Blossoms & Flutters: The End Zone by L.J. Shen

The End Zone

by L.J. Shen
Published December 14th 2017
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: own copy
In a Flutter: Finally taking a chance!

Jolie Louis is a smart girl. She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea. He’s a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can’t get rid of. Sadly, that’s also the reason she can’t stay away from him. Well, that and the fact that they’re roommates. Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester. She tells herself that she can handle it. He’s just the boy she saved ten years ago, right? Wrong. So very wrong. He is a man now, and she is his captive Heart, body, and soul…


Fluttering Thoughts:

Worldbuilding: This story takes place in a small Louisiana college town.
Characters: The main characters in this novella are Jolie Louis and Sage Poirier. Jolie and Sage have been best friends since they were ten years old. As they have grown up together their bond is as strong as ever but so are Jolie’s feelings for Sage. Unfortunately, he’s the biggest player she knows and he’s turned his sights on her. Can Sage convince Jolie that they are the real deal? Or will his past indiscretions harm whatever chance Jolie would have been willing to give him?
Plot: This is a romance between Sage and Jolie with some ex drama thrown in but starts and ends with a lot of heart!
Writing: This novella is written in first person points of view of Jolie and Sage. This novella was originally part of the Team Player anthology but now includes an extended epilogue!
Curb Appeal: The cover is super eye candy! But I think I would have really loved to have their tree as a cover with both main characters on it. The blurb gives a pretty good run down on the situation but leaves out a few surprises for the readers to find!
Ultimately: I really, really loved this story!!! I wished that it was a full-length novel because their story was so sweet and if we could have gotten more out of their past I would have been a goner! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hero who has finally come to his senses and sees what’s finally in front of him, and a heroine who just might take a chance on the boy who stole her heart when they were kids, then come check out The End Zone!!!!!!


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