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The Striker's Chance

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Landing the PR contract for North Carolina's new soccer team could take Holly Taylor's career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler "Killer" de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer's image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done.

The car accident that derailed Kepler's European career als
Published September 2nd 2013 by Carina Press
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Crystal~BIG book addict~
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 GOOAALLL Stars!

Kepler "Killer" de Klerk is a South African soccer player who is sold to the Charlotte Discovery in North Carolina. Holly has been hired to be his PR manager to boost his reputation after he and a teammate were in a bad car accident in London. The tabloids pretty much destroyed his career after this happened.

Even though they got off to a rough start, they can't fight the strong attraction they feel for each other. Hol
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I love sports books! Why?? I don’t know. I’m not good at sports. I hate to even run. Ugh.

Kepler is a soccer player from South Africa who, after a few issues with his public image, has been sent to play soccer in the states, and Holly is his new PR manager. I really enjoyed their meet-cute at the beginning!!!

I enjoyed the writing. There could have been MORE FEELS or MORE SEX (LOL!), but overall, the writing style flowed nicely.

The sexua
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Many people out there have the sometimes thrilling and exciting job of changing people for the better, and when I say this I want you to think psychologist, specialist, hairstylists the list goes on and on.

But what if your job is to change a celebrity to take them to a level of stardom that will strike every possible stardom crazed fan out there out of the arena and the player right into the hands of the great teams of history?

If it is what you trained for than it is easy right, and falling in
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Holly is a self-employed PR professional. Kepler de Klerk is the person she is tasked with improving the image of. Kepler was the driver in an auto-accident that severely injured him and a teammate. He's been out of action for more than a year. Because he was the driver, he was blamed and harshly criticized for the accident and his former team released him to Charlotte Discovery.
I thought this was sweet. Kepler is not quite the person the tabloids made him out to be. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Holly loves her job as a PR rep, and when she lands the contract to work with a big-time European soccer star, she has to help him to rebrand his image. Kepler is known in the tabloids as being a partier, a ladies man, and a killer on the field. But a car accident ended his European career and lands him in a struggling US team. Holly knows she can help Kepler, but was shocked at the sexual tension between them.

Kepler is looki
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I like sports romances and this is the first I have read of a soccer hero. Once I realized the hero could be David Beckham in my fantasy world, I was sold *wink*

Kepler de Klerk is from South Africa and became famous in England with his amazing soccer skills. He was not only labeled an elite athlete, but also a playboy. One night while driving on icy roads, he crashes his car, seriously injuring himself and a teammate. The press immediately label him the bad guy, and he gets run out of the countr
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
3.5 stars

I think I love sports centered contemporary romances more and more, and when they involve a sport I know about, all the better. Now, I'm not a huge fan, but I do like my soccer. I know its rules and I love to watch a competitive game, so this book, with its on field pages, was enjoyable for me.

Holly Taylor is the PR manager for a small town soccer team, and her new assignment is the thirty year-old South African striker Kepler de Klerk. With the previous sports contemporary I've read a
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, sports
Ok so I technically didn't read this book, but I did listen to the Audible version of it, and for some unknown reason it had me tearing up with my favorite ice cream.

Jessica Almacy did a phenomenal job as narrator and her voice wasn't too whiny. It was nice I have a hard time finding female narrators with beautiful voices. The only complaint I had was Holly's voice. Almost like Ms Almacy was trying too hard and the accent came across as fake. now Kepler's voice was hands down the hottest voice
Aug 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, sports
Reading this book was like watching a cheesy movie, lets just say i rolled my eyes more often than not. Honestly, the writing was just bad. I'm not trying to be mean but it was a waste of time. Maybe it got better as it went on but from what I read, would not recommend.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

A sports romance set in North Carolina about soccer instead of NASCAR. What a surprise!

Hey, a sports romance set in the U.S. about soccer instead of football. An even bigger surprise!

