She’s his best friend’s little sister and off limits.
College freshman, Finley Farrow, has two fairly ambitious goals this school year: make the football team and get over Shepard Connelly. The gorgeous football player with the magnificent voice would one day be a star on or off the field. But he’ll never see her as more than his best friend’s sister. Now her eye is on the end zone. Making the team could turn out to be the easy part. Practicing with Shepard every day while ignoring her feelings? The real challenge.
Shepard hasn’t had it easy like the Farrows. He won his ticket to the prestigious Layton University through football. Yet his passion lies in music. His killer smile can get him almost any girl he wants, except the one he can’t have. Everything he’s wanted to say to her is channeled into his soul wrenching lyrics. But he’s been sitting on the sideline far too long and it’s time to make a move before the team’s starting quarterback wins her heart.
A life altering accusation could fumble everything for him. Most importantly, his big play for the only girl he’s ever wanted.
Family, friendship and love bind them together. Secrets, lies, and rules keep them apart.
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About the Author
Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she's always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.
Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 1/2 stars A Your-Mileage-May-Vary (YMMV) Review With sports and music in the same novel, I thought I’d finally found a New Adult novel that I could come away liking. Unfortunately, Songs for Cricket isn’t going to be that novel. Songs for Cricket is told in first person POVs of Finley, the young woman who wants to make her college football team, and Shepard, her brother’s best friend who she’s crushed on forever. And this is problematic because the narrative is extremely stingy in providing details regarding other characters, environment, etc. The first chapter dumps the reader into a narration of how Finley has always been with August, Cooper, and Shepard, but doesn’t take the time to point out that August and Cooper and her are triplets until a few paragraphs down. And as for Shepard, we get a clumsy sentence like: “However, I didn’t share DNA with only one of them.” And, then we’re expected to know who Finn (no relation to Finley), Sawyer, Ash, and Chance are (they all appeared in previous novels). Frankly, I was so confused by this first chapter that Songs for Cricket almost became a DNF right there. Like many novels in the subgenre, Songs for Cricket excels at sex, angst, and drama. Where it shines, from my perspective, is when it finds something to focus on rather than the repetitive character drama. Such as when there are football games or Finley attends her architecture class and researches her project. I loved the kick competition between Finley and Bryant, the other kicker, as well as the scrimmage when Finley, her brothers, and Shepard get a chance to show off. That was good fun in a novel where there’s not much fun. If you follow my reviews, you know music is one of my favorite subjects. Here it was a bit of a let-down. I would have loved it if we were shown that Shepard was absorbed in and by his music but no. I expected there to be some tension between him fulfilling the requirements of his scholarship (which were totally disregarded here, by the way) and chasing his dream of music but, again, nothing. The writing itself is frequently uneven and cliche driven. Characterization is minimal with both August and Shepard demonstrating Neanderthal testosterone levels by wanting to punch anyone who looks at Finley, and, of course, there are actual punches thrown. Eyeroll. However, and this is where YMMV comes in, I know that many readers love the angsty drama-laden, testosterone-driven romance that is Songs for Cricket and they won’t be bothered by the elements that bother me because they’ll be far too caught up in the story of Finley and Shepard. And that, my friends, is why there are different strokes for different folks. Or, rather, books for every reader. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars I'm chirping all over this one! (I know that was lame but I can't help it.) Songs for Cricket is sweet and wonderful. It's unrequited and long time love. It's a brother's best friend romance. It's also a sports Romance. It is a lot of things but most importantly it will leave you with a smile on your face and stars in your eyes. It will also leave you with linger questions about the rest of the crew. Here's to answers in our futures.
Coming of Age Finley and Shepard grew up together; literally in some ways. Due to his father’s convictions Shephard had moved in with the Farrow’s until he finished high school. He was best friends with Finley’s triplet brothers August and Cooper. Finley grew up running with the boys playing football and anything else the boys were up to. Upon going to college and sharing a town house with her brothers and Shepard, Finley was finally going to take a chance and try out for the football team. She was also ready to deal with her feelings for Shepard. It was her spirit and never gives up attitude that I liked which would also bleed over into the drama that ended up falling into Shepard’s lap. This book did touch on a subject that is facing many colleges today. It also brought to the forefront that some things are not always as they seem. This was a book that kept me turning page after page. It took my heart on a ride that I didn’t want to get off and left me with some unanswered dealings with August.
3 1/2 Stars. Shepard has been in love with Finley since they were kids, but she has always been off limits because she is his best friend’s sister. Finley has always loved Shepard, but she believes she’s only a tomboy in his eyes. But when they head off to college, everything changes as Finley tries out for the college football team ... and makes it. Shepard has to make his move before he looses her forever to a teammate. This is a sweet romance with a good storyline, but there were no surprises ... everything was predictable. I didn’t fall in love with the main characters, but they were okay. I thought that Finley’s brothers (August and Cooper) were very interesting and I hope they get their own stories. I received an early copy courtesy of EverAfter Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
I really enjoyed this coming of age, forbidden romance. When the Farrow triplets head off for college along with their best friend, Shepard Connelly, they see a new world of possibilities. Finley wants to start a new life where her father doesn't hold her back in favor of her brothers and to get over her crush on Shepard as well. She wants to find new friends and to make the football team. She is independent, competitive, and determined to prove herself on and off the field. Shepard is a poetic soul, but needs his football scholarship to pay for school. He has loved his best friends sister for a long time but doesn't feel worthy of her because of his meager and shameful family history. The chemistry between Shepard and Finley was palpable, but they didn't know how to navigate their relationship from friends to lovers without hurting her brothers, August and Cooper. College life brings all the complications and challenges that make Shepard, Finley, and her brothers grow from all their mistakes and successes. This is a sweet, steamy, and angsty romance, with several twists and turns that kept me totally engaged. This is a good start to this new series and I can't wait for August and Cooper Farrows story!