Blindsided by Amy Daws

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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— BLURB —

What happens when an almost thirty-year-old virgin agrees to let her Scottish footballer best friend give her some lessons in seduction?

Lots of banter, awkwardness, jealousy, and heat.

Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Logan is a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when an adorably-freckled seamstress comes barreling into his life, he finds Netflix-And-Bickering with her to be his new favorite pastime.

Freya Cook is used to being the invisible woman with a needle and thread, offering cheeky punchlines as she helps dress London’s finest. She’s plus-sized in body and spirit, and other than her friendship with Mac, talking to the opposite sex is one skill she never mastered.

However, after one innocent game of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.

What neither of them see coming are the feelings that develop when the clothes come off.

Now they’re both about to learn the biggest lesson of all: Don’t fall in love with your best friend.

Blindsided is a full length (97,000 words) contemporary rom-com standalone with a sports theme.

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— MY REVIEW —

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YAS! YAS! YASSSSS! #GingerForTheWin !! 🙌🙌

My word, this was an exceptionally brilliant and enjoyable read from start to finish!!! Sorry for using one too many exclamation points but when it comes to Blindsided… it’s just “bleddy” needed!

Mac and Freya did not disappoint, and as hard as it is for me to admit this… I think Blindsided might have stolen my heart away from the previous books in the Harris Brothers series.. and from the Harris brothers themselves (even though this one’s technically a standalone). Mac just took my fucking breath away in this one!

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I laughed so hard for the majority of the book to end up bawling my eyes out in the end. One of the best (if not THE best) friends to lovers storylines I’ve ever come across. I love the back and forth repartee between these two. It read like an honest to goodness real friendship where they’re so comfortable with each other — whether they’re piss drunk and making fools of themselves, or crying out their feelings and frustration!

Blindsided is chock a block full of love, and friendship and swooniness, and tummy-fluttering moments that I couldn’t put it down. To hell with sleep!

Besides the high amounts of banter going on between Freya and Mac—would you believe I actually learnt something new from reading this book? Yep. I was there right along with Freya when she found out what this certain something was. LOL. I don’t want to spoil it for you guys who haven’t read it yet, but I can tell you it involves copious amounts of alcohol and a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ 😉😜 I should warn you now, you’ll either laugh so hard you cry.. or you laugh so hard you pee your pants! Either way…waterworks ahead! Haha.

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But putting all the hilarity aside for a minute, Blindsided has one of most charismatic, diverse and relatable characters I’ve come across.. in Freya. She’s constantly going through insecurities and personal struggles in this book that I personally resonated with. The way she’s always questioning her image, her self worth–it’s compelling because everyone has struggles and things they don’t like about themselves but some can get stuck in it a little more than others. Freya’s one. But the way Mac shuts it down the second he hears it or sees it on Freya’s face is EVERYTHING! The way all the friends in this book come together and just lift each other up is EVERYTHING! I love the message Blindsided is sharing with it’s readers and by the end of it I was feeling just as uplifted as Freya! Going into this I was expecting a romcom I could snuggle up with, but it ended up being so much more. It has an empowering message about self love, opening up, taking risks, and to hell with the doubt!

Mac is everything you wish you could find in a mate. Anyone who can put you at ease, be caring, protective, sweet, uplifting, and love you as fiercely as he does (and can put up with occasional crazy) is a keeper! Wouldn’t hurt if he called you his “wee treasure” either. Or “cookie”, I’d be happy with cookie too! 😉

Despite the fact that Mac and Freya are total opposites, what makes it work between them is the comfortability they have with one another. Their friendship knows no bounds. The way they know what each other likes and dislikes, they’re telltale signs about little things, mannerisms, quirks, and attitude towards certain situations or topics–things like that are what make this fictional duo seem so real! You can’t help but feel what they feel. I love seeing the highs and lows of their relationship — the way it evolved. Their journey is truly one I will undoubtedly return to over and over.

You need to be reading this book ASAP, if you love the following:

  • Friends to lovers adult romance
  • All things CATS!
  • Fiery redheads.
  • Athletes (more specifically, soccer players).
  • Diverse characters.
  • Netflix and Chilling
  • Charming Scots!

If my review wasn’t obvious enough.. I thought it was PURRRRFECT!! 😊 Amy Daws outdid herself with this one. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread Blindsided by now. Freya is my spirit animal and soul sister! Mac is ginger goals and will forever be in my book boyfriend list!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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⚽ The Harris Brothers Series

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I realized I don’t have full reviews for the Harris Brothers series on my blog, but I should tell you guys that I absolutely adore the series. Even if you’re not a fan of sports — this is still a wonderfully funny, sweet, and swoony romance series! Here’s a rundown of my ratings for each book:

📖 Book One: CHALLENGE

Camden and Indie’s story.

Camden gets injured and is taken to the hospital. Indie is a doctor there and that’s pretty much how they meet. Instant sparks between the two and relationship blooms.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Book Two: ENDURANCE

Tanner (Camden’s identical twin brother) and Belle’s (Indie’s best friend) story.

Tanner, the trouble-making twin who does hookups, not relationships. But when one too many hookups finally gets Tanner in trouble, he seeks the help of Belle. Forced in pretending to be a couple for reputation’s sake, feelings eventually surface between them but neither one are willing to admit it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

📖 Book Three: KEEPER

Story of Booker (youngest Harris brother) and Poppy’s story.

Childhood best friends Booker and Poppy finally reunite after years apart after Poppy having moved away. Now roommates, feelings start flooding back, memories recollected and changes both Booker and Poppy have to face in order to move ahead.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

📖 Book Four: SURRENDER (Part One)

Gareth (oldest Harris brother) and Sloan’s story.

Sloan is a clothing stylist for the stars. Gareth being a soccer star, ends up being one of her clients. Both dealing with personal issues, they end up finding solace in one another.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐½

📖 Book Four: DOMINANCE (Part Two)

Conclusion to Gareth and Sloan’s story. Closure and putting everything in the past for Gareth and his family. Gareth and Sloan’s HEA.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐½

📖 Book Six: PAYBACK (Standalone set in the same theme)

Roan (Harris brothers’ teammate) and Allie’s (Harris’ cousin) story.

After having being dumped by her boyfriend, Allie visits her cousins in the UK, along with a motive to get revenge on her ex. Set up on a date with Roan, they immediately connect and have a one night stand. Little did both of them know that, that one night stand would make a big impact on both their lives.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📖 Prequel: STRENGTH

Vi’s story (Harris brothers sister) and how she fell for Hayden — originally part of Lost in London series, but was pretty much the opener to the Harris family. (The cover above is a revamp to match the rest of the Harris brothers books). Hot right?! 😜

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Hope you enjoyed my review. Happy reading and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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