By: Tijan Meyer
Genre: Sports, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: June. 24, 2019
I asked for his criteria for bed buddies-that’s the PG version.
He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.
Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder.
Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation.
He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.
Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job.
And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?
Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates.
And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)
I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA.
This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.
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Teardrop Shot is the latest release by Tijan Meyers! Gahh I love EVERYTHING Tijan, so of course, this new sports romance was everything I was expecting from her. As per usual, I have laughed, I have cried, my heart broke and mended all at the same time. I absolutely loved Reese and Charlie’s story.
“Have you ever been involved in a situation where you felt like the other person needed you so they could live?” I asked. “But you couldn’t stay there because they were taking the oxygen you needed to breathe?”
At 27 years old, Charlie has no direction in life. She was just fired and dumped all in the same day when a friend from the past shows up and talks her into going back to work at Echo Island Camp for the Summer and to reconnect with her friends there.
Charlie is a HUGE basketball fan, and while at first, she doesn’t know who the clients are for the Summer just that it’s all hush hush, she eventually finds out that it’s The Seattle Thunder, and their captain is the legendary Reese Forster, Charlie’s favorite player who she is absolutely obsessed!
Reese seems like he has it all, he’s a pro ball player, worth millions of dollars, and his best friends are his teammates. But his personal life… it’s a mess. No matter what he does for his family, it’s never enough. With his brother’s latest escapades, Reese’s name is all over the press yet AGAIN so the team loads up and heads to Echo Island so Reese can focus on the game and training without the press constantly hounding him.
Despite Reese and Charlie’s first encounter being completely awkward (and absolutely hilarious!) Charlie and Reese start up a friendship. Reese, he likes the nutty chick that spits out random ass questions when she’s nervous or overwhelmed. Charlie has been a stalker of Reese for a long time, and to top it all off he answers her questions, no matter how random, when no one else ever has before.
Neither of them are looking for a relationship so eventually, they agree to be friends with benefits, Reese doesn’t have time in his life for a girlfriend and Charlie isn’t willing to let her walls down and take the chance of being hurt again. But the more time they spend together, the more they get to know about each other, and the more they begin to rely on one another, the more things begin to change between the two of them.
So when push comes to shove and feelings start to arise, Reese wants more. Now Charlie has to decide if she can move on from the life she lost before she ever had a chance to live it and be the “more” with Reese, or she’ll have to walk away.
Gahhh, in case you can’t tell I absolutely LOVE this story! The writing is flawless, the characters both have so much depth, including some of the side characters (who I would LOVE to see more of!) Like I mentioned before, there are some parts that are light and funny, but sheesh. The deep moments, the heartbreaking moments, they completely stole my breath away. I rarely EVER cry while reading, but this one… make sure there is a tissue or two on standby! The funny parts, absolutely hilarious but the angst, the angst is absolutely heartbreaking, soul-crushing type of stuff.
Charlie, gosh that girl. She’s cute and quirky on the outside but she’s grieving on the inside for a life that isn’t lost but is all at the same time. Read it and you’ll understand what I mean. She has been through so, so much the last few years and my heart literally broke for her. I couldn’t even imagine going through something like that and having absolutely no one to lean on… I just couldn’t even imagine.
I adored Reese, he uses the court the way Charlie uses her questions. It’s just the way they cope. I knew since the first night that Charlie watched him in the gym that there was more going on with Reese Forster. His family drama really takes a toll on him and then… gahhh I can’t even say anymore. But yea, Reese = TOTALLY FREAKIN SWOON-WORTHY!
Reese and Charlie are so different but they have so many things in common as well. The issues with their families, neither of them are really willing to let anyone past the walls that they have erected. But right from the very beginning (well, maybe not the VERY beginning when he thought she was a groupie lol) Reese sees the things that Charlie is hiding behind all her silly antics and the facade that she puts up for everyone else to protect herself, if no one gets close enough they can’t hurt you right? But Reese, he’s strong and steady, and he sticks it out with her until he can prove that he’s worth dropping her shields for. Gahhh these two, In case I haven’t said it enough yet, I absolutely love Reese and Charlie.
But it wasn’t JUST Reese and Charlie, the secondary characters play a HUGE roll in this too and I loved them all, I would definitely like to know if Tijan is thinking about putting out either of their books? I would totally read them, especially the back story of Owen and Hadley, just FYI Tijan lol, or maybe even one of Reese’s teammates?!
There’s not much that Tijan Meyer’s has written that I haven’t read, and I’ve enjoyed just about every single release but Teardrop Shot was in a league all in its own. Tijan killed it with this one!
If you are looking for sports romance, that’s half rom-com and half angsty af, with a quirky heroine, and a total swoon worthy basketball hero, then you should most definitely give a Teardrop Shot a shot! Lol, corny pun intended. 😘
I HIGHLY recommend checking this one out you guys, 5-star read for sure!
Sneak Peek Excerpt of Teardrop Shot!
Two days later, they’d won their first preseason game and were back practicing.
Both gyms were filled and were in the middle of drills. The sound of bouncing basketballs, whistles, yelling, and the squeaks of shoes against the floor filled the courts.
