Review: Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone

scoringTitle: Scoring with the Wrong Twin
Series: WAGS, #1
Author: Naima Simone
Published: January 15, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Pages: 175
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.

Let’s just take a moment and gaze upon the fineness that is the man on this cover. Ahhhhhh!!!!!! So sexy!

Sophia and Zeph’s relationship starts off with deception. Sophia is pretending to be her sister for a photoshoot. There’s instant attraction between Sophia and Zeph and they hook-up. Sophia thinks it’s a one-night stand by Zeph has other ideas. He’s intrigued by the new ‘Giovanna’. Even though Sophia knows it’s a bad idea to take the relationship further, she can’t resist and believes that Zeph wouldn’t fall for the real Sophia.

Sophia’s insecurities and her lies wore me out. She didn’t give the people around her any credit. Zeph mentions throughout the book how he hates liars and yet Sophia continued to lie. The moment Zeph showed interest in the new and improved ‘Giovanna’ with the tattoo and piercings, Sophia should have come  clean. It was obvious that is Sophia that Zeph was feeling and not her supermodel sister. But that would make the book too short and drama free, right?

I knew going into this book that the heart of the story would be deception. I was okay with that. There’s nothing wrong with a mistaken identity plot. Or a twin switch-a-roo. I was fine with all of that. What did not work for me was the telling of the story. There was so much inner dialog from the two main characters and not enough dialog between the two characters that it felt unbelievable that a romance developed. There were pages upon pages of inner dialog or of the author telling us what the characters are doing. The interactions between Zeph and Sophia were not enough nor fulfilling. Most of it was filled with sex or Sophia worrying about lying to Zeph and his reaction once he found out.

Zeph and his issues with lying are valid but he was a little over-the-top with it. Chill out dude. People mess up. Learn how to be a little flexible in your stance. No one is perfect. These millennials. Ugh! Get over yourself.

I was really disappointed by this book. I was so looking forward to reading it. I like female characters with confidence. Sophia is an app developer. Not many people can do that and yet she didn’t stand up for herself at work and thought that she wasn’t good enough for Zeph in her personal life. I’m hoping I’ll have better luck with book 2.



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