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Review: Game On by Collette West

Review: Game On by Collette West

About Collette West 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…

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Summary : A satisfying romance that weaves baseball and love together delightfully.

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Game On
by Collette West
Publication Date: October 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports

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About Collette West

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 collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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Synopsis

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.

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I am a huge sports fan, and I love romance stories revolving around any sport. Collette West didn’t disappoint with Game On. Most female writers that try to write about sports, in a lot of ways fail. They have a hard time balancing the lingo, the technical aspects of the sport with who their characters are or who they are supposed to be. I think Collette got it right. I have to admit that I came into the series with this book, so I had no idea what to expect, but I can say that I will be reading the rest of the series.

Bruce “Jilly” Gillette is a relief pitcher for the New York Kings baseball team. Seen as a brooding and broken giant, the team decides to try and revamp his persona with a “Win a Date with Jilly” contest. To say that he’s not happy about it is an understatement. But, he is pleasantly surprised when his high school crush, Hailey Halpert, is the winner of the contest. This book follows Bruce and Hailey through their romance as he deals with the Kings, injury, and the few secrets that Hailey is hiding.

Collette does a great job to weaving the sports world and real life together in this story. I love that Hailey is a strong female character and both Jilly and Hailey aren’t trying to change each other. This story isn’t typical or predictable. It’s not about some rich athlete sweeping in and saving some poor damsel in distress.

I am super happy with this story, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I highly recommend this book.

I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

About Collette West 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&hellip;

Review Overview

Review

Summary : A satisfying romance that weaves baseball and love together delightfully.

87

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