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For the Win

(The Perfect Play #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  86 reviews
What happens when you fall for your biggest competition? Sara Rider scores with this charming romance about soccer stars battling their tough opponents and playing the field of love.

Lainey Lukas has sacrificed everything—sleep, family, carbs, a life—to earn her spot as the top player and captain of the Seattle Falcons women’s soccer team. She’s determined to lead her team
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 6th 2016 by Pocket Star
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A Klue
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Ever since reading Kulti by Mariana Zapata, I’ve been hoping to come across a similar themed sports related romantic read. For the Win by Sara Rider seemed a likely book candidate.

While Kulti is a slow burn romance loaded with non-stop hilarious, spontaneous/off-the-cuff, witty/sarcastic/flirtatious banter that seems to say “I hate you so much I want to punch you, but I’m so in love with you I just want to kiss you”, For the Win also began with that flirty, combative, magnetic main couple attrac
Reanell Tisdale
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xoxpert-review
I loved this soccer gem! I've been in a sports romance kick lately and this one did not disappoint! Full review to come!
Sam (AMNReader)
This was overall a pretty sweet if forgettable story. Lots of soccer - both characters are professional. Some immature antics I wasn't quite sold on as funny, but a pretty nice romance underneath. A strong ending, sagging middle, and intriguing and easy-to-read beginning round out the 3-a lot of the writing was tedious. I will definitely look to this author for uncomplicated romance. I give it about a 2.75, but I'm rounding up.

Christa Schönmann Abbühl
I read this on a recommendation after having very mixed feelings about Kulti. This was the better book in my opinion, as while both main protagonists have their issues, their relationship seemed healthy to me.

Lainey has some similarities at first to Sal in Kulti: They are both shown as the best ever, because of their hard work, dedication and discipline. They both have some problems because of this with their teammates. They both have to work in addition to playing, since female soccer players d
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports, contemporary
Part of me is inclined to think that comparing this to Kulti was setting the bar for this too high to begin with. While another part of me can't get over some serious issues, particularly with the first half of the book.

The whole Battle of the Sexes thing was laid on waaaaaay too thick. I don't think a reporter would actually refer to male athletes as the "real athletes" while at a press conference for a women's soccer team. And sexism like that was just interspersed throughout the whole book a
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lainey plays fo the Falcon and Gabe plays for the Surge and well they dislike each other more Lainey parts. The main plot is rivalry btw the two clubs that after a "fight" in the bar and some video leaked for the internet. Women and men of the clubs have to participate to a marathon of compettions to know whom is the best.

This book remind me of Kulti but here we have dual POVs and more interaction with friends and family for the both parts. I like Lainey she is hot head and very young she had to
Anything worth fighting for always required sacrifices. She wasn't the type to live her life in the shadows of what-ifs and regret.

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For The Win tells the story of Lainey Lukas as she gets back into football following a horrific injury in the World Cup final. The owner of the franchise she joins, decides that the women's team will train on the main training ground, while the men's team get relegated to the apparently cursed Cricket Ground pitch, a move
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Two hot professional soccer players. Two teams competing for the fans and the sponsors. Plenty of girl power and sweet, sexy times. For the Win was a fun read! At first I was a little unsure because it seemed a little YA with the boys against girls, the practical jokes, and some of the silliness going on.

But by about 40%, I was in it and liking it! Once this book hit its stride, it was a winner. It was definitely worth the time.

Lainey was a tough, determined and smart heroine.
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Gabe "Hometown
Okay, let's just get this out of the way because--just glancing through other reviews--this is mentioned in a lot of them: yes, this book has similarities to Kulti, a book I had a lot of issues with. There are relatively few sports romances about soccer, and even fewer in which both protagonists are professional athletes, so the comparisons are natural. But unlike some others, I found this book superior to Kulti on almost every level where you can make a reasonable comparison. And aside from tha ...more
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about a new to me author taking me by surprise!  If it hadn't been for the fact I was looking for soccer reads, I probably would've missed this series and trying out Sara Rider.  And what a pity that would be.  As an added bonus, this was part of the Audible Romance package so I got to give it a try without spending extra money.  Win/win!

FOR THE WIN is about two professional soccer players.  Lainey is just coming from a terrible head injury during the World Cup final eight months ago.  A g
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For the Win is the first book in The Perfect Play series by debut author Sara Rider and already I'm looking forward to reading book two. I have read a lot of sports romance books but not many about soccer and to top that off none about women's soccer so For the Win was a real treat!

I want to start off by saying I really enjoyed this book. It's hilarious, sexy and the characters are ones I look forward to seeing again and again.

Lainey is the top soccer star in her field and while she plans to w
Red Cheeks Reads
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Then what? You think that just because you have some magical penis that you’re automatically better than us?” . . . “Oh my god. You really believe that, don’t you? That’s what this is all about. You think men are better athletes than women.”

For The Win was a surprisingly good find from a new author for me. I love me a sports romance especially one with a sport that gets less attention, like soccer. So the cover had me eager to jump in. Now this story is told in third person which I usually do
Jackie Lane
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the Win is another sports-themed book. This one being about soccer.

Lainey Lukas is the team Captain of the Seattle Falcons, a women's team and Gabe Havelak is the Captain of the Seattle Surge.

