Scoring with the Wrong Twin

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Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone, C.J. Bloom

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

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ISBN-13: 9781543686555
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Athletes) Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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CHAPTER 1

"No." Sophia Cruz lifted her coffee mug to her lips, took a sip of air, and frowned down into the empty cup. When had she drunk the last of Puerto Rico's Greatest Gift to Mankind — otherwise known as Alto Grande Super Premium coffee?

Shoving back from her desk, she ignored her twin sister, who was perched on the end of the furniture giving Sophia her best puppy dog eyes, complete with slightly quivering bottom lip. "And you know that"— she drew a circle in the air in front of Giovanna's face as she passed by her toward the one-cup coffee maker —"isn't going to work on me. I taught you that trick."

Giovanna sighed, losing the woe-is-me expression. "Fine," she huffed, flipping her long, dark brown hair over a bare shoulder. "But, Fi, I seriously need your help. Pretty please?"

"Umm, hell to the no," Sophia reiterated. A press of the button, and the brew started streaming out of the machine with a hiss. The strong, heady aroma of ground coffee beans drifted upward, and she shamelessly — and noisily — inhaled. Damn, that smelled good.

"Fi, this is more important than your next caffeine hit. God, can you at least pay attention?" Exasperation dripped from Giovanna's voice, but Sophia didn't turn to face her sister until the last drop hit the cup. Molding her fingers around the ceramic, she turned, and arching an eyebrow, peered at her identical twin over the rim.

Identical. Hah.

They might share the same Puerto Rican heritage, eye and hair color, facial structure, height, and body type, but that's where the similarities between them came to a screeching, skid-marked halt. Giovanna was all elegance and sophistication, with her expertly applied makeup, perfectly styled hair that framed her face and flowed over her shoulders, and an emerald romper that seemed to glow against her honey-toned skin and display her long, slim legs. As opposed to Sophia's cosmetic-free appearance, blue-tipped dark hair snatched up in a haphazard top knot, and the white wifebeater and ripped jeans she might have also worn yesterday.

Giovanna wore rings on her fingers and toes, and Sophia wore them in her eyebrow, bottom lip, and, uh, other body parts.

Her twin preferred art on her apartment walls; Sophia loved it inked into her skin.

Nope. It wasn't hard to guess which twin was the model and which sat at a computer developing apps at FamFit for a living.

And yet, for all their dissimilarities, Sophia loved Giovanna, and there was no one closer to her in the world. For twenty-four years — literally, since the womb — Giovanna had been her best friend. Didn't mean her younger sister by three minutes didn't ride her damn nerves like Lance Armstrong on a Trek mountain bike.

"Fi, this is for the House of Bianchi. The House of Bianchi. One of the hottest designers on the planet. And they want me to walk in their show. I can't turn this down. It's the most important job of my career so far."

Sophia shrugged. "So go."

Giovanna released a loud, long sigh that translated to God, please give me the patience not to strangle this bitch. Twin speak. A wonderful thing. "As I've been trying to explain, I already have a previously scheduled shoot with Sports Unlimited a day after I'm supposed to fly out to Milan. I can't be in two places at once."

"Not unless you want to dissolve into a gelatinous glob of goo before bursting into tiny particles." Sophia sipped her coffee, then frowned. "No, wait. That's only if you occupy the same space and time. My bad."

"I'm not going to comment on your obvious lack of understanding of the space-time continuum this one time because I need you. But fair warning, if I didn't, I would definitely advise you on the nil-to-none odds of you ever getting laid if you insist on spouting the flawed issues of the paradox in time travel."

Sophia gasped. "You bitch. You've been watching Back to the Future and Time Cop without me!" she accused.

The two of them might not agree on piercings, tattoos, or who was the hottest member of the Avengers — Iron Man, of course, although Thor ran a close second — but they shared the same obsession with eighties movies.

Giovanna rolled her eyes. "There was a marathon on TV the other night. I wasn't going to miss Marty McFly trying to avoid sexing his mother for you."

"Eew." Sophia screwed up her face.

Her twin sighed. "Focus for a minute. Please? Back to me."

