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Crimson Catch

(Game Time #1)

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Welcome to the time where memories are made and hearts get broken.

Collin Atwood is a sophomore at Everly High School and the all-American boy in an all-American family. It's his first year on the varsity team and the pressure is on, from his dad and the town. For the first time in over twenty years his hometown could be in line for a state championship title and he’s thei
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Published February 2nd 2016
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Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Tongue in cheek, parallel storylines where football jocks and band geeks taking the staring roles! Return once again to high school days with restlessness nights searching for...well that's the thing, not really knowing what your looking for! S. M. Donaldson transports you to that time and creates characters that will snag you and drawn you into the world of football, flirting, sexing and living life out loud! Crimson Catch is the first book in Ms. Donaldson's Ga
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Sherri
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, smooth flowing and easy to read. The author did a great job portraying the characters, their emotions, and the experiences they went through.

One thing I really liked about this book is that most people can relate to the book in at least one way. Being in high school you have the jocks, cheerleaders, Queen B's, geeks, etc. Feeling like you are the outcast in your family or that you have the weight of the whole town on your shoulders.

I really liked t
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Kim
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review


First book I have read of author S.M. Donaldson. This is a mature YA and I have to say that I LOVED IT!!! I can't wait for more in this series. S.M. Donaldson has brought me back to my old highschool days with going to football games and seeing the jocks and the cheerleaders hook up. I can totally understand Joelle character being in the band and not fitting in at home with a Captain of the football team for a brother and a sister who is younger
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Ani
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc in exchange of an honest review
This book was a great read. So many times I had to stop and tell myself to take notes so I could add it to my review. But I didn't because I didn't want to stop reading. This book is about high schoolers but my kids are out of school( so you can see I have been for a while) and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Even though Joelle doesn't see it herself she is a strong young woman that I wished I would have been back in highschool. I loved how SM
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Lorena Tucholke
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of Colin and Jo are so sweet, is a fresh story, the characters are real, and they attract you to keep reading their story page after page. Love the way Collin is.He's loyal and supportive of Jo when he is finally able to know her. Joelle is pursuing her dream, in music and with her write, that was a nice touch!
I hated her family at first, and I was glad that they finally come around , at list her brother and mom.
Collin family are so sweet, and supportive, that was a nice change when
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Mandi
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to a start of a new series. I enjoyed all the characters and it does have that small town feel. I think anybody that has grown up in BFE knows how parties go down in the country. Bonfires and kegs. And how everybody knows everybody's business. This is about Collin a QB that needs to bring his grades up or else he will be benched and they wont be able to go to the championship game. The captain of the team James enlists his sister Joelle as Collins tutor. He feels he's got no ...more
Alisa
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given in ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I finished Crimson Catch and I FLOVED it!!!!!! Reading this made me feel like I was back in high school again. SM touched on sensitive subjects that I know happened back then and sadly probably do still happen. I think this book will open some people's eyes as to what can happen in high school. The writing was fantastic and flowed smoothly. As far as Jo and Collin, their characters were well developed! I read this in 2 days and now I'm wishing
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Debbe Swafford
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this as an ARC and loved it. I'm an older reader but really enjoyed the plot. I guess there's always the same problems in schools now as to when I was there, but I loved the way it was portrayed. There's always that one girl you want to snatch her hair out or that one jock that's always a bully. Loved to see them get what was coming to them!!! A must read from one of my favorite authors:)
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Tongue in cheek, parallel storylines where football jocks and band geeks taking the staring roles! Return once again to high school days with restlessness nights searching for...well that's the thing, not really knowing what your looking for! S. M. Donaldson transports you to that time and creates characters that will snag you and drawn you into the world of football, flirting, sexing and living life out loud! Crimson Catch is the first book in Ms. Donaldson's Ga
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Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying this is a YA book so it’s pretty mild. With that being said Crimson Catch by SM Donaldson was still good at holding my attention. There are some sexual scenes and cusswords. Have you ever wondered what a small town life is like for high school students? Crimson Catch does a pretty good job of portraying it. In many small towns sports mean everything, they are the pride and joy of many parents and students along with ways of bringing in income and new students. Let's start ...more
Shawna
Jan 14, 2016 added it
I received an ARC of Catching Crimson in return for my honest review.

Another home run for S.M. Donaldson.

This mature young adult book is refreshing, interesting and will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Rated for 15 yo +, and I would totally agree. There is some cursing, adult situations, and lots of high school drama, however there is nothing in this book that I was not already exposed to by age 13 in the public school systems. Although it is wrote to appeal to the younger mature readers, I
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Jennifer Shiels
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable and sweet book. Collin Atwood is a sophomore at Everly High School and the All American Boy. Everyone expects him to lead the team to a state championship. He has to worry about his grades though. Joelle Prescott is considered a band geek and she hides behind baggy clothes. Her older brother who is also a football player gets her to tutor Collin.

