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Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves… again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances — and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another... and another… and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

236 pages, ebook

First published January 15, 2018

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Naima Simone

143 books1,742 followers
Published since 2009, USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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Profile Image for Jen .
804 reviews586 followers
January 25, 2018
4 Right Twin Stars

“That’s my one rule, Sophia. Honesty, no lies. Ever.”

Oh boy!

If Sophia Cruz has a weakness it’s her twin sister, Giovanna. The fact Giovanna is an up and coming model and has always been considered the “pretty”twin while Sophia feels more comfortable in front of a computer screen isn’t an issue. When Gia gets double booked with two modeling jobs she can’t turn down, Sophia finds herself filling in on the DL for Gia one last time. When she sets eyes on the hottie partnering with her for the photo shoot, her anger at her sister is suddenly replaced by some seriously dirty thoughts. Maybe getting half naked with an extremely good looking football player isn’t the end of the world after all?

Zephirin Black (love that name) doesn’t do love anymore. After being played for a fool by a women he thought he could trust, Zeph is done with relationships. That doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful woman when he sees one. And damn if Giovanna Cruz doesn’t fit the bill. He doesn’t remember being this attracted to her the last time they worked together, but he can no longer deny the chemistry zinging between them. He also doesn’t remember being asked to call her by her middle name, Sophia, but for a chance at a hot night with this woman, he’d do just about anything.

She can't tell him who she really is and he can't stand liars. Yep. You can probably guess where this is going.

I requested this book knowing I was probably going to get something on the formulaic side, but the story still intrigued me enough to request it and I’m always on the hunt for new to me authors. I’m so glad I did.

I’ve come to expect a certain kind of story (hawt as f**k) from this publishing imprint and I was not disappointed. The sexual tension between these two was more than palpable and I was rooting for them to make more of their relationship from the beginning. Emotional walls have been built that needed to be broken down and when that finally starts to happen, I just knew these two were headed for a major fall unless they both opened up to each other.

The writing and the way I was drawn into this story was more than I was expecting. I didn’t mind the stereotypical story because it still managed to put me through an emotional wringer I hadn't bargained for. I’m crossing my fingers Naima Simone decides to make this into a series so we can get Giovanna’s story sometime soon.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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1,232 reviews2,066 followers
March 15, 2018
4.5 stars

I fell in love with Naima Simone's words after I read Scoring Off the Field and my love for this talented author is cemented with this book, which is actually the first book in the series.

I enjoyed Sophia and Zephirin, whose name sounds like a superhero, by the way. Their romance wasn't just hot and steamy but it also has a lot of heft. The conflict felt natural and the plot flowed seamlessly. Love the dialogue and how the characters interact with each other.

I absolutely adored this one!

You guys can't miss this author. You need to pick up this book and read it! I highly recommend this book and this series!

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1,074 reviews2,466 followers
January 4, 2018
I loved it! From the premise, to the characters, and last but not least the writing... this books scored on every level. It's a sports read that's true to wow fans of the genre!

I grabbed this book for a couple reasons. First and foremost, I read Naima's Lick series last year and those suckers were HAWT!! I Floved them. However, I lost track of her this past year, so I was elated when this beauty popped up on NetGalley. Second, that cover....how sexy is this guy?!! Luckily Zephirin did not disappoint. He had me falling in love so fast, my head is still spinning.

The characters and the storyline are the shining stars of this entertaining read. I love the twin switcheroo trope. It's handled very well here. It creates just enough drama to make things interesting without feeling too angsty or frivolous. The writing is top notch and the story is well plotted. It's a home run!

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1,209 reviews19.7k followers
October 24, 2020
Just what I needed. Everything about the characters, the writing and the plot worked. I just wish it was longer. But then again, the length of the story felt enough too.

Anyway, onto more Naima Simone.
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1,121 reviews13.6k followers
February 25, 2023
Feeling Vapors

I so love this book!! This is my first time reading this author, but it definitely will not be the last! Zeph and Sophia make me lightheaded. Loads of Chemistry, pure sexiness, and of course an Alpha male that made not only Sophia weak, but myself also. Looks like I have a new book boyfriend!
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2,309 reviews709 followers
December 7, 2017
4.5 - "Honesty... no lies." Stars!

