Book Review: In It to Win It by Sharon C. Cooper

Posted December 14, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 31 Comments

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by Sharon C. Cooper
Publication Date December 13, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

Two entrepreneurs compete for a property but secure the biggest win of all—each other—in this second chance romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Sharon C. Cooper.
Spoiled, fickle, and prissy are only a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe Morgan Redford. Though she’s never had to worry about money, she’s determined to make a name for herself on her own terms. Her new venture won’t be an epic fail like her former professional cuddling service or the short-lived pet hotel. This time, through the nonprofit she cofounded, Morgan is doing something meaningful—helping teens who are aging out of foster care—and she’s got her eye on a property that could house these kids. But the competition is steep, and one of the bidders is someone she never expected. . . .
When real estate developer Drake Faulkner learns that his ex—the one who ghosted him years ago—is a potential buyer for the property his eccentric mentor is selling, his competitive streak amps up. No way is he letting her win the property he wants. Bitter? Yes. Petty? Probably. But his mentor has a stipulation: potential buyers must participate in an Ironman competition of sorts for the property. Drake refuses to play along with this ridiculous demand, until he discovers Morgan has signed up. If Little Miss Can’t Run a Block Without Gasping for Air is doing it, he will too. But as the gauntlet of games heats up and forces them to face the past, they are met with a pull that feels all too familiar.
Now, if only they could keep their eyes on the prize instead of on each other—but who’s to say they can’t do both?

In It to Win It by Sharon C. Cooper is a second-chance romance that I just loved.  

Story Recap: 

Morgan Redford is a bit spoiled and has grown up not wanting for anything.  But, she’s determined to make her own way in life. She found a cause that she’s passionate about and it’s helping children age out of the foster care program.  But, in order to grow her nonprofit, she needs a building, and a friend of the family has the perfect place up for sale.  

Real estate developer Drake Faulkner wants the same property.  It has sentimental value to him, and his mentor is selling it, so he believes he’s a shoo-in to get the property.  Drake is shocked when he learns there will be a competition for the property and he’ll be competing against his ex-girlfriend, Morgan.  He was madly in love with Morgan in college, until the day she suddenly left him and left the country without a word of explanation. 

My Thoughts: 

I loved this wonderful second-chance romance.  I could understand why Morgan left the country and Drake when she was still in college.  It’s not a very mature move, but Morgan wasn’t very mature at that time.  She’s now grown up and much more mature and self-assured than she was back in college.  

Drake is a swoon-worthy hero.  He had to raise his teenage twin siblings since they were 2 years old after their parents were killed when he was in college.  He was forced to become self-sufficient and responsible from a young age.  

Drakes’s teenage twin siblings, Aiden and Addison stole the show for me, I just loved them.  I was surprised that the actual competition didn’t happen until after the halfway mark, but that was ok with me.  Obviously, Drake has some hard feelings towards Morgan, but once he heard her explanation for disappearing all those years ago, he finally forgave her, he was still wary that she might leave him again.  

Although this is not a series, we got to meet up with some of her characters from her previous book, Business Not as Usual, and that was fun.  


I highly recommend In It To Win It to anyone who enjoys romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Sharon C. Cooper

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, Sharon C. Cooper loves anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of Romance Slam Jam Emma Awards for Author of the Year 2019, Favorite Hero 2019 (INDEBTED), Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES), Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED), and BRAB (Building Relationships Around Books) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon isn’t writing, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit

Have you read In It To Win It? Or the previous book Business Not As Usual?

31 responses to “Book Review: In It to Win It by Sharon C. Cooper

  1. I love the idea of second-chance romances, but I don’t think I’ve read any. Also, I am totally here for twin siblings stealing the show for you – I love reading books with great siblings, especially twins! This sounds like a fantastic read- great review!
    Zoë x

  2. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    Second-chance romance doesn’t always work for me but this one sounds so cute!

  3. Now I want to know her reason for leaving him. I’ve come across a few books lately where the secondary characters are scene stealers – which isn’t a problem at all for me. Nice review, Wendy!