Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Final Play by Amie Knight

The Final Play isn’t always the end.
Sometimes, it’s the beginning of something far more beautiful.

The Final Play, an all-new enemies-to-lovers sports romance from Amie Knight, is available now!

As a professional linebacker, I lived and breathed football.
The only thing I loved as much as the game was my twin brother, Max, who kept me almost as busy cleaning up his messes.
The most recent of which landed him behind bars.

So, it shouldn’t have surprised me when a beautiful woman showed up on my doorstep, claiming to be pregnant with Max’s baby.

Glory was unexpected, infuriating, and flat-out crazy most of the time.
But no matter how hard I tried to deny it, that tiny spitfire slammed into my boring life with the strength of a Category 5 hurricane, blowing through my defenses until she’d carved her name in my heart—permanently.

I feared we would never work. She was a single mom, my brother’s ex, and one more chance for me to fail yet another person I loved.

But if football was my church, then Glory was my heaven.

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He was the best man I’d ever known and I couldn’t have him. I probably didn’t deserve him, anyway. 

Tears flooded my eyes and I paid the cashier as fast as possible before practically running behind the buggy to get to my car. I loaded the groceries, tears trailing my cheeks. 

I didn’t even bother to wipe them away. This whole situation was sad. It deserved my tears. Every damn one of them. Because Mason and Glory could never be.

 It would be weird and wrong. What the hell would we even tell people? How would we explain? And how would Max feel? I had a feeling it wasn’t good at all. 

I climbed into the front seat of my car and held on to my steering wheel for dear life. And sobbed. And then when I was done sobbing , I beat the shit out of that steering wheel and then the dashboard. 

Because life wasn’t fair. It just fucking wasn’t and again and again it just kept throwing me punch after punch. How long was I supposed to still stay standing?

I felt like this might be the final punch and it was a knockout. Because I had a feeling that Mason Stark was my person. And I couldn’t even have him.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Mason and Glory’s story in The Final Play was everything. It’s a forced proximity/single parent/brother’s ex romance full of heart, heat, inspiration, hope, a strong heroine and a swoony hero.

Glory wanted nothing more than to stand on her own two feet and provide for her baby. Life has to been easy for her, and she’s hesitant to accept Mason’s help, not wanting to take a handout or be pitied. But all Mason has ever wanted to do is take care of his twin brother, Max. After Max’s latest mess lands him in prison, a pregnant Glory shows up on Mason’s doorstep and he seizes the opportunity to take care of his brother’s… babymama.

While things could have been weird between Glory and Mason, they start off kinda hating each other before falling in love. Their first interactions are hilarious, and there’s a nice friendship that develops between them before either realizes they love the other. Aside from one super-steamy makeout session, they don’t even get together until well after the baby is born, well after they have fallen head over heels for each other. Then when Mason is faced with a life-changing incident, it’s Glory who rescues him when he retreats into himself, refusing to let him shut her out.

Amie Knight did a great job of writing Mason and Glory’s attraction to each other with their concerns about her past with his twin brother. I loved how Max turned his life around in the end, and how this trio made their own family with baby Sage by the end of the book. Mason is best friends with Luk from The Red Zone, so both he and Glory get lots of support from Luke and Scarlett, and Glory develops true friendships with Scarlett and Hazel. And sweet Ella! I adored Mason’s friendship with her!

The Final Play is a great example of how just when you think things may be over, things can turn around with one more play.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Amie
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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