I have a bit of a soft spot for Naima Simone’s writing, so was excited to see that her next series; WAGS is based around pro-footballer’s and of course the women that fall for them.

I think the title pretty much gives the game away when it comes to the themes of the story. No real surprises in how things turned out either, but I absolutely adored Zephirin, and Sophia held her own as well.

She just wanted to be someone else for a little while… Enjoy this dance of attraction, savor the sensual gleam in his eyes.

This was a really great introduction to the series, the story was easy to get along with the drama, well-paced and not overly done, neither of them spent too long bemoaning the issues from their pasts, and as I have come to expect from this author the sexy times were hella hot, and plentiful.

"You make me want things I shouldn’t… That I know better than to take. Wanting you makes me selfish."

I look forward to reading more from this series in the future, the author started it off with great style.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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423 reviews58 followers
March 20, 2021
Contemporary Sports Romance : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WAGS Series
#1 Scoring With the Wrong Twin : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#2 Scoring off the Field : ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
# 3 Scoring the Player's Baby : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everything about this was just perfect. Our leads were so so good and the plot itself was fantastic. So maybe I wish it was a bit longer...but isn’t that always the way when everything is going just right?.?

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1,327 reviews234 followers
March 18, 2018
4.5 stars.
Naima Simone writes smoking hot reads and this one was no exception.
I absolutely loved it.
Sophia Cruz and her twin sister, Giovanna were so totally different in personalities but identical in looks and their true commitment to each other was sweet and adorable.
Excellent read from it's lovable characters, to the interesting sports-themed story line and of course the anticipated "switch" of the twins.
Zephirin was definitely worth the effort on Sophia's part of pretending to be her sister Giovanna. He was very much a "keeper".
Entertaining and sexy read, low drama and angst, well-written. I really like Naima's style of writing.
Have previously read several of her books.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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1,674 reviews174 followers
January 25, 2018
Giving a 1-star review to a Naima Simone book is shocking even for me, particularly because I do like Simone’s writing and her play of emotions that tends to jump out at every turn of the page.

Where do I even start?

I went into 'Scoring with the Wrong Twin’ knowing that deception was going to play a part in this story, though I’d hoped it wouldn’t be the primary source of the conflict that carried the plot. Or that the story would have taken a different turn after their one-night stand, where Sophia admitted early on that she simply wasn’t who she was.

Unfortunately, this turned out exactly the way I wish it didn’t, as Sophia allowed her identity deception to continue for a multitude of reasons, all of which that had to do with her supposed inability to be comfortable in her own skin and her low esteem that badly needed bolstering by a celebrity football player who would apparently, otherwise, have never turn her way. If I’d initially felt sorry for her, as the girl who’d been left in the shadow of her more glamorous model sister, my sympathy turned into irritation when she deliberately led Zephirin on, without having the courage to face up to her lie. Having the self-awareness of her own guilt, then ignoring it just made matters worse for me.

Too many times have such ‘heroines’ given such excuses and as time goes on, I’ve found myself getting more and more intolerant of behaviour that was simply too irksome to ignore. In fact, Sophia irked me so much that I couldn’t continue reading, leaving me sputtering at not just her delaying telling him the truth, but also her justification of her behaviour after her apologies, even after finding out that what she’d done was to strike precisely at Zeph’s achilles heel.

I stopped reading there and then; how Zeph and Sophia finally patched things up simply didn’t interest me anymore, especially not with a ‘heroine’ I merely thought of as cowardly and defensive.
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827 reviews1,025 followers
June 29, 2020
4 'Introduce me to Sophia' Stars!

This is actually my first full-length novel from Naima Simone. I did read a novella she wrote last year for Read Me Romance and I do remember enjoying it a lot. Being a big fan of Brazen novels, I knew I would find an entertaining love story full of steam and emotions. That's exactly what I got with Scoring With the Wrong Twin and I was all over it. I really, really enjoyed this book, Naima's writing and how she developed the relationship between Zephirin and Sophia. The chemistry was off the charts and I loved that emotional ending. Cannot wait to read more from this author!
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573 reviews336 followers
March 15, 2018
***** 4 Stars *****

Well... the title of the book pretty much sums up the story.

Add a HEA..... and tadda- done.

4 stars because the main characters were easy to like.
4 stars because it was enjoyable but nothing special.

