Book Review: Teardrop Shots by Tijan

Teardrop Shots

Author: Tijan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance
Released: 24th June 2019
Review Source: Bought

I asked for his criteria for bed buddies–that's the PG version. He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.

Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder. Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation. He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.

Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job. And dumped. And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?

Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates. And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)

I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA. ​This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.

This was my second read from Tijan, and it hit straight to the heart. Teardrop Shot has so many levels- on the surface it tells the tale of Reece and Charlie, a sports romance with a hint of comedy. They're cute and funny together and click so well. Underneath, we have a woman who is trying to find herself again after losing everything she loved in life and a man who’s self-destructing brother is slowly killing himself because of addiction and there’s nothing Reece can do but stand on the sideline and watch.

I wasn’t prepared for this book. I wasn’t expecting the heavy heart or the tears I shed. The ending left me happy and fulfilled but I couldn't shake the heavy heart--that stuck with me for a little while. Following Charlie’s journey was difficult. She is a quirky twenty-something who projects weirdness as a defence mechanism and Reese understands her pain. She understands his. They've both witnessed a loved one lose themselves in different ways.

“Have you ever been involved in a situation where you felt like the other person needed you so they could live?" I asked. "But you couldn't stay there because they were taking the oxygen you needed to breathe?”

I loved every minute of Reece and Charlie’s flourishing relationship. It was perfectly executed and one of my favourite reads of 2019. There was just something about Charlie's quirks and Reece's issues with his brother, it was real. And despite all the sadness, they found each other. I would recommend this and if you've already read and enjoyed it, "Enemies" by Tijan is also another sport's romance that rocks.

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