Book Review: Rivaled

 Rivaled, book four in the Kensley Panther series, by Nicole Dykes is NOW LIVE!

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Coach. That’s who I am. The strong, levelheaded, always-dependable coach.

But then my wife left me. And my daughter—well, according to the town—she ran off and left me too. Now I’m branded with scandal.

My reputation is at stake, and I have to play by the rules if I want to keep my job.

But then . . . Along comes Chance Leighton—a rule breaker with a scandal of his own. And worse, he’s not from here. He’s a Big Bend Bear.

I need to keep my head down and follow the rules of this town. This town that’s kept me in their perfect package since day one.

But he makes me want to rebel. To break free and live my life how I want.

So I have a choice to make. A choice that rivals all others. One that’ll change everything.


He’s the coach. I’m an outsider.

There’s no bigger rivalry than the one between the Big Bend Bears and the Kensley Panthers. But here I am, forced to work alongside Kensley’s stubborn, grumpy coach.

There’s no way he’ll give me a shot. He sees me how they all do—wrapped up in scandal and exiled from the only place I’ve ever called home.

Just for being who I truly am.

He follows the rules. He believes in a strict structure. It’s worked for him. But I want to chip away at this town’s idea of him and see the real man.

Can rivals become friends? Can they become even more?

I don’t know the answer to that, but we’re about to find out. Because he’s so much more than who this town makes him out to be.

It’s up to him, but I’m ready for the challenge if he’ll just reach out and take it.

My Review

I felt for Noah and Chance. They both were considered outcasts by rumors. Rumors can be a dangerous thing. I am glad when Noah felt able to release his truth, but I would have liked a bit slower burn before these two hooked up.

That is where I felt was missing some is the emotional connection. I did feel it between these two but would have liked to have gotten to see these two interacting as a couple before the physical attraction. Yet, as the story progressed, I did really grow close to these two. They made a good couple. The age gap was just a number.

I also really enjoyed Noah's daughter, LeAnn and her story. Seeing her and Noah interact together as father and daughter was nice.

Author Bio:

Nicole Dykes is a wife and a professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she's a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance. She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee that fuels her writing.

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