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Talented golfer Morgan Spencer has never won a major but it’s so close she can taste it—no thanks to her sexist father, a golfing legend who won’t even give her the time of day. Television producer Adrienne Wyatt has thrown herself into her career after her lover left her a year ago. She has a brilliant new plan: a documentary featuring Morgan’s rise and rise, capitalizing Talented golfer Morgan Spencer has never won a major but it’s so close she can taste it—no thanks to her sexist father, a golfing legend who won’t even give her the time of day. Television producer Adrienne Wyatt has thrown herself into her career after her lover left her a year ago. She has a brilliant new plan: a documentary featuring Morgan’s rise and rise, capitalizing on the young woman’s star appeal. The main problem is that the reserved golfer treats Adrienne’s plan like an invasion of privacy. The other issue is her growing feelings for the irritatingly attractive woman—an unprofessional lapse that would get her ridiculed by her peers if anyone found out. When things come to a chaotic head, as fierce desires, risked careers, age differences, and dreams all come into play, what will win? A slow-burning lesbian sport romance about taking a chance with your heart. Themes: golf · slow burn · TV producer 93,000 words


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Talented golfer Morgan Spencer has never won a major but it’s so close she can taste it—no thanks to her sexist father, a golfing legend who won’t even give her the time of day. Television producer Adrienne Wyatt has thrown herself into her career after her lover left her a year ago. She has a brilliant new plan: a documentary featuring Morgan’s rise and rise, capitalizing Talented golfer Morgan Spencer has never won a major but it’s so close she can taste it—no thanks to her sexist father, a golfing legend who won’t even give her the time of day. Television producer Adrienne Wyatt has thrown herself into her career after her lover left her a year ago. She has a brilliant new plan: a documentary featuring Morgan’s rise and rise, capitalizing on the young woman’s star appeal. The main problem is that the reserved golfer treats Adrienne’s plan like an invasion of privacy. The other issue is her growing feelings for the irritatingly attractive woman—an unprofessional lapse that would get her ridiculed by her peers if anyone found out. When things come to a chaotic head, as fierce desires, risked careers, age differences, and dreams all come into play, what will win? A slow-burning lesbian sport romance about taking a chance with your heart. Themes: golf · slow burn · TV producer 93,000 words

