Replay by Amy Daws

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Not all players deserve a second chance… no matter how hot their first chance was. Football club lawyer, Santino Rossi is known in the locker room as the two-month chump. For years he’s been on a mission to find someone he can share his basil plant with and cure him of his former playboy ways.

Tilly Logan is a fiery, Scottish lass who didn’t bat an eye five years ago when a smoldering Italian pulled her into a nightclub bathroom. He was dark, dangerous, and exactly the good time Tilly was looking for—even if he worked for her over-protective brother’s team.

But a lot has changed and when Tilly returns to London five years later only to find herself trapped in an elevator with the smoldering Italian, it isn’t a happy reunion. Especially because her brother blames Santino for her high tailing it back to Scotland in the first place.

Tilly doesn’t want a replay of past mistakes and reconnecting with Santino is playing with fire. But if they keep their relationship a secret, it could be worth the burn.



This book was a much anticipated read for me as I adore the Harris Brothers series. After having read Blindsided (Freya and Tilly’s older brother Mac’s story), I knew I couldn’t miss out on Tilly’s and Santino’s story… and what an intense story it was!


A second chance romance storyline that was full of character development, personal growth, and a need for these characters to let go of their pasts in order to move on. Both Tilly and Santino have experienced heartbreak and certain struggles that they needed to work through, and coincidentally, having reunited after five years, they’ve become each others’ support system.

Please note, this book contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers. It contains substance abuse, non-consensual sexual relations and certain experiences that resulted from it. There’s also detailed sexual content suitable for readers 18+ only!

Replay is not to be missed for fans of the Harris Brothers series and sports romance fans in general! Although it can definitely be read as a standalone, I still highly recommend you read the entire series as the world-building is grand and ever-expanding, and a lot of that has to do with the characters themselves. You’ll get a better understanding of everyone’s relationships with one another too.

Tilly’s story was very much in the forefront. Despite her reluctance to discuss details, you still get the gist of what went down and how she’s coping with it. Over time she starts opening up more and more, and a lot of that confidence and courage to do so was Santino’s doing. He’s a constant support for her even before any intimacy came about and I honestly think he can give the rest of the men in this series a run for their money with how charming, protective, and loving he can be! Tilly’s journey of growth and maturity is evident. You’ll see how much she’s changed as a person and the changes she’s made to her lifestyle since her troublesome years.


Daws has included very real-life situations within this story, and although it’s a work of fiction, the events that occurred and the effects its had on the people involved mirrors reality so well. It’s not hard to get invested in Tilly and Santino’s story. Tilly went from a downward spiral to gradual buildup of positive changes. I may not relate to her situation but I can definitely imagine the pain and darkness she must’ve felt during that period in her life.       

Santino’s insecurities and shifty past on the other hand was something that lingered throughout the story but wasn’t completely revealed until towards the end. By then I had a pretty good idea at what he was hiding, so when he did finally share it with Tilly, it felt a little anti-climactic. I would’ve liked to have seen him open up a lot earlier. In my opinion, his story wasn’t as developed and because of that, I couldn’t fully connect with it as I had with Tilly’s. It felt like once his personal story was out in the open, it was wrapped up quickly despite Santino having had struggles throughout the book with opening up about his past to Tilly.


But in saying that, despite Santino’s own issues, he was always willing to be there for Tilly. If anything, he almost pushed aside his own problems to ensure Tilly was on track with her new life and that their relationship could stand a chance. Based on his history and his closed off persona, he’s misjudged by his peers especially by Tilly’s older brother Mac, but you’ll see quite early on in this book that there’s more than meets the eye with him.

Also, if you love tall, dark, handsome Italian men, then get ready to see some good ol’ sexy Italian charm out of Santino. Ooh-wee! He can speak in Italian to me any. damn. time. he wants! 🤭😍

They are likable characters. Through their flaws and insecurities they have strength and a willingness to become better people. Their relationship was far from perfect or easy but that’s the beauty of it. It was very much a one step forward, two steps back type of relationship but you get to see them work through it and put the effort in. Tilly and Santino are so relatable (along with the rest of the characters from this series who make an appearance). They have a presence about them that’s so authentic that you almost imagine that they could be a couple of your own friends.

If you’re all caught up with the series, then you will be happy to know that past couples are secondary characters in this book and will definitely catch you up on the latest in their lives. They never fail at making situations crazy fun, hectic, and full of life! There’s also a few new secondary characters that play vital roles in both Tilly and Santino’s lives. But all in all, every single one of these people bring in a different dynamic and such contrast to the group.

It’s told from both Tilly and Santino’s points of view, and I found it to be slower-paced storytelling but as their entire story unravels, the pacing was actually well-suited. Their relationship was tentative and full of drama but it also made their journey all the more worthwhile to see through.


A truly uplifting second-chance romance, that’ll have you either relating and/or sympathizing with what Tilly and Santino have gone and are still going through in their lives. Their turbulent rollercoaster of emotions are realistically understandable, their slow yet gradual developing relationship read genuine, and it was gripping from start to finish. Daws’ writing style has a nice flow to it. You can count on detailed world-building, mood setting atmosphere, and a storyline that is effortless to follow with protagonists that’ll have you curious right off the bat.

What I enjoyed reading the most about Tilly and Santino’s journey was that they could reminisce about certain good memories from their past together and somehow replicate those moments and feelings now but a hundred times better. I found myself either cheesy-grinning or happy sighing seeing them happy and open to seeing where their attraction will lead to. The banter here and there was also a nice little addition that had me giggling.

✔ Contemporary

✔ Second Chance

✔ Sports Romance

✔ Fiery Scottish Heroine

✔ Mysterious Italian Hero

✔ London Backdrop

Whilst their story had an open-ended happily ever after, I was chuffed to see an extended epilogue. Not only did it conclude the side story that was happening alongside Tilly and Santino’s, it also provided us readers with a more concrete direction to where their relationship was heading next.

Another incredible addition to the world of the Harris brothers! Whilst Tilly and Santino’s story was deep, heartbreaking, and traumatic, there were moments in between that were lighthearted and funny to keep it from being overly depressing and gloomy. If you love a hearty second chance romance and enjoy a bit of sports in your contemporary romance reads, then make sure to add this one to your TBR. *whispers* This book also contains some major jaw-dropping developments set in this world and a sneak peek at Daws next book that you won’t want to miss out on! 😉

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Amy Daws for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

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Read my review for Mac and Freya’s book!


📙 Blindsided by Amy Daws


Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo


Blindsided by Amy Daws

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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.




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!


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.


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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


⚽ The Harris Brothers Series


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:


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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


📖 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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Hope you enjoyed my review. Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo