself for so long. Being by Will’s side feels good. Really good. Maybe it’s finally time to make a pitch for everything she really wants—and to find out just how exhilarating love can be.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book so much.

Olivia has some serious OCD tendencies that would be borderline annoying if she wasn’t such a loveable character. I loved her innocence in life and the way she is truly happy to be a single woman living life exactly how she wants. She seems to be both uptight and carefree at the same time, and that just makes her all the more appealing to those around her. She seems like someone I could be friends with in real life.

Will is so full of himself. He is a star athlete who believes everyone should know who he is and be impressed by him. He has a softer side to him, but it does not come out to late in the book. Will is also impressed by Olivia’s ability to be so happy with her life, but he is convinced there is more to her than what everyone sees. Although I did not like Will as this book began, I found myself really liking him as the story progressed.

I think it was fairly obvious early in this book that Olivia and Will were going to form a relationship beyond their simple arrangement. However, watching them get to know each other and go back and forth in their relationship was so entertaining. I was so eager to find out if they would actually end up together or not, and how they would find happiness together.

I was so happy with how this book ended, and really wanted the story to keep going. I have my fingers crossed for a follow-up so we can really find out where their relationship landed.

Amy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use. 

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.