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Foul Play (Barlow Sisters #3) by Jordan Ford

posted 14 Nov 2017, 00:48 by Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books!
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#Contemporary, #Young_Adult, #Romance

She's playing a dangerous game...

She's following her heart. He's looking for redemption.
Can they beat a bad rap and slide home safe?

Chloe Barlow has always wanted to give back. But when she volunteers at the local soup kitchen, her good deed is repaid with a violent attack. The biggest surprise comes when Armitage's resident bad boy saves Chloe and leaves a sweet note in her locker the following day. Could Chloe's classmates have been wrong about him the whole time?

Vincent Mancini hasn't cared about his reputation in years. At least, not until Chloe looked in his direction. With his older brother in jail and a rocky home life, it was always easy to accept the troublemaker label. But it turns out Vincent's brother may be innocent and with Chloe agreeing to a date, things are looking up for the troublemaker... 

Chloe is determined to prove her classmates wrong about Vincent by clearing his brother's name. But as their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Chloe could end up with something much more serious than a broken heart...

Foul Play is the final standalone book in the Barlow Sisters Trilogy, a series of simmering YA contemporary romance novels. If you like forbidden love stories, complex characters, and high-adrenaline mysteries, then you'll love Jordan Ford's sports romance series.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Foul Play is the third and final book in the Barlow Sisters Trilogy. This time we focus on Chloe, the youngest of the three. She is a year younger than Maddie and Max, but is stubborn and passionate about what she believes. She knows it is a tough, hard world out there, but is convinced that if she can spread some goodness - just a little bit at a time - then eventually, the world will be a better place. This could lead to a whole world of hurt, but luckily for Chloe, she has a warrior who wants to protect her. A warrior who is down and broken, scarred with life, but not beyond Chloe's help. Together, these two help each other and the world too.

Jordan Ford has managed to write Chloe to perfection. I was a little bit worried from the first two books that she would by 'too' sweet, but instead, she comes across as naive but strong. Vincent is her perfect foil, and does what he can to protect her, even taking physical beatings to keep someone away from her. The storyline that has spread across all three books comes to a close here, and it was the most brilliant ending. It didn't go the way I thought at all, but once I read it, I couldn't envisage it any other way. Max and Maddie don't feature as much in this book, not until the end. We still have parts that overlap with other books, but it is totally from Chloe and Vincent's perspective.

Also, Jordan Ford has once again given me smiles, when she gives an extended epilogue at the end. Yes, I know I'm greedy, but I do love knowing how the characters are getting on at some point in the future. I won't share any spoilers, but I'm happy with how it ends!

Extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow; this book was a smooth read from start to finish. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author. 

“Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”

Her first series, The Big Play Novels, is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho.

"I've totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts."

Her second series, The Brotherhood Trilogy, delves into romantic suspense and she's enjoyed delving into more intense stories still soaked in romance. 

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