30 review for The Long Shot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.50 Stars. I thought this was a sold sports romance. I am a huge sports fan but I hate golf. I would rather watch fishing, ping pong, or heck I’d even rather watch synchronize swimming over golf. Luckily, my hatred for golf did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Like singles tennis, golf not being a team sport actually makes it a good sport for a book. Since everything is up to one person (your main character) there is that pressure and some excitement that works well for readers. Therefore 3.50 Stars. I thought this was a sold sports romance. I am a huge sports fan but I hate golf. I would rather watch fishing, ping pong, or heck I’d even rather watch synchronize swimming over golf. Luckily, my hatred for golf did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Like singles tennis, golf not being a team sport actually makes it a good sport for a book. Since everything is up to one person (your main character) there is that pressure and some excitement that works well for readers. Therefore you don’t have to be a golf fan to still enjoy this read. This is an age-gap romance between a pro golf player and a sports film maker. The age-gap is pretty big, just under 20 years, but you don’t really notice it except for when it is a topic of conversation. I did think the line “But there’s an age gap” happened way too many times. I get it, but how many times does that have to be an excuse? It was repeated too much by too many characters and started to be annoying. But in all fairness to Brooks this seems to happen a lot in almost any lesfic age gap book lately. While I did enjoy this book, I think the main reason I can’t go higher than a 3.5 rating is that it was too predictable. I just saw everything coming from when the main would lose a game or win to what the big conflict moment would be about. It was just so obvious that I found myself wanting to skim (I didn’t but I wanted to) because I knew what was going to happen and I just wanted to move on to the next plot point. A lot of people really enjoyed this book and as a huge sports fan I think I’m a little salty that I didn’t love this book too. I do want to make clear that even with the book being very predictable, it is still a good read. The mains are likeable, the romance is sweet, and even the golf parts are much, much better than expected. Even with my issues I would still recommend this book because I believe most readers will enjoy it. Just be prepared for a more laid back sport romance without really big wow moments. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    Loved every single second of reading this book! What’s even more surprising is the fact that I really don’t like Golf and I still thoroughly enjoyed it! Both MCs are great and the supporting characters are amazing and the storyline was just pure entertainment! Some books are so good that I feel my review won’t do it justice! So yeah, I just totally recommend this one, go for it and ENJOY :) P.s: i got a crush on both MCs, yep not one but BOTH! (Oh, and a mini crush on the best friend who’s just a Loved every single second of reading this book! What’s even more surprising is the fact that I really don’t like Golf and I still thoroughly enjoyed it! Both MCs are great and the supporting characters are amazing and the storyline was just pure entertainment! Some books are so good that I feel my review won’t do it justice! So yeah, I just totally recommend this one, go for it and ENJOY :) P.s: i got a crush on both MCs, yep not one but BOTH! (Oh, and a mini crush on the best friend who’s just a hilarious bad ass) “I received an ARC for an honest review”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Sooooo… I have to admit... I'm not a golf fan. I'm ok playing it, but watching it on TV for me is a snoozefest! My wife likes to turn on golf on the weekends and I always end up ignoring the TV and reading the whole time she's watching because zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. If you're anything like me, you may be a bit a worried if you see the cover and read the blurb and think BORING! Fear not though, Brooks crafts a wonderful story in this novel and it's not even close to boring. Yes, there's bits of time Sooooo… I have to admit... I'm not a golf fan. I'm ok playing it, but watching it on TV for me is a snoozefest! My wife likes to turn on golf on the weekends and I always end up ignoring the TV and reading the whole time she's watching because zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. If you're anything like me, you may be a bit a worried if you see the cover and read the blurb and think BORING! Fear not though, Brooks crafts a wonderful story in this novel and it's not even close to boring. Yes, there's bits of time spent in the world of golf, but it's well handled, integral to the story, and not boring in the slightest. Even more than that, both MCs are extremely likeable and very well developed, but the supporting cast is wonderfully crafted with their own stories and drama as well! Personally, I'm not usually a fan of age-gap stories, but even that didn't bother me whatsoever with this read. It's perfectly handled and this story is very well crafted. Even the obligatory 80% angst scene was different from the normal troupes that we're used to seeing, and I really appreciated getting something different here. I honestly can't think of a single bad thing to comment on with this one, it was very enjoyable from beginning to end! This is one that's easy for me to recommend it for those in the mood for a well-written sports-themed romance. Solid 4.25 stars. **Many thanks to Ylva for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Golf isn’t my kind of sport and therefore I don’t know much about it, nonetheless, a story set in this world was very much intriguing. That I liked a few other books from this author didn’t hurt either. TV producer Adrienne Wyatt, 49, needs a face in the main focus for her documentary about the women’s golf sport. Pro golfer Morgan Spencer, 31 is on the brink to win her first major and would be the perfect addition to the film. But she’s a very private person and for her, being in the spotlight Golf isn’t my kind of sport and therefore I don’t know much about it, nonetheless, a story set in this world was very much intriguing. That I liked a few other books from this author didn’t hurt either. TV producer Adrienne Wyatt, 49, needs a face in the main focus for her documentary about the women’s golf sport. Pro golfer Morgan Spencer, 31 is on the brink to win her first major and would be the perfect addition to the film. But she’s a very private person and for her, being in the spotlight of the filming crew is more like an intrusion in her life. But soon, there is more on the line that just the documentary. I fell in love with both MCs, now I totally understand my friend Corporate Slave with her crush on both women. Even though it was an age-gap romance, it wasn’t all the dominant theme all the time, it was handled very balanced. I very much like the writing style which includes good dialogues and humor and the pace was perfect. The romance is beautiful and the secondary characters are extremely well developed and amazing too. Especially Charlie, Morgan’s best friend which is just a badass woman herself. But also Jenny and Morgan’s mother are great characters. The storyline is absolutely entertaining, some drama and bitching competitors and journalists included. I have to say, despite there isn’t that much golfing going on, I had to google some of the golf terms. But it shouldn’t stop anybody to read this wonderful and enjoying romance. Recommended to everybody who likes a very good sports romance, even if you don’t like golf. My rating 4.5 stars Many thanks to Ylva Publishing for receiving an ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joc

    This novel surprised me. I’m not a fan of golf because I find it’s a little like watching paint dry. However, this dried into a great picture. Adrienne Wyatt is producing a documentary on women’s professional golf when she’s told she will be featuring Morgan Spencer, an up and coming golfer who hasn’t won her first major yet. Morgan is considered emotionless by the press but her focus is golf and she does interviews under sufferance. She doesn’t want to be involved in the documentary but her This novel surprised me. I’m not a fan of golf because I find it’s a little like watching paint dry. However, this dried into a great picture. Adrienne Wyatt is producing a documentary on women’s professional golf when she’s told she will be featuring Morgan Spencer, an up and coming golfer who hasn’t won her first major yet. Morgan is considered emotionless by the press but her focus is golf and she does interviews under sufferance. She doesn’t want to be involved in the documentary but her manager pushes her into it. There is a lot of golf in the novel but the politics and interpersonal relationships that are brought into the story made it really engaging. Both characters are well-rounded and their attraction for each other is palpable. Morgan’s relationship with her father added an extra tension and gave me someone to shout at. I also liked that the dynamic between Morgan’s mother and father was explored a little bit. The differing points of view of the secondary characters gave the story an interesting direction from the norm. This is a great read with loads of chemistry and would probably be even better if you like golf. Book received from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bugs

