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Kenzie Shaw is the most sought-after rookie in women’s major league soccer, but her life changes forever when she’s drafted in her home state of New Jersey. After all, it’s not every day you get a chance to play alongside your idol and the woman you’ve crushed on for years.

Sutton Flores has soccer in her blood. Her father raised her to play, her brothers pushed
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.50 Stars. For me this was good but not great. Like many lesfic readers out there I love women’s soccer. I’m also slightly obsessed with Megan Rapinoe, as if you could not tell already from my profile pic. Between my love for soccer and the fact that Ullrich can be pretty brilliant at times, I had high expectations for this book. I think that’s partly my issue, they were unrealistically high. I enjoyed a good chunk of the book but there were parts that were a bit of a letdown.

First I want to s
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Tiff
I am a sports fan. Love all sport in general, but if you really want to make my heart sing, women's soccer. When I was a kid I looked up to the superstars of the game,  Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm. They were just awesome! As a grown-up, I have followed the careers of the USWNT, Press, Rapinoe, Morgan and the international wonders, like Marta and Amandine Henry. Love the game, and I love the badass ladies that own the pitch. I have become timid when I pick-up a sports-based romance. Mainly for the r ...more
Corporate Slave
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE soccer and i LOVE romance! couple those together and you get me in a second! But this one got me even more than any other sport romances!
I have to applaud the author here for writing the best description of a soccer game in a book! apart from sthg very minor which is replacing "goal" with "point", everything else was PERFECTLY done from a game standpoint. It actually felt like i was watching a soccer game not reading a book about it..
Now moving in to the romance part, i thought it
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Bethany
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unpopular opinion alert.... Fair warning though, my internet's been down for 5 days, so that may play into my crankiness...

I never thought I would say this, but this is actually my least favorite Ullrich novel that I’ve read so far. Don’t throw things at me through your computer just yet, let me try to explain first!!

Ullrich is one of those authors who is an automatic buy for me. I’ve learned that I typically really love her stories and will grab them without even reading
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Rosi
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy sport romances and this one set in the world of women's soccer has been quite a good thing.

The two protagonists are Kenzie Shaw, a newly graduated newbie who arrives at a professional team in which plays Sutton Flores. Kenzie has had a massive crush on Sutton since always and now, playing in the same team seems unbelievable to her. Sutton is not single but when she meets Kenzie her world tilts a little. Kenzie also confirms that her crush was not only platonic, since t
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Ted
This book was a 5-6* book for me up until around the 80% mark. Of course, then, we have the dreaded break up. It's such an overused trope nowadays that it not only bores me to tears, and causes many eye rolls, but it completely ruins my reader experience.

This had all the elements for me for a well loved and re readable novel. Sport, fantastic chemistry, and 2 MC's that were absolutely perfect for each other. But the break up completely invalidates all the, "I love you's" and all the good feels
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Jude
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soccer player Kenzie Shaw is drafted by the New Jersey Hurricanes, where one of her new teammates is her all-time idol Sutton Flores. Already convinced Sutton is the best player ever, Kenzie falls under the team captain’s charm as a person too. Sutton already has a girlfriend, a player from another team, in a relationship that’s more convenient than loving. Neither Sutton nor Kenzie can deny what they feel for the other but Kenzie won’t get involved with Sutton if she’s not single.

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Carrie
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Kenzie is picked up by the NJ Hurricanes soccer team. Her long time super crush, Sutton Flores, is on the team. She is afraid she is going to make a fool out of herself. And she does. Sutton is a seasoned star soccer player. She is in a relationship that is one year strong, but has a reputation for bedding the rookies and leaving them.

This is a sports story revolving around soccer. There are not a ton of action scenes and when they do grace the pages, they are not extremely long. I don't follow
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Elle
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - When I read the premise of this book, god knows I had high expectations. Maybe some of those expectations were unrealistic. Who knows? All I know is that I was not disappointed and there isn't a greater feeling than hyping up a book in your head and have most of your expectations met. I freaking loved this book!

