A Hole In One
5 out of 5 stars
So, this was as good as I hoped it would be. I went into it, honestly because of the dual narration by Kelsey Navarro and Tim Paige. But, I also picked it up on the cute cover and the fact that it was about golf – something I don’t read a ton about but something that I thoroughly enjoy. I’d also seen/heard really good things about Sivec’s books and I thought what better book to pick up and give a shot.
I couldn’t be happier with my choice, Kiss My Putt was great from beginning to end. I could really feel each character’s want, need, and desire throughout, and the amount of time I spent thinking “when will it happen?” was so damn high. Sivec did a wonderful job keeping me right on the edge of my seat. At one point I remember looking down at the percentage of the book that I’d read wondering “sweet lord how long is she going to make us wait?” But I thought she did a fantastic job extending the fifteen years of missed opportunities into a story that felt like it might end up being another missed opportunity.
Oh, and the setting for this book (and apparently for the rest of the series), Summersweet Island, sounds like a magical place. But also sounded very realistic. Early on when they were talking about how people found out about things, I was cracking up. “I heard from x who heard it down at the grocery store” was so funny but so accurate.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book but the two things that stood out were the chapter titles that were all puns of some sort related to golf and the passion that you could hear both from the characters but also from Kelsey and Tim. I could tell that they really enjoyed this book and gave it their all. Each chapter the tension builds and each one of the main characters are dealing with their own internal battles. I felt like I could feel it from their voices and that does NOT happen with most books. I would say *golf clap* to both of them, but this is a Tiger sinking the putt on the 18th roar of applause.
Overall, Kiss My Putt had me cracking up, crying, and every emotion in between. The “finally” scene was hot and perfect, exactly how it needed to happen. This is a book that I won’t soon forget and one that I’m glad that I picked up.
After spending my entire pro golfing career being known as the quiet, controlled, no-nonsense golfer on the tour, there’s nothing more humiliating than throwing all of that down the drain on national television. Needing some place to hide, to lick my wounds and figure out what I even want to do with my life once this blows over, I can only think of one place I need to be. Summersweet Island, where everyone treats me like one of their own, and they’ll all be happy to have me home again.
Well, except maybe one person. It’s been two years since I last set foot on Summersweet Island or spoke to anyone there. But I’m sure Birdie Bennett, my best friend since I was 15 and the clubhouse manager of my favorite golf course, has had plenty of time to forgive me for that tiny little misunderstanding where I blocked her on social media and blocked her in my phone. Oh, and I guess I kind of, sort of accused her of being a stalker. It’s fine!
Once my sexy, spunky, former best friend gets over the shock of seeing me again and stops trying to drive a nine-iron into my skull, I can finally let her know I’ve also kind of, sort of always been in love with her….
Contains mature themes.
Kiss My Putt by Tara Sivec
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro, Tim Paige
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Series: Summersweet Island #1
Published by Tantor Audio on December 17th 2020
Genres: Romance, RomCom
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