On the other hand, because the book is about soccer instead of football, or any other sport that USians are familiar with, the title kind of lays an egg. On the other hand, the cover, while featuring yet another infamous headless torso, represents an event that takes place in
Book Reading Gals
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Title: The Striker’s Chance

Series: N/A

Author: Rebecca Crowley

Genre: Contemporary

Landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take Holly Taylor’s career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer’s image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done.

The car accident that derailed Kepler’s European career also gave him some much-needed perspective. He’s
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
I'm not sure what it is lately, but I seem to be picking some pretty damn awesome books to request from NetGalley, especially since the books I've been having the best luck with are shorter than 200 pages and that typically doesn't fit well with me.

The Striker's Chance is author Rebecca Crowley's romantic debut and I have to say she made sure it was a fantastic one in my opinion. I haven't always had the best of luck with the sports romance sub-genre but this is the epitome of how they should be
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
The author kindly sent me a copy of her book to consider for reviewing on my blog, ROMANCE NOVELS FOR FEMINISTS. I didn't think it quite suitable for the blog, but I'm happy to review it here.

Independent PR consultant Holly has just landed a big contract: to shape the PR for South African soccer star Kepler de Klerk, recently signed by the Charlotte (NC) Discovery. de Klerk's hard-partying reputation precedes him, as does the bad publicity around the car accident that left a teammate seriously i
Stacy Sabala
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book Review- The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley

Kepler de Klerk was a famous soccer player from Europe. After a horrific car accident and rumors in the press, he was released by his British team. He finds himself in Charlotte, South Carolina and now playing for the struggling Charlotte Destiny.
Holly Taylor was hired to be his PR manager while he played for the team. This is her first big account since she went out on her own. She is determined to do a great job. She is going to try and make
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley.

Shel: The slow burn of angst..that's how I would describe this. Here are my common reactions:

OHHH he sounds hot.


NOOO...just tell him.

Awww. He's so sweet. Why won't he let her know how sweet he is?


This is just wrong. SHE is just wrong. How COULD she?

That's painful.

OH YAY!!!!!

Finally...this book was fast.

Court: Seriously, Shel. This is hilarious. And seriously what we were d
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Kepler is an international soccer star that has fallen on hard times. After a car accident lands him and a friend of his in the hospital, his career takes a nose dive and his finds himself kicked out of his soccer club and playing professional soccer in the states, rather than abroad.

Holly is hired as Kepler's PR person and she's tasked with turning Kepler's image around. He's known for his party boy ways and she needs to turn him into a family man.

This book was cute and I liked it. I thought Ke
Sharon Redfern
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
New author Rebecca Crowley starts off with a winner in this story of a soccer star and his PR manager. Kepler “Killer” de Klerk is a famous soccer player who go a bad reputation after an accident with a teammate that left them both injured. Unfortunately Kepler’s past reputation as a partier worked against him and he ended up playing for a low ranked American team in North Carolina.
The owners of the team have hired Holly Taylor to rehab Kepler’s reputation with the promise of a bigger job oppor
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was WAY better than what I was expecting. I blame the ridiculous cover for my lack of faith. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love drooling over ripped, shirtless guys as much the next person but I don't think this cover does the story any favors. The Striker's Chance (I'm also not in love with the title but I'm not the editor so whatever) was a solid contemporary romance. There was no damsel in distress or any bad boy who needed saving. While I feel too many romances rely on soap opera-e ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley, romance
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This was a pretty good sports romance. I love when the author throws in some actual on field action instead of just having the character be an athlete, but we never actually see them playing their sport. I really liked Holly and Kepler. Separately they were really interesting and together they were even better. And I liked that Kepler was from South Africa, that added a nice touch to the story. His background was really interesting and I wanted to know more about him.

I re
Katie Fink
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Thanks to NetGalley and Carina Press for providing me with a copy for review***

4 stars

Holly Taylor has a huge task in front of her--in order to bring her public relations business to the next level, she has to manage the image of Kepler "Killer" deClerk, a South African soccer player who was sent to Charlotte, NC after a scandal ousted him from the European game.

Kepler has come to the point in his life where hard partying and womanizing don't really appeal to him anymore--the car accident th
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Having never read this author before, I went into this book with no expectations. I was intrigued by the idea of such a different hero. A man who's a blond-haired football/soccer player from South Africa.

