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Review: The Opposing Sides by CM Doporto

Opposing Sides (University Park #1)
by C.M. Doporto

College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris.

Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin.

Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection?

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★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

Lexi’s engaged to be married to baseball’s superstar Collin, but instead of getting excited for their upcoming wedding, she felt trapped and confused. Imagine being in a relationship for four years without any physical connection at all except for a couple of chaste kisses here and there? I for one, thought Collin was gay. I didn’t buy his reason that he’s respecting Lexi or just honoring her reputation. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt. That is until Raven came into the picture.

The Raven, one seriously hot male specimen, star quarterback of the university’s football team. A notorious playboy who kept on changing and dating different girls every single day. Lexi and him met when he needed to be tutored in grammar and English. Their brief moments together made Lexi realize what she’d been missing in a relationship. Before she knew it. she’s been caught in the Raven’s trap, and didn’t want to get out of it.

Just like Lexi, I was also caught in Raven’s trap, along with his million of fans. Raven could fuel up an evening with just a smirk or a smile on his face. I liked how the author made Raven’s character grow as the story progressed. I still don’t get Collin’s issues, though. I really think he’s gay, but whatever. Her BFF Delaney and her brother Luke were quite interesting characters too. In the end, I liked how Lexi stood up for herself and showed everyone that she too deserve a life of her own, to be happy and not to be dictated by her parents nor pressured to do something she isn’t comfortable of. My only concern was the ending was kind of abrupt. But maybe Book 2 holds the answers to some of the questions in my head! Can’t wait to read the sequel!

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CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She briefly worked in the area of Public Relations and Advertising and then pursued a career in the field of Human Resources. CM considers herself a life-long learner and returned to school and earned her Master of Art’s Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University.

She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way. Visit her heroine blog at: http://cmdoporto.com and chat with her via Twitter 

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