One of the things I didn't really like was how Naima strongly pointed out the next romance couple. It felt a bit cheap. Like a used car salesman.

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6,423 reviews215 followers
April 22, 2020
It is free on the audible romance package - just saying!

Scoring With the Wrong Twin went by pretty fast. In it, you will meet Sophia and Zephirin. She's the shy one between her and her outgoing twin sisters. Yet, she still caves in to her sister's need to switch places for a certain photo shoot. After meeting the guy, Zeph, she is constantly living in doubt that once he meets her sister - he will act like everyone else. She seems to think she is forgettable and I was excited for him to prove her wrong.

Enter Zeph, who has had a pretty bad past relationship. Yet, he can't seem to think the worst about Sophia when he realizes that she has a twin. Long story short, things start to heat up between them pretty quickly. It was super believable when they were like - no this is just sex, nothing else.

So laughable because it never is just sex. Sorry, not sorry. That being said, they did have their fair share of drama because of this whole twin switch-a-roo but it ends pretty quickly for everyone involved. The ending was kind of cute and I wouldn't mind diving into the rest of this series.
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5,111 reviews544 followers
November 28, 2020
Sophia Cruz is the complete opposite of her twin, her twin is outgoing and a model while Sophia looks exactly like her she is more into computers and is the shy one. When her sister asks her to pretend she is her for a model shoot, Sophia reluctantly agrees but she does not expect to be modeling with Washington Warriors Tight End Zephirin Black. Everything about him makes Sophia's body hum but she knows it can never go anywhere especially when he thinks she is her twin.

Zephirin has worked with this beautiful model before but something is different about her and she is a bit quirkier than he remembers. Zephirin wants to get to know Sophia more but she only agrees to a one night stand, but it is not enough for him. The one thing Zephirin wont tolerate is liars though, after a bad breakup he learned his lesson. What will happen when Zephirin realizes his initial meeting with Sophia was all a lie?

Fantastic, this was a page turner for me. You wanted to see where this was going with Sophia and Zephirin and like big red flags in the distance you couldn't stop the impending crash that would happen. I felt for Sophia because she is in a pickle where her sister is concerned and yet she is falling hard for Zephirin. Excellent read, was just what I was looking for.
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1,227 reviews297 followers
March 25, 2018
2.5 Pfft

After reading the plot, I expected a pretty good book. Maybe that's why I was a bit disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't too bad, it might be worth it if you're bored and don't know what to read next. I just expected a bit more.

The characters were ok, they had their good moments and their 'idiot' moments and the idea was pretty good, guess I just didn't really like the writing style. The book dragged a bit and I ended up skimming a few pages.

Might be worth reading though, you can always DNF it.
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1,671 reviews360 followers
November 24, 2019
Spoilers ahead, 2.5* rounded up for the yummy cover *chocolate *😍

App developer, nerd and generally shy Sophia is asked by her model twin sister to take her place in a photo shoot for a sports magazine. Giving in to her beloved twin Sophia attends the shoot to find her partner to be none other than Zephinin Black pro ball player

Zeph had worked with Giovanna before so the chemistry between them on the set shocked him but when she turns down his dinner invitation he's only too pleased to run into her again and see that the chemistry wasn't a fluke. What started as a one night agreement turned into frequent hookups and ended with love.... but after having been lied too, cheated on and betrayed by his ex the one thing Zeph needs is complete honesty so when he finds out Sophia had been lying to him all along their hea rapidly imploded

Ok I love me a chocolate hero!!! And even better one who is educated, a gentleman and intelligent but still has a bit of street in him! Yummy

This wasn't a change the world type of romance, it was a short, sexy very predictable read but it worked well enough for what it was. I'm not a fan of deception lasting till the bitter end especially as Sophia's reasons didn't quite work for me and resulted in the typical days long separation but this one was an ok enough read

Since I already smell the plot of the next one I'm not hastening on to complete the series but I think I mat revisit it someday

