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Review: For the Win by Rochelle Allison and Angel Lawson











FTW RGB eBookFormer All-Star collegiate goalie, Julian Anderson, has spent the last year off the grid, putting his life and health back together after losing nearly everything and everyone important in his life due to a series of bad decisions in college. But when he gets a call from the US Men’s Soccer team, asking him to play in the Olympic Games, he’s thrust back into the world he’s tried so hard to distance himself from.

Julian doesn’t want back in the league, especially when the dubious details of the arrangement are revealed, but accepting could give him a chance to reform his tarnished image. And, if he plays by the rules, he may have a shot at winning not just a gold medal but the heart of his first love, star forward of the Women’s team, Melina Diaz.

Focused and determined, Melina is skeptical that Julian can change his destructive ways. She plans to have little to do with her ex until the stress of the Games get to her and she finds herself falling back on the one person that knows her the best.

This August, all eyes will be on Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the world’s elite athletes come together to compete in the most prestigious sporting event of their lifetime. The Games will bring the world together but may tear Julian and Melina even further apart.




Not all Olympic heroes end up on cereal boxes.

Julian Anderson, along with his twin, Allie, grew up in a lower income area of Atlanta.  Raised by a single mom, Julian (a Type I diabetic) and Allie found their passion in the game of soccer. And their passion served them well — it proved to be the ticket that took them, along with their childhood friend (and fellow soccer player), Melina from the muddy athletic fields of their hometown to berths on the 2016 U. S. Olympic Team.

Julian’s story is the sort of “Up Close and Personal” human interest angle that causes media producers to salivate — whether the focus be on Julian’s heath issues, his relationship with Melina or the bond between the sibling Olympians.  But in the case of Julian, Allie and Melina, the canned story never comes near the triumphant truth of reality.

For the Win is a collaboration between first-time author Rochelle Allison and veteran author Angel Lawson.

A story of personal redemption, For the Win focuses on the rise of Julian’s career, his fall from grace, and ultimately, the selfless act that sets him back on a steady course in life. Told in three parts, the authors weave a seamless story using present day action and interviews interspersed with flashbacks that delivers to the reader an enthralling tale of love and sacrifice.  From a beach in North Carolina to the Rio Olympiad, this story flows at a rapid but steady pace. Julian, Allie and Melina are solidly crafted characters, all completely believable. The action in Part Three (In Rio) captures the excitement of competition from the athlete’s point of view in both a vivid and breathtaking manner. (The glimpse into life within the save haven of the Olympic Village was fascinating.)

An excellent read, For the Win delivers the gold for authors Allison and Lawson.

Ladies, take a well deserved victory lap.



*ARC received from the authors in exchange for an honest review.*










13707586_742958789177969_513109452188433396_nRochelle Allison has been living, and thriving, in her imagination since she was a little girl in the Caribbean. A true lover of words (books! thesauruses!), she can usually be found crafting stories, inspired by people, conversations and the world around her.

A wife of one and mother of two, Rochelle lives just outside of Atlanta. She’s a lover of hiking and the outdoors, photography and baking.

And…she loves love. More than anything, she loves love.






21P+FG8AupL._UX250_Angel Lawson is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Romance author of adult and young adult fiction. She lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

She is the author of the Creature of Habit Series, The Wraith Series, Serial Summer, FanGirl, and Vigilant. Book 2 of her zombie, dystopian novel Zocopalypse will be out fall of 2016!





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