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Peek Inside The Love Playbook

Lucas transferred to Hillside with a secret. Avery is trying to save her father’s coaching job. But if Lucas helps the team make the playoffs, what he’s hiding could destroy him and her father.

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When Avery Stone learns her dad will be fired if his high school team doesn’t make the playoffs, she has to get her head out of her day planner and do something—anything—to help him win. Even if it means secretly coaching the team’s newest player, who seems to have more game than skill.

Lucas Black just transferred to Hillside with a fake name and a big secret. The MVP of every team he’d played on since he was seven—not to mention the MVP of every post-game party—he can’t understand why since arriving at Hillside, he’s been unable to catch a single. Freaking. Ball.

Until…Avery. Amazing, kind, generous, and crazy-freaking-hot Avery.

As Lucas goes from zero back to hero and Avery struggles with just what Lucas means to her, she inadvertently sets them on a collision course with Lucas’s secret…a secret that could take down not only Lucas but her father too.


“I didn’t see this story coming…This is well written and both characters are interesting.” – D.M. Duncan, Goodreads

The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner is a lovely young adult romance that is sure to take you away to high school and that sexy football player who everyone loves. This swoon-worthy read is sure to keep you up at night turning the pages as quickly as possible.” –Lovely Loveday

“A touching story about the power of love, family, and friendship, when it comes to recovering from great losses.” – We Live and Breathe Books

“It had me at the edge of my seat waiting for the ball to drop (HA!).” – Yahaira, NetGalley

“I LOVED this book. I’m a sucker for a football love story. I can’t tell you why but it’s true. I loved Avery’s character and how strong of a person she is. Lucas was perfect, I loved how he cared about Lexi when she had had too much to drink. It’s really important to me that he felt that way. This is a perfect feel-good story.” – Brooke, NetGalley

“The story is about football, about a small-town community, about a boy who is treated badly, and about a girl still grieving the loss of her mum. It has depth and we see that life is messy and complicated. These factors lifts it above a simple romance novel where the angst is often superficial and quick to overcome. Recommended to lovers of teen romance novels, and who love their boys hot yet supportive, and their girls clever and bossy. I enjoyed it a lot.” –Trish Talks Texts

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By Danielle's October 26, 2019

I didn’t see this story coming. Luca has lost everything but is determined to get a glimpse of what he could have. Avery is the girl who is struggling to function. Her daily planner marks down every activity from morning to night. She doesn’t have time for Luca, but if she wants to save her dads job ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) October 28, 2019

Avery's family was still recovering from her mother's sudden death, when she learned her father's job was on the line. She wasn't sure how to guarantee his football team made the playoffs, but she knew they had a better chance with Lucas on the team.

Lucas was just trying to lie low after being run o ...more

By Trisha November 02, 2019

My review is now posted at Trish Talks Texts. ...more

By Isabelle November 06, 2019

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Third Person, dual-POV

This is a standalone book with HEA.

He'd lost his place at college, lost all his football ability, lost his ability to speak to girls, lost his car-okay, just its wheels, but still-lost his home, lost his friend


By Aneesa November 08, 2019

Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Chapter Books. I really loved this book, it has been a while since I have last read anything. I always find something interesting to read but I don't have the time to read, I am hoping that changes next year. I am currently in final year so ...more

By Lindy November 07, 2019

My Thoughts:

The Love Playbook was a sweet and fun read! Lucas has transferred to Hillside High School. Football is his passion, but after he got caught taking expensive gifts from a university, he is banned from ever playing again. He decides to fly under the radar by playing for a small town footba ...more

By yahaira ✰ October 25, 2019

thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review. i voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

not gonna lie, the beginning was a bit slow but it picked up pretty quickly.

the synopsis for this book was pretty straight forward b ...more

By Sara November 24, 2019

The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner a four-star read that you will be desperate to read. This could have been five-stars, I just felt that it took so long to go anywhere. Lucas broke my heart, he has such a strong story, one that will stay with me, he deserves his happily ever after, but you will ...more

By Brooke October 22, 2019

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I LOVED this book. I’m a sucker for a football love story. I can’t tell you why but it’s true. I loved Avery’s character and how strong of a person she is. Lucas was perfect, I loved how he cared about Lexi when she ha ...more

By v December 19, 2019

A classic YA football romance - and one that didn’t disappoint! One character fleeing from his past and another working to move forwards from her own past. When we meet both of the protagonists - Lucas and Avery - you know that you’re going to love them and you know that you want them to just be hap ...more

By Jesssiereads December 19, 2019

First time reader of Winegardner and I really enjoyed it. Easy to read and I’m a big sucker for books that have football in them.

Avery is a big planner. She has to have every moment planned out as a way to recover from her mother’s death. Leaving no room for any unexpected plans. But then she learn ...more

By read with lee November 17, 2019

This is the story of Avery and Lucas. They’re the same yet different. Both are struggling with their own problems but have to come together to try and solve a very big problem.

Avery is still struggling with the death of her month a year after it happened with the help of her brother and her father ...more

By Emma November 19, 2019

I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have to say I honestly really enjoyed this book.
The whole storyline totally drew me in.
Avery and Lucas were really relatable characters who were going through a lot and helped each other.
The romance was amaz ...more

By ACME November 06, 2019

This is an unabashedly romantic high school football story. Lucas and Avery trade-off points of view through the story which I've decided I really enjoy. It allows me to see how they are both feeling, beyond "just the facts ma'am". LOL

Avery is a real sweetheart, wanting to both help her Dad and Luca ...more

By Diane October 19, 2019

A little bit of love with some angst!

Lucas Black and his mom had moved to Hillside to start over where nobody knew who he was when the college that had been giving him money on the side while he was high school was caught and given a large fine. Avery Stone needed to help Lucas improve his game so t ...more

By Colleen's Conclusions November 05, 2019

I really need to start taking notes when I read ARC books, but I am so focused on enjoying the books and getting into it and I just don’t think about it. Anyway, The Love Playbook was a short, sweet read.

It was fast paced and I really liked all of the characters in it and how everybody seemed to loo ...more

By November 12, 2019

If youre a fan of Abbi Gline’s Field Party I think you’ll be a fan of The Love Playbook. It was so cute but not young kid cute. It was a good junior/senior book. I really enjoyed it and so happy I got the pleasure of reading it. ...more

By Kendal November 02, 2019

This book started off slow, but picked up quickly. I love football and books about football, so I fell for Lucas and Avery's story hard. By the end, I couldn't stop the tears. There is a lot of past heartache for both of the main characters, and I loved seeing them help each other overcome the heart ...more

By Melanie Jo November 06, 2019

This is the first book I've read from this author and I really liked it. I'm always a sucker for football romances. Lucas and Avery had great chemistry and I enjoyed their relationship. Pretty good book.

Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more

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Suze Winegardner

About the author

Suze Winegardner

Suze Winegardner is a British YA writer, currently living overseas with her military husband, and lovely Lab. She loves Buffy, Fray Bentos pies, Archer, cheese, and the serial comma. Wait - Cadbury Flakes too. And naps. Wait, what was the question? Anyway, she thinks her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny...and if you get that reference, she already considers you kin.

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