    When I heard that A. L. Brooks was going to release a book about women's professional golf, I was intrigued even though I have zero knowledge about the sport except if you wanna count my Wii experience with it! Well, at least I was familiar with a few golf terms, i.e. birdie, par, bogey, fairway, the usual basics. Anyway, "The Long Shot" was a delightful read for me. I never read any golf-related lesbian romance before this so it was a delightful as much as an educational read for me. As usual, When I heard that A. L. Brooks was going to release a book about women's professional golf, I was intrigued even though I have zero knowledge about the sport except if you wanna count my Wii experience with it! Well, at least I was familiar with a few golf terms, i.e. birdie, par, bogey, fairway, the usual basics. Anyway, "The Long Shot" was a delightful read for me. I never read any golf-related lesbian romance before this so it was a delightful as much as an educational read for me. As usual, Brooks crafted a compelling age-gap, slow-burn love story with the professional golf environment as the backdrop. Firstly, I was glad that Brooks constructed the story with a dual-POV, 3rd person narrative, because I found both MCs fascinating to explore. Plus, telling the story from both sides allowed me to explore both of their personal relationships with other characters. Brooks' innate skill in creating intriguing secondary characters and developing a natural rapport with the MCs was always a source of additional enjoyment for me when I read her stories. No exception here. I loved Adrienne's character, first of all, because she had this air of sophistication but grace in her personality with a touch of humour, her adorable, totally unwarranted self-deprecating awareness of herself. I enjoyed all her scenes with Jenny, her bubbly, hyperactive, Morgan-smitten assistant-cum-protègè. The sharp contrast that Brooks' deftly defined in their personalities made their rapport and camaraderie all the more captivating and utter fun to read about! And just wait 'til you read about Adrienne and Morgan's mum later on in the book! Brooks' subtle depiction of their encounters and interactions was written with adoring effect that captured their natural solidarity with each other. On the other hand, Morgan was described ever-so effectively as this "lost puppy" who was missing something in her life. I had such a blast reading her scenes with her BFF, Charlie! Charlie was a riot, I absolutely loved her unconditional support and love for her best mate in anything and everything but never failed to give her the most brutal and harsh reality check when needed. That's the epitome of a best mate, innit? With Brooks' seamless portrayal of these characters, I felt like I knew them. Full commentary here.... In Bugs' Own Words **I was given, with much thanks and appreciation, an ARC of this book, by Ylva in return for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosi

    This is a very interesting story set in the world of golf, which is not a really fun sport in itself for me, but in this case I've enjoyed it a lot. The protagonist is Morgan, a top golf player, daughter of a top golf player, who for some reason has not yet been able to win a major tournament. She always fails at the last moment. Added to this, her public image is that of a cold and somewhat distant player and her fellow players do not help to make this different. The other protagonist is This is a very interesting story set in the world of golf, which is not a really fun sport in itself for me, but in this case I've enjoyed it a lot. The protagonist is Morgan, a top golf player, daughter of a top golf player, who for some reason has not yet been able to win a major tournament. She always fails at the last moment. Added to this, her public image is that of a cold and somewhat distant player and her fellow players do not help to make this different. The other protagonist is Adrienne, a television producer who is currently making a documentary about women's golf. To finish this documentary, she decides to propose Morgan as a major part of it. Morgan's relationship with the press is not very cordial and she is not very willing to collaborate at the beginning. But finally she lets herself be convinced. The attraction between Adrienne and Morgan is quite immediate and that will cause ethical problems and of some other kind since one of Adrienne's assistants, Jenny, has a big crush on Morgan. From here the story unfolds in discovering Morgan as a person and as a player, her personal problems with her family, with her peers and with the press, The story shows the world of golf from the inside with the envies and tricks between players and media, although not everything is bad, it also shows companionship and professionalism. It must be said that between Adrienne and Morgan there is an age gap of eighteen. Sometimes Adienne becomes too conscious of that and some of her friends do not help her at all to cope with this fact. It has been a really good romance altogether, fun, with exciting moments both in the game and in the relationship between the protagonists. Very much recommended in my opinion. An ARC was given to me by YLVA for my honest review

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Morgan is a professional golfer that can't quite win the big one. Adirenne is a TV producer that finds herself involved in documenting Morgan's life as she attempts to win a major. This was an average romance with the game of golf as the setting. I liked Morgan and Adrienne enough. There were some side characters that were important to drive plot but weren't very fleshed out otherwise. Attraction and feelings happened quickly. I would have liked a little bit more conflict between them. All of Morgan is a professional golfer that can't quite win the big one. Adirenne is a TV producer that finds herself involved in documenting Morgan's life as she attempts to win a major. This was an average romance with the game of golf as the setting. I liked Morgan and Adrienne enough. There were some side characters that were important to drive plot but weren't very fleshed out otherwise. Attraction and feelings happened quickly. I would have liked a little bit more conflict between them. All of the challenges they faced were resolved quickly and without consequence. This was best when the main characters actually spent time together. I recommend this to those who like romance, age gap, sports, golf, and people who scream 'Get in the hole! I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    What a great book! I think I'm in love with both main characters! I loved the addition of the sports story as a way to add tension and interest. Who knew golf could be so interesting?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is my 2nd book by A.L. Brooks and I loved it just as much as Write Your Own Script. If you love age gap romances, definitely check this out. I wouldn't let the golf aspect of the story dissuade anyone from reading this book. It's obviously important, but I didn't think it was ever distracting or taking away from the love story. So, if golf isn't your thing, this is still a great book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heinerway

