My Review: First and Goal by Kata Cuic

My Review:  First and Goal by Kata CuicFirst and Goal by Kata Cuic
Series: Moving the Chains #1
Publication Date: June 20, 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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Eva Papageorgiou has one goal: to make it through her senior year of high school unseen and unscathed. But when her strategy to stay out of the limelight is derailed by rampant rumors, she’s forced to change tactics. Her new game plan is to keep everyone at arm’s length. Especially boys. So when she’s partnered up in class with the hot as hell varsity quarterback, she pushes and pushes.

Until he pushes back.

Rob Falls just wants to fit in. With his teammates, with his friends, with everyone. His image as the quintessential jock makes him feel like a fraud. Especially since it’s the only reason all the girls at school want him, except the one girl he dreams about. She wants nothing to do with him. When he’s forced to tutor the class pariah, he realizes it’s time to get in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.

She’s going to help him get exactly what he wants, whether she knows it or not.

Life doesn’t come with a playbook, but Rob knows this could be the most important play he’ll ever make.

My Review

First and Goal by Tara Cuic is book one in the Moving the Chains book. It is a YA romance novel.

The girl I wanted was so far out of my league though. The more I watched her, the more that painful act became clear. Still, I couldn’t quite bring myself to give up hope that she could be mine.

Eva, “Evie”, and Rob have known each other since freshman year after they clumsily bumped into each other in the hallway. Now in their final year of high school, each has changed, but some hidden facts remain the same. They’ve both had their eyes set on one person since that day, and neither of them can remove their special person from their mind.

Second chances like this only come around once in a lifetime, and I can’t afford to blow it.

First and Goal was the age-old game of cat and mouse…except typically the roles of cat and mouse are well-defined. In this story, the main characters, Eva and Rob take turns in these positions, creating a story that went beyond the great chase. Mixed in with this were the other aspects that make high school reads authentic, tight friends, jealous rivals, sports, and family. This story was cute, flirty, and funny, with an ending that made me lose my head, quite literally, turning the former emotions of a light and hope-filled read into a haunting scream. I am so glad I waited until the release of book two to read this series, and am running to get more. It was an escape that should be read by all.


4.5 Stars

About Kata Cuic

Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.

She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.

She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.

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