Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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.

I love a good sports book.  One that has a lot of sex and action is my favorite books of all time.  This is not one of those books.  There is plenty of cute love, but there is not down and out hot sex.  If you have read the first 2 books in this series, then you are prepared for that.  One thing that this book has is characters that you are going to want to get to know more about and get in their heads.  It is the drama off the field that makes this book enjoyable,  You want to get to know them more and find out what the mystery is that is holding this team together.

Jilly and Hailey have know each other since high school, but after one embarrassing night they lost touch and have not talked to each other since,  When the Kings have a contest to win a date with Jilly, Hailey sees this as her opportunity to touch base with her long lost friend.  What neither one of them knew was that it was going to bring up long felt feelings and there was no way that Jilly is going to let her go.  What Jilly doesn't know is that Haliey is the author of a series of books that deals with the life of the players on the Kings.  No one is happy on the team, well maybe the wives are, but the players are not too happy when they find out that Jilly's friend is the culprit. 

Like I said before, there is some major drama in this book.  I think that at times it was a bit thick and at times I wanted to say Get Over It!  I thought that the connection that they both had with each other was great and that is what kept me reading on.

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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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