And the smell of sweat.
I loved it.
I’d never enjoyed playing the sport myself, but my brother was a basketball star for our high school team. He was starting varsity in seventh grade, and growing up as Chance Manning’s little sister had its benefits — but also its cons. One of the benefits, I was treated like royalty at every single basketball game. Another girl, whose brother was on the varsity team with Chance, told me she’d started being one of the team’s managers. That was a loose title they’d given her because she showed up and took stats for their games. She’d asked if I wanted to do it with her, and the answer had been a resounding hell yes. The popular girls down front always had time for Chance’s little sister, and the only better seating was actually with the team. That’s where they put us managers.
So even to this day, a filled and active gym of basketball players made a part of me purr like a kitten.
I’d missed this, and I’d forgotten how much I missed this. Seems as if coming back to camp hadn’t been the only part of my history I was revisiting, and I was okay with that too. I dropped the ball I’d been bouncing idly and whipped my head around.
Reese stood at the counter, sweat wetting his hair, his face, and his shirt. He held a basketball on his hip.
My brain turned off. Reese Forster looked as if he’d stepped out of the shower. He didn’t smell like it, but he looked like it.
My groin was inflamed. The Fourth of July decided to visit, and I groaned, biting my lip. So embarrassing.
“What’d you say?” I asked again, my voice a little raspy.
He nodded toward the screen door. “You and that guy from the other day. You’re good friends.”
It took a second, but Grant. It clicked then. The Tub Day.
I was not going to let my weird brain go nuts with thoughts here. He was asking because he was curious. That’s all. For no reason other than curiosity.
A monotone voice sounded through my brain: Calm the fuck down.
I swallowed, and just like that, I was calmer.
My normal response was to go into hyperdrive, but enough was enough. I needed to be a normal person. Reese (I wasn’t using his last name anymore) had asked a general question, because he was generally interested, and I could respond — like a generally normal person.
You’d think I’d be better after getting hazed. I wasn’t. I was worse, in some ways.
I tucked some hair behind my ear. “I used to work here a long time ago, and he and I — ”
Reese bounced the ball between his legs, once, catching it right away. “There was a thing?”
I was totally cool here.
“Yeah.” I winced at myself. “I mean, no. We were best friends. That’s it.”
He dropped the ball again, starting to bounce it in front of him. “So there wasn’t a thing?”
“So who did you have a thing with?” He was still bouncing, his head cocked to the side.
“What?” Why is he asking about this?
“Come on.” He looked me up and down. “You’re hot. You’re trying to tell me you’re single?”
I couldn’t say I wasn’t.
He kept on, “And you’re working here as what? A gym court attendant?”
“Um.” Shit. He wanted the deets on why this train wreck was still working at a camp.
All the Damian trauma, Grandpa Newt, and getting fired exploded in my chest in one big ball.
I let out a sigh.
“That’s…stupidly tragic.” What else could I say?
He caught the ball and stopped, staring hard at me. “Stupidly tragic?”
I clipped my head in a nod. “Would you like more water? I can get that for you.”
Pretending like he’d asked for more water, I started walking away. I called over my shoulder, “I’ll get you more water.”
He stared at me the whole way as I went back out the door. I couldn’t see him, but I felt him. And then I remembered: we had just filled the table with water an hour ago.
Reese kept his distance from me the rest of the day. I worked like a normal employee, with only minimal fangirling still going on inside of me, but not as much. The whole ‘stupidly tragic’ thing put a damper on my inner fangirl.
But he watched me, and I couldn’t ignore the flutter going on in my stomach. And those weren’t there because of my fanatical fan-ways. They were there and growing because of a different reason, one that was more like me woman and he man, that sort of way.
And that was bad.
I could do nuts. Crazy was a nice firm wall that I kept around myself, shielding people from getting too close, or from me connecting as a real human being kinda way. It was a good firm wall locked around me, and the more he was watching me, the more that wall was getting dents in it, and that was the bad part.
Really bad. Like seriously, I’m stupid — sign me up for another stint of therapy kind of bad.
I did not need to deal with anyone on a real basis. Lucas was the most I’d tried in a year, and we all know how that ended.
Reese Forster made Grandpa Newt not even a blip.
But, I was walking from the main lounge, after dinner when he fell in step beside me, and for some reason no one clued Reese Forster in on how bad of an idea he was to my senses.
“I didn’t mean to freak you out earlier,” he said.
I almost faltered in my stride, but caught myself and kept going. I needed to deal with this problem before I was put in a mental clinic.
“Tell me something gross about yourself.”
We were rounding one of the outdoor courts. A couple of the other players were there, shooting hoops.
I figured, why not. “Because gross helps balance things out. I need balancing out. I’m starting to like you.”
He grabbed my arm, jerking me to a stop.
His head inclined toward me. His eyes keen. “Say again.”
I rolled my eyes. “Come on. You’re a pro ball player. Women throwing themselves at you is not new. Why are you surprised by me?”