    I'm a golf player. Or rather I was, but that's another story. And of course I'm a golf fan. And a lesbian romance fan. So if you put those things together... I'm happy as a clam! But seriously, this is a really good story! Don't miss it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I chose to read The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks not only because I like the author, but also because I could tell from the cover the story would involve golf. I like golf. It is a fun game. I haven’t played golf in a few years and was never very good at it. The best you could say about my golf game was that I got a lot of fresh air, sunshine and exercise while experiencing lots of sand, water, and tall grass. My biggest handicap was actually hitting the ball when I swung the club at it and I chose to read The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks not only because I like the author, but also because I could tell from the cover the story would involve golf. I like golf. It is a fun game. I haven’t played golf in a few years and was never very good at it. The best you could say about my golf game was that I got a lot of fresh air, sunshine and exercise while experiencing lots of sand, water, and tall grass. My biggest handicap was actually hitting the ball when I swung the club at it and avoiding the alligators in the swamp next to the course, but I really liked the game. Maybe reading about someone playing golf could be just as interesting…and less dangerous to everyone around me. This is a lovely slow-burn sports romance. The author did an excellent job researching the game. The settings are vivid and well described, and the characters are realistic, both main and secondary. The tale centers on Morgan Spencer, a rising star in women’s pro golf. She is consistently in the top five in the field of players, but has never won a major tournament, a fact her judgmental father, a retired star in men’s pro golf, never fails to mention. Morgan’s stress is raised even further when she agrees to become part of a documentary about women’s pro golf, using her as a major part of the film. This means a production crew headed by Adrienne Wyatt follows her around as she practices and plays in different tournaments, preparing for the next major. There is chemistry between Morgan and Adrienne, but also a lot that could tear them apart, including the age gap. Adrienne is eighteen years older than Morgan, and feels every single year as she gets to know Morgan better. As you can see, this is a complex and well thought-out story. I really enjoyed the entire book, from the golf to the romance. The Long Shot kept me interested from page one to the end, and I think you might enjoy it as much as I did. And I promise to let you (and the poor gators) know if I ever decide to try golfing again. I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    It’s funny how many reviewers enjoyed this book but find golf really boring. Well, you can add me to the list. When I read golf scenes, I know all the words but I have no idea what they mean. Yet with The Long Shot, A. L. Brooks managed to convey the excitement and the tension of competition and that’s what matters in the end. Morgan Spencer is one of the best golf players in the world, struggling to win her first major. She’s also doing her best to get away from her father’s shadow, a golf It’s funny how many reviewers enjoyed this book but find golf really boring. Well, you can add me to the list. When I read golf scenes, I know all the words but I have no idea what they mean. Yet with The Long Shot, A. L. Brooks managed to convey the excitement and the tension of competition and that’s what matters in the end. Morgan Spencer is one of the best golf players in the world, struggling to win her first major. She’s also doing her best to get away from her father’s shadow, a golf champion who cares more for his son’s okay achievements in tennis than his daughter’s successes in the sport he loves best. When a sports film producer offers to center their latest documentary around Morgan, she reluctantly accepts after her agent, mother and best friend all tell her she needs to show how sweet she really is, not the ice queen the media and public seem to believe she is. Adrienne Wyatt, the producer of the film, soon finds out that Morgan is shy and uneasy with being the center of attention rather than an uncaring diva. I liked the chemistry between both women from the start. The way the author describes it and makes it grow worked flawlessly for me and I loved the first kiss. I’m all for steamy sex scenes but I also love it when kisses, especially first kisses, have this unavoidable and compelling feel. That first real touch is very well written here. The main obstacles to the relationship are the fact that they work together (which is only temporary so…) and the age gap. I’m not a fan of age gaps, never have been. There’s an 18 years difference between the characters here, and yes, it’s a lot. But hey, to each their own, and Morgan and Adrienne seem to really enjoy the other’s company, beyond the chemistry, so what works for them works for me. There are a few interesting secondary characters. I loathed the father of course, but loved the mother, the best friend and the caddy / coach. There was a lot of respect and affection in these three characters that I appreciated.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    The Long Shot is exactly what I needed after a horrible, no-good, very bad day. It has conflict, yes. It has an age-gap that is a hurdle for one of the characters. It has sexism, drive, ambition, bitchiness, and growing feelings. Oh yeah, and golf too. *grin* You don't need to be a golf-enthusiast to enjoy this book. I kept up, and I have a mere passing interest in the game. But you shouldn't read this for the golf. Read it for the sense of hope it carries throughout. For the The Long Shot is exactly what I needed after a horrible, no-good, very bad day. It has conflict, yes. It has an age-gap that is a hurdle for one of the characters. It has sexism, drive, ambition, bitchiness, and growing feelings. Oh yeah, and golf too. *grin* You don't need to be a golf-enthusiast to enjoy this book. I kept up, and I have a mere passing interest in the game. But you shouldn't read this for the golf. Read it for the sense of hope it carries throughout. For the 'will-she-get-over-the-age-gap-baggage' question. Read it if you're a romantic. Yes, it's a piece of fluff. But damn good fluff that can ease the pain of a horrible, no-good, very bad day.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    I give the same 3 stars on Goodreads whether I also put the book on a 3.5 shelf or a 3.25 shelf. Still, figure I'd note I was thinking of rating this around 3.5 until two things occurred near end of the book: 1) last 3 to 5% of book kind of dragged; 2) I feel vaguely petty, but a certain surprise purchase at the end of book more annoyed me than anything else. On the, I guess, 'positive' side, I note that I kept thinking the book was heading in a particular annoying direction, but mostly kept just I give the same 3 stars on Goodreads whether I also put the book on a 3.5 shelf or a 3.25 shelf. Still, figure I'd note I was thinking of rating this around 3.5 until two things occurred near end of the book: 1) last 3 to 5% of book kind of dragged; 2) I feel vaguely petty, but a certain surprise purchase at the end of book more annoyed me than anything else. On the, I guess, 'positive' side, I note that I kept thinking the book was heading in a particular annoying direction, but mostly kept just short of moving into annoying zone. Oh, and a thought I kept, unfortunatemy having while reading book - short white shorts and the motions done while golfing don't really go together. Makes it look like wearing a diaper or something. Have people learned nothing from all those joking comments when a picture of Trump in white shorts golfing appears on screen? heh Rating: 3.34 September 12 2019

