Book Review

Review: Scoring Chance by Andi Burns


Freshman year is going to be my year.

I’m no longer the ugly duckling I used to be. Thanks to a late growth spurt and a nasty puck to the face that knocked my buck teeth right out of my head, I no longer resemble the awkward kid I once was.

As Bainbridge Hockey’s newest center, I’m gonna enjoy every bit of attention the ladies of Bainbridge want to give me.

But I soon find out that looking the part is only half the battle. And if I want to lose my virginity before I make it to the big leagues, I’m going to need to learn the fine art of dating. Or at least how to kiss without being compared to a dying jellyfish. So that means I need help.

But they don’t make tutors for dating. Do they?


Senior year is off to a rough start.

One of my best friends has moved on to grad school, and my other best friend spends all her free time with her boyfriend.

And my boyfriend? Oh, he’s a lying, cheating jerk. I learned that the hard way when I caught him in bed with his wife.

Looking back, it’s clear that my ex lied about everything and I wasted almost a year of my life with him. Dating a professor wasn’t my smartest move, but I’m wiser now, and I’ve made a promise to myself: no more relationships.

So when my friends surprise me at the charity bachelor auction and buy me a date with a hot young hockey player, I’m less than thrilled. I mean, he’s nice to look at, but I’m not in the market for anything more than a hookup.

When our date ends in disaster, the last thing I expect is for Will to ask me for a favor. And what I really don’t expect is to say yes.

Scoring Chance, the first STANDALONE in the Bainbridge University Hockey Series, is a dual POV, full-length novel featuring a feisty heroine and a virgin hero. Will’s got a lot to learn about love, and Mel’s got a thing or two to learn about trust.

This story was a relaxed and funny read after a few heavy books and I really enjoyed it. Will is a 20 year-old freshman virgin who’s never been on a date. He’s happy to finally be in college and is confident that his love life will now flourish. Until the first girl he meets tells him he kisses like a dead jellyfish, then he gets a bit self-conscious. A teammate plays matchmaker to set Will up with Mel but their date couldn’t possibly be worse, so it does nothing to help his self-confidence. If anything, he’s in worse shape after this disaster of a first date.

Luckily for Will, Mel is sympathetic to his plight and wants to help, despite juggling problems of her own. Her biggest problem right now is her lying, cheating ex who won’t leave her alone. Mel regrets every minute she spent with him but nothing seems to get rid of him. Maybe a boyfriend would prove she’s over him and not interested? She decides it’s worth a try and proposes a fake relationship so he can hone his dating and make-out skills while she drives away the ex who doesn’t understand the word ‘no’.

This is low-angst and the banter between these two is adorable, which made it the perfect palate cleanser after a string of emotional rollercoasters. I love the characters and the way they interact. Will is sweet and slightly neurotic but completely lovable. Mel is fun and sweet and exactly what Will needs. This was my first book by the author but won’t be the last as I loved these two and their story. I received an ARC from Literally Yours PR in exchange for an honest review.

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