Griffin Hayes was living the life of a normal teenager. At age 16, he is on his way to winning the state championship for boxing. All it took was one hit to break a rib and change his life forever . . .
Olive’s life changed in a heartbeat when her father was fatally injured while working. With only a moment to say her goodbyes, Liv must learn to live her life without the only parent she had ever really known.
Ten years later, Griffin is struggling to find real meaning in his life. Even though he is the middleweight champion of the world and uses his winnings and celebrity status to help fundraise for charity, he feels like he should be doing more with his second chance at life, as he feels survivor’s guilt that someone had to die for him to have their heart. Trying to move forward, Griff decides to find the daughter of the man whose death saved his life.
Olive, now a successful mechanic with her own shop, struggles with relationships and letting people into her heart. Other than her best friend, Shaw, Liv keeps herself closed off so that she doesn’t have to worry about losing anyone she loves again. Things quickly change, however, the moment Griffin Hayes walks into her shop. What should be a completely weird situation swiftly grows into a relationship that neither Griff or Liv realized they wanted or needed. Now all they need to do is find a way to make it work.
Kristen Hope Mazzola did an amazing job with this story. I loved that fate intertwined the lives of Griffin and Olive ten years before they ever came face to face. I could completely identify with Liv’s fear of losing people she loves and shutting herself off to others to maintain her safety net of emotions. I can also understand the difficulty Griff has with feeling guilty that he is alive only because someone died . . . even though it was not his fault. This story feels very real, and the emotions the main characters’ deal with are genuinely written.
This was a great addition to the Shots on Goal series! 4.5 stars.
About the Book:
One injury – a freaking broken rib.
That’s all it took to send life into a tailspin at the age of sixteen. After getting a heart transplant, I knew that I could never take life or my talents for granted – I was going to be the best of the best. Boxing consumed my life and I was on track for greatness.
Everything was perfect until I woke up one morning, ten years after my surgery with an overwhelming need to meet her – the girl whose father’s heart beat in my chest.
Little did I know that she was going to save me all over again.
About the Author:
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I’d like or just to shoot the, well you know.
A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.