Monday, November 16, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for The Last First Game (The Senior Semester #1) by Gina Azzi

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gina Azzi's The First Last Game. Check out my review and then enter the giveaway!

The Last First Game by Gina Azzi 
(The Senior Semester Series, #1) 
Publication date: November 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.
Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blonde, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better?
When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery?
As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?


★★  stars

Something about the synopsis of this book called to me. I'm so glad I listened to my instincts and read the book. I really enjoyed reading it. There's a great blend of romance, friendship, and emotion that grabbed my attention. At the heart of the book is a sports romance, but there's so much more to it.

I loved that the book was told from both points of view, especially with everything Cade and Lila experience. It was really easy to like Lila and Cade. They were friendly, considerate, and talented. It was obvious from their first meeting that there was something special between them. I really felt like they just sort of fell into an easy relationship with each other. There weren't really any sort of games they played with each other. Of course that easiness and smoothness didn't remain for long as life decided to play with them instead.

There were a couple of things I really liked about this book. One was how a number of very sensitive topics Cade and Lila dealt with were handled. Each matter was shown realistically and addressed fairly. Another was the power of friendship. Lila and her girl friends really relied on one another and it was wonderful to see such strong bonds of female friendship. I enjoyed getting peeks at what was going in their lives and I look forward to reading more about them in the following books in this series.

Gina Azzi has done a wonderful job at portraying not just college life and the perils it has, but she does a great job at portraying divisions in the family. It hurt to see Lila so upset about her father's actions and reactions to what she wanted to do with her life. I just wish I'd been able to read a little more about the rest of Lila's family. As it is, when the book ended I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Lila and Cade. I do hope I'll see more of them in the other books in this series.

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*


Gina Azzi loved every moment of college – especially her study abroad experiences, internships, and travel adventures! She drew on her college experiences to create the storylines for The Senior Semester Series.

Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband Tony.

Gina loves meeting new people and would love to hear from you! Get in touch with her at:

Twitter: @gina_azzi


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