I received this book for free from Author, Carrie Aaron in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Carrie Aarons on June 2, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Sports Romance
Source: Author, Carrie Aaron
They call him the second coming. Of honor for British football. Of God in an athlete’s body. Of every English woman’s fantasy.
Jude Davies is my country’s prodigy on the pitch. More famous than the nobility in Buckingham Palace, he and his merry band of scoundrels rule the Rogue Football Academy and the London nightlife scene alike.
And now, he’s aiming his well-honed set of skills directly at me. His devilish charm is lethal, but with the tragic hand life has dealt me, distractions like him aren’t an option.
Plus, we’re only playing a game. One of convenience, where he needs me to save his reputation, and I need his money to save the one person I love.
Until he wraps me around that immoral finger. Until I crave that reckless, wild high he provides. Until I hope for a future that will never happen.
That’s the thing about going toe-to-toe with the next football legend. He’s faster, stronger, and will destroy me every time.
The Second Coming is the first book in Carrie Aarons’ new series Rogue Academy. The Second Coming has a little bit of angst, steam and drama. It keeps you on your toes and you end up reading the entire thing one sitting. The Second Coming is a sort of spin off of Carrie’s previous novel Red Card, you actually don’t need to read Red Card to understand the Second Coming. However, it does have a bit of spoilers so if you want to read Red Card, I would but you don’t have to.
What I liked:
- The Heroine – Aria! Aria is probably one of my top favorites of Carrie’s heroines. She is strong. She works multiple shifts at work to help her dad, she keeps her head down and works really hard. I loved how caring, sweet and honest she was. She wasn’t afraid to put herself first and didn’t accept anything less than what she deserved from Jude. I thought that was truly awesome.
- Jude – Jude was a complex character but there was just something about him that I didn’t care too much for. He was a bit too arrogant, but he had a good heart. It took a bit of time to get to see a softer side of him and that side was good. I liked him but I also didn’t like him so that was a bit conflicting.
- The Romance – I really liked how hard Jude worked towards simply being friends with Aria first. He didn’t push her to have sex, he worked at her pace and I also loved how encouraging he was. He knew she was hard working and although he could help her, he knew she wouldn’t accept it. I thought that was sweet. It was very sweet, and I enjoyed the romance.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Repetitive – I felt like the idea that Jude was the second coming of Killian Ramsey (he is a character from Carrie’s previous novel Red Card) was repeated over and over again that it got a little annoying.
- Some of Jude’s actions – Jude has always known he would be a huge star, however he kept letting the bad boy image get to him. That was a bit annoying because he had such a bright future in front of him that he kept messing it up for such silly things. He also did immature things like egg the teacher’s door. So that was very eye rolling.
I thought this was a decent start to the series. Jude and Aria have a real relationship that went from friendship of some sorts to a relationship. I personally enjoyed their banter, their chemistry. I am very excited to see how the series will turn out. I love the little Easter eggs that Carrie leaves in her novels for the upcoming books.