H dated but didn't seem to be a manwhore
OW drama from his ex who wanted him back
No cheating
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Author 37 books2,673 followers
November 22, 2017
A lickalicious hero, a heroine in disguise, and a knee-buckling, skin-sizzling ride. Naima Simone is the queen of romcom with heart. Yet again, she delivers a page-turning romance with relatable characters who could be my best friends or, in Zephirin's case, my next stalking victim. Compelling and heart-melting, this one is a must-read!
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2,141 reviews68 followers
August 14, 2019
Zephirin and Sophia had their issues, but their chemistry was out the door sexy! My only complaint is that I wish Sophia came clean with Zephirin way sooner then she did.
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7,013 reviews835 followers
January 15, 2018

As a kid, I always wanted a twin so we could switch places and fool people, so when I read the synopsis for Scoring with the Wrong Twin I knew this book was for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Identical twins, unless you count the piercings and tattoo on one, the fact that one is super outgoing and an up and coming super model and the other is a app developer switch places when the model needs to be in two places at one time, what could go wrong? Well, in this case not much because the non-model finds love with a man who rocks her world in more ways than one.

Sophia Cruz has no idea how her model sister once again convinced her to do something she didn’t want to do, but the truth is Sophia has trouble saying no to Giovanna so she finds herself at a photo shoot for a sports/men’s magazine and wearing far too skimpy clothing and posing with Zephirin Black, tight end for the Washington Warriors NFL team; a man her sister has worked with before and a man who ignites her libido like no other.

The chemistry between these two was off the charts and I loved that Sophia turned down Zephirin’s demand she go out to dinner with him after the shoot. I like that she had the upper hand, but when they meet again by accident there was nothing stopping the lust train rolling through them. While I understood Sophia’s need to keep her sister’s secret, I also knew that by doing so she was jeopardizing what she was building with Zeph and she knew it as well. It was easy to see that “playing” her sister was something that bothered her especially as Zeph shared his past experience with her. I hated that while he really was getting to know the “real” Sophia, there were some things she simply couldn’t share for fear of harming her sister’s career. I will say I was impressed that Zeph turned a corner after a much needed talking to by his grandmother and made the ultimate grand gesture to show Sophia what she meant to him.

My only complaints; I kind of wanted to see the public’s reaction to their photo shoot because in my head those pictures were smokin’ hot and I wanted to see Sophia’s jerk of a boss realize what a mistake he made when the app she created for Zeph was hugely popular and her business was much sought after mainly because I’m a bit vindictive that way. That all being said, I enjoyed this easy romance that was filled with fun and some seriously steamy sexy times!

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656 reviews1,393 followers
August 27, 2018
Trigger Warnings: sexist comments, sexism in the workplace, comments of past bullying, comments about drugs and gangs, comments about the death of a sibling, comments about miscarriage


Scoring With The Wrong Twin was a book I picked up because I saw one of my favourite authors on Twitter reading it (shout out Talia Hibbert). Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. I loved so many things about this book but I really feel that the fact it was so short made it lack incredibly with the connection between the characters. The book was a fast read, which worked for me as I was trying to get my number of books read up (I have no shame) but unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend Scoring With The Wrong Twin very highly.

I am, overall, not a fan of miscommunication in books and this book was full of it. Despite the excellent sibling relationship between the twin sisters in this book, I feel that almost every scenario some sort of information was being withheld, leading for the book to spiral into its climax and complication. It definitely wasn’t enjoyable. If characters just talked I feel that a lot of authors would lack content for books. The other big issue I had with this book was the sexist comments. They were called out in some parts of the book but other times it really felt as if they weren’t.

Overall, Scoring With The Wrong Twin isn’t a book that I would recommend at all. I think there are much better romance books that exist.
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2,197 reviews290 followers
June 21, 2018
The Good
This is a radical notion - a football romance where the hero is actually a person of color.
I know, I know. In Romancelandia, the ratio of Caucasian/Non-Caucasian football players is decidedly skewed. I’m not saying there are no black football player heroes out there (tons of best friends or other supporting characters, not alot leading). There’s just a whole lot less of them than you’d actually see on a football field any given Sunday. #justafact

Now, I’d had this on my TBR list forever, but mostly because I’ve always liked Ms. Simone’s style of writing. Shamefully, I never realized that this is a racially diverse, smoking hot romance with two POC as the hero and heroine. So, here I am to drag myself for taking so damn long to read this.

