Review: False 9 (Megan Erickson)

False 9
Author: Megan Erickson
Publication Date: February 4, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★


A mouthy soccer stud virgin meets the secretive new girl on campus…

The last time I got laid was… oh right. Never. The only game I have is on the soccer field, where I mostly exist to make my teammates look good. I don’t get the glory or the girl, and in true Lavin Saint fashion, the first impression I make to the gorgeous new girl on campus is chair-crashingly, soul-crushingly bad.

Bianca Santos seems undeterred and even intrigued by my inability to form coherent sentences around her, which is why it sucks when I find out she’s my coach’s niece. Off limits.

Except Bianca doesn’t listen to that memo, and the more she focuses on me with those beautiful brown eyes, the less I care about the real possibility of being relegated to the bench. So when I find out she’s hiding something that’s threatening her, I’m done playing passive defense. I’m on the offensive now, no matter the risk—my sport, my sanity, or my life.

This time, I’m getting the glory. And the girl.

False 9 is a standalone romantic comedy with some sports, a bit of action, and a whole lot of sarcasm. HEA and no cliffhanger.

False 9 was my first time reading a book by Megan Erickson. She’s not an author I’ve had on my must read list, but I have seen her name around a lot. What drew me to read False 9 was a review I read by my blogger friend, Lenore. She had some really great things to say about False 9. After reading her review, I decided that I wanted to read this book.

I didn’t have quite the same reaction to False 9. I honestly think it might have been the books I read prior to picking it up. I had a couple of 5 star reads with some pretty darn amazing writing. False 9 just didn’t have the same level of writing. I liked it, but wasn’t blown away.

Lavin Saint was a cute character. He was this studly soccer player, but he was super awkward and insecure when it came to the ladies. It was pretty darn adorable and refreshing. He won me over with his sweetness. I liked who he was. He was a good guy to himself, his family, his friends, and Bianca.

Bianca… I hate to say it, but I didn’t like her. She was going through some tough stuff. I completely understood some of her reactions, but others were just nuts. I think her personality hit me wrong from the beginning. There is a comment about something that happened and what she thought that struck a nerve with me and set me off on the wrong foot with her. Which I feel bad about because she did really care about Lavin. They did have great chemistry.

There were two things about this book that stuck out to me. One was Lavin’s group of soccer friends. I loved all of them! Despite not falling completely in love with False 9, I would be tempted to read books about Zac, Dre, and especially Shane. The other was this cool suspense part of the book. That really got my attention and kept me reading.

False 9 might not been my favorite sports romance, but I still enjoyed it. I might not have had as strong of reaction to it as Lenore, but I do think it was well worth reading.

21 thoughts on “Review: False 9 (Megan Erickson)”

  1. Honestly, Megan’s self-published books never come close to what her edited published ones are. I’ve read her backlist and I’ve noticed that I don’t enjoy her self-published ones. I’m glad you still liked it enough. You should try her Mechanics of Love series. I love that one!

  2. I read False 9 and I didn’t love it. I don’t know if I’ll review it because honestly I can’t put my finger on what made me not like it. I really liked Lavin and his friends but that’s about it. Sorry you didn’t like it too.

    1. I bet you would like this one if you like her writing. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts after you read it!

  3. I can’t really recall if I’ve ever read a Megan Erickson book before – maybe? We don’t usually get virgin heroes, and add in the fact that soccer is my favorite sport, so I can’t help but be excited for this. I’m glad you liked it enough. Great review!

  4. Have I heard of this author before? I can’t remember…isn’t that sad? lol!! Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more! Is it weird that I dislike when authors put HEA at the end of the synopsis? Most of the time we get one but sometimes there’s an off chance we won’t and I feel spoiled 🙁 I’m strange, ignore me lol

    1. The only time I heard of her was that she was involved with that mess with Santino Hassel (or whatever “his” name was). They co-authored some books.

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