THE BEST GAME
Publisher: Hebby Roman
Published Date: November 2013
Source: Received for an honest review from author
Book Description (from Amazon)
Damian Escobedo can’t believe his eyes. Not only is his childhood next-door neighbor all grown up, she’s blossomed from an ugly duckling into the most exquisite woman he’s ever seen. Until now, he’s resisted settling down, but one look at Liana De Leon has him head over heels. There’s only one problem, as far as he can tell the feeling isn’t exactly mutual.
After a decade as a top Manhattan model, Liana has returned to San Antonio seeking what she once wanted to escape: a quiet life, a simple home, a career with meaning, and marriage to a regular guy. A guy who will love her not because of how she looks, but because of who she is inside. The last thing she needs is San Antonio’s most eligible bachelor, Damian, swooning at her feet. So why is he the first man to make her believe that dreams really can come true?
The Best Game by Hebby Roman was funny and a little sad and very frustrating. There was a lot to like about Liana. She had followed her dreams, discovered she wanted more than her empty life and decided to pursue that more. Going home was great for her: great for her sense of self, her reconnection with family, her values. The side plot of her family history was fascinating (all the more because I have visited the missions and enjoyed reading about them and remembering them). It really brought her Latina heritage and the many historical inaccuracies into the open.
Damian, on the other hand, seemed shallow, selfish, unable to recognize anyone else’s wants or dreams or desires. Unfortunately, he never seems to outgrow his own outmoded views. His petulance and inability to trust both seemed unusual in a man who had not exactly been burned earlier in life.
Because of this, by the end, Liana really could have done a lot better than Damian. It felt like she took a lot of abuse from him for very little payoff. He wasn’t even willing to fight for them as a couple and put it all on her. It made it hard to see a true HEA for them in the long run.
That said, it was enjoyable, especially for the local flavor of San Antonio and the strong Mexican-American heritage elements. That aspect of the story was exciting, interesting, and very well done.
Heat Rating: Mild
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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