Sophia, our nerdy app developer and Zephirin, tight end for the Washington Warriors, have chemistry for DAYS, people. They meet while on a photoshoot that Sophia is doing because Sophia is covering for her identical twin Giovanna, a model who double booked herself. *bonus points to Ms. Simone for that Jude Devereaux shoutout.* Their Firsts are scorched-earth hot and I loved that the story has a good blend of emotionally charged scenes and smoking hot sex. It’s not one or the other.

The Bad(ish)
The obstacles to their HEA - her self esteem issues combined with her lying about her identity, blended with his legitimate trust issues and there was a good amount of time reiterating why they cannot “be together/find out the truth” kind of angst that was a wee bit exhausting. Plus the main bones of contention are literally resolved by one conversation with supporting characters.
You know, the jedi mind trick resolution - “you shouldn’t feel this way because x, y, z” “you’re right! All better now.”

Also, I’ve had discussions and read blog posts about the way POC are described in romances in particular or literature in general. That tendency to equate their skin color to food or referring to characters as exotic tending to exacerbate that feeling of “other”. Are there some of those descriptions here? Yes. Did I mildly cringe? Yes. But this is written by a WOC, and frankly, I know I’ve used those descriptions for myself and others, regardless of their skin color, but that has more to do with my personal fascination with food. I don’t know, I’m trying to be better about it, I know it’s not the best, but it didn’t ultimately detract from my enjoyment of this story.

Everything in Between
This book was addictive. The heat and the heart, the glimpses of friendships and the ‘verse in general, all of it intrigued me. I figured I’d read this in a couple of days. Read it in a day and then tore through the second book in the series just as quickly, so points for that.

I really, really liked this. Zeph and Sophia were fantastic together, and I tore through this book like a bullet train through Tokyo. If you’re into football romances with a racially diverse cast, and a touch of nerdy love, I think you’ll love this. I know I did.

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January 13, 2020
When I picked up Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone, I had no idea what to expect. I’m a huge fan of her Indulgence books, but this marks her first time writing under the Entangled Brazen imprint. What I got was Naima’s standard snarky, sassy heroine and devastatingly sexy, multi-layered hero. The sexy times were kicked up and hot enough to melt steel. I LOVED every page!

The story starts off with model Giovanna Cruz begging her identical twin Sophia to take her place at a photoshoot. Giovanna has just double booked herself to walk the runway in Milan the same time she is supposed to do a cover shoot for a sports magazine with Washington Warriors Tight End Zephirin Black. Sophia is everything her up and coming supermodel sister isn’t. She’s an app program designer who is more comfortable with no make-up on, relaxed jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops. She isn’t necessarily shy, but she doesn’t like the spotlight. She has an understated beauty and incredible personality that she doesn't seem to know she has. Reluctantly, Sophia agrees; not knowing what Zephirin looks like or that he has met and worked with Giovanna before.

I loved the moment Sophia first lays eyes on Zephirin. This scene was so detailed that it’s like you were actually there. Naima has a way with words that’s simply intoxicating. From start to finish, I was captivated with Scoring With the Wrong Twin. As I kept reading the story, the words “abort, abort, abort” kept echoing in my head. I was so sure how the true identity of Sophia was going to be revealed. To my surprise, it didn’t happen the way I thought it would at all.

Sophia and Zephirin were characters who were likeable from the very beginning. In fact, Sophia is the best friend I would love to have. When these two are together, they’re fun, playful, and passionate. I loved the secondary characters of Giovanna, Dom (Quarterback for the Warriors) and Ronin (Wide Receiver for the Warriors).

Naima a has set a very high benchmark for this series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed.**
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1,324 reviews3 followers
December 23, 2017
Rated 4.5 Stars

I absolutely adored this book. It was funny, hot and had the most relatable characters I've read in a long time. I loved both main characters but I loved the heroine Sophia more because I identified with her on so many levels. I think the author did a great job portraying her characteristics and highlighting her issues while showing her growth throughout. I loved that the hero was sweet, sexy and a dirty talker. He was the perfect match for the heroine.

I definitely recommend this book to one and all especially if you love stories that are funny, sexy, dirty and have heart to it.

ARC won in a contest hosted by author
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1,284 reviews139 followers
January 22, 2018

Scoring With the Wrong Twin is the first book in the new WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) series by Naima Simone, and the whole series promises to be a steamy page-turner. Our current and future heroes are members of the Washington Warriors football enterprise and the best of friends. This hot bunch surely turns heads where ever they congregate, and I certainly wouldn't mind the cold and rain of Seattle if I had the chance to snag one of these warriors.

