If you told me I’d love a book about Fantasy Football, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But, I loved Laura Chapman’s The Marrying Type, which I reviewed previously, so I wanted to give First and Goal, and it’s sequel Going for Two, a shot – and I was happy I did!
In this series, Harper Duquaine joins her workmates’ Fantasy Football league as a way to make friends in her new job, and ends up with a boyfriend, a best friend, and a life she loves. Harper’s character is sweet, and relatable – at 27, she both panics about her life plan and gets fall-down-drunk at a bar. It’s a dichotomy I (at almost 27) recognise all to well. Surrounded by the men in the league, her brothers, and her co-workers at the car dealership, Harper finds herself.
In First and Goal, I fell in love with Chapman’s cast of characters. It was refreshing to read chick lit that had more men in the line up than women! Each of the guys was completely different, and all added something to the story. Really, there were only two women; Harper, and Amelia (a sister to one of the boys). I loved Amelia as much as Harper, she was strong and feisty, with a realistic dose of insecurity and hopeless romanticism. I would give First and Goal a solid 4/4.5 stars, as it kept me hooked from the beginning, and I was even invested in the results of the Fantasy Football tournament. Who would’ve thought!
Chapman’s sequel, Going for Two, saw the same characters, back for another season of football. This time, Harper’s life is a little more serious than it was the year before, and the book focuses more on actual ‘adulting’ – a work/life balance, marriage and kids. Because of these more serious topics, the competition of Fantasy Football was almost an afterthought, and overall the story was a little less bright than the first book in the series. I still liked it, but it did have a little less magic than the first instalment. All of the characters were still there, but the focus was definitely on the relationship between Brook and Harper, rather than Harper and everyone is the bigger group, which I really liked in the first book.
That said, I read that there’s a third book coming soon, and I’ll definitely be picking it up. After the ending of Going for Two, I’m very interested to see how the book brings the group back together for a third season in the League!
I received a copy of Going for Two (and First and Goal) by Laura Chapman from the lovely Samantha at CLP, in exchange for my honest review.