"Nope." Sophia shook her head. "I don't want to focus, because my answer is still no. Uh-uh. Forget it, chica. Not gonna happen. And, for when you get to Milan, I believe 'no' is the same in Italian."

"Fi ..." her sister whined, but Sophia cut her off with another, firmer shake.

"No way. What you're suggesting is ridiculous. Just cancel the other shoot if the one in Italy is so damn important."

"I can't," Giovanna said, pushing herself off the desk. She paced the width of Sophia's small home office. Even frustrated, she still maintained the sultry prowl that had captured the notice and representation of her New York agency. Sophia couldn't imitate that strut, not even if Steve Jobs' ghost pulled a Jacob Marley and returned from the dead to offer her the corner office at Apple. "I committed to the Sports Unlimited shoot a year ago. It's their annual sexiest athletes edition, and not only is it too short notice to notify them, but it would be unprofessional to bail at the last minute. It only takes one mistake to be blackballed in this field, Fi. I've worked so hard to get where I'm actually requested by clients and photographers, but I'm not Gisele Bundchen. I can't afford to screw up either of these opportunities. Which means I have to make both of them."

"Damn it, Vanna," Sophia growled, setting the mug down behind her. She swept her hand over her hair, fingers bumping the topknot.

No one more than she knew how much Giovanna had worked in her chosen career. Some people might think being a model was frivolous or shallow, but since Giovanna was thirteen, she'd set her heart on being the next Adriana Lima or Arlenis Sosa. And Giovanna had directed her single-minded and sometimes intimidating focus toward her goal. In the last two years, she'd started to gain fame in the United States, booking more jobs, appearing on more covers, walking in more runway shows. Sophia admired her sister's grind and determination, celebrated her success. And she would do anything to support her, but this ...

"I can't just take a day off work. You know Brian is on me twenty-four seven. He's just looking for another reason to write me up." Another reason besides her objecting to him claiming credit for her work, refusing to kiss his ass, and being a woman. Her supervisor was a real charmer. But if she ever wanted to open her own app development company one day, she had to deal with the bullshit at FamFit. At least until she earned enough money — and nerve — to strike out on her own.

"The shoot is in a week. If you ask for a vacation day now, even he can't say no," Giovanna countered.

Sophia groaned. "What you're asking is impossible."

Like a predator sensing the weakening struggle in its prey, Giovanna drew to a halt mid-pace and rushed over to Sophia. "No, it's not. We're identical twins, for chrissakes. No one would be able to tell the difference."

"Are you serious?" Sophia scoffed. "You're" — she waved a hand down her sister's elegant figure — "you. And I'm ... me." She didn't go into further detail, because hell, there wasn't any need. Some things were just self-explanatory. Still, she tried. "Anyone would take a look at you — perfect hair, perfect figure — and immediately tell I'm not you. Supermodel Joan Smalls." She pointed at her twin then jabbed a thumb toward herself. "Igor."

"Oh please." Giovanna flicked a hand as if swatting away her words. "Put on some makeup, remove that hardware from your face, and add hairstyling ..." Her eyes narrowed on the thick mass on top of Sophia's head.

"Hell no," she objected, grabbing the loose bun as if she could protect the strands from her sister. "I'm not getting rid of the blue. Not even for you. I might even love it more than you."

Giovanna smiled, and Sophia smacked her palm to her forehead. If she was already talking in terms of what she wouldn't do, then she was already halfway to relenting. And from the satisfaction in Giovanna's grin that could only be described as cat-who-ate-the-whole-damn-aviary, not just the canary, her twin had caught the slip.

"Oh, I'm sure we could make it work," she purred.

"Oh shit," Sophia muttered, closing her eyes. She'd just capitulated without even a valiant fight. "Just ... shit. Okay, fine," she surrendered on a low groan. "I'll take your place on the sports shoot."

"Fi, thank you, thank you," Giovanna squealed. "And it won't be that bad, I promise. It's not until next week, so I'll give you a crash course on what you need to know. Hell, you might find you enjoy it." Giovanna hugged her tight, squeezing the breath from her. "Thank you," she whispered. "So much. I owe you one."