Zepherin Black is 6'6", 280lbs, and looks like Shemar Moore with a shaved head. I think I could just stop right there and all of you would be half in love with Zeph. He's also a Louisiana boy with close ties to his grandmama in New Orleans. At 28 years old, Zeph has been in the game for six years and is serving as the tight end for the Washington Warriors. Besides being sex on a stick, Zeph is charitable, driven and he loves real hard. I really liked Zeph. He wasn't dark and broody, but a bad relationship in his past made him somewhat vulnerable and his number one rule these days is that he demands honesty. Zeph has been burned by so many deceitful people in the past that he has a hard time trusting these days, and its given him a bit of a chip on his shoulder. I would have no problem helping him chisel that chip right off to get to the loyal hard-loving man underneath.

Sophia Cruz is not your typical heroine. She has blue-tipped hair, tattoos, piercings, and a serious love for 80s movies. Sophia is a self-professed geek and develops apps for a living. She also has a twin sister and Sophia has always been the less desirable sister. She is carrying some baggage and self-esteem issues from being bullied as a teenager, and she didn't seem to realize how beautiful she was. I liked Sophia's character. We see her struggling with deception and morality in the story, and I sympathized with her plight.

The couple meet during a photoshoot where Zeph thinks that Sophia is her twin sister (the supermodel) and she does not correct his assumption. The chemistry between the two is off the charts and things get hot and heavy fairly quickly. What was supposed to be a casual one-night thing gets stretched out and the lie only gets more complicated the longer Sophia lets it go. Normally I loathe deception in my romances, but this one didn't bother me for some reason. Sophia was not lying to Zeph for personal gain, and she was actually being herself with him, so I think that helped. However, given Zeph's one demand (honesty, always), you know that things have the potential to explode. And this couple was already explosive together (chemistry-wise).

Only one thing bothered me in this story and that was one small scene. Naima - how in the heck with the height of our two characters can that girl fit in the floorboard of that SUV to do what she did??? She had to be a serious contortionist... and I may or may not have had to go out and look at my own SUV to see if *that* would really be possible with a 6'6" hero and 5'11" heroine. LOL

If you like sports romance or contemporary romance in general, I think you will like Scoring With the Wrong Twin. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this story that I received from the publisher, Entangled.
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Author 3 books241 followers
February 22, 2018
Rating 3.5

TW: transphobic statement.

Right so i waffled on how to rate this exactly. It's my first Naima Simone book and it had me torn because there was a lot to like here, but i had some problems with it as well.

First off i love the author's writing style. drew me right in.

I loved the chemistry between Zeph and Sophia in all their scenes together, especially that one where they first meet, during that photo shoot daaaaamn. Sparks flying everywhere.

Loved that we got POC mains yessss. Heroine's Puerto Rican and hero's a black man. awesomeness!!

BUT. I was also frustrated by this book a lot. There’s this line that threw me wayyyy out of a particular scene, and it was uttered by the hero “You and gossip. Makes me want to check you for panties instead of shorts” and whut >.> He was called TF out for that right away by one of the women they were hanging out with cuz I was about to get heated. But he didn’t even apologize so I’m still salty about it ._. And if you want to play that off as oh he spotted the heroine right then so was obviously too distracted to be listening or to apologize yeh nah I don’t know bout all that. Easy enough for him to realize how terrible it was to say that. It’s just so unnecessary ya know? Can we just not have the hero make comments that heavily imply things like “ugh you’re such a woman and thus less of a man for gossiping.” Just stop ok.

So that was the first thing that dragged me out of an otherwise captivating story and then...there was more. We get these moments of unnecessarily gendering things that were so annoying, and littered throughout in little scene, when I was so otherwise into the characters and the MCs’ chemistry. Like: how does the way someone drag their clothes off even indicate masculinity? It didn’t stop me from going back to reading but damn they kept throwing me off, and had me rolling my eyes, and just ugh…

There was even a line that was pretty damn transphobic so I just want people to be aware when they’re reading: “between his powerful thighs, and the thick, long part of him that made him a man,” Um no.

The longest of sighs.