“It’s not that.” He gripped the back of his neck. “As a line, that was almost lame compared to some I’ve heard.” An easy grin fell back in place and he let go of his neck, nodding to me. “You can do better.”
I — no words.
Then I blinked a few times, staring at him because he was right. I could do better, and that sort of thing wouldn’t even phase him.
“Okay. Fine.” I could do this.
This was weird.
I was still going with it. “Is your dick cold? Because I’ve got a warmer for it.”
He didn’t react, his face expressionless, then his smirk grew. “That’s it? We’re not at the Roxbury. Do better.” His smirk was growing cocky.
Jesus. He did not realize the stalker he was fanning here.
Some of the bouncing from the court lessened. The guys were starting to watch us. One guy broke from their group, heading over. I saw it from the corner of my eye.
I coughed. “I don’t know. How do girls usually hit on you?”
He shrugged. “Most just usually send me a nude in my messages. Or you know, practically being naked and just grabbing me.”
His smirk was almost rakish now. “If I have an itch and she’s got the warmer for my dick.”
That was so crude. My warmer got hotter.
“Yeah. Well. I’m trying to warn you away from me.”
He rolled his eyes. “You don’t scare me. Besides, I thought you were funny.” He relaxed, rolling his shoulders back.
“Reese,” Juan called out, halfway to us. He shot out a ball. It bounced once and Reese caught it without looking away from me.
“You think I’m less funny now that I’m being honest?”
He flexed his hands around the ball. “Maybe I’m missing the questions?”
Juan stopped just shy of joining our group and conversation. He was waiting.
And I was waiting too. No one missed my questions. I didn’t even miss my questions. I was waiting because I didn’t know how to process this conversation. I narrowed my eyes at him. “Are you messing with me?”
There was another burning feeling in me, moving up, spreading over my stomach, my chest, rising all the way to my neck. It was a burning feeling that I hadn’t felt in so long. I almost didn’t recognize it.
“Is that another attempt? ’Cause that’s lame too.” He smirked. “Thought you weren’t a camp groupie?”
Well…there was always going to be a fine line with that one, especially with him, only with him.
I closed my mouth and bit down hard. Juan Cartion was listening to our conversation, and not even hiding it. The Cruskinator was coming in too, his large hands on his hips.
I focused back on him, trying to ignore the other two and now a third was coming over. “We have an audience.”
Reese’s eyebrows pulled together, skimming a look over his teammates. “So?”
“So.” I coughed, smiling and dipping my head down. My hands were almost shaking. “I should get the cage open. Excuse me.”
I wasn’t running. I honestly wasn’t.
I wasn’t hiding.
I wasn’t avoiding.
I — just — I’d hid from life while I was with Damian, then hid for another year, and Lucas had been a crash and burn attempt at jump-starting my whole living again. This, though. This, with a minor conversation with Reese Forster (yes, I had to say his last name because his first name didn’t put it into the best perspective) had me feeling things I’d almost forgotten could happen in me.
I felt normal, for a small moment.
I was a girl crushing on a guy, not a fangirl gawking over a celebrity, and it hit me hard in the chest. Right there, making that thing pumping and skipping a beat.
That was what I’d been afraid of. 4.
We were heading down the trail when we passed a few of his teammates coming the other way.
I averted my gaze, pulling on his sweatshirt as he stopped.
“What’s up, Forster?”
“Not much. Heading back to shoot some hoops.”
I could feel their gazes.
Reese’s sweatshirt swamped me, but it smelled like him. A hint of sand and pine mixed together. Tugging his sleeves down, I balled them up and pretended to look at them.
“We bus out at ten, right?”
Reese nodded. “Yeah. Breakfast is at nine.”
That was news to me, though not the busing-out part. I knew they had another preseason game coming up.
Fists bumped between Reese and the others as they said their goodnights. We’d walked a few feet before someone murmured something, and the others began laughing.
The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I knew that laugh was about me.
“They think we’re fucking,” Reese commented.
I smothered a “WHAT?” and let out a strangled chuckle instead. “Yeah. No shit.” A second thought, “You think they’ll tell your coaches about me staying in your cabin?” Because I hadn’t said a word to the other staff. I didn’t want to hear any of the lectures I’d get. Plus I knew Keith would relish the chance to fire me.
“Nah. And to be honest, I don’t think the coaches would give a shit — as long as we show and do our jobs. And you’re not underage.” He laughed. “Juan told the guys about your cabin, but none of them are buying it. I figure it’s easier to let them think that than tell them truth. Is that okay with you?”
I looked up. “What’s the truth?”
He grinned, the look taking him from hot to HOT. “That you’ve become like an annoying gnat that I like for some reason.” He raised an eyebrow. “How’s that for the truth?”
Warmth flooded me. I could be a gnat.
We started forward again, and I kept his sleeves wrapped around my hands. “You could tell them the other truth.”
“Yeah? What’s that?”
“That I’m a stalker with polite boundaries.”
He groaned. “Stop with the stalking bullshit.” He swung, but his fist was more of a tap on my shoulder. It was a soft tap, one between friends.
We’d become friends.
I was okay with that.
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About The Author
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels.
Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked.
She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others.
She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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