As a sports fan, if not a soccer fan, I enjoyed the different plotline. Unfortunately, I wound up not liking the book as much as I'd hoped. I fault my own personal book snobbishness. The author wrote well and created characters that hit sparks off of each other. For me what I didn't like was the
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 / 5

"At the end of the day, if we don't take pride in where we're from and try to make it better, who will?"

It was a decent read. I was kind of hoping for a bit more.

I enjoyed the little references to South Africa that were weaves into the book. I was kind of expecting for a little impromptu trip back to Kepler's homeland somewhere near the end of the book, to be honest.

I wished that Holly would've been more upfront with Kepler and the trade/New York situation. She says she cared for him but
Jan 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Landing the PR contract for North Carolina's new soccer team could take Holly Taylor's career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler "Killer" de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer's image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done.

The car accident that derailed Kepler's European career also gave him some much-needed perspective. He's ready to give up on fame and focus on the game he loves. The last thing he need
DNF at 75%. I had several issues with this book - most of them stemming from being South African myself - but I have a thing for so-called "competence porn", and this heroine demonstrates the complete opposite of that. I could swallow her lying and insecurities and mood swings and all her other irritating traits if she was excellent at her job, but her lack of professionalism is both a huge part of her personality AND a driving force behind the romance. My opinion of her just got poorer and poor ...more
3.5 stars.

Listened to the audio version (so didn't read). I love Jessica Almasay as a narrator and in this book she did more with multiple voices and characters then normal.

I'm a huge soccer fan (and former player) so I was drawn to this storyline. Plus I am living in North Carolina.

I enjoyed the story enough, but it wasn't one that is overly memorable or had me so drawn in that I couldn't put it down.

I wasn't sure why the hero was so drawn to the heroine and I would have loved for them to h
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Actual rating 3,5 stars

"The Striker's Chance" is actually a pretty good book. The writing is great. The characters are likeable. The story is sweet. Good pace. You have two people falling in love and overcoming lies, betrayal and trying to make it work despite their circumstances. Good concept, good execution. It was all in all a good book.

But it was not a "great" book in the sense of it could have been edgier, sexier, more romantic. I'm going to sound cray-cray, but I'm thinking it was slightl
Ashley Deniz
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a wonderful change from the sad dystopian book I had just finished and it was just what I needed. I am a huge soccer fan so I was interested to see how that would tie into a romance novel. It was cute, nothing phenomenal but I did enjoy it. The story skipped quite a bit I though, every time I read the next paragraph it was "a few weeks" or "a few months" later which was sad to me. What I love about romance novels is watching the couple fall in love, the small moments- not just skipping ...more
Demetra | Demi Reads
I really like sport romances! I haven’t read any of the author’s books before and this one was a nice introduction to her work!

Holly is a PR hired to launch soccer athlete Kepler de Klerk. He had an incident about a year ago that gave him bad publicity. Her goal now is to built interest in him as a player, so the past will be forgotten.

The attraction between them is palpable from the first time they meet. Kepler is smitten by her. While getting to know him better, she realizes that he’s not as a
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully crafted romance and a great read. Rebecca has a way with words - her descriptions are magical. I remember when she described Kepler's looks without a shirt on, how real he seemed and how desirable. The story was great and kept me hooked. I cringed in some spots, wishing Rebecca would realise how career-focused she was but that was all part of the conflict and it's wonderful how Kepler and her love for him, changed her. As a reader, I couldn't help falling in love with him as the st ...more
3.5 stars

I liked this! Weirdly, I think it needed slightly more conflict or maybe different conflict, because while I am all about adults being adults, this was just two really decent people who had a superficial conflict of her job keeping them apart. And it's not that that wasn't a real conflict, but I don't know, it just felt like it wasn't enough.

But still! Set in a city, the sports seemed reasonably well done (I claim no soccer knowledge which is how I like my sports romances), and two pret
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Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City, London, and Johannesburg, Rebecca now resides in Houston ...more

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