So those are the things I did not like

But what I did like as I mentioned in my opening, the MCs had some serious off the charts chemistry. holy helllll them together was scorch the page hot???? Like…phew…all the fire emoji. This author can write a tension filled sex scene daaaamn!!

I really liked Sophia. Yes, she knew Zeph hated being lied to and yes she was doing it to him but I understood? She’d done this favour for her sis and was protecting her by keeping up her charade as Giovanna so I got that and I could see how torn up Sophia really was about all this. Through her POV we see her berating herself for lying, constantly. She wasn’t lying to him out of maliciousness, she really thought she was protecting her sister's career.

So while I kept shaking my head at her the longer it went on it didn’t make me hate her but I reallyyy wanted to shake her, and that amped up the tension of wtf is gonna happen when she does tell him cuz obviously she has to at some point!

I liked Zeph too but him making that foolish joke about gossiping that I mentioned above did piss me off so I couldn’t not mention it! Like can we not have the hero make foolish jokes like this please? Apart from that (seriously what was even the point of him saying that supposed joke???) I like that we get to see his vulnerabilities, how and why he hates liars, how his past basically shaped his whole thoughts on relationships and how he , like Sophia, was struggling with this casual thing becoming more because that trope iiis my jam. " Yeah we'll totally keep this all casual no one is falling in love here" LOL right sure.

They really were great together. But I didn’t know how the hell the author was gonna make these two work after he finds out Sophia’s been lying to him the entire time and that’s what kept me reading. I just had to knowww!!

And it all played out as expected but they got their HEA anyways. So while the book had it’s issues that at times yanked me out of my enjoyment of reading >.> I’m really intrigued to read more in this series. There are clearly some interesting secondary characters who I hope get a story and I hoooope going forward in these books there will be less of the issues mentioned above.
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January 21, 2018
Naima Simone’s first entry in her WAGS series (Wives and Girlfriends) is a steamy, twin switch romp that introduces some hot football players and the women they fall for.

Sophia Cruz is used to playing second fiddle to her model twin sister Giovanna. As an app developer with a love of ‘80’s movies, a penchant for funny t-shirts, and her own pierced and tattooed style, she doesn’t begrudge her sister’s fame since being in the limelight is the last thing she’d enjoy. When Giovanna begs her to take her place at a sports magazine photo shoot so she can do a walk on gig that could boost her career, Sophia reluctantly agrees. Impersonating her sister is doable in the short term. But when her eyes light on her hot photo shoot co-star, playing her part becomes ten times harder.

Zephirin Black doesn’t mind the publicity shoots that go with his Washington Warrior’s football career. And having hot model Giovanna gaze at him with her bedroom eyes is no hardship. He’s met her before but something about her seems different this time, and the spark of mutual attraction is impossible to ignore. He’s a man who’s been burned before and is particularly wary of lying females. Staying clear of commitment means one night stands are all he’s willing to offer. Convincing ‘Giovanna’ to continue their seductive dance offset takes a little work, but it’s worth it.

Sophia figures that she deserves one lustful night with Zeph. He’s firm on the no strings part, so he’ll never find out that she’s not really who she says she is. Right? Except, their one night together leads to more and suddenly Sophia is left with a serious dilemma. How long can she keep her secret before telling all will ruin what’s turning out to be something more than a fling?

I really enjoyed this story! Though the series focuses on football, in this one the sporty scenes are relegated to side work the players do with younger kids, and not on-field playing. In this sense, it’s nominally a sports romance by virtue of the male characters’ careers, but it won’t further ones understanding of the game. But that’s okay – I wasn’t expected an in-depth football analysis. On the other hand, there’s plenty of discussion on the other aspects of a professional athlete’s career including sponsorship, publicity, and fandom.

The chemistry between Zeph and Sophia is off the charts, and sex scenes are abundant. Sophia’s secret is held for quite a while and forms the basis of the conflict between them when the truth comes out. It’s up to Zeph to figure out whether what he and Sophia have is real or not. I enjoyed the contrast between Sophia and Giovanna’s characters. Sophia’s work environment as an app developer under a misogynistic boss is a timely storyline and I liked seeing her figure out how to stand up for herself. They get their happy ending, and the reader gets some hints as to what stories are coming next. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!

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A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
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