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Curveball (Barlow Sisters Book 1) by Jordan Ford

Jordan Ford
Series: Barlow Sisters
Publication Date: 16th September 2017
Pages: 301 pages
Format: Ebook
Source: ARC
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Maddie Barlow is used to being in control.
So when her father uproots their family to the small, troubled town of Armitage, just six months from her high school graduation, she’s struggling to cope. Worse yet, he insists the coach makes room for all of his daughters on the boys’ baseball team. The close-knit Armitage Pitbulls don’t want three girls messing up their season, and they’re going to do everything in their power to make sure the girls don’t make them look bad…especially Holden Carter—the smooth, good-looking captain of the team.

Maddie takes one look at him and knows he’s trouble. In spite of her instant attraction she’s determined to put the arrogant jock in his place, which is made doubly hard when her younger sister starts crushing on the guy. In an attempt to protect her sister from getting hurt, Maddie puts herself between them, only to face a curveball she never saw coming.

Her attraction to Holden is not supposed to turn into more…and when it does she’s caught between hurting her sister and turning her back on the first guy she’s ever really fallen for.
But a forbidden romance is not the only curveball Maddie and Holden have to dodge, because things aren’t what they seem in the quaint town of Armitage…and they’re about to work out that discovering the truth can be way more dangerous than living a lie.

This was well written and had a good story line, I read Jordan Ford’s other series the Brotherhood and did not enjoy it so this first book was a nice surprise.

I have to say that at first I had a bit of a hard time liking Maddie and Holden, they were just a bit too shallow and they start off with a haters relationship which just seems so pointless. I am glad to say that changed as the book progressed and I fell in love with Holden (he’s just the perfect book boyfriend!) Holden is the perfect guy it seems, he is the captain of the baseball team, is really good looking and is quite popular. And as Maddie says, “he’s a bit of cardboard cutout”. But it turns out there’s much more to Holden than meet the eye and I liked getting to know the real Holden and seeing him trust Maddie with the truth. Reading about them falling in love with each other just made the whole book that much better.

Maddie was quite honest and direct, which i found to be a bit too much at first. She easily jumps to conclusions about Holden which was annoying but also understandable, but it was great to see when she realizes she might’ve been wrong about him and falls even harder for him. I also liked how protective she is of Chloe and it’s obvious these sisters care about each other.

The romance starts off as kind of enemies and then turn into lovers. Maddie can’t stand Holden and gets angry at him and he likes her fiery side. Once Holden starts opening up to Maddie and shows her his true self, I was totally engrossed in their romance. They made a great couple. My favorite scene was probably when they visit Holden’s grandfather, you really get to see what he is really like and you could see how much they were starting to like each other. While there is little drama, the annoying this is that Holden and Maddie are kept apart for a big part of the book. It felt a bit forced, but also in character. And I found myself getting annoyed with both of them for not showing what they felt and what they were really like. I kind of wish that there were more scenes like when Holden takes Maddie to see his grandfather, that would have made it much better.

I felt like Curveball was a fun start of this new series. It has a solid romance, three sisters, some teenage problems, sports and a bit of mystery. I wasn’t sure if I would like Maddie and Holden at first as Holden seemed like a massive ass and Maddie judging him a bit too harshly. But that all changes as the book progressed and it was great to see Maddie get to know the real Holden and then fall for him. I just would’ve liked to see a bit more scenes of them getting to know each other as most of that happens on one evening. I didn’t like that they kept themselves apart from one another by being stupid, but it did feel like that was just what their character’s were like. I had fun reading this one and the glimpses of Max and Chloe (Maddie’s sisters) have me really curious about their stories.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and definitely recommend this book for fans of romance with some mystery.



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