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I love sports romances! My wife watches golf tournaments every weekend as a huge Tiger fan, so I know just enough about golf to be dangerous. Besides being a [rather large] age gap romance mixed in with an off-limits workplace romance, this was a super slow burn and I couldn't wait for the main characters to finally get together. The secondary characters added a lot as well, from the other golfers in the field to the best friends and the mother. My only complaint would be that maybe the first I love sports romances! My wife watches golf tournaments every weekend as a huge Tiger fan, so I know just enough about golf to be dangerous. Besides being a [rather large] age gap romance mixed in with an off-limits workplace romance, this was a super slow burn and I couldn't wait for the main characters to finally get together. The secondary characters added a lot as well, from the other golfers in the field to the best friends and the mother. My only complaint would be that maybe the first half was a little long, but it did make for a very complete backstory. There's a lot of great stuff going on in this story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Della

    The Long Shot revolves around thirty one year old professional golfer Morgan Spencer. Morgan is chasing her first major win after finishing second so many times it hurts. It does not help that her father is a retired legendary golfer who has no respect for the women’s game and little regard for her daughter. Adrienne Wyatt is a forty-nine year old documentary film producer tasked with trying to convince the reclusive Morgan to allow her film crew to follow the golfer through the next few majors. The Long Shot revolves around thirty one year old professional golfer Morgan Spencer. Morgan is chasing her first major win after finishing second so many times it hurts. It does not help that her father is a retired legendary golfer who has no respect for the women’s game and little regard for her daughter. Adrienne Wyatt is a forty-nine year old documentary film producer tasked with trying to convince the reclusive Morgan to allow her film crew to follow the golfer through the next few majors. I love the aspect of the May-December age gap and A.L. Brooks closes this gap successfully in this slow burn romance. Ms Brooks gets it right with the body issues of the older Adrienne to the actual intent in pursuing the relationship. As well, I will never tire of mature women in romances. We are out here and need to have characters we can identify with. Ms Brooks brings us into the world of golf rather nicely. Being a long time player and avid fan of the game the golf scenario felt very true to me. This was an awesome read and I highly recommend it. 4.5 ⭐️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    So, I am going to give this a 4 star rating, mostly because there's some really good themes in this book, and a nice balance between them. There's also a pretty big age gap between the two leads, Morgan and Adrienne. Their romance does touch on some troubles a May-December romance could encounter, however it does mask Adrienne's insecurities more than Morgan's. Their age gap does get brought up a lot, almost too much, which does become more of a distraction than a valid concern as the book moves So, I am going to give this a 4 star rating, mostly because there's some really good themes in this book, and a nice balance between them. There's also a pretty big age gap between the two leads, Morgan and Adrienne. Their romance does touch on some troubles a May-December romance could encounter, however it does mask Adrienne's insecurities more than Morgan's. Their age gap does get brought up a lot, almost too much, which does become more of a distraction than a valid concern as the book moves a long. So, Morgan is a professional golfer whose constantly coming up short at the majors. She doesn't know what is really holding her back, and would like some advice from her retired father, who was a pro as well. Problem is that he doesn't really like the women's game, and often treats it, and women as if they are secondary. In comes TV producer Adrienne, who wants to use Morgan as her subject a short feature highlighting women's golf. Sparks do fly, starting at their first meeting. So, I liked Morgan, like a lot. She's a great character, what with her need to be validated, but not wanting it to be so through her celebrity. She's so adorable around Adrienne while she's in the process of 'wooing' the older woman. She's a sap, and it is sweet to see Adrienne react so positively to her. Adrienne is great, too. She is equally complex, and has some really good underlining vulnerabilities that aren't explored so much once she got stuck on the age gap between her and Morgan. The sporting aspect is tied in pretty heavily into the plot, but it is part of the larger picture, so the game isn't mentioned as much, here. There is a great play with how sports celebrities are treated in the press, and how it can be just as damaging to a person as a movie star or singer. I enjoyed that part of the book, and how the leads had their support group along the way. I recommend this book, even with just a feel nit picks here and there. Some of the conflicts do get resolved a little too easily, and it is glaring since they get wrapped up more or less in the same part of the book. Then, the mention of our leads' ages was a little much, even though Adrienne used it as a catch all for some of her other insecurities, which were so much more interesting. I do wish we could have seen a little more than that. This is a solid read though, that mixes in the sports elements well with the romance. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I’m not a golf fan. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this golf romance. The two mains, Adrienne and Morgan, are very different. Adrienne produces documentaries and mentors younger women, helping them get a foothold in the business. That’s why her assistant Jenny gets a large role in this book. Morgan is the daughter of a former famous male golfer; she loves golf but is not appreciated by her chauvinist father who lavishes his admiration on his tennis-playing son instead. There is an age gap between the I’m not a golf fan. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this golf romance. The two mains, Adrienne and Morgan, are very different. Adrienne produces documentaries and mentors younger women, helping them get a foothold in the business. That’s why her assistant Jenny gets a large role in this book. Morgan is the daughter of a former famous male golfer; she loves golf but is not appreciated by her chauvinist father who lavishes his admiration on his tennis-playing son instead. There is an age gap between the two main characters. It’s a little different from the age gap romances I’ve read recently so that kept it fresh for me. It was also somewhat interesting because I wasn’t sure which way the romance would go – would it be Jenny or Adrienne? Adrienne, the TV producer, will be including a golf pro in her documentary about the women’s game. Morgan is the reticent golfer who will be appearing in the documentary. Her family and friends also play a large role in the novel. All the supporting characters are stellar in moving the plot along and helping us see the main characters for who they are. Morgan’s friends are wonderful. Adrienne’s main friend is more cautious about this possible relationship. Brooks reveals a lot of background for Morgan - her aloof behavior, family dynamics, not realizing how she is perceived, and so on. We don’t get as much about Adrienne but she’s insecure about her age and cautious about getting involved with a much younger woman who she is working with in a professional capacity. The novel worked really well for me. I still don’t like golf but I appreciate it more. More importantly, I enjoyed Brooks’ deft handling of the burgeoning romance and the fallout from the people around them. I received an ARC for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    F.

