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The Rivalry

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
This tight end is at the top of his game.

He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His—ahem—stats are perfect.

But I can’t fall for him.

He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hati
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Shady Creek Publishing
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Crystal Banks Most def want to read, and its marked to read and 5 star rated from me. I was up till almost 2 am reading it, couldn't put that hot, sexy mess down…moreMost def want to read, and its marked to read and 5 star rated from me. I was up till almost 2 am reading it, couldn't put that hot, sexy mess down lol. Very good book. Now i need it autographed and added to my shelf at home too. (less)

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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I shouldn’t have gotten in his car, but his mouth had been too convincing. He was the devil. The seduction of his lips could make me do anything.

I have a confession to make. When I first first started reading this book, I thought I'd hate it. Put down that rotten tomato for a second, killer, and hear me out, mkay? What I mean is, I thought I'd find this whole rivalry thing trivial, juvenile, and kind of...well...cheesy. *cringes*
I'm sorry! I can be a judgmental a-hole. This is nothing
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 stars <3

I enjoyed it a lot, it was a quick,hot and steamy read.The Rivalry was a little bit different from Nikki's other books.


I adored Kayla and Jay,they are so sweet and cute together but also super hot and passionate.I loved their banter there is so much tension between them.Kayla is a great heroine, she is sassy and cute.Jay is swoon worthy,sweet,hot and funny.He has all the package for a perfect hero.

Overall it was a great story with a sweet and hot romance.If you are looking for a fun
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars !

It was a "moody buy". I was featuring my favorite sportsromance couples on the blog when Michelle Chen recommended this one.

It was EXACTLY what I needed to read!
This book was fun, sexy, spunky, entertaining and I read it in two days. Yes I had to work to feed my family and you know... buy books 😉.

Rivalry is a sportsromance happening at college.

You have feisty cheerleader Kayla. She is smart, spunky and makes guys cry when she speaks about her passion: football.
She is a Buckeye. She wa
Jacqueline's Reads
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, arc, sports
4 Play for Me Stars

I love Nikki Sloane books. I’ve read all of them and I’m so excited she’s writing a sports romance. Lately this has been my jam. The Rivalry is wickedly steamy and the banter between Kayla and Jay is off the charts good.

Kayla and Jay meet at a wedding and hit it off. The only thing, Kayla is a cheerleader for Ohio and Jay is a football play for Michigan. Did I mention those schools HATE each other? Cute right?

I enjoyed the premise of the book a lot. I liked that this book is
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars. I probably read all Nikki Sloane's books and this one is quite different. No less hot, in the end it's Nikki Sloane, but it's more New Adult story and is the perfect reading for fans of sports romances.

ARC kindly provided for an honest review. Thank you!

Lisa Morgan
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m not even sure where to begin with this review because holy wow that was perfect but I MUST /I> say that Nikki Sloane never disappoints with her books!


Received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Two teams, one huge rivalry.
When Kayla and Jay meet at a mutual friend’s wedding they have no idea what’s in store for them but they’re about to find out when they realise they’re from two opposite places with a massive rivalry, will they be able to overcome this or will things forever
Jodi Bibliophile
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
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YOU GUYS!!!! Sweet lawd I’m giddy as fuck!

I’ve just finished such a fun fucking read, so fun in fact I could read all over again.

I’m now a HUGE fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines!!

I can’t even pick a team I loved more because I loved Kayla’s passion for her Buckeyes ‘GO BUCKS!’ and then theirs number Eighty Eight himself, Jay Fucking Harris the Tight End for the Wolverines ‘GO BLUE!’

I thought going into this book it was going to be one of your typical Football Romance bo
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Loved this one! Sports Romance fans need to check this one out -> Die Hard Ohio Fan who is also the head cheerleader, and a Tight End from rival team Michigan.

Really good :D
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was cruel for the universe to show me this beautiful man, and then make him play for Michigan.

There’s something so irresistible about an author who shines in any genre she chooses to write in, captivating the reader with the sheer fluidity of her writing style and her keen eye for detail, and Nikki Sloane proves once more that she is a true chameleon storyteller. Her first toe-dip into the New Adult genre might be a considerable departure from her much racier novels, but as always, she de
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳Can we take a moment to appreciate this cover... Because... GEEEEEESUUUUSSSS! HOT DAM!

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Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is quite cute. I could totally understand Kayla’s hesitation in getting together with Jay due to intense football rivalry. I liked that they were both immature, so it was an even playing field I think. I loved the epilogue.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
41/2 Stars.

A book that’s quick and enjoyable where you won’t be let down by it. I’m not one for college romance but hell this one definitely is fast paced sexy and just straightforward hotness. I enjoyed Jay and Kayla’s story with their rivalry against each other and friends and parents that will leave you laughing and loving the heck out of these two.
Lover of Romance
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Rivalry.....a book of two people on opposite side of a football war.....a love that you have to fight for!!!

Rivalary is a book that I bought on impulse thanks to some great feature posts and reviews, and I just knew that I needed this in my life and I doubt that it's a coincidence it is released on the week of the game that the story revolves around. Now Rivalry is a story that anyone that is around one of the bigger rivalries in the colleg
Beneath The Covers Blog
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kelly, 2017-reads
Full review to come!

Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Did you lose a bet? Stars

If there were ever a story that was right in my wheelhouse, The Rivalry is it! First off let me say if you are a fan of any sport and understand and appreciate a long standing rivalry you are going to enjoy this story. If you are a die hard sports fan of any kind I think you'll appreciate the hilarity of Kayla and Jay's predicament. Being an Ohio State fan myself I adored this story and claiming some kind of sorcery by Nikki Sloane because damn if she didn't make me l
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy, ratula
Holy crap I need a minute. Nikki Sloane just rocked my world with The Rivalry. Good God did I love this book. It was so damn funny, sexy, witty and amazing!! I could not get enough of Kayla and Jay.

