Donna Reads: The Game Plan (Game On Series #3)

gameplanThe blurb:

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.

My Favorite Line:

“I’ve been waiting two years for you to see me.”

Best romance hero ever. I loved Ethan Dexter. He was the big, strong, silent type and he loved Fiona Mackenzie from the moment he first saw her. It just took a few years for Fiona to catch up and mature enough to really look at Dex and actually see him.  When she does, she’s surprised at what she sees and wonders why she never noticed him before. I read this book twice back-to-back because I didn’t want it to end after I finished it the first time.

This book is the third and final book in the Game On series. It’s also my favorite. The players have moved on to their professional football teams, and all three are scattered across the country. Ethan and Fiona meet up when they are both visiting Gray and Ivy in San Francisco, and their story starts with a kiss, in a bar. Fiona idly wonders what it’s like to kiss a man with a beard, and once Ethan kisses her, she finds out what she’s been missing.

Kristen Callihan really nailed this one. If you’re looking for a hot romance, give this book a try. It’s amazing.

Donna Reads: The Friend Zone (Game On Series #2)

friendzoneIn the Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan, we meet Ivy Mackenzie and Gray Grayson. Ivy is a sports agent’s daughter, and Gray is a star tight-end college football player. Ivy has been studying abroad, and her father is working hard to sign the star college player to a professional contract. In need of a car, Ivy’s father loans her car to Gray. The only problem is it’s a tiny, bubblegum pink car. Gray receives an irate text from Ivy, threatening him if he dares damage her beloved car. A series of hilarious texts back and forth begin, and Ivy and Gray become best friends via text. The only problem is that when they finally meet in person, the sparks of attraction fly, but Ivy has vowed never to date one of her father’s clients.

I loved that this book began with a series of text messages. Gray and Ivy have never met, yet it’s obvious that they are friends and that they care for one another. The texting goes on for several chapters, and the story is told with alternating points of view so we get to see/hear what both Gray and Ivy are doing and feeling as they get to know one another. I loved that when they finally met in person, they felt like they’d known each other forever. This was a cute book.

I enjoyed it more than I did the first book in the series, the Hook Up. It may have been because Gray was such a great hero. He was such a clown. You couldn’t help but like his character. He wasn’t as likeable in the first book in the series where he was just the sidekick. I liked that the author gave him a chance to grow and become a better person than he had been in the first book. There is so much more to him than meets the eye. Ivy was also a great female lead, and Gray encourages her to think outside the box and follow her heart to a career that she had never even considered to be a possibility.

I highly recommend this one.

Donna Reads: The Hook Up (Game On Series #1)

hookupIn The Hook Up (Game On Series Book 1) by Kristen Callihan we meet star college quarterback, Drew Baylor, and Anna Jones. Drew is hot, and Drew is a big deal on campus. He’s destined for greatness. Anna is not interested in sports; she’s never even seen him play. She’s also not interested in a relationship with a dumb jock.

They meet in a college classroom, and it’s love at first sight for Drew. Anna has issues. She was one of the unpopular kids in high school, overweight, picked on and just different from everyone else. She has been abandoned by her father, and raised by her mother and her strange series of creepy boyfriends. It’s no wonder Anna doesn’t trust men. Anna doesn’t feel that she belongs in Drew’s world and that one day Drew will realize that he’s with the wrong girl. She’s determined that Drew just remain a “hook up” and there are all sorts of crazy rules in the relationship, one of the main ones is that he can’t kiss her on the mouth. That’s too personal. He does kiss her in far more personal places, however, and does so the very first time they are intimate – at a party – in a public hallway, of all places. The sex in this book is hot and explicit.

I really liked Drew, and I loved the chemistry and interaction between the two of them. Drew is not just a dumb jock, and he surprises Anna many times with his intelligence and sensitivity. I also really liked the way that Anna grows throughout the book and how she sticks with Drew through personal tragedy. The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the ending. It seemed too rushed to me. I would have liked a longer epilogue with more detail as to how they got where they are. It just felt hurried to me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book.

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