"Oh shut up," Sophia grumbled, returning the embrace.

Good God in heaven.

What the hell had she just agreed to?

CHAPTER 2

One week later, sitting in a director's chair while a woman with hair the color of a sunset caked what felt like a shitload of foundation on her face, Sophia repeated the same question to herself.

What the hell have I agreed to?

It was four o'clock in the afternoon. She should still be in her office at FamFit, working on their latest fitness app they hoped would give Fitbit a run for its money. Instead, she'd been in this Belltown photography studio since two in the afternoon, submitting to the handling of makeup artists, nail technicians, and hair and clothes stylists. Maybe most women would call this pampering, but not her. Torture. Enduring the slow dripping of water on top of her head might be worse than this ... but not by much.

Christ. How had she let her sister convince her to do this? It's a simple shoot for Sports Unlimited's annual sexiest athletes edition, Giovanna said. You'll be great, Giovanna said. This was crazy. Beyond crazy. Complete lunacy worthy of a stay in Arkham Asylum.

"I don't know what made you decide to color your tips blue, but I love it," Delia, the hairstylist, praised as she wound another lock of hair around the wide barrel of ceramic curlers. "They will look fabulous against the jersey."

"And the tattoo," Mona added, glossing Sophia's cheekbones with a big brush. "What happened, sweetie? Man trouble?" She shook her head, the huge auburn and gold afro quivering around her pretty face. "I almost covered it up, but then I thought it will look gorgeous with the outfit."

Sophia heard the rest of their conversation as if through a thick layer of cotton. Holy shit. Since the peacock tattoo wrapped low around her left hip bone, what the hell kind of outfit did Sheila have planned? When she'd gotten the ink two years ago, it'd been for her, not a man. The peacock had seemed the obvious choice. Vision, guidance ... protection.

The purpose hadn't been to flaunt it in front of God and country.

Ohhhh Jesus, this was a mistake.

"Just a few more touches ..." Mona murmured. A very short time later, she stepped back, surveying her handiwork. A wide smile stretched her vibrantly painted mouth. "Beautiful."

"I'm just about done, too," Delia announced, carefully setting the curlers on the stand next to them. She ran her fingers through Sophia's hair, twisting here, tucking there, before finally cupping her shoulders and turning her toward the lighted mirror.

Sophia sucked in a breath.

The woman who stared wide-eyed back at her was ...stunning.

Big, loose waves tumbled around her face, emphasizing brown eyes that had always seemed average. Now, rimmed in black eyeliner and gold eyeshadow, they appeared darker, mysterious. She suddenly had cheekbones that would've made Kerry Washington grind her teeth in jealousy. And a dark red tint added a lushness to her mouth that almost embarrassed her. This was the mouth of a woman who owned her sensuality, reveled in it.

And liked to be kissed ... a lot.

"Speechless." Delia snickered. "We must be damn good at our jobs."

Yeah, they deserved medals of valor. Because for the first time in her twenty-four years of being Giovanna Cruz's twin, Sophia actually felt as beautiful as her flawless sister.

"Here we go." Sheila, the clothes stylist, materialized behind them, holding up a child-size blue, white, and black jersey with the number 88 emblazoned on the front and ... and ...

She stared at the tiny piece of black cloth that could have generously been called shorts. Very generously.

I'm going to kill you, Giovanna.

"C'mon, hon," Sheila urged, gripping her elbow and propelling her out of the chair. "We don't have a lot of time."

Standing on rubbery legs, she moved behind a partition and wriggled into the shiny booty shorts, muttering under her breath.

And swallowed a groan.

The black, clingy material rode low on her hips, and the colorful bird rose above the band like a vibrant painting. But the hem of the shorts barely cleared the bottom of her ass. If she bent over, everyone would be a season ticketholder to her See You Next Tuesday.

Oh sweet baby Jesus.

Shaking her head, she reached for the jersey. Held up the cropped top.

"Umm." She peeked around the edge of the partition, careful to keep her bared torso hidden. "Is something supposed to go underneath this jersey?" Like a turtleneck.

