First and Tension by Tara Sivec

Published: June 2021

Tara Sivec

I received a copy of this book for free and leave my review voluntarily.

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.

“Truth or dare?”

Emily is a natural-born cheerleader, and she has worked her whole life to make her dreams of cheering professionally a reality. So when her dreams come crashing down- she doesn’t have much choice but to return home to Summersweet Island. But on her last night in California, at a party being thrown by a football player, Emily decides she has one last chance at doing something big. Quinn is a gifted athlete. He wanted to be a football player since he was a little boy, and he finally found a team that feels right. So as he is packing up his life to move across the country and start a new chapter in his life, the last thing he is expecting is a bombshell redhead to come crashing into the end zone.

Summersweet Island is a place of dreams. And I adore every single character. This installment was so charming. Emily is so fiery and intelligent, with sass and passion. Quinn is every bit the heartthrob we have come to expect of this series.

The best part of this book is that the gang was all here. We catch up with Birdie and Palmer, Wren and Shepard, Bodhi and Tess, as well as some of our favorite minor characters.

Life on the island can feel small. But at the end of the day, it’s home. And the heart and the support from every person who resides on the island are incredible.

This book was funny, in such a classic Tara Sivec way. Fantastic one-liners, insane steamy scenes, and moments that make you swoon. This is a sports ball-filled good time, from start to finish.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that our rom-com queen used me as a character in this book. I am beyond thrilled, honored, and stoked to be a part of the Summersweet Island forever.

This was a fantastic addition to the series, and I cannot wait for book five- Tara get busy!

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