Her Best Shot

Her Best Shot

by Shannyn Schroeder

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With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn't count on such incredible heat. . .

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves. . .

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She's more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he's counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible. . .on forever?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601833334
Publisher: eKensington
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Series: Hot & Nerdy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 889,463
File size: 772 KB

About the Author

Shannyn Schroeder is a former high school and middle school English teacher. She holds a BA in English and MAs in Special Education and Gifted Education. She currently works as an editor for an education company and juggles writing around her kids’ schedules. In her spare time, Shannyn loves to bake and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She started her first book on a dare from her husband and has never looked back. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending, and writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.Readers can visit Shannyn online at www.shannynschroeder.com and follow her on Twitter @SSchroeder_.

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Her Best Shot 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it!
BookAngelBlog More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  3 stars This is the first book in a series serial. Each book is a serial/novella, but deals with one of three friends around spring break before they all graduate. All the girls are really smart. I believe they all attend MIT. I believe each can be read as a standalone.  I kinda liked this book. Because it was a novella, it was shorter so everything was more rushed, which I was ok with. The pool aspect was really interesting. I don’t think I have ever read a book dealing with pool. I have to say that I wanted a pool (wink, wink) scene. Unfortunately there was not.  The main character was a little annoying. She was going to make a decision near the end that in my opinion would have been stupid, thankfully the guy convinced her of that and she didn’t do it. Still I didn’t think she should have held a grudge against him for it because it was such a stupid decision.  The girl wasn’t my favorite, but I did like that she was a really intelligent.  The guy was also not my favorite overall, but I liked the idea of him. He is part of a gypsy family and I thought that part was very different. He is also a nomad, which again was different.  Part of the problem I think is that since the story was so short, you don’t get to really connect to the characters. There were also no side, secondary characters. It really was just about the two of them. I think I could have done better with that if it had been done better.  It was fine for a quick read, but didn’t hold my interest like other novellas that I have read. 
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Her best shot is a hot new sexy romance novel by Shannyn Schroeder. Schroeder sure knows how to write an intense, hot romance while capturing both your heart and mind. Layla Sharpe is a fun, beautiful, smart and sexy girl who just happens to walk into the bar that Phin Marks is hanging out with. After her car breaks down and she is stranded, Phin invites her back to his place to stay, where the romance and relationship grows into an entire new level. Ladies take out your fan because this novel packs a lot of heat and steam with Schroeder’s fantastic writing skills. Phin and Layla have this intense chemistry which leads to intense desires being filled and it is very sexy and steamy! The characters are well written and easy to connect with and you will love the romance between the two. Overall, Her Best Shot is a good book that I would recommend to be added to your To-Be-Read-Shelf.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
Being a self-professed nerd myself, I am a sucker for fellow nerd stories. And this one is about a fellow nerd-girl, though typically I am not into NA reads. We don't have much of an introduction to the three friends this trilogy is about, but I can't wait to read each of their stories. This story is about Layla.  It has been her dream to work for the NSA as a cryptologist.  When she goes in for an interview as a summer intern, Layla is a bit shocked to be offered a full time job, to start as soon as she graduates.  This will be her last break before diving headlong into her life long dream.  Her friends decide to help her celebrate and cut loose one time before the end of school. So spring break plans are made to meet on the Gulfcoast and enjoy sand and surf. Layla decides to drive down, never anticipating her car breaking down in a little Georgia town.   There Layla meets local mechanic and pool shark, Phin. Phin has been traveling around, working odd jobs and hustling pool, saving to compete in Las Vegas. He teaches Layla about billiards, works on fixing her car, and even lets her stay at his apartment when all her money is stolen her first day in town.  Layla's mathematical brain allows her to learn quickly, and soon they are hustling together. Layla is introduced to a freedom and side of life she never knew. Decisions the two of them make will effect each of their lives. Can I just say, OMG?  I love that the nerd girl gets with the bad boy.  Where was this book when I was in high school or even college?  