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S.O.B. by J.C. Valentine 
Publication Date: November 10, 2015 

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Levi Black is an s.o.b.

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.

He wouldn’t be wrong. A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.

One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.

My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.

I've been enjoying the run of stepbrother romance stories lately, but you gotta admit, they're all kind of the same storyline right?

I honestly thought I would be getting another entertaining yet similar story with S.O.B. And while yes, this did follow the basic formula, there were a few curveballs thrown in that made this a really fun story.

I will say that after reading the synopsis, I was under the impression that Levi was currently recuperating from several broken bones, but luckily that wasn't the case. Levi and Vista have a history, one that's taken 4 years for Vista to recover from. But it all comes back now that she's overseeing Levi's rehab from his latest injury. The chemistry between them is even hotter than it was before, and while Vista wants to act like she's not still attracted to him, Levi is all about letting it be known that he still wants her.

I loved that there was so much more to Levi than just his partying and womanizing ways that the media would report. I mean yeah, since he's in his early 20s and is a professional athelete, of course he would want to party and enjoy life. But he also started a foundation that helped out sick kids and their parents, and he would even hang out at the hospital with the kids on a regular basis.

There's a lot of back and forth between them, and plenty of angst and drama for our intrepid couple. We also get the parental figure who is a giant bag of doucheyness. I have to say that I wanted more in the way of wrapping up that particular character's part of the book; it was like he was just....gone. He needed to be, but with the way he acted throughout the story, I expected more before he was out for good. One issue I had was that while both Levi and Vista are 22, it takes about 5-7 years to become a certified physical therapist. So how did Vista do it by the time she's 22? But since this is a fictional tale, I'm pretty sure I'm not getting my panties in a twist over it.

I will end this by saying that this is my favorite J.C. Valentine book that I've had the pleasure of reading.
 ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

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JC Valentine
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry. J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors. Sign up for J.C.'s newsletter and never miss a thing!
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