I swear sports romance is kind of my thing. I adore it and am always looking for my next favorite but I swear minutes into The Rivalry and I knew this was something special! I was SO hooked. It BLEW my mind!!! It was sexy and addicting and had the most incredible banter!! I am IN LOVE with our heroin
Carlene Inspired
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had to read The Rivalry, Nikki Sloane never does anything halfway so I knew this new release from her would be amazing. The Rivalry puts every other Sports Romance to shame, with main characters Kayla and Jay the best kind of sports fanatics. My boyfriend is all about Michigan, so opening up a book about the great Michigan and Ohio State rivalry was the best. On top of that, the characters, setting, the sports was all so perfectly college. That's right, it reads just like a college aged romanc ...more
Anne OK
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
How did I miss this November 21, 2017 release? But thanks to my friends at TotallyBooked, I’m thanking my lucky stars for their facebook post recommendation. This might just be the best overall sports-related romance I’ve ever read – and if you follow my reviews, you know I’m an avid football fan and that I read tons of sports-related romance.

Nikki Sloane is a brand new shiny author to me. I am in awe of her clean and straightforward writing style. She knows her football, too, and her knowledge
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic freaking book. That was the first thoughts that came to mind when I finished this story. It was an amazing sports romance, especially for a football fan like myself. The details given throughout made everything more realistic and drew me in to the storyline.

The premise was interesting with two people from rivaling colleges meeting and being mentally, emotionally, and physically attracted to each other. Their many interactions with each other as well as friends and family while trying t
Nicole P
I like Nikki Sloane. I like the steam and fan-myself moments in all of her books. But this book? With the female MC, Kayla McCarthy? I was ready to commit murder!


So the title pretty much sums up what the main bone of contention is going to be between the two MCs - a rivalry. Not knowing much about football I found myself Googling the two schools used in this book. Kayla comes from OSU. She's the captain of the cheerleader squad. Jay comes from Michigan. He is their star linebacker. When they mee
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, adorable and super sexy! Can we get a sequel, pretty please?
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy:

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I highly enjoyed Nikki Sloane's previous novels Sordid and Torrid so of course I needed to get my hands on The Rivalry. I was seriously hyped up for this book because 1) the MCs were from rival schools (OSU vs. Michigan--greatest college football rivalry EVER) 2) my favorite trope: forbidden romance--an OSU head cheerleader falling for a Michigan star football player? You know there's gonna be some sneaking around, and 3) it's by Nikk
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
4 stars. This book was sexy and fun! This is Kayla and Jay's story. Kayla bleeds red and white. She is a die hard Ohio State fan. Her father was a football coach there and her mother a football fanatic as well. Kayla has continued the legacy and is the head cheerleader at the university. She happens to meet a really great guy, Jay, at her friend's wedding. Sparks fly between them... until she discovers that she is consorting with the enemy. Jay plays football for Michigan, Ohio State's bitterly ...more
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I will be loading my TBR with her books! I thought by reading the blurb I knew what I was getting, wrong. The blurb doesn’t do it justice! I was hooked from the first page! I hoovered through this book so fast, I couldn’t put it down.

Kayla is a senior at Ohio State University. She is captain of the cheerleading squad and a die-hard OSU fan. Her dad was the defensive coordinator for years at OSU and her mother even gave birth to Kayla
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Rivalry By Nikki Sloane is very different to other books I've read from this author, but I have to say that I LOVED reading this story. This book has a lot of funny moments, and it had me smiling from the prologue.

I love a good sports romance, and this book was such a fun read. Kayla are her whole family are football mad, they might just veer into crazy territory at times. Kayla is a force to be reckoned with, she has such a strong, and at times, very stubborn personality. Lucky for her, Ja
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

WOW!!! I was completely engrossed in this book I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
It was so good I really hope to see it on TV sooner or later.

I can easily relate to our heroine's doubts about starting a relationship with the "enemy" but I can also understand that a person who wasn't born and raised into a rivalry couldn't realize the extent of it.
I loved the chemistry that Kayla and Jay have from their first encounter and how their relationship is hot,funny and also easy when they don't tal

Bookworm Between the Sheets
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, top-reads-2017
"I don't want 'some girl,' I want you."

I am a MAJOR Football Romance fan and this book is going to the TOP of my Fave Football Romances List! I haven't read a book by Nikki Sloane in awhile and I am pulling my hair as to why NOT! I LOVE her Blindfold Club Series.


I could not put down The Rivalry with the all the football metaphors and sexual innuendoes this book is hard not to love! The banter between the main characters is laugh out loud funny and hot and steamy all at the same time! I haven't

4.5 stars!

Really loved this one! So funny and sexy!
~lil maso~
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love the idea of having a couple who love two different teams or so I thought. 

Her enthusiasm for football is endearing and hilarious.  She makes a great girlfriend who wouldn’t want a girlfriend who can talk sports however Jay plays for a team she absolutely hates. 

As we get further into the story her hatred for Jay team keeps her from being completely in with him keeping him at arm length. We get it you’re rival but you can still have a relationship. The rivalry was cute at first but gets ol
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't often review as most of you will know. So when I do I mean business. I'll start off by saying I am an absolute football whore, I read EVERY football book I find. Recently I've become a bit disillusioned with the same old formula recycled in almost all the books I come across. Well this was NOT one of them. I was truly amazed at how different this book really is.

I absolutely loved the banter between the hero & heroine, their connection was natural and worked so well. I absolutely lau
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