Sunday, April 5, 2015
Celebrate MLB Opening Day! #AmReading Game On @Collette_West #REVIEW
It's Opening Day!
Game On by Collette West
Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.
Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.
Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
The concept behind Game On hooked me... a baseball player in a dream date contest... how fun! Then the twist came when the winner was his high school sweetheart. Their story was complicated -with moments of romance and tenderness, then lies. Jilly was sweet. Hailey was not. I couldn't help thinking that what she'd done would've been a lot less dramatic if she'd just told him from the beginning. She had such little faith in him and he deserved more trust than that.
The baseball scenes were good -obviously the author knows her ball games- and added authenticity. Including women who both understood and enjoyed the sport was a welcome addition.
This is a recommended read for sport romance lovers.
NOTE: I should've done my research and read this in series order. There were a few instances where I wondered if I'd missed back stories of other secondary characters. So, my advice is this: Read (or listen) this series in order despite the books being referred to as 'companion books'.
3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.