REVIEW: Scoring the Quarterback (San Diegan, #2) by S.M. Soto

Scoring the Quarterback

Title:  Scoring the Quarterback
Author:  S.M. Soto
Series:  A San Diegan Novel
Genre:  Sports Romance/New Adult
Publication Date:  May 15, 2018


An epic Frenemies to lovers romance…

Luke Caldwell has three abhorrent qualities to him:
1) He’s a pig-headed jock.
2) He’s a grade A asshole with the biggest, overbearing ego. 
3) He’s a manwhore.

These three qualities alone should’ve had me running for the hills. I tried to steer clear of him, I really did, but it was an impossible feat. Luke Caldwell was nothing if not persistent and the way he bulldozed through my life, not taking no for an answer is proof of it. 

I tried to stay away from him. 

I wanted to hate him. But I couldn’t. 

Luke was nothing like the idiot jock I pegged him out to be. He became a friend, a confidant, and after one unforgettable night, he became so much more. 
Whatever this is between us, it’s impossible to ignore. I just hope when all is said and done, I won’t be burned by the college bad boy.

Scoring the Quarterback is book two in the San Diegan Series, a series of Standalone novels.


Emily’s Review

Scoring the Quarterback is the first book that I’ve read by S.M. Soto and unfortunately this one fell short for me.  There were just too many things about it that kept me from loving this romance.  I typically adore enemies to lovers and friends to lovers stories, especially when they involve football, but this one was a bit too much of a mess for me to completely enjoy it.  

Scoring the Quarterback tells the story of Natalia, the quiet, nerdy college student and Luke, the typical jock quarterback.  After meeting at a party and showing absolute contempt for each other, they find themselves as partners on a group project.  After a while, a tentative friendship emerges, but it’s torn apart multiple times before it finally has a solid foundation.  Then there is the slow burn romance, which instead of creating a build up to the romance, instead becomes a series of awkward encounters and even more misunderstandings.  It didn’t help to move the plot forward, and I, personally, don’t feel like it created the drama and angst the author was looking for.  

Then there’s Natalia, our heroine.  I tried really hard to like her, and relate to her.  I knew she’d been dealt the crappy end of the stick with her family life, and that it would lead to insecurities in relationships, but she just came across as mean, and maybe even a little bit of a bully.  She was so judge mental, and never gave Luke the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions.  The poor boy had to have a heart of gold for being able to form a friendship with her, let alone fall in love with her.  I got that Natalia didn’t like him, and that he didn’t have the best reputation but give the poor kid a break.  I’m all for a little animosity between the two characters, especially in an enemies to lovers romance, but this was just overboard.

Luke, on the other hand, was slightly more likable though I wish there would have been more chapters from his point of view in the beginning of the book.  It would have made it a lot easier for the reader to form a relationship with him, and it was definitely a missed opportunity.  I kept hoping to see a chapter with his name attached, and just some inkling of what was going on in that head of his.  Aside from that, Luke is a pretty cliche New Adult sports romance hero.  He’s got abs for days, dimples, and perfect hair.  He’s a jerk on the outside but once you get to know him he’s sweet and tender hearted.  And he likes Natalia because she’s “different.”

The supporting characters in this book did not do anything to further endear it to my heart, especially Sam.  She was an awful friend, an even worse roommate and her ways of helping Natalia were often mean spirited and childish.  Plus within the 300 and some pages of this book the girl participated in not one, but two threesomes.  While Natalia was home and in the other room.  It just didn’t sit right with me for best friend behavior.  I did really like Aliza, and she was a bright spot for me in the book.  I’m looking forward to going back and reading her story.

Overall, Scoring the Quarterback is not a bad book, and hardcore fans of NA will love it.  It’s a light, easy read that doesn’t dip into the dark side of life, and is pretty light on the drama.  The writing is good, and the story is decent.  For me, it just really needed flushed out more, and the characters tamed down a bit in their unlikeable personality traits.  I can see where Soto was going, but it just never really got there for me.  However, I’m still excited to read book one, The Darkest Hour, and I’m pretty sure it’s more my speed!

2.75/5 Stars

Charli’s Review:

I felt like Emily did a fantastic summary of my feelings on this book so I will keep mine short and sweet.

This was not a bad book, but I found myself cringing and frustrated for the majority of the book. There were so many cliche scenes in this book that just had me rolling my eye. It sucks because the first book, The Darkest Hour, was really good and I felt like there was a depth to it that I found lacking in this book.

I thought Luke was your typical manwhore who ruled the school, but I lost a lot fo respect for him when it came to how he dealt with his feelings toward Natalia. I thought it was unnecessarily cruel and was something that really could have been avoided. His charm and his loud personality were adorable up until that point.

I liked Natalia as a character. I thought her selfless actions and her strength were my favorite things about her. However, I lost a little respect for her two along the way due to some poor judgments that I, again, felt could have been avoided.

I just wanted these two to have an adult conversation and half of the things they went through could have been avoided. I will read the next one because I really want Sam and Alex’s story because I feel like that one is going to be gold!

Overall Rating: 2.5/5 Stars!

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