When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all. Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blond, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better? When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery? As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?
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Emotional Contemporary Romance with Sensitive Topics
Lila has everything going for her and she's on the path to be a doctor. At least that's what people think. The truth is Lila isn't sure what she wants to do. Her dad is the one pushing her towards med school. Her home life hasn't been easy either since the divorce, which is why she's more than happy to escape to Astor University in California. However, she didn't expect to meet Cade.
Cade is the star football player at Astor University. He's also very popular, but when Lila catches his eye at the airport, he sweeps in. Cade didn't anticipate how much he'd like her and how different she is from the type of girls he's used to. When Cade breaks his leg during a football game, he can kiss the NFL goodbye, but there are bigger things for him to worry about according to the X-Rays. Lila sticks by his side through it all and their feelings for each other continue to grow.
Gina Azzi takes us into the dark and very real side of life. THE LAST FIRST GAME made me smile and made me cry. It was an emotional contemporary romance and it makes me want to look into more from this author. I was impressed with how raw everything felt and I enjoyed watching Cade and Lila discover who they are and who they want to be.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance and sensitive topics like sexual abuse. I want to give a trigger warning for it as well.