Teardrop Shot threw my emotions for a deep arch and delivered a satisfying swoosh of the net at the end. I originally picked this book as it seemed like a light-hearted friends to lovers sports rom com. Teardrop Shot is so much more than that.
I’ll be honest – I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this book at first. Charlie has this annoying habit of asking random questions when nervous or anxious. So, she says things like, “Why do we set the toilet paper vertical instead of horizontal?”.
In real life, I’m the bitch who would probably walk away making a mental note to avoid ending up at a bar with this weird chick. And I almost closed this book. But, I didn’t. And I’m so glad. In this book, she has friends – warm, funny friends from “camp” – who help us see she has some endearing qualities.
And then she meets Reese Forster, who is an NBA player she has a massive crush on. Which of course triggers all kinds of anxiety. I love the way Tijan handles the celebrity crush and his reaction to her and her evolution from seeing him as a star to a guy to her everything. He’s a dream guy. He’s the only character in the book to answer her questions. He gets her.
Watching their friendship unfold and listening as they begin to share their pain makes their love feel real. He has an alcoholic brother and parents who couldn’t cope. She has an ex fiance who she took care of for five years before his dementia became so severe she had to walk away. Tijan does an incredible job of letting us feel and understand the pain from their past.
This is the first Tijan book I’ve read, and I’ll definitely be reading more.