This book become a "Battle of the Sexes" book wherein they are pitted against one another in a bunch of challenges to see who is the better team.

Lainey is determined that her team will take the win as is Gabe.

Lainey may be team Captain, but she is not "friendly" with her team. Gabe is the polar opposit
Bette Hansen
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read and what a treat to read a sports romance with a national women's team being featured. Lainey and Gabe are two great characters and the sparks that fly between them made for one very entertaining story. Lainey has worked hard her entire life to get to the top of her game. She's determined to lead her women's soccer team to a national championship and no media hogging men's team player is going to stop her. When Gabe Havelak, Seattle's top male player, hijacks her press conferenc ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review to come but this was a cute read. There were moments in the beginning when the attitude of both the hero and the heroine made me want to kick them in the junk but they got better as the book wore on. I enjoyed this one.
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Lainey Lukas has always found it tough to talk to the press, but as the captain of her professional soccer team it's part of her job. But Gabe will soon find out that although he respects and grows to really care for Lainey, there is a huge disparity when it comes to the clout, the money and prestige between women's and men's professional sports.

When trying to help Lainey during her first big interview after an almost career ending injury and the announcement of her captainship to professional t
DNF @ 12%

Me and this book are just not going to get along.
First off, the sexism is high in this one folks. I know that female athletes are still considered the lesser of the two sexes. I know it's harder to get crowds and an audience for professional women's sports. BUT if this book, written by women FYI, is going to make sexism a major plot point and not in a realistic way like the first 12% of the book has painted it then I'm not interested. It's infuriating. There is no way that a reporter(we
I was happy to find another book with a female athlete, after realizing that sports romance is mostly WAGS (and Kulti). For me, the two main characters just didn't have much chemistry, the hero was a smarmy douchebag who really didn't do much to redeem himself, and there wasn't a lot of amazing team dynamics or other relationships that kept the story moving. The idea of the battle of the sexes was a fun one, but the approach felt super awkward and fraught. I also felt like Lainey was overshadowe ...more
3-3.5 stars.
ok... well... I liked this book, but I have to admit I'm a little disappointed.
Being in love with a professional soccer player, I truly wanted to love this one. The premise is super sweet and fun but I couldn't connect with the characters. They were nice but, for me... the character building lacked depth.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a good job. I enjoyed this low angst audiobook and plan to listen to the others in this series.
Char (1RadReader59)
Lainey Lukas was a woman with one goal in life and no one and nothing would get in her way of achieving it. You see she is a soccer player with the AWSL and although as a woman who gets paid way less than man playing at her level in the same sport. Yet she does it because she loves the sport that much. Even though she had already technically gone to the World Cup she was still training and playing to go again with this new team The Falcons, in Seattle. You see the last time she had been so badl ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-arc, a-e-book, c-sports
I loved this book! It's hilarious, sweet, vulnerable and real.

Goal oriented, no nonsense, over thinking and socially awkward tomboy Lainey doesn't get it when ladies’ man and media favorite Gabe is trying to flirt with her. It doesn’t help when his earlier attempt also backfire dramatically and hilariously. They end up trying to best each other, including both their soccer teams, into an ever increasing battle of the sexes which ticks all the male-female prejudices and gets broadcasted on telev
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just loved this book!

Lainey Lukas is possibly the best female soccer player in the world. Her team won the world cup but she was injured during the match and ended up in hospital, she missed the ceremony, she never touched the world cup. She is 100% dedicated to winning the AWSL (American Women's Soccer League, I assume) and the next world cup with her team the Seattle Falcons. She doesn't drin
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, who doesn't love sport romance at all? Well, I definitely love to read sport romance because it has so much intensity between characters that it makes the read so much interesting. Sara Rider has written a sport romance series, The Perfect Play series, that will introduce new character in the sport industry specifically soccer athletic. In the first book in the Perfect Play series, reader will get to read about Gabe and Lainey in the soccer world in For the Win.
Lainey is the team captain for
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
I got a copy of this book from
This book is awesome, amazing and so well written I read it all in one day! What a great story line and characters that are so easy to fall in love with, to watch how they grow and develop in this book is truly wonderful! This writer has a gift and I am so glad she is sharing this gift with us, the readers! From the very beginning I wad instantly hooked on this book, it captured my attention and didn't let it go until the last words on the last page
Heidi Hart
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on sale. It's a little preachy with several feminist rants about the unfairness of the treatment and compensation of women's professional soccer players versus men's, but since I'm in the choir being preached to, that didn't bother me too much. I found this a quick and entertaining read, funny and well written, well worth the $1.99 I paid for it. I plan to read on in the series.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was really cute! I love that the heroine was the prickly one and I liked how it felt like they warmed to each other gradually, even though it wasn't actually that much time altogether. I just liked this.
I got so invested in this book, nothing gets me like sports rivalries!!!! honestly though, this was so good
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-roms
Yay a romance book featuring not just a male but also a female sports star. As mentioned by others, similar in feel to Kulti but not the slow burn.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports-romance
The storyline reminded me too much of Kulti by Mariana Zapata, which I loved. This book fell flat for me in comparison.
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Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them. Growing up, Sara dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics ...more

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