    Well, this was just perfect and I am sad that I’ve finished it. This was such a great read it even managed to make me think that golf isn’t totally stupid (although that may not last). Morgan is a professional golfer who tends to choke in majors, has daddy issues, relationship woes, and an image problem. Adrienne is a TV producer who is older than Morgan and tending a broken heart. From the moment they met I couldn’t wait for them to get together. It’s a slow burn romance but I’m glad that they Well, this was just perfect and I am sad that I’ve finished it. This was such a great read it even managed to make me think that golf isn’t totally stupid (although that may not last). Morgan is a professional golfer who tends to choke in majors, has daddy issues, relationship woes, and an image problem. Adrienne is a TV producer who is older than Morgan and tending a broken heart. From the moment they met I couldn’t wait for them to get together. It’s a slow burn romance but I’m glad that they shared my point of view after all! Everyone in this book feels very real and like they might actually be alive somewhere. With real bumps and bruises from the hard knocks of life and with some angst to go with it. The secondary characters are fully three dimensional and feel very real, too. I struggle to think of a single thing I disliked about this. It’s a real treat!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    I'm seriously not a fan of golf. I find it incredibly dull to play and watch, so I was afraid I wouldn't be able to fully get into The Long Shot However, most reviews I've seen were really positive and made me want to give it a shot. I do not regret it! This read was really enjoyable. It's well-written, the main characters were very likeable and the chemistry between Morgan and Adrienne was hot. My favourite parts were definitely when the two MCs were interacting with each other. There was this I'm seriously not a fan of golf. I find it incredibly dull to play and watch, so I was afraid I wouldn't be able to fully get into The Long Shot However, most reviews I've seen were really positive and made me want to give it a shot. I do not regret it! This read was really enjoyable. It's well-written, the main characters were very likeable and the chemistry between Morgan and Adrienne was hot. My favourite parts were definitely when the two MCs were interacting with each other. There was this lingering "we shouldn't but we want to" tension throughout the book and it kept me wanting more. There were very few steamy scenes, but I really enjoy them. I also appreciated how the age-gap was handled and how honest Adrienne was about her insecurities regarding her body. The relationship between Morgan and her father hit a little too close to home though and there was a moment where I had to put the book down. I definitely would recommend this if you're looking for a good sports romance, even if you don't like or don't know anything about golf. The golfing is only one aspect of the book and it doesn't over-take the story. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl S

    Very interesting and realistic May/December romance. But the romance was only part of the story. This story was full of deep emotion for career, family and loyalty. The characters are rich and warm but some very evil. Amazing how low some may stoop to further their career. The golf scenes are descriptive, suspenseful and necessary to explain the hard work involved to compete and hope to win. But not excessive, in case you're not a golf fan. A bit of a fairy tale the way the family, friends, Very interesting and realistic May/December romance. But the romance was only part of the story. This story was full of deep emotion for career, family and loyalty. The characters are rich and warm but some very evil. Amazing how low some may stoop to further their career. The golf scenes are descriptive, suspenseful and necessary to explain the hard work involved to compete and hope to win. But not excessive, in case you're not a golf fan. A bit of a fairy tale the way the family, friends, agents and sponsors accepted the romance but that made for a very enjoyable read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa B