This is a novella, and everything has to happen quickly. But the NA genre works for this, because they have that instant rush of emotions, that jumping into things feet first, damn the consequences that only those who are young seem to be capable of. I'm still not a fan of NA, but for a book like this, I can make an exception. 3 stars.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I really like having smart heroines.  There's just something about a brainy/geeky girl that resonates with me.  Plus it helps to see her being appreciated for her mind as well as her body.  I really liked Layla and I liked how she had a good head on her shoulders, for the most part,  Her decision to give into her attraction for Phin seemed a little hasty, but not really out of character. I'm skeptical when it comes to falling in love with someone in short amount of time.  Granted there are circumstances where it can happen and it can be believable.  I think Phin and Layla were great together.  They had a different backgrounds but I love how they meshed together.  I was hoping for more in depth background into why control was so important for Layla.   This book flew by fairly quickly.  It seemed like it was over before it began, even though everything was somewhat resolved. This is the first book in a trilogy about friends and I'm hoping to get more questions answered as the series continues.  If not, I'm just hoping to seeing Phin and Layla doing well.  Shannyn Schroeder has great potential and I look forward to seeing what she does.  
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Of course, I picked up the start of a series called Hot and Nerdy as fast as I could!  This was a strange book. The T Shirts were funny. The heroine was at once very bright and dumb. I didn't really buy the fact that she was nerdy. Maybe just compared to other co eds?  The sexy times were hot and I thrilled to read about a woman comfortable with her sexuality. However, the sex scenes didn't advance the plot or seem to really belong to the characters. Anyone could have been doing those acts really, There was a bit of unneeded New Adult angst but I still had fun and look forward to the rest of the series.  I was given this book for my honest review, so there you have it! 
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder is the 1st book in her new Hot and Nerdy series. I love Shannyn’s O’Leary series, and couldn’t wait to see what she will do with this one. Layla Sharpe is our heroine, and we meet her immediately. Layla is a math genius, and is just starting her spring break before graduation, by applying for an internship at NSA. She ends up being offered a job, and wants to celebrate with her two friends. Plans are made to meet her friend Felicity in Texas, but on her way, her car breaks down in Atlanta; she is low on money, and stranded. Layla goes to a bar to get a drink to calm down while waiting to see how long her car will take. She begins to watch a pool game ongoing, and a hot hunk catches her eye. Phin our hero, is a pool shark, who makes money winning against the competition; he is also a car mechanic. While Layla watches him, Phin begins to notice her. With her car going to take a few days, Phin feels bad for Layla, as she does not have money to find a place to stay. He offers her to stay at his place, she could sleep on the couch. Of course, we know that the chances of that happening are slim. What follows is a sweet and sexy romance between Phin and Layla that started off as a one night stand. Felicity offers to pay for Layla to fly to Texas, but she decides to stay and have fun with Phin. Layla gets anxiety attacks occasionally, and she is nervous about the job offer. She makes a quick decision to go with Phin to a tournament in California. I found this part to be somewhat far-fetched that Layla would decide to leave right before graduation to follow Phin. Phin himself, a gypsy, found himself caring about Layla, but he did not want her to give up a promising career to follow him, so he pretends to make advances to another girl; which forces Layla to leave angrily and go back to school. Layla graduates, accepts the job offer, and teaches herself how to play pool. Before she starts her new job, she attends the pool tournament, so she can be vengeful to Phin. Once Phin sees her, he forgets that he was really looking out for her, and goes all out to win her back. You will need to read the book to see what happens. The story was a bit longer then a novella, but I did feel the ending was rushed, too abrupt. I thought it was a sweet romance, but I am not truly a fan of falling in love in a day or so. I liked both Layla and Phin, and thought they were a nice couple; though I felt something missing. I plan to read the next two books in this series, as I do want to know what happens with Layla’s two friends.
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Author did a very good job of combining a college girl who is after a high tech job with a garage mechanic who is a pool shark!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A very entertaining read and the first in a new series. Three friends about to graduate college decide to make this a spring break to remember so they each decide to head to Texas. Layla, attending college at MIT takes off across country making it as far as Atlanta before her car breaks down. Her backpack gets stolen so she has no car, no cash, no place to stay. The hot bad boy she met is more than willing to help her out... Really a fun read and I would definitely recommend it.