Leading up to the Christmas holiday I read the third book in Kristen Callihan‘s Game On series called The Game Plan. When I checked out this book on my Overdrive app, I’ll admit that I read the synopsis because the cover art drew me in. Usually I’m not drawn to the naked chest covers. I mean, I look, because who doesn’t! But there are so many out there that all of those naked chests kind of blur together. The cover model for The Game Plan had a shirt on, but it didn’t hide much. However, the fact that he wore a shirt made me curious. I picked it up, read the synopsis and decided to give it a shot.
I hadn’t read any of Kristen Callihan’s novels before and don’t usually read too many in the romance/sports genre. I think because I grew up playing sports, I’ve usually found that if there are any sports scenes, the author disappoints me with the lack of tension while describing the game. If any of you have played sports, whether as a kid, or as an adult, I think you’d have to agree that what makes it so much fun to play is the tension you feel while playing. If an author can’t provide me with that I always feel let down. I can tell you with absolute certainty, that Kristen Callihan’s game play will not let you down in the least. All three of her books, when she switches to the man’s perspective, completely nails that tense competitive feel.
Ok, back to the book. When I picked up The Game Plan, I didn’t check to see if it was one in a series, and by the time I had figured that out, I was hooked, and I wasn’t letting go of Dex and Fi. I loved them both. Dex was a quiet introspective intelligent man, and that intelligence carried over into his plan to win over Fi. Fi was a reluctant accomplice to his plans, but didn’t let her own self doubts get in the way of letting her relationship with Dex evolve. I LOVED this book. I could go on and on about the great sex scenes (and they were hot!) and how Dex was so consumed with Fi right from the very start. I guess that hit my fantasy of the perfect man right on the nail. Great sex with someone who wants you to be the center of their life. Of course, this is fiction, and life usually has to come into play to provide a few interruptions, but I fell in love with Dex right along with Fi.
So, I finished this book and immediately got the first one in the series. The Hook Up was everything I said above. Great football, great characters, Great Sex! I liked Anna Jones more than I liked Drew, but I think that is what the author wanted her reader to do. Anna had a bit tougher life, and it wasn’t until the novel moved forward and Drew suffered a personal crisis that I really came to see what a solid guy he actually was.
The second book in the series, The Friend Zone, was about Drew’s best friend, Gray. In the previous book we saw Gray as the party boy who slept around with everything in a skirt, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to read his story, but I’m so glad I did! What we learned about his background, I think, redeemed him. His love interest was Ivy, who is Fi’s sister, from The Game Plan. Out of the three ladies, I have to say that I liked Ivy the most. I think it was because she reminded me the most of myself. She was looking for what she wanted to do in life, while staying true to herself. I also loved the fact that she was sarcastic, funny, and a straight shooter (qualities that remind me of me). The two of them started as friends that grew into something more. A perfect way to fall in love.
I bet you can’t guess, but I highly recommend these books! My favorite is still The Game Plan, but all three are definitely worth the time.
The Game Plan❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
The Hook Up ❤️❤️❤️❤️
The Friend Zone ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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