    Loved it! I’m not a great fan of golf, but you don’t need to be to enjoy this wonderful book. It’s well written, has wonderful characters, a touch of humour and enough going on alongside the lovely slow burning romance to keep it interesting. I was given an advance review copy by Ylva in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    BookFiend17

    Really really enjoyed A.L. Brooks’ The Long Shot! It is an age gap golf romance. I liked the pace and didn’t want to put it down. After a long 12 hour shift usually the first thing I want to do is sleep but I stayed up to finish this book! I loved our two main characters Morgan and Adrienne! Oooh that first kiss! I did not like Morgan’s dad at all! Grrr he’s an a$$! Highly enjoyable and highly recommend. I received an arc from YLVA.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aj Smith

    This book puzzled me. I liked the two main characters, Morgan a pro-golfer and Adrienne a producer making a documentary about women's golf. They work really well together as a professional pairing, as kind of friends and then as two people who really fancy each other but can't be together. The action of the story moved along well, it was believable and clearly well researched. However, despite all these good things it just didn't really work for me, it's all just a bit too clichéd and This book puzzled me. I liked the two main characters, Morgan a pro-golfer and Adrienne a producer making a documentary about women's golf. They work really well together as a professional pairing, as kind of friends and then as two people who really fancy each other but can't be together. The action of the story moved along well, it was believable and clearly well researched. However, despite all these good things it just didn't really work for me, it's all just a bit too clichéd and face-palmingly predictable. Morgan is one of the top golfers in the world, winning tournaments left, right and centre but has a nasty habit of choking on the final day of majors, (although despite this she's somehow nicknamed "Ice"). Her dad was a super-successful golf pro and is now a super-successful misogynist, giving Morgan the requisite difficult past to back up her emotional walls and relationship issues *eye roll* Despite the two main characters being very well rounded, the supporting cast are very clunky and one dimensional: the supportive "go get her girl" best friend; the negative best friend; the supportive mother; the awful father; the young, cool enthusiastic assistant with spectacularly unrealistic dialogue and the gruff old caddy who seems grumpy on the outside but really has a heart of gold. I don't want to rain on this too heavily, like I said earlier there are good things about this book and I did read it in a day. Still though, I've enjoyed some of A.L. Brooks' other books much more and this could have been an awful lot better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hutchinson

    I’ve fallen in love!!! Morgan Spencer is on the cusp of winning a major golf tournament, and Adrienne, a Television Producer, is eager to document her success, and the promotion of the women’s game. Morgan is a very private person, and she isn’t keen on the idea but she knows what it would mean for the sport, and her career. She reluctantly agrees to the filming, but gets more than she bargained for when she gets to know Adrienne a bit better, and just so happens to be attracted to her before she I’ve fallen in love!!! Morgan Spencer is on the cusp of winning a major golf tournament, and Adrienne, a Television Producer, is eager to document her success, and the promotion of the women’s game. Morgan is a very private person, and she isn’t keen on the idea but she knows what it would mean for the sport, and her career. She reluctantly agrees to the filming, but gets more than she bargained for when she gets to know Adrienne a bit better, and just so happens to be attracted to her before she even knew who she was. Every time I read an A.L. Brooks I find a new favourite this book. This time yeah I found a new favourite but I have literally fallen in love. This book ¬= EVERYTHING!!!! I could never have imagined when I picked up a book about golf that I was going to feel the way I did when reading it, or after it. I am a little bit in awe with just how this book makes me feel, and I really can’t put it into words. I just loved it. The story, the characters, everything, was just perfect. I was completely addicted and I didn’t put the book down because I was so lost in the wonderful story emerging between Morgan and Adrienne. The underlying themes supporting the romance were thrilling, tension filled, and really showed the true reflections of how some people really do behave towards women in general, even other women, and it was all handled with such a sensitivity, but expertly portrayed and explored in an exciting way to add extra depth and drama to this romance. When there is an age-gap romance there is no complaint from me. Never have I ever related to characters the way I did to Morgan and Adrienne. As a total lover of age-gaps, and known to totally be my thing, I saw so much of my own hang-ups in Morgan, and I identified many of the same in Adrienne as I have known to be reasons people hold back in relationships like this in reality. This made the characters so very real to me, and they both stole a piece of my heart. It’s an A.L. Brooks, if that doesn’t scream at you that you need to read this book, then I am telling you to go and read it!!!! The perfect age-gap romance, and it’s up there as one of my all-time favourite lesfic books now. It spoke to me on so many levels, and if age-gap is your thing, you will know what I mean.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M the avid reader

