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Unsportsmanlike Conduct

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I’m finding it very hard to write a review for this book. 
So I’ll just make it short. I didn’t really enjoy this book. Mostly because I strongly disliked the hero. The way he behaved at the beginning, turn me off and I couldn’t really change my mind. 
The story overall was okay. Just a 2 star for me.
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When I get a free book from Netgalley, I feel an obligation to finish it, even if I don't like it very much. I forced myself to finish this book. (There are times when I cannot.)

To begin with, there was nothing endearing about Travis. He was simply a pig, telling Skyla what he planned to do to her within moments of conversing in the bar. He was exactly the sort of man most women would avoid, and in fact, that's what Skyla tried to do. Skyla was so painfully insecure (except while having sex, when she became brazen and unbelievably confident), I lost patience with her. Of course, as luck would have it, they were thrown together and had to escape a mobster together. 

I thought the story had some potential, but the bulk of it was made up of scenes where Skla and Travis "went to town" on one another. Seriously, the author used that phrase. But that was not the only uncomfortably immature description of intimacy. The writing was so full of cliches and clunky phrases, I literally wanted to scream. And when I say literally, I mean that literally, unlike the author, who used the word literally (on several occasions) when she really meant figuratively. 

The other thing she did was use the phrase "of which," a handy phrase for avoiding ending a sentence with a proposition. Unfortunately, "of which" usually prefaced a sentence ending in a preposition, again, making me want to literally scream. An example: "... of which he was grateful for."

Vocabulary choices were questionable, at best. "Smarted" was used, frequently, to convey that someone said something clever. Characters gave one another "withered" looks rather than "withering"ones. I couldn't figure out what it meant when someone "mulled exasperatingly." Maybe smiled? Travis sat at a bar and "continued to nipple his beer." I think that was supposed to be "nurse." Bequethed was used when I think she meant requested? Nonplussed was used when I suspect she meant unbothered. Rile was used as a noun rather than a verb. Cajoled was used instead of joked, I think. 

A few pet peeves :
They're instead of their! 
Had ran instead of had run! 
Sat instead of set. 

Characters winked at one another an awful lot, I guess to convey playfulness or a secret. I don't know. It was very off-putting after the first few times. Travis' tribal tattoo turned into an ink-sleeve. 
 
It was a mess. I didn't really like either of the characters much, but I tried. I thought the mobster theme might make this more interesting, but it only served as a back story to Travis and Skyla having sex as often as possible. Finally, the ending was simply appalling. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger, if only because I don’t really care what happens next. What it is, if I’m being honest (and why stop now?), is a segue into the next book in the most obnoxious manner possible. I turned the final page of the story, only to discover a preview into the next book. C’mon, man. I won't be looking for more from this writer.
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It doesnt support or open after I download the pdf version of it. It's also not showing in my shelf in netgalley and I cant open it to read

Please look into the issue and if you can send me the pdf in my mail ID- taniagungunsarkar@gmail.com 

I cant read the book from here. Please look into the issue
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Unsportsmanlike conduct is a quite unique mix of genres that keeps you pulled in. Travis is a running back for a famous foot ball team, he’s mixed up with some very bad people, and he went to high school with ADA Skyla Larson. 

She is tough and had a horrible high school experience with bullying and was in love with Travis. Now she’s skinny, hot, and well on the case to take down some bad people. There banter is hot and spicy and their chemistry is off the charts. Add in they are on the run, their relationship is building, and the end has a sad ending and football. It’s quite the package.
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The first book of a series with characters that are sort of there, so they won't be your favorite and a writing style that's good but that misses the mark in some parts. 
Travis Redmond, the ram of a running back for the Atlanta Gladiators. Skyla isn't the shy girl he remembers, she's Atlanta’s assistant district attorney.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book received from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thank you NetGalley and Shanna Swenson for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! 
	Unsportsmanlike Conduct is book number one of Shanna Swenson’s The Gods of the Gridiron series, but my first book of hers! I’m a sucker for a good enemies to lovers romance and hot football players are just an added bonus! Unfortunately this hot footballer also had a serious ego issue I struggled to get past. Travis is exactly the kind of guy who turns me off from the first words out of their mouth. He was super unlikeable for the first chunk of the book, but turned himself around somewhat by the end. Skyla’s issues in high school were super relatable and I connected with her character right away! Travis and Skyla swap steamy and sassy one liners that left me with a cheesy smile and rooting them on. I think this one is sooo close to being great but there were a few minor things that could be tweaked!
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The writing style was good and overal I enjoyed this book, but the first chapters were tough and I was about to DNF'd basically because I didn't like Travis's attitude towards Skyla, it made me feel uncomfortable and he was just an asshole, sorry. Things got a little better once we got to know their stories.

