Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE LONG GAME by Elena Armas


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE LONG GAME by Elena Armas. I enjoyed the last two books from this author and the comparison to both Ted Lasso and It Happened One Summer is pretty irresistible to me.

THE LONG GAME by Elena Armas

Publication Date: September 5, 2023

by Atria Books


From Goodreads:

A disgraced soccer exec reluctantly enlists the help of a retired soccer star in coaching a children’s team in this smalltown love story in the vein of Ted Lasso and It Happened One Summer —from the New York Times bestselling author of The Spanish Love Deception.

Adalyn Reyes has spent years perfecting her daily routine: wake up at dawn, drive to the Miami Flames FC offices, try her hardest to leave a mark, go home, and repeat.

But her routine is disrupted when a video of her in an altercation with the team’s mascot goes viral. Rather than fire her, the team’s owner—who happens to be her father—sends Adalyn to middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, where she’s tasked with turning around the struggling local soccer team, the Green Warriors, as a way to redeem herself. Her plans crumble upon discovering that the players wear tutus to practice (impractical), keep pet goats (messy), and are terrified of Adalyn (counterproductive), and are nine-year-old kids.

To make things worse, also in town is Cameron Caldani, goalkeeping prodigy whose presence is somewhat of a mystery. Cam is the perfect candidate to help Adalyn, but after one very unfortunate first encounter involving a rooster, Cam’s leg, and Adalyn’s bumper, he’s also set on running her out of town. But banishment is not an option for Adalyn. Not again. Helping this ragtag children’s team is her road to redemption, and she is playing the long game. With or without Cam’s help.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

15 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I haven’t read any of these books (I don’t trust contemporary romances that are that long), but this is a cute premise. Hope it’s a good one for you!

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Oh my goodness! A love story wrapped around soccer – and soccer for children at that:)). I hope you really enjoy this one, Suzanne.

  3. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    This one is new for me! I actually went looking for a book’s release date today. Goodreads has 2030 listed as the year and I wanted to cry.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a release date that far out before. Yeah, I would lose my mind waiting, haha.

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