Title: Rough & Tumble
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
Release Date: February 4, 2016
That’s all I saw all over social media a few years after he dumped me for a super model and was the first round draft pick for the North Carolina Hogs.
I thought I loved Bo, way back when, but it was all too cliché. He was the star quarterback and I was the head cheerleader. High school sweethearts turned college romance that crumbled when our careers twisted into different paths, or so we thought.
Oh and did I mention, I am about to start photographing his team?!
FML…This is going to be interesting to say the least.
Rough & Tumble is a cute, quick, second chance romance. This short story felt like such a tease. When it was over all I wanted was more. I really enjoyed Bo and Peyton and the connection Kristen Hope Mazzola built between them. I’m a sucker for young love that gets rekindled as adults and this story definitely brought Bo and Peyton’s chemistry to life. I thought it was so clever the way in which they crossed paths again. It was different and memorable, allowing Bo to be Peyton’s knight in shining armor for the night. While I would have loved to see what their relationship was like in the past, the length of this story required Rough & Tumble to be incredibly focused on the here and now. Despite not being able to experience their shared history, Kristen Hope Mazzola relayed their familiarity and easy relationship in a way the reader could still appreciate. Aside from the emotional connection between Bo and Peyton, this story delivers some deliciously steamy moments, and a dose of just enough drama to keep me on my toes. Kristen Hope Mazzola definitely did a great job with this couple and I was surprised at my level of investment in so short a time. Rough & Tumble was a fun, light-hearted read that left me craving more from Bo and Peyton.
I’m never quite sure how to review novellas and short stories because inevitably, I always find myself wanting more, while still understanding that it’s made to be shortened. Rough &Tumble by Kristen Hope Mazzola is a light read about two characters who realize that they were happy with their teenage love. I absolutely adored how Bo and Peyton ended up bumping into each other for their rekindling; I certainly never expected it. While it could have been awkward and filled with tension, he played the hero which made me instantly take a liking to him. In that moment, readers established an understanding of the man he was, which made it ridiculously easy to see how Peyton could fall in love with him. I’ll be honest though, she seemed a little timid so I wasn’t sure how I would end up liking her. While I would have liked to see a little more ferocity and steadfastness in her actions, she definitely wasn’t a heroine I could ever dislike. I wish that we could have seen a little bit more of them in their careers, since I think you could have taken these two characters and switched it out with anything and it would have made sense to the story. However, I did find myself being drawn in and completely captivated by these two. Overall, Rough & Tumble is a fun short read that went through some ups and downs but left me wanting an expansion on their story, in the best of ways!
I was startled awake. I had been falling fast in my dream and right before I hit the bottom, my eyes flew open. I quickly started to look around the foreign room. I couldn’t remember anything past seeing Brit and Roxy’s empty seats next to me at the club the night before.
I was in someone’s bed in a room I had never been in in my life. I was dressed in a large black shirt and my underwear and that was it.
How’d I get that fucked up last night?
I rolled out of bed. Hoping to figure out where the heck I was, I peered out the window. I knew that I was downtown somewhere, but for the life of me I couldn’t place the streets and landmarks in my view.
I spun on my heels as I heard the door to the strange room open. My heart was pounding and I was holding my breath as I waited to see who was coming in.
What the hell?
Of course, Bo Briggs slowly started to make his way over to me. I was paralyzed. He was engaged. What in god’s name was I doing in his room?
“How are you feeling?” He handed me a bottle of water and a couple Advil. His light blond hair was shorter than it had been, and he looked downright military with his defined muscles, sleeves of tattoos, and crooked grin that always brought me to my knees.
“Fine.” I took the tiny pills and water from my hunky ex and chugged them down fast. In all reality, my head felt like it had been run over by a Mack truck. “What happened last night? Did we…?” I sunk onto the bed. Except for a few times in passing, it was the first time I had seen Bo in a few years. All the old buried feelings flooded me. I had known for a long time that I wasn’t over my ex, but I didn’t want him to ever know that.
“You were drugged last night at the club.”
My face felt hot, my palms turned clammy, and my head felt like it was about to explode. “What the fuck?” My voice crackled.
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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
A portion of all my profits are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.