Joelle has done everything she can to be different from her family. Her father was the last high school golden boy and he wa
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Sassy Southern
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was such an enjoyable read. The book is set in a small town where everybody knows everybody and everybody likes to talk. I enjoyed all the characters and it's a great introduction book if it's going to be a series. Even if it's spin off stories from the other characters in this book. I'd love to see what else happens with them all. It doesn't leave you with a cliff hanger heartache but it does leave you wanting more.
The main focus of the book is Collin the golden boy QB who needs to im
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Chelly Peeler
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joelle Prescott lives her life in the shadow of her brother and her family is known for her dad being the town drunk. She gets no love from her parents for not supporting her brother in every way, even though she’s at his football games as much as he is. A badass on the drumline, she’s a band geek, super smart, and has her own secrets, so she doesn’t mind flying under the radar.

Collin Atwood is a football star, the son of the mayor, and is expected to carry the high school football team to Stat
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Jennifer Pierson
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this sweet story. Collin Atwood is an all American sophomore, from an all-American family. He's already made the varsity team, and the pressure is huge from his father, and the town. The team is on the path of a state championship for the first time in 20 years, but he has to get his grades up to play. Joelle Prescott is from a family full of athletes, but she's the odd man out as a member of the drum line, which makes her feel invisible. When she has to tutor Collin, he learn ...more
Amy Rehberg
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colin is the ticket to get the schools football team to the State playoffs. He is Mr. All American pretty boy. He has one small problem though that has to be done so he can play ball. Joelle is the middle child of a dysfunctional family. She isn't a snobby cheerleader like her little sister or play a sport like her older brother. Instead she is a smart girl who plays in the band. She rocks the quad drums too! But not good enough for her family. The connection between Colin and Joelle is hot and ...more
Allayna
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really sweet book. Some of the content i was not expecting but it worked in the book. Also i was a little surprised at how quickly the relationship between Joelle and Collin started.
But i really enjoy how he really did think of her and how it was unfair how people treated her including her own family. I loved when he stood up for her against her family and other people. She really needed him even though she did not realize it.
They were a match made in heaven.
There was defia
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Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
I'm a big fan of YA, College and Sports - romances that is.

While I loved both, the hero and the heroine (she's dope) and also the concept of the story, I felt like if the author would give us a just a bit more of their emotions it would be dripping with awesomeness. This way it was just quite ok. But I was captivated by it and I read it in two sittings.
Chloe
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed

I enjoyed this book. YA isn't my favourite genre, but as this was by one of my favourite authors I thought I'd give it a go and I wasn't disappointed.
A nice smooth read, not only for the younger audience (15+) who will be able to relate to the highschool drama, but also to those a little older who may relate to the parents POV.
All in all, a good book.
Jdm74aol.com
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet

It was a sweet young love story. It was an easy read. I thought the characters were interesting. I think personally I liked her other books better, but I think teenagers would like this book.
Stacy Barr-sooter
Wow

Have to say the credits don't do it justice. Would have read the book months ago. Absolutely loved it!!! Popular boy falls for smart girl and doesn't even try to deny it. Awesome read.
Clare Hart
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read of SM Donaldson and I loved it, thanks to Terri Anne Browning who had a sample at the end of her Rocking Kin book. Such a great book loved it can't wait for more from this series may have look at some her other work while I'm waiting
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
Great YA read that reads like mature YA. Fans of Tijan and the like will LOVE this new series!

Full review coming soon!
Sabrina
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I really liked this book. Glad to see justice was served in the end and I kind of wished there was more of an epilogue but I'm looking forward to book 2!
Vee
I was torn between giving it a 2.0 no lo sé Rick... I mean I keep reading bc it was somehow interesting but into the 50% I was think I might not finish it is just they were party that we’re so cringy and o feel like the relationship between the H and the heroine was so bland I didn’t feel any slow burn any años it just one tutor session and bam! He likes her and viceversa so it didn’t for me..
Cassie
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overall....eh. As a former athlete and musician I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't make the mark.

While I do believe there is some creative license when writing about sports, music, etc. I do think the characters' voices should be accurate with the terminology. The football references were good enough, but the music ones fell short and were inaccurate. Never in my life have I wailed on a drum nor is a rack another name for quints/tenor drums. Pretty disappointed especially after
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Konica
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute book, but this book stopped at 80%. I feel like I'm not getting my moneys worth.
Deoro
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute YA romance

Better than average character development. Nothing too intense nor explicit, but the story moved along and held my interest throughout.
Carm
May 21, 2016 added it
DNF. I thought I'd give it a try but it wasn't for me.
Hana
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenage
Not bad but not memorable either. The writing was ok, altough sometimes sketchy and the characters didn't have any depth.
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S.M. Donaldson is a born and raised Southern girl. She grew up in a small rural town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the kind of place where everyone knows your business before you do, especially when your Daddy is a cop and your Mom works for the school system. She married one of her best friends at the age of 20 and has two sons. She is a proud military wife, has always had a soft spot for a good story ...more

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