"Of course," Sheila said, tsking. "I totally forgot." The stylist snatched a hanger off the rack and handed it to Sophia. "Here you go."

Dumbfounded, she stared at the black bra-style garment. The Oh, hell no quivered on her tongue like a notched arrow ready to fly. Giovanna wouldn't have a problem wearing this. And for today, you're Giovanna. And sex sells. The reminder didn't erase the first razor-tipped nails of panic from clawing at her throat.

In that moment, she was transported back years ago to a high-school girls' locker room where, naked and humiliated, she'd gathered her soaked clothes from the shower floor as a group of girls taunted her about her fat ass and dimpled thighs. The shame and helplessness swamped her. And for a long second, she froze, powerless against the ferocity of that memory, once more the heavier, uglier Cruz twin. That time in the shower, surrounded by jeering, snickering mean girls, had also been the last time she'd been naked in front of anyone. Even during sex, she wore a T-shirt or insisted on the dark.

And for all the skin the midriff-baring jersey and brief shorts revealed, she might as well be naked.

God. Briefly closing her eyes, she shuddered. She hadn't been prepared for this emotional backlash when she agreed to her sister's charade.

Man up, girlfriend. You're not that awkward teen anymore. They didn't break you then, and this skimpy outfit won't today.

Minutes later, jersey on, she inhaled a deep breath, pressed her palms to her belly, and straightened her shoulders. Ordinarily she wasn't a praying girl — Easter and Christmas Eve mass was more her speed — but today, she sent up a quick Our Father and followed up with a Hail Mary just to cover all bases.

Showtime.

The cool air of the studio brushed over her skin, raising goose bumps over her arms and legs. The squirming in her stomach hadn't ceased, but she smoothed her face into an impenetrable mask — another inheritance from high school — and followed Sheila down a short flight of stairs and into the main part of the studio.

Huge floor-to-ceiling windows took up one wall, and the afternoon light bathed the wide, open space. Her bare feet slid across the cool, smooth hardwood floors, and she ordered herself not to wrap her arms around herself. WWGD? What Would Giovanna Do? That was her mantra for the day.

Cameras, tripods, chairs, laptops, people — how many did it require to take pictures? — and huge white umbrella-looking stands littered the area. Carefully, she picked her way through the maze of cables, extension cords, and power strips as if they were a nest of reptiles ready to strike at her ankles.

Sheila paused at the edge of the organized chaos, and Sophia followed suit, mentally flipping through the poses her twin had taught her in a modeling crash course. Hips tucked. Back arched. Smize. She absently glanced at the huge backdrop dominating the wall ...

(Continues…)