Fresh out of college, rookie Kenzie Shaw is recruited by the New Jersey Hurricanes where she gets to play alongside Sutton Flores, National Team player and Kenzie’s massiv
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Gaby LezReviewBooks
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kenzie Shaw is a talented rookie soccer player playing in the US women’s major league. She’s drafted to play in New Jersey, alongside her idol and teenage-crush, Sutton Flores. Sutton is one of the top players in the game, a superstar who’s very loyal to her team players and family, but jumps from one relationship to the other. Both women feel a growing attraction to each other but when they decide to act on it, a sexual harassment case threatens to tear them apart. Will they be able to stay tog ...more
hubsie
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Hey now, a soccer story! Oh sorry, let's be correct here people: it's football. What a gorgeous game, I think we can all agree. In this story, MC Kenzie has been drafted to Jersey to play alongside her hero, MC Sutton. I thought Ms. Ullrich did a pretty good job with the story overall. What I liked is that she didn't try to hide the idolatry Kenzie had about Sutton. She was open and somewhat self-deprecating from the get-go so I knew the story wouldn't go into the 'why didn't you tell me you cre ...more
Karen
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kenzie Shaw is the newest Soccer Rookie drafted to The Hurricanes. She is excited and nervous to start because her idol, hero, crush Sutton Flores plays for The Hurricanes. Kenzie has watched Sutton play for years and loves her. Sutton on the other hand has been playing Major League soccer for a while and has her share of accolades. She knows of Kenzie and has watched her play. Sutton has is also known to be someone of a lady's woman. She does tend to commit, but seems not to commit for long.

Ok
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MJS
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a nice sports romance from Ullrich. I’m not a huge soccer fan since it’s not a major sport where I live, but I still enjoyed the soccer background and didn’t think there was too much emphasis on the soccer scenes.

This features MC Kenzie, a rookie about to play her first season in a women’s soccer league and Sutton, a long time player who is also Kenzie’s idol and crush. The two have instant sparks, but Sutton has a girlfriend
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JulesGP
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
College phenom, Kenzie Shaw, joins the Jersey Hurricanes and is both anxious because she’s a rookie and because the team is led by superstar Sutton Flores who she’s crushed on forever. Funny and charming, I really enjoyed the story, especially in the beginning when the mc’s began pushing their friendship into a relationship. There were also great soccer details and I was eating them up gleefully. That was 80-82% of the book. Where it got dicey for me was when an incident of sexual harassment cam ...more
Betty
I fell in love with Top of Her Game by M. Ullrich.

This is a story about two women who are players in women’s major league soccer. That fact alone would have interested me since both my partner and I love watching women’s soccer, and my partner especially follows both the Canadian and the U.S. women’s teams. Add in a lovely romance and you have us both hooked. That is exactly what happened with this book.

This is the story of Kenzie Shaw and Sutton Flores. Kenzie is a recent graduate
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Joc
I quite like soccer (even though I pretend not to when having to watch the Man U matches with my wife) so a novel focused on the women’s league was no hardship. Kenzie is drafted for the Hurricanes in her home state where her idol, Sutton Flores, plays.

It’s an enjoyable, light read with some angst. The chemistry and dialogue between Kenzie and Sutton is great but the failure to communicate at 80% was disappointing. The theme of sexual harrasment introduced a nice element of tension b
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R
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soccer itself is an exciting game, but combined with M. Ullrich’s storyline, it became a win win situation for the reader.

Kenzie Shaw was the first draft pick for the NJ Hurricanes, and Sutton Flores was the team captain and one of the best players around. She also happened to be Kenzie’s number one crush. But Kenzie knew Sutton had a girlfriend and did not want to cross any boundaries. This situation was handled extremely well by the author.

The soccer scenes throughout the story felt real, li
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CLo
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this read. Like most, I enjoy sports oriented romances especially when they get the sports part correct. Like "Girls of Summer" series this one revolves around summer and two players falling in love. Unlike "Girls of Summer" it is not bogged down with soccer action and has just enough in it that it is not overwhelming to the non-soccer following reader. The romance I felt was done very well. Although, I will have to agree with some reviewers that the sexual harassment aspect see ...more
Megan
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars. This book is about Kenzie Shaw, a rookie soccer player who gets drafted to play for the New Jersey Hurricanes. She gets the chance to play with a player she has idolized for year, Sutton Flores. Sutton is a superstar in the soccer world. When they start playing together and sparks fly, they cannot deny any attraction they have to one another. They try to avoid it as teammates playing together and Sutton already has a girlfriend who plays for the Seattle team.

