BOOK REVIEW: False Start & You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows (Kingsman Football Stars #0.5 & #1) by Piper Rayne

BOOK REVIEW: False Start & You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows (Kingsman Football Stars #0.5 & #1) by Piper RayneFalse Start (Kingsman Football Stars #0.5)
by Piper Rayne
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The start of Lee Burrows and I was a college girl’s biggest fantasy.

Campus’ most popular guy, the starting quarterback, the same guy I’ve crushed on forever, notices me—the quiet introvert.

Although, he never would’ve noticed me if he didn’t need my help passing our biology class. I didn’t think I had a chance with him until he started flirting with me and asking me questions like, “Who was the guy you were talking to?” and “Do you have a boyfriend?”

It took a few tutoring sessions before we ditched the library to “study” at Lee’s apartment.

It was a fantasy come true until I found out the truth and vowed that Lee Burrows would never get another chance with me again.

NOTE: This the prequel to the Kingsmen Football Starts series. You do not have to read it to enjoy, You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows.


False Start was a wonderful introduction to the characters from You Had Your Chance Lee Burrows!  This was their backstory and it showed how something that started  beautiful went all kinds of wrong.  Shayna was to help tutor Lee, so he wouldn’t get kicked off their college’s football team.  During those moments together, they clicked.  And saw so much more in the other.  Watching their friendship form was smile inducing.  And when it turned to more, my heart raced.  It felt like first love and meant to be.  Until it wasn’t.  So while that ending left us grasping for more, I definitely recommend reading False Start before jumping into You Had Your Chance Lee Burrows!  Their backstory added so much depth and emotions to their story.  And then when we jumped eight years into the future in You Had Your Chance Lee Burrows, awww it made it that much more fun!

“Sometimes once something is broken, you can’t fix it. Even if you glue all the pieces together, it’ll never be the same as it once was.” She inhales deeply, and tears gather again in her eyes. “You’re not the person I thought you were, Lee. I’ll never look at you the same way.”


BOOK REVIEW: False Start & You Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows (Kingsman Football Stars #0.5 & #1) by Piper RayneYou Had Your Chance, Lee Burrows (Kingsman Football Stars #1)
by Piper Rayne
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Add to: Goodreads


Lee f’ing Burrows
The Kingsmen’s star quarterback.
Legendary throwing arm.
Six-pack abs.
Kissable lips.

Oh, but don’t forget, he’s also a lying, heartless egomaniac who broke my heart in college.

It took me years to build myself back up after his deceit, and now I have the dream opportunity to prove myself working as a sports therapist for a professional team.

The hurdle? Or mountain to be more accurate…
The job is with the San Francisco Kingsmen.

Back when I was a naïve college girl, I felt lucky that he even noticed me. Now eight years later, he’d be lucky if I gave him the time of day.

Which I won’t. Not ever.

Some people don’t deserve a second chance and Lee Burrows is one of them.

Now if someone could only tell him that because he’s hell-bent on scoring the winning touchdown and won’t accept that it’s game over for us.


You Had Your Chance Lee Burrows was a charming and sexy romance that was so much fun!  This is my third book from this writing duo and their romances are heartwarming and so easy to devour.  With an epilogue that gave us a peak into a happily forever and who the next book would be about, this sports romance was just what I needed!

I realize I’ve been keeping him at arm’s length because deep down, Lee might just be the guy I fell in love with in college. He might be that good guy who did a very stupid thing. But how do I ever trust him with my heart again?

Lee Burrows was America’s top quarterback.  And his ex Shayna ended up on his team as their sports therapist.  I just have to say that if you haven’t read their backstory in False Start, I can’t recommend reading that novella enough!  You don’t have to read it first, but watching them fall in love and then seeing what ultimately separated them was a fabulous introduction to these characters!  Back together again eight years later, they were both attracted to each other.  And I loved that Lee was jealous while Shayna tried her best guard her heart.  He had broken it and we could feel her pain and struggle with being near him again.  Yet, the chemistry was still strong between them all these years later!

He smiles. “We do make a good team.”
I should let that comment go, although I agree, so I bring my glass to my lips and sip. “That’s good wine.”

I adored Lee!  I got that he did her wrong in the past.  But he was young, made not the best decisions and should have just been honest with her.  The man that Lee grew up to be was exactly what Shayna needed now.  He was open and honest.  And I loved how he told Shayna how he felt and what he wanted from her.  He held nothing back and it was swoon worthy!  So when he acted jealous or even a little bit territorial, it was impossible not to smile!  It was the perfect mix of not being too much while also being just the right amount.  I was cheering for them every step of the way!

Relying on this man for my happiness will only lead to heartbreak.
With that thought, I unwind my hands from his hair and push against his  chest.

When a situation pushed them even closer together, it was impossible to ignore the chemistry between them!  Or how well they worked together.  So when that led to more, oh my goodness this book was extremely seductive and sexy!  The struggle between Lee and Shayne was done so fabulously.  There wasn’t a lot of angst and the way they communicated made my heart so happy.  Rounding out this story were some wonderful friends you can’t help but love.  I adored Shayna’s friend Bryce.  I kept my fingers crossed that she wouldn’t do her wrong since she was a reporter.  I loved how Bryce pulled Shayna out and about and always had her back!  And I adored Lee’s friends too and I’m so excited that we will be getting some future books with them as the lead!

I pull back for a moment and look him square in the eyes. “This changes nothing.”
“I know.” Then his lips crash against mine again and his arm wraps around my waist, pulling me flush to his body.

You Had Your Chance Lee Burrows was a heartwarming second chance romance.  Brimming with sports, friendship, struggles and healing, readers will fall hard for this book!  The characters were flawed and relatable and the story-line was so easy to read in a few sittings!  This story left my heart feeling happy and I’m so thankful I got to read Lee and Shanya’s story!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Sophie

    I really should try her books Jen!

  2. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I’ve got several books I got for free for Piper Rayne and I really need to read one soon. Your reviews definitely show me that!
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    • Jen

      I have quite a few of them free too! But I ended up requesting this arc and really enjoying it. I need to actually read the free ones now lol.

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I just love Piper Rayne and have completed two of their series so far. I’m excited to dive into this newest one after meeting Lee briefly at the end of the Hockey Hotties series. Seeing that you loved Lee has me more excited than ever to meet him. 🙂
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    • Jen

      I need to go back and read that other series then! His story was a lot of fun!

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