From USA Today bestselling author, L A Cotton comes an angsty YA/NA friends-to-lovers sports romance. Cocky football players, school rivalry, and the girls who get in their way. Get ready … The Raiders are back for one final play!
Mya Hernandez has scars.
The kind that run deep and leave marks.
Rixon is only supposed to be a temporary place to hide, but it's quickly becoming something more.
She's almost certain it has nothing to do with the blond-haired, blue-eyed football player who makes her laugh. Who makes her believe in fairy tales again.
Even if she knows her life is destined to be nothing more than a tragedy.
Asher Bennet has secrets.
Not the scandalous kind, but the ones that fester, slowly eating away at your soul.
On the face of it, he's Mr Popular, always down for a party and causing a little mayhem.
But on the inside, he just wants someone to see him. Really see him. Too bad the one girl who sees past his facade has already friend-zoned him.
It's probably for the best though.
She's everything he wants but can never have.
Until Mya's past and Asher's present collide in ways neither of them saw coming.
And suddenly the thing you need most is the very thing you're supposed to hate.
5 Emotional Rixon Raider Stars
Once a Rixon Raider always a Rixon Raider.
I can’t believe this is the final book in this amazing series.
LA cotton gave us a thoughtful and emotional story with Mya and Ashers story.
Mya is a transfer to Rixon from a rough city and school. She is one of the few minorities at school and doesn’t feel like she belongs. She is hiding secrets and hurt however she is strong minded and becomes friends with Flick, and Hailee.
“Mya Hernandez was a fighter. Not scared to wade into a fight to protect those she cared about. But it wasn’t her strength that intrigued me. It was her scars. The ones she thought she kept hidden.”
Because of those girlfriends she catches the eye of their boyfriends teammate and best friend Asher. Asher is the friendly joker, life of the party with the perfect family. Or so he wants everyone to think.
“I grinned because making light of things was my default setting.”
Asher and Myas slow burn is perfect. Starting as friends and building into much more. They share their secrets, fears, hopes and dreams.
Mya is trying to escape her past while Asher needs to escape his family secrets.
A heartbreaking event occurs that truly tests their relationship
Do they fight for each other or give up?
“I’m tired of fighting. For once I want someone to fight for me. To choose me. But until then, I’m okay with fighting for myself, for going after what I want.”
I loved everything about this story.
The angst, sadness, struggles, first love, finding oneself, friendships.
Cameron, Hailee, Flick and Jason were true to their characters throughout this and I loved their friendship and banter with Mya and Asher.
And wow- those last chapters!! I was an emotional mess.
Amazing series, fantastic writing, and another reason why LA Cotton will always be one click author for me.
I am sad it is the final book but I am so thankful for LA cotton giving me the opportunity to Beta read this series.
My heart is property of the Rixon Raiders.
It’s good besides
The book is great you see more diversity but I feel like the author in a way was offending a lot of Hispanics & low income neighborhoods. I think she should have done her research more on the Spanish community & would see how a lot of immigrants came to this country to work their ass off without any diploma to be sitting in a beautiful home & a luxury car & they
Didn’t give enough credit to NY ! Ny is build on multi cultural. Rarely someone cares if a Hispanic is dating a Asian or white or black& the whole baggy cloths threw me off I thought I was in 2004 the book is taken place in 2019 no one wears baggy cloths anymore even drug dealers keep up with fashion especially since they are the ones getting easy money to suspend on foreign items. Some stuff was offensive to Hispanics am born & raised in Ny seen a lot of people come o the hood ! Seen so many fellow classmates graduate to become doctors nurses & lawyers ! No one should feel like you have to run away to be better ! No the places that raised you is the place that build you, you can always be better & love & embrace where you came from cause that makes you who you are ! & never forget a lot of successful people in America are of color ! But the romance was epic but only the Hispanic part & her life back home & stuff like that would be the only things I rarely liked
ANGSTY, EDGY, GUT WRENCHING, and OHHH SOOOO ROMANTIC!!!!!
It’s so bittersweet, the ending of the Rixon Raiders series. Each book just made me love it more and more. The characters are written with such depth, I loved to love them and loved to hate them!!
The Harder You Fall is the perfect ending to a phenomenal series!!! OMG, this book!!! Asher and Mya are my favorite love story!! It’s so real, so raw and just sooo beautiful!! Two totally different kinds of people whose souls were exactly the same. Soulmates through and through!!!
LA, as long as you keep writing these amazing stories, I will keep buying and reading them!!! I’m looking forward to more of Black Hearts Still Beat!!!