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MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 Star Review Scoring With The Wrong Twin by Naima Simone Naima Simone is a new author to me and I have to ask myself why that is. This was a relatively quick read but one that ticked all the boxes for me. Sophia Cruz is the shy and geeky identical twin of Giovanna, a successful up and coming model. When her sister convinces her to substitute for her at a modelling shoot, Sophia has no idea that it will change her life in ways she has never imagined. Giovanna has always been the beautiful twin, whilst Sophia was often bullied at school and overlooked as the plain , overweight twin. Attending the shoot Sophia meets and is immediately attracted to Zephirin Black, a tall, gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. Zeph isn’t looking for romance after being badly burnt by his ex girlfriend he has sworn to never trust a woman again, especially if he finds out they have lied to him. However he too is attracted to “Giovanna”, a woman he has met before but who seems so different this time. Sophia is shocked at how beautiful she feels in the photo shoot and decides after initially rejecting Zeph, to jump into a one night stand. Zeph has no idea that Sophia is posing as Giovanna and she is terrified when their one night stand, turns into more and more. What will Zeph do when he finds out that it is Sophia and not Giovanna who has captured his attention? Will he forgive her or walk away? I loved Zeph and Sophia, both separately and together and so wanted them to get their happily ever after. Their chemistry was off the charts and I loved Zeph’s love and devotion for the grandmother who raised him. The characters were relatable and not only was it a spicy read it was also funny. This book had me gripped from the first chapter and I couldn’t put it down, reading in one sitting. I will definitely be reading more from Naima Simone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will not be the last!! Lol This is about 171+ nook pages filled with funny moments, steamy loving, some conflict, and just overall a great read! Two twins, one is a up and coming model/the other a "nerd" who is smart and develops new apps is the less popular of the twins. The twins are close, and Giovanna,model, has a big modeling gig land in her lap in France, but she already had a modeling job to do, a cover for a sport mag. Vanna calls her sister to ask her to step in as her for the cover job. Sophia does it knowing this could be a big break for her sister. At the shoot Sophia meets the other model for the cover, a football player, and she is awe struck......but she was not the only one..........****
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
As a member for The Washington Warriors, Zephirin's job requires focus. That focus was put to the test when Zephirin discovered the "love" of his life was lying to him. She lied, cheated, and stole from him before he realized he had been played. He was so distracted, he put his career in jeopardy. His team lost faith in him, something he vowed to NOT let happen ever again! Until Sophia struts into his life... Sophia grew up bullied and always thought of as "less than" when compared to her identical twin. Sophia was always shy and somewhat a recluse. Her sister, a upcoming model, never had issues with her self esteem. She worked hard to become a model. When she's asked to walk the runway in Paris, she begs Sophia to take her place in a shoot that's to take place the same day. Sophia doesn't want to as she doesn't like to deceive or lie. She also feels she lacks the confidence to step in for her sister. Of course the tattoos and blue streaks in her hair don't match her sister's either! But she doesn't want to let her twin down, so she agrees.....not expecting to meet Zephirin. Zephirin has worked with the Cruz twin before and this wasn't her. She looked like her, sounded the same, but something was off. Sophia was instantly attracted to Zephirin, but knew she didn't have a chance with him. She also didn't want to put her sister's career in jeopardy. Never knowing that Zephirin wanted her too. Until... Wow! Hot. I wanted to eat Zephirin up! I can't wait to see what Naime Simone has in store for the rest of the Warrior players! I loved Sophia's quirkiness, love for others, and intelligence! Her tattoos and blue tipped hair were adorable. Zephirine's love and respect for the grandma who raised him was AWESOME! While he was somewhat cocky, he was very respectful and his manners were a salute to his grandma's teachings. I loved it!!! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I got pulled into the heat of this story quickly. Sophia was such a sweetheart even with her deception and lies to Zephirin. Her heart is a big one and she would do anything for her sister. Zephirin had his own demons hounding him, and when the two figure it all out, I had tears in my eyes. I enjoyed reading this story and recommend it. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Scoring with the Wrong Twin was a GREAT read. Author Naima Simone has become a go to author for me because she creates strong characters & fantastic stories. And the sexy time is pretty steamy too. Zeph and Sophia are so interesting individually & together create a couple you just can't help rooting for. This is the first book in the series WAGS I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Phew--this is one read sure to warm up the coldest winter day! I really liked Sophia and Zephrin's story. (My only regret? We didn't "meet" his grandma in person--just over the phone...no doubt Ms. Simone was afraid she'd take over the book, LOL) The whole identical-twin-switching places story can be fun when done well (probably because we've all secretly wished for an identical twin to switch with, at least once--amiright?), and this one, fortunately, was done well. Even if I did spend three-quarters of the book yelling at her to "Just tell him already!" I get why she didn't, and it's hard to blame her. I mean, you see that cover, right? And somehow the description inside--especially when coupled with his personality--makes him even hotter. I know it shouldn't be possible, but trust me. This one is the first in the WAGS series (Wives And GirlfriendS), and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Simone has in store for Zephrin's teammates! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone, I had no idea what to expect. I’m a huge fan of her Indulgence books, but this marks her first time writing under the Entangled Brazen imprint. What I got was Naima’s standard snarky, sassy heroine and devastatingly sexy, multi-layered hero. The sexy times were kicked up and hot enough to melt steel. I LOVED every page! The story starts off with model Giovanna Cruz begging her identical twin Sophia to take her place at a photoshoot. Giovanna has just double booked herself to walk the runway in Milan the same time she is supposed to do a cover shoot for a sports magazine with Washington Warriors Tight End Zephirin Black. Sophia is everything her up and coming supermodel sister isn’t. She’s an app program designer who is more comfortable with no make-up on, relaxed jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops. She isn’t necessarily shy, but she doesn’t like the spotlight. She has an understated beauty and incredible personality that she doesn't seem to know she has. Reluctantly, Sophia agrees; not knowing what Zephirin looks like or that he has met and worked with Giovanna before. I loved the moment Sophia first lays eyes on Zephirin. This scene was so detailed that it’s like you were actually there. Naima has a way with words that’s simply intoxicating. From start to finish, I was captivated with Scoring With the Wrong Twin. As I kept reading the story, the words “abort, abort, abort” kept echoing in my head. I was so sure how the true identity of Sophia was going to be revealed. To my surprise, it didn’t happen the way I thought it would at all. Sophia and Zephirin were characters who were likeable from the very beginning. In fact, Sophia is the best friend I would love to have. When these two are together, they’re fun, playful, and passionate. I loved the secondary characters of Giovanna, Dom (Quarterback for the Warriors) and Ronin (Wide Receiver for the Warriors). Naima a has set a very high benchmark for this series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed.**
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Naima Simone's new series. All I can say it started off with a bang! I loved Sophia. She's nerdy with blue tipped hair and tat. I found her very relatable especially after I learned about her past. I felt so bad for her because she's being impulsive for once with Zeph, but under false pretenses. You know while reading it's not going to end well. I loved Zeph and Sophia together.They had a ton of chemistry. I loved the detailed way Simone described the characters because I could picture them perfectly in my head. Also I'm eagerly awaiting the sory of Zeph's teammate that was described to be a Sam Heughan look alike. Great kick off to the series and looking forward to more from this series.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the sports romance trope, as well as author Naima Simone. Scoring With the Wrong Twin is Ms. Simone's latest book, and it the love story between an application developer and a professional football player. Both main characters are interesting, exciting and hot. Sophia Cruz and Giovanna Cruz are identical twin sisters. Both are beautiful and smart. However, growing up Sophia was a nerd and was picked on relentlessly. Giovanna was popular and outgoing, the complete opposite of Sophia. Giovanna is a model and has been asked to walk the runway in Milan. Since she is already scheduled for a promotional shoot, Sophia reluctantly agrees to take her sister's place just this one time. Footballer Zephirin Black is in the photo shoot as well, and he and Sophia share a lustful attraction. After much hemming and hawing, they both agree to a very temporary, sex only relationship. They fall into lust and love, and all the while Zeph believes Sophia to be Giovanna. Their relationship gives Sophia the strength to stand up for herself in the workplace. I liked this story and how the author evolved Sophia's character into a strong, independent woman. Sophia and Zeph are a fun couple and their sexy times are steamy. The plot was repetitive at times and I would have enjoyed it more as a novella. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another… Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good. Review: What a great story of mistaken identity and the love that grows off that mistake. I loved that Sophia is a geeky, awkward twin. Who has not dreamed about having a twin and switching places??? I know I did as a kid. That the premise is around this and then incorporates professional athletics was a great idea. Zeph is great too, having been burned before he still puts himself out there for Sophia. Of course, it all comes to a head when Zeph learns the truth and these two must work out the real people they are. I have read Ms. Simone before and like her other books, this one is very well-written, with interesting characters and a story premise that draws you in. This is the first book in a new series, so if you read it now you won't miss out on anything. This adult, sexy version is perfect if you like romance with heart and good ol' sexy times. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister. After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another… Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good. Review: What a great story of mistaken identity and the love that grows off that mistake. I loved that Sophia is a geeky, awkward twin. Who has not dreamed about having a twin and switching places??? I know I did as a kid. That the premise is around this and then incorporates professional athletics was a great idea. Zeph is great too, having been burned before he still puts himself out there for Sophia. Of course, it all comes to a head when Zeph learns the truth and these two must work out the real people they are. I have read Ms. Simone before and like her other books, this one is very well-written, with interesting characters and a story premise that draws you in. This is the first book in a new series, so if you read it now you won't miss out on anything. This adult, sexy version is perfect if you like romance with heart and good ol' sexy times. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! It's my first by this author, but it will not be my last! Sophia Cruz is a shy, geeky girl with a love for computer coding and creating apps. She's certainly far different from her gorgeous, outgoing, professional model of an identical twin sister, Giovanna. Giovanna asks a HUGE favor from Sophia, and she just can't say no to her twin. So, she agrees to step in and complete a photo shoot in Giovanna's place, so no one will be the wiser. She never imagined she'd meet a man she'd be interested in, and then have to lie to. Zephirin Black is a professional football player, and he's surprised by Giovanna when they do the modeling shoot together for the sports magazine. He's worked with her before and found her aloof and not his type. But this time, she seems different, more open and honest, and he's intrigued. He asks her out after their mega chemistry on the photo shoot set. He's been burned by a woman before, and he let it mess with his mind, and his game. Football is the most important thing in his life now. He has no intention of letting anything mess with his game, especially not another woman. Zeph and Sophia's chemistry was through the roof hot, and you could feel them sizzle off the page. I loved their connection, and their interactions with each other. It was a bit of a stressful read for me, as I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, about Sophia's true identity. I knew it would be so hard, and it was. Honesty was so important to Zeph after what happened with his ex, and it killed Sophia every time she lied to him, even by omission. But, she can't sell her twin out, and so she keeps the truth to herself, much longer than she should. I really enjoyed watching Sophia's internal conflict playing out, while she's finding such a strong, real connection with Zeph, amidst the lies and half-truths. I really enjoyed the side characters here in Zeph's group of friends, and I'm looking forward to their stories, since this is to be a series. I also loved Sophia's sister. Though she asks this large favor of her sister, she doesn't take Sophia for granted. They are very close and Giovanna is a strong defender of Sophia as well, and I enjoyed their close sister/twin bond. I love seeing positive relationships between women in books, be it friends or sisters, and I love that though they were so different, there was never any real competition between them. They each had their own thing, and were happy with their chosen lives. I love a great sports romance, and I really enjoyed this story. I'm so thrilled to have found a new-to-me author with a backlist I can dig into. I anxiously await the next book in this series!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN is the first installment in Naima Simone’s sexy, contemporary, adult, romance story lin. This is app developer Sophia Cruz, and Washington Warriors’ tight end Zephirin Black’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Zeph and Sophia) SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN is a ‘twin trope’ romance story line that follows the building relationship between professional football tight end Zephirin Black, and app developer Sophia Cruz-a woman our hero believes to be model Giovanna Cruz. Giovanna Cruz is a model who double booked a shoot with Zephirin Black and Sports Unlimited, and the runways of Milan but having a twin sister came in handy especially when no one could tell them apart. Enter Sophia Cruz, nerdy, tattooed and pierced sister of up and coming model Giovanna Cruz, and the woman with whom Zephirin Black would fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Zeph and Sophia, and the fall out when Sophia and Giovanna’s ruse of a lie is revealed. Zephirin Black has been burned in the past, and all he asks, going forward, is honesty in his relationships but Zeph has no idea that the woman with whom he is falling in love is not the woman she purports herself to be. Sophia Cruz knows the longer she continues to lie the more likely she is about to destroy not only her heart but the heart of the man she is starting to love. On several occasions she has attempted to reveal the truth but in the end, her meagre attempts made for a less than honest romance. The relationship between Zeph and Sophia begins as a lie; a lie meant to protect the sister she loves but a lie that will once again destroy Zeph’s faith in relationships and love. Burned in the past, Sophia’s lies reignite the betrayal of a previous love. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to a number of Zeph’s teammates and friends including Ronin , Dom, Tennyson, Jason and Renee. There is something developing between friends Dom and Tennyson; and the one-time ‘friends with benefits’ relationship between Jason and Renee has placed a strain on the tight knit group of friends. SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN has a little bit of everything: conflict and drama; betrayal and heart break; forgiveness and love. The premise is spicy and captivating; the romance is sexy and passionate; the characters are colorful and energetic. SCORING WITH THE WRONG TWIN is a fast paced, encouraging and heart-warming story-perfect to curl up and read on a cold winter’s night.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Hot dog. Naima Simone’s Scoring with the Wrong Twin captured me completely, and I am dying for more from this author. Sophia Cruz is tired of playing by the rules, and when her twin sister asks Sophia to pretend to be her at a modeling shoot, Sophia agrees. But her rules are completely thrown out the window when her modeling partner, tight end for the Washington Warriors, Zeph walks into the room. As the lies pile up, Sophia wonders if it’s over before it even begins. Mistaken identity. One night to more. This book just hit all the right notes. I enjoyed Sophia. She’s an app designer (love!) who is trying to work her way up in her company. She’s a little shy and guarded, but when she meets Zeph, she discovers this bold, sensual woman who just wants a piece of the commanding football player. I also like how timely and relevant the plot was. Something I really like in my contemporaries is watching the hero and heroine not only fight to be together but fight for their dreams. You get that with Sophia’s storyline here. She’s working in a predominately male-dominated field and her boss…uck! And Zeph…oh, what a delightful hero he was! Super sweet yet bold and confident and sexy. He remembers Sophia’s sister—the poised, no holds barred model—and Sophia is completely different. But he can only offer her one night despite the chemistry crackling at his fingertips. I mean all the secrets upon secrets…I could NOT stop reading. And the connection…I seriously read through these spicy as hell scenes and just had to sit back and say, “well, darn.” They were so charged, I felt like my skin was on fire. The ending left me grinning like crazy. I have found a new auto-buy author, and I’ll recommend this book all day long. 5 Stars!
ASinTex More than 1 year ago
Sexy, Unexpected, Touching, Beautiful. This book will break your heart and then put it back together. The characters jump off the page and take you with them on a journey from lust to love. I couldn't put it down. While taking the reader along for an epic love affair, Ms. Simone addresses bullying, deception, trust, insecurity and so much more at a carnal level that we can all relate to. We all have those childhood/High School moments that define the adults we become and give us our most difficult hang-ups, which we spend our lives trying to overcome. In Scoring With the Wrong Twin you'll feel the pain and the triumph. This love conquers all book is just what the doctor ordered. Must Read!
Timitra More than 1 year ago
Rated 4.5 Stars I absolutely adored this book. It was funny, hot and had the most relatable characters I've read in a long time. I loved both main characters but I loved the heroine Sophia more because I identified with her on so many levels. I think the author did a great job portraying her characteristics and highlighting her issues while showing her growth throughout. I loved that the hero was sweet, sexy and a dirty talker. He was the perfect match for the heroine. I definitely recommend this book to one and all especially if you love stories that are funny, sexy, dirty and have heart to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot, Sexy, Fun! I had the pleasure of receiving an early copy of this novel to review and I am so glad I did! I’m a fan of the author and her latest did not disappoint. When I first found out the book involved a twin mix-up I guessed the Hero was the twin. Nope, it was the heroine and I loved it! Sophia pretends to be her model sister for a day, to help said sister out. She never expects to meet Zephirin, a star football player who ignites every flame Sophia had. This story was super sexy. I loved the chemistry between Sophia and Zephirin, loved the stakes, and thoroughly enjoyed how everything was wrapped up. I highly recommend this novel!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Smart and well written Scoring With the Wrong Twin put me through an emotional wringer. There were times I wanted to smack Sophia and Zephirin. I really liked these characters and wanted them to find happiness but they were determined to take the hard route and drag me along for the ride. If hunky heroes and nerdy girls work for you you will love this story.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Dwelling in the shadows is no way to live. With an overpowering twin and a sense of self that is less than ideal, Sophia has spent her life dreaming of breaking free, but not quite sure how. When this timid wallflower gets roped into an awkward situation, her world starts to look up. Zeph is all the things she's never wanted, yet now can't see herself living without. Sophia has self-esteem issues, Zeph has trust issues and the secret she hides could implode what they've started to build together. Scoring with the Wrong Twin is a tempestuous romance with a powerful message of self image and second chances.