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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

 

“What if I don’t think of you as a sibling, Hazel? What if I never have? What if I don’t ever want to?” I heard him mumble into the top of my hair.

My breath caught. My stomach somersaulted and I closed my eyes. I could still hear his heart beating beneath my ear. It quickened with every second and I knew it probably scared him to death to say it. It wasn’t like I hadn’t already known how he felt. It was always there in the thousands of ways he showed me all the time. Actions meant so much more than words and Oliver’s actions were bigger than life.

I didn’t know what to say, so I said nothing at all. I just lay there. It wasn’t like I could say that I’d never thought about it. It wasn’t like I could tell him I didn’t have any feelings for him. Because I didn’t lie to Oliver. Ever.

So when I felt his fingers slip beneath my chin and lift my eyes to his and slowly lower his face to mine, I didn’t say anything. I didn’t say stop, or tell him what a horrible idea this was. No, I wanted this. Now. Later I’d tell him it was because I’d drunk too much or that he was too young to know how he felt for me. But now, I let his nose brush the tip of mine. I felt the quivering intake of his breath against my lips and I closed my eyes and waited, my skin vibrating with awareness.

One, two, three times he brushed the lush softness of his lips across mine. Slowly. Deliberately. Every feathery touch of his mouth against mine like a hot iron to my soul. One, two, three times my breath caught and my heart stuttered. Finally his lips pressed to mine so lovingly, so softly, so damn heartfelt that my nose burned with emotion. He didn’t open his mouth or force his kiss. No, Oliver’s mouth was as effortlessly sweet as him. For seconds that felt both too long and too short he held his mouth to mine and we finally pulled away and he rested his forehead against mine. I felt a tear slip free and slide down my face.

Because all that kiss did was remind me of Oliver’s innate goodness and why I couldn’t have him. He deserved someone a thousand times better than me. Not some fucked-up girl who cut herself. Not some girl who would never amount to much because she’d never been much or had much.

I brought my own hand up to his jaw, cradling it in my hand like the precious thing it was. “Winnie,” I choked out, trying to explain as more tears threatened to spill over and onto my face.

“Shhhhh. It’s okay,” he whispered, pulling me back down onto his chest and laying down in the bed. “Just sleep.” He rubbed my hair and my back and soothed me.

And there he went saving me again. Or maybe this time he was just saving himself.


About the Author

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Our Review

‘Her favorite thing in the world seemed to be giving me shit. And still I sought her out like a fool.’

The First Score by Amie Knight was such an emotional and angsty read, we literally could not put it down. A unique take on a soulmate love story spanning years. Talk about slow-burn romance, this right here is the definition of it and it was deliciously agonising and left us emotionally frustrated, but in a really good way. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and just so agonisingly good! The First Score covers a multitude of serious issues as well as a delectable friends to lovers’ romance.

‘I hated how much he made me feel. And I loved it. I loved it more than anything.’

Oh, be still our beating hearts, because Oliver may be one of our favourite male characters we’ve encountered in a while. He was just everything. So incredibly loyal, kind, passionate, protective and the way in which he was written was uniquely superb. So many things could have gone wrong in writing a character like this with such a strong sense of restraint and such a massively loving heart, but Amie Knight nailed it. His whole persona was just perfection. We fell in love with ‘Winnie’ and would be so very proud to wear his jersey! When Oliver loves, he really does truly LOVE!

“How do you always do that?”
“Do what?”
“Come when I need you. Save me.”

Whilst Hazel comes across as a fierce and strong woman, she is so emotionally messed up from a horrendous childhood and an acute sense of abandonment, resulting in a distorted view on relationships. Her grandad being the one exception to her self-imposed rules. Hiding her scars both literally and figuratively underneath layers of protection she only shows what she wants to share, unable and unwilling to let anyone in. Her grandad is the only one who sees the truth, and with time, Oliver.

‘She’s special, you know? And special girls have to be taken care of. Their hearts are bigger, which make them all the more delicate.’

We cannot stress how hard we fell for Oliver. WE LOVED HIM! And Hazel, the sweet girl who just needed to be cared for, loved and understood. The First Score was such a wonderful story of perseverance, friendship, love and healing.  The only reason this wasn’t a five star read for us was because of what to us felt like a rushed end after such an agonising slow burn romance. We were suddenly told, instead of left to experience which was so brilliant throughout the story. One moment in particular, we would have loved to be a part of. Oh how we would’ve loved to have been there and felt that final crux of the story moment of pure heart-rending happiness. We certainly won’t be forgetting Oliver Winston Knox!

“You know you’ve been putting doors between us for a long time. And one day you’re going to realise that a door isn’t going to keep me from you. Because I’m always here Hazel. Right on the other side, waiting. And all you have to do is open the door. That’s it. It’s so simple and yet so hard. And trust me, I know it’s difficult for you. But if you just opened up, I could love you like you deserve to be loved. In difficult times like these, I could hold you up a hell of a lot better if there wasn’t always a barrier between us. But I’m a patient man, baby, and I loved you since the first day I saw you.”

Synopsis

There was something about that first score, and not just on the football field.

I loved all of life’s firsts, which was why I’d been saving mine for one girl, my older sister’s best friend—Hazel Jones.

She was tough and sarcastic with walls around her heart as tall as a football stadium, but I knew she was the one for me.

Desperate times called for desperate measures and I’d have done anything to make her mine.

Like create a fake online persona.
Lie about my age.
Pretend I wasn’t some naive virgin.

And catfish the hell out of the love of my life.

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12 Comments:


  1. Maria said:

    I loved this book! Once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down! Amie’s books are always so good!

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      She really is! Love all her books xoxo

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  2. Maxine said:

    Reading this right now and loving it! Thanks for the rec x

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Yay! xoxo

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  3. Teresa said:

    This is my next read!! I can’t wait to sit down later and start it…. Great review

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Enjoy! xox

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  4. Anna said:

    Sounds like a book I’d love to read! Great review, as always.

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Thanks you Anna xo

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  5. Natalie said:

    Love the Review and the whole post. Made me want to read this book even more 🙂 Thank you for providing your thoughts and insides to how you felt with the book, characters and the story 🙂

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Thank you Natalie xo

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  6. Jacky said:

    Another great review ladies! I’m going to start this book this weekend, can’t wait!

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    1. TotallyBookedBlog Post author said:

      Fabulous! Hope you loved it xo

      Reply

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