Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Review: Game On by Collette West

Game On
By Collette West
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: 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.


Review: I absolutely love any romance that has to do with athletes. And baseball players? Yes, please! 

Pitcher Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has given everything to get to where he is today and he doesn't let anything distract him from performing his best. But when the team wants to spruce up his image, they set up a dream date for one lucky girl to go on with Jilly. The last person Jilly expects to win is Hailey Halpert, his best friend from back home who he never had the nerve to tell how he really felt. Now the author of hugely successful romance novels that she's written under a pen name, Hailey has come to New York to try and finally get Jilly's attention. Little does she know, her secret books that she's based off of Jilly's baseball team may finally come out and she could lose JIlly for good. 

I was super excited to read a book about someone who writes fan fiction about the notorious baseball team from New York. What was going to happen when everyone found out that it was really her who wrote them? I loved how Hailey was just trying to make it in New York while Jilly had already made it big. The beginning of the novel was a bit slow going and hard to get into, but once Jilly and Hailey reconnected, I couldn't stop reading their story. Jilly was finally doing something about the feelings he had for Hailey so long ago, but her secret could truly hurt him if he ever found out that she was the one behind the novels about his teammates. Once they finally confronted their feelings for each other, though, things definitely heated up! 

I was a bit bothered by how ashamed Hailey seemed about her books when people found out she wrote them. If you're an author, normally you're proud of your work, but she let people taunt her about the sex scenes and she truly felt ashamed. I wish she had more of a backbone for her books and loved them as much as everyone else seemed to. Hailey was such a timid character and let people really hurt her, but she definitely learned more about herself and how much she really did love Jilly. 

Overall, this was a pretty great romance. I loved how Hailey was a writer and had fallen for Jilly way before he was a big baseball star. Uncomfortable with all of the attention he gets from his fame, Jilly is still the perfect guy for Hailey. If we got a bit more baseball, though, it would have been absolutely perfect! In the end, Game On is a fun sports romance that is definitely unique and perfect for any sports romance fan.


1 comment:

  1. This sounds good! I probably would have liked to see her have more backbone too!

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