This is my first book by this author, but I think it's a good start to a series that I intend to follow.
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Good start for a new series!

Atlanta Gladiators football player Travis (Ares) Redmond is taking a break in his hometown of San Antonio after he was suspended by the team and some people thought he was throwing games for the mob. Travis ran into an old high school classmate, Skyla Larson who had a crush on him in high school. Skyla is the assistant district attorney in Atlanta investigating the mob for the throwing of games and other crimes. Skyla was the one person the mob didn’t want him to meet even if it was by accident.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct starts out slow in the beginning of the story when Travis and Skyla meet but then the action starts with a road trip trying to escape the mob while falling in love with someone who is helping save your life.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Okay, I had a whole other plan and review for this book 2 days ago as I’d DNF’d it at 30%. But I could not stop thinking about it and decided to give it one more chapter, and then I finished it!

So, the first 40% of this book was 2 stars for me. The reason being that Travis is a pig! I was not keen on the way he spoke to Skylar and it rubbed me up the wrong way. I felt like he was walking an exceptionally fine line between flirty banter and sexual harassment and definitely had an entire foot on the harassment side once or twice. 

The rest of the book was 4 stars for me. Based on the fact that (although there is NEVER an excuse for sexual harassment) we finally got both Travis and Skylar’s back stories which actually gave very much needed insights into their personalities. They could not come quick enough to be honest. 

Overall, the story is 3 stars from me. The writing style is good (minus Travis and his overconfident ego) and I enjoyed the story overall. I do feel like the middle bit with the mob and Travis’ brother Tucker was rushed and could have been dragged out a bit longer. But I did enjoy it once we got down to the football and Travis almost seemed like a different person with his teammates. I preferred that Travis. 

Did I enjoy it enough to keep my eyes open for the next book coming out in September? Hell yes I did. In fact, I am excited to learn more about Brett. This will go one of two ways though, and I am really hoping it does not go down the road I think it will! (Fingers crossed)
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I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley. Thank you for the opportunity.
This book is a American football themed  romance with the added storyline involving the mafia. I enjoyed this book as it gave a different and unique take on the cabin love story. The characters are sweet and I liked the family type relationships shown at the end. The pace was good and the book was action packed with the author doing well in interleaving the action with the romance in a believable way 
However, this book overused swearing which made the dialogue feel repetitive. It may also been offensive to some readers so please be aware of this before reading.
I look forward to reading more in this series.
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Not going to lie, I DNF this one It seemed so outrageous that I was tried off. A NFL football player, throwing games, in deep with the mob??? A little too much craziness for me.
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Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a good stuck in a cabin together romance. It tells the story of professional American Football player Travis and assistant district attorney Skyla. They knew each other at High School, where he was the popular sportsman and she the overweight and brace wearing butt of his girlfriend's jokes. Now she's slim, hot and he wants her. Although she resists him for a while, she's never got over her crush and it's not long before they are getting it together. They also find themselves in the firing line of a criminal mastermind and it's this that leads them to hide out in the cabin.
On the whole, I enjoyed this romance, but there were a couple of elements that lost a few marks for me. Firstly, the whole on the run and then it's conclusion seemed rushed and it seemed obvious that it was only there to give them a reason to spend the time together. This made the plot a bit disjointed and stopped it from flowing as well as I would have liked. Secondly, I found Skyla a little bit annoying and wet. Yes, she's got issues from her school days, but it's been ten years and I found her annoying with it. I'd have liked her to be still standoffish with him, or annoyed or distrustful, just with more backbone and strength. It was a shame, as otherwise, this was a good read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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3.5 stars. This is the first book in a series that I look forward to finishing. I like sports themed books.  I could relate to Skyla regarding her high school hang ups, and Travis was charming. However, it had a couple slow spots, and the word "gulped" was used excessively. I started to get annoyed actually.  Maybe this can get remedied before publishing. 

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my review.
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