This book is a little all o
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Danni Mladenovic
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was actually a fun read. It had its good sides and some less good sides. I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of game, it was very detailed and fun - I almost had a feeling of watching a soccer game playing in front of my eyes, and both Ken or and Sutton were likable characters. That being said, I felt the book being a bit on a predictable, "seen before" side, about their relationship development and Sutton's decision at the crucial point.
Paradise Lost
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
I just... This didn't do it for me. I wasn't a fan of the leads, I didn't really get either of them. Also, by the time the conflict came, I was already disinterested by then so it just... I wish I could say differently, but ultimately this book just didn't make me care the way I was hoping
Mildred Digby
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff, sports-romance
Kenzie Shaw is a rookie for the Hurricanes and her captain just happens to be her hero and long-time crush Sutton Flores.

Sparks fly, but a few obstacles stand in their way. Sutton has a reputation as not really a player, but as a serial monogamist whose relationships don’t usually last a single soccer season, and she is currently in one of them when she meets Kenzie. Their attraction is fast and real, but Kenzie puts the brakes on for that last reason.

Our two leads get together fairly early on
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Colleen Corgel
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, f-f-romance
Okay, so I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I love the attention to detail with regards to how professional sports are played - from being called to the national squad, training, travel, and how sports management works. There's also the intense relationship between star in the making, Kenzie Shaw, and the superstar, Sutton Flores. On the other, almost all the conflicts that arise are solved too quickly - like the sexual harassment plot line. It occurs really late in the ...more
Megan
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Ullrich's books  but this one just didn't hit the mark for me.  Full disclosure - I'm not a sports fan and all I know about soccer is limited to watching a few of the finals during the Olympics.  I will admit it's fascinating to watch when the stakes are so high - but it isn't something I'll consciously make time to tune in.  So the setting and premise didn't suck me in - and that allowed the left side of my brain to go to town, being picky and analytical not allowing the right side ...more
Jasmine
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is going to be one of those classics, one of those books that's the first book someone reads when they're introduced to the world of lesfic. It makes you feel seen and championed in the best way. This book is perfect, because really what's more dreamy than your celebrity crush falling in love with you!

Kenzie is a first pick to be drafted to the New Jersey women's major soccer league team, and she's playing on the same team as Sutton Flores. Sutton happens to be both her fav
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Carolyn McBride
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being an avid soccer fan, most especially of the USWNT and CANWNT, I tried not to compare players in the book to RL players. Once I managed that (no easy feat, believe me!), I enjoyed this book a great deal.
That being said, I could see certain aspects of my favourite players in these characters. Nothing wrong with that though because these characters were their own women. The chemistry between Sutton and Kenzie started off stilted, but that happens when hero-worship complicates things. I was pl
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Cal
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I finished this about a week ago and sat on a review mostly because I wasn’t sure how to rate it. The soccer back drop was good but I think my general overall was that I was looking for more finesse and that special story telling quality.

The characters should have been interesting but together they lacked chemistry and didn’t fully resonate with me. The supporting cast didn’t do much for me. They often felt more like invaluable drama.

The premise and parts of the storyline were good. The soccer
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F.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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XR
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Les Rêveur
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a high contender for book of the year. I am astounded by how much I adored it but then again, M. Ullrich never disappointments me. She is kicking goals (see what I did there) every time she sits down to write.

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M. Ullrich has always called New Jersey home and currently resides by the beach with her wife and three boisterous felines. After many years of regarding her writing as just a hobby, the gentle yet persistent words of encouragement from her wife pushed M. Ullrich to take a leap into the world of publishing. Much to her delight and amazement, that world embraced her back. By day, M. Ullrich works f ...more