    Highly recommended even if golf isn't your game I'm not a fan of golf at all, but by the end of this fabulous story I was unexpectedly sucked into the sport scenes as much as I was the rest of them. Morgan and Adrienne have a terrific love story connection that covers the bases when it comes to personal insecurities going into a new relationship in the wake of a previous relationship that was less than happy in its ending. The age gap between them is skillfully addressed and handled along with Highly recommended even if golf isn't your game I'm not a fan of golf at all, but by the end of this fabulous story I was unexpectedly sucked into the sport scenes as much as I was the rest of them. Morgan and Adrienne have a terrific love story connection that covers the bases when it comes to personal insecurities going into a new relationship in the wake of a previous relationship that was less than happy in its ending. The age gap between them is skillfully addressed and handled along with infidelities from the past that haunt them both. The misogyny Morgan deals with as a female golfer, balancing act of private versus public persona of a professional athlete and their ever changing relationship with fans, the press and sponsors occupy some of the other plot threads in the book. The author clearly loves the sport of golf and writes about it in a readable way that golf fans will love while non-fans will still understand what's going on, and both will appreciate the behind the scenes peek into life as a pro golfer at home and on the road. Aside from the relationship between Morgan and Adrienne, there are numerous relationships between them and other characters that are healthily written and with clarity so it's easy for the reader to keep track of who's who from chapter to chapter. I'd love for these characters to be re-visited in a future story with Morgan and Adrienne at the center again or as secondary characters while allowing secondaries here to be given their own spotlight in another book or series. This is a beautifully intimate love story filled with strong women standing in or growing into their personal power; a total pleasure to read! I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I am a sucker for two type of lesbian romances - Celebrity and Sports. I am beginning to really like age gap lesbian romances as well. I mean why can't an older woman date a younger woman who is mature and good looking. Yeah for the older woman! So The Long Shot is both a sports and age gap. WIN for me. Morgan Spencer is a professional Golf player who is focused on winning a Major. She has already failed a couple of times, but her play is really good. The problem is she is standoffish and I am a sucker for two type of lesbian romances - Celebrity and Sports. I am beginning to really like age gap lesbian romances as well. I mean why can't an older woman date a younger woman who is mature and good looking. Yeah for the older woman! So The Long Shot is both a sports and age gap. WIN for me. Morgan Spencer is a professional Golf player who is focused on winning a Major. She has already failed a couple of times, but her play is really good. The problem is she is standoffish and considered to be cold. Adrienne Wyatt is a TV producer who is putting together a show of female golf professionals and wants to focus in on Morgan. Morgan does not want to be the headliner, but her manager helps her to see that this gig will help her get the sponsors that she has been wanting for a while. I did really like The long Shot. I liked how both MC's are attracted to one another so that makes the chemistry natural. The angst that comes in this one is mainly from outside forces. Morgan's dad was a complete jerk and I don't understand how he could treat his daughter the way he does. Then there are ex-lovers and competitive journalist who try to cause issues. The angst fits this book. Their romance is slow and steady and Morgan really opens up to Adrienne which she has never done before. I just really enjoyed the connection. I rate this one 4 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I loved this book. It was the perfect romance, even for someone who hates golf! Morgan is top 3 professional golfers in the world and she should feel like she's on top of the world. However, she struggles against the beliefs of her sexist father, who doesn't believe the women's game is a real game, and the beliefs of the public, who thinks she's cold and impersonal. TV producer Adrienne is tasked with making a documentary about the world of women's professional golf, and that includes getting I loved this book. It was the perfect romance, even for someone who hates golf! Morgan is top 3 professional golfers in the world and she should feel like she's on top of the world. However, she struggles against the beliefs of her sexist father, who doesn't believe the women's game is a real game, and the beliefs of the public, who thinks she's cold and impersonal. TV producer Adrienne is tasked with making a documentary about the world of women's professional golf, and that includes getting personal with Morgan. Morgan know's the documentary, and her interviews in it, will be good for her image but Morgan struggles to let Adrienne in, especially when she feels the first stirrings of attraction towards the other woman which had the power to complicate everything. Can the two women forge a professional and personal relationship, without putting their careers in danger? My god the chemistry was off the charts! This was such a feel good romance, even with all the drama going on, Morgan and Adrienne were really sweet and really sexy together. The give and take between the two women was perfect - it was a nicely paced relationship. This book was nicely balanced between romance, the sports world, and the family drama going on. I would highly recommend this book and I would be very likely to read this book again. I received an ARC via YLVA in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kitty McIntosh

    Golf, family friction and the most adorable love story. That is ‘The Long Shot’ by A.L. Brooks. Morgan has yet to win a major – and as the daughter of a multiple major winner father the pressure is always there. She’s also been unlucky in love and comes across to the media and public as cold. In reality she’s anything but. When a tv company wants to make a documentary about the women’s game with her as the main focus, she’s not keen. Producer Adrienne is respected and a supportive mentor to Golf, family friction and the most adorable love story. That is ‘The Long Shot’ by A.L. Brooks. Morgan has yet to win a major – and as the daughter of a multiple major winner father the pressure is always there. She’s also been unlucky in love and comes across to the media and public as cold. In reality she’s anything but. When a tv company wants to make a documentary about the women’s game with her as the main focus, she’s not keen. Producer Adrienne is respected and a supportive mentor to those in her crew. She’s not about to shaft Morgan, but Morgan doesn’t know that. Their powerful attraction is a no-no while they are working together on the documentary. But I’ve rarely rooted for a couple more than this pair. I loved Morgan. She was vulnerable due to past heartache and had a lot to deal with regarding family issues. But she was an absolute sweetheart. Adrienne was quite a bit older than her and worried about the age-gap. Morgan was drawn to her immediately and who could blame her? Their story was tender and loving and had me swooning. I especially liked that a more mature character got to shine. An excellent story. Highly recommended. I was given this ARC for review.

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