S.O.B